DER BLUTHARSCH: LIVE AT THE MONASTERY
CD: WKN 24 [2005]


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Dear Julius,

I’m your number one fan. I have everything you’ve ever recorded…even on vinyl…and I don’t own a record player. That’s love. But don’t worry I’m not totally obsessive. Ha ha. I’m sitting here writing this wearing my Der Blutharsch t-shirt, drinking coffee out of my Der Blutharsch cup and flicking my fag ash into my Der Blutharsch ashtray. I’ve bought everything with the Der Blutharsch name on it. Pins, banners, badges, watch and clocks…my home is a temple to Der Blutharsch. But I’m not obsessive. Oh no. Ha ha. I’m writing to you about your latest release "Live at The Monastery" which was recorded on 1st May 2005 in front of an invited audience. My ticket must have been lost in the post. Bloody useless British postal system. At least I have this as a reminder of what I missed. Firstly may I congratulate you on the superior sound quality throughout the eleven tracks. Such a crisp and clear recording that I think I can even smell you through it. I’ve always loved your more neo-classical / orchestral pieces but stripped down here to a more acoustic setting really brings home the quality of your songs …even those sung in German…a language I don’t understand. Poor dumb me. Of course you never title your tracks so I spent a lot of time trying to find the tracks on all your recordings that were being played here. I recognised most of them but some I couldn’t find but that’s probably just down to me. Marthynna has a great set of lungs on her. Her singing certainly impresses. Like Nico but without the heroin habit. When you both sing in harmony it sure is the sweetest sound…even when you sound angry. Peter Paul & Mary brought up to date standing in front of the Reichstag. With Mary wearing fetching lederhosen and deaths head armband. The songs are all well structured and stirring anthems…which you are so very good at composing. I wish I had been there to witness this gig myself. Although only 30+ minutes long every minute would have been slowly savoured. I would have whooped and screamed at the top of my voice along with every song. Louder and more appreciative that those lucky enough to be there anyway. Live albums are just stop gaps though aren’t they? You’re probably hard at work on your next opus as I write. Can’t wait. As a historical document of you live though it certainly suffices. Now I can sense and feel you playing in front of me 24 / 7 in my dingy living room. What more can a star struck fan ask for. Take care and I’ll write to you again soon. Don’t forget…I’m your number one fan.

ANM

[Der Blutharsch] / [WKN]

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