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Imagination – Shake It

Imagination
Shake It
Style: Rock, Soul
Label: No Label
Catalog Number: RS20
Released: 1980, 80's
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The one and only recorded release from the ambitious German jazz-rock group that would eventually share their name with a majorly successful US boogie outfit, Shake It showcases an amalgamation of styles from a young and inspired group of musicians with big dreams. The group was originally formed as a full on jazz band, but the experimentation of the late 70’s would lead the group to honing in on their sound and songwriting to create a unique take on many different genres. Standouts moments from the record include the left-field disco kick-off tune “Strawberry Wine”, the catchy balearic-tinged soft rock hit “Mornin’ Lights” and the album’s epic 9 minute closer and highlight track “Can’t Stand Without You”. Because of the small run of the original self-released first pressing and a bad label deal that would follow, original copies of Shake It are somewhat hard to track down. We highly recommend the amazing 2LP official reissue from German label The Artless Cuckoo featuring the album’s original 8 tracks remastered from master tapes and additional never released demo versions!

– Jonny Mons

Recommended – A1 Strawberry Wine, B1 Mornin’ Lights, B4 Can’t Stand Without You

Tags: Balearic / Funk / Private Press / Soft Rock
Tracklist:

A1 Strawberry Wine
A2 Good Advice
A3 California
A4 On The Way Out
B1 Mornin’ Lights
B2 Waitin’ For Your Call
B3 Clouds Flee Before The Wind
B4 Can’t Stand Without You

Credits:

Bass, Vocals – Stan Trippe
Cover [Cover Design] – Ulli Klaas
Drums, Vocals – Andreas Oelschläger
Engineer – Rainer Rutow
Guitar, Lead Vocals – Roger Mork
Guitar, Vocals – Willi “Sultan” Hövelmann
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Uwe Ziß
Music By, Producer – Imagination
Piano [Guest] – Mario F. Demonte
Producer – Gerd Hansen
Vocals [Guest] – Michaela Eltinger

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