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Why on earth did epitaph come up with the idea of doing an acoustic album?
While rehearsing for the 2012 benefit concert in Hanover, they were running through a few numbers with fiddle-player Tim Reese. Being in a relatively small room, Cliff and Heinz were using acoustic guitars. This unplugged rehearsal session sounded so good to Bernie that he immediately disappeared to pick up his Ibanez acoustic bass guitar.
Achim enjoys drumming to anything, and is a master at adapting his style to suit any occasion, so a quick run-through turned into a session that left everyone on such a high that they decided to include some acoustic numbers in the Hanover gig.
As Cliff said, “Most of the Epitaph numbers were written on acoustic guitars anyway, so it’s really just a bit back-to-the-roots.”
The acoustic numbers included live on stage were Big City,In Your Eyes and Visions, and even the hardest electric heads and greatest Epitaph aficionados were blown away. The requests for an acoustic album came in thick and fast.
The Acoustic Sessionsis set for release in Spring 2014
When asked by Rolf Mölder to do a benefit gig at Hannover’s legendary rock venue Capitol, it was geographically an ideal opportunity to invite some old colleagues and friends to appear with them in what was to be a memorable concert on 27 November 2012.
Here is a song-by-song walkthrough of the concert, to be released as a double CD and DVD on 20 September 2013.
The opening number is Dances With Ghosts, from the 2009 album of the same name. Inspired by the story of the ghost dancers and their massacre at Wounded Knee. The sadness and madness of the incident is something that is still being repeated across the world, suggesting that humanity has learned precious little over the years.
Fotos: Jens-Christian Schulze
After Epitaph’s American experiences in the 70’s (3 tours in the USA) it is hardly surprising that this is considered their most commercial album. Recorded at the Hitpoltstein Studios in Bavaria in February of 1982, it is indeed heavily influenced by the American rock of the time. It’s release the same year unfortunately coincided with the height of the Neue Deusche Welle, resulting in it being buried and forgotten until the brilliant remastering by Friedel Muders at Fuego and Roger Wahlmann at Cliff Studios gave it a new lease of life. Danger Man now sounds as though it was recorded yesterday, not 28 years ago. A special treat on this remastered album is the inclusion of two bonus tracks. Good Times is the only cover version Epitaph ever made. Written by the legendary George Young (big brother of AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm) it was originally recorded by The Easybeats in 1968. The other bonus track is a live version of Ain´t No Liar recorded at the Musiktheater Piano in Dortmund on the 91th of Nov 2011 .This funky, reworked version of Epitaphs concert favourite includes part of Long Live the Children. just to show the epitaph is still alive and kicking after 40 years on the road A further note of interest is that the band hated the original cover design, but the label ignored their veto. This time around a great album has a great cover.