The Vampires Of Dartmoore (Germany)
What an incredible thing this is! Ahead of time for 1969 in any case - reflecting a progressive
approach with some great ideas, intelligent compositions and a lot of scary effects. The songs are
not crossing the three minute mark - designed like soundtracks, influenced by respectively adapted
for thriller and horror movies. A whacked-out mix of plain dance music, freaky kraut-related
elements plus samples with a lot of nightmare effects. You will find great fuzzy guitar and hammond
organ appearance here and there! Responsible for this production are Horst Ackermann and Heribert
Thusek who essentially composed Schlager and jazz music. Not digitally re-released yet the vinyl
version is traded between 300 and 500 Euro today.
I don't know anything about the line-up. They must have been prolific studio musicians by all means.
It is said the album is also featured by Sigfried (Sigi) Schwab, a soundtrack composer and jazz
oriented guitarist who worked with Eberhard Schoener and Embryo for some time. But there are some
doubts to remark. What I know is that Schwab had produced another less freaky dance album at the
same time under the moniker 'Vampire's Sound Incorporation'.
The first song must be derived from the movie 'The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism' starring Lex
Barker and Christopher Lee. Moans as well as screams of agony - you might detect hints about a
relationship between sex and sadism. Only reduced to the excellently staged organ you will get
enough horror feeling. A hypnotic bass and some fuzzed guitar contributions are also given here.
Crime and Horror on the other hand is played like simple 60s dance music with a slight jazzy
touch and cool saxophone input. Some funny voice samples are integrated which makes the song more
attractive. A man scares a woman but she fights back soon! Both songs are typical for characterizing
the whole album content.
I'd like to point out some other tunes which are reflecting the album's progressiveness. The spooky
Tanz der Vampire contains elements of the upcoming Hip-Hop - this special beat, the deep
pumping bass. DJ Spinna later integrated this song into his work for example. And this beat also
reminds me of CAN a little bit. A weird organ and some wonderful psychedelic guitar additions are
also to detect. Definitely an album highlight. The jazzy Der Henker von Dartmoore could also
be presented by Wolfgang Dauner in this way (apart from those excellently placed voice samples of
course). Dr. Caligari's Gruselkabinett knocks at the three minute door because of a longer
superb organ solo.
A very interesting production also fitting for
your Halloween party. I would say I'm listening to a proto kraut album.
A lot of funny things to detect. Despite of the weird implementation
many popular elements are also offered. It remembers me at the old times
when the whole family met in front of the TV on Saturday evening for
watching the new Durbridge thriller (huahhh ... Klaus Kinski is coming
Horst Ackermann & Heribert Thusek / all instruments
A1. Die Folterkammer Des Dr. Sex (The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sex) (2:04)
A2. Crime And Horror (2:48)
A3. Der Feuerdrachen Von Hongkong (The Fire-Dragon Of Hongkong) (2:38)
A4. Mord Im Ohio Express (Murder In The Ohio Express) (2:34)
A5. Tanz Der Vampire (Dance Of The Vampires) (2:34)
A6. Hallo, Mister Hitchcock (2:06)
B1. Der Henker Von Dartmoore (The Executioner Of Dartmoore) (2:29)
B2. Ende Eines Killers (Killer's End) (2:17)
B3. Die Wasserleiche (The Soaked Body) (2:38)
B4. Eine Handvoll Nitro (A Handful Of Nitro) (2:08)
B5. Dr. Caligaris Gruselkabinett (Dr. Caligaris Creeps-Cabinet) (2:54)
B6. Frankenstein Grüßt Alpha 7 (Frankenstein Greets Alpha 7) (2:25)
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