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Album Review

This is the one. The song selection, arrangements, playing style, and production here hit all the high points of the Klaus Wunderlich experience. One of several albums demonstrating the Wersi super-organ, the sound exploding in Sound Explosion is that of a missing link between organ and Moog, or at least an organ souped up enough to sound like a Moog but without the engineer. The chestnuts here are wacky, upbeat, and pure synthesizer cheese as only "Wunder-Klaus" can invent it. "Caravan" naturally is a strong highlight, and even "Chattanooga Choo Choo" chugs by at full steam. The closing track "Slalom Beat," however, is one of the best things Wunderlich has ever done. An original, funky, exotic number at four minutes long, it is simply the cat's meow. The jacket photo of dynamite sticks resting atop the keyboard accurately indicates the blast inside.


Born: 1931 in Chemnitz, Germany

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Klaus Wunderlich was born to a policeman in the Saxony town of Chemnitz in 1930. As a teenager he worked for the local opera rehearsing singers but soon chose popular music over classical. By 1951 he was ready to tour West Germany, which led to a standing gig at the Tiny Cabaret Simple in Mannheim. Here he was playing winsomely in a beer hall, and the owner and patrons liked him enough to buy an expensive organ. Then Telefunken found and signed him. Wunderlich experimented with the Hammond, as...
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