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Beat Club: German TV Gets Trippy in the Early Seventies

Beat Club was a German television show that featured performances from some of the biggest names in rock and roll between 1965 and 1972. In the sixties, the show aired black-and-white performances, mostly lip synced, in front of a brick wall. But in the early ‘70s, as some of the featured groups became more musically progressive, the producers moved to color and projected psychedelic video effects behind the bands to complement their otherworldly sounds. Here are some of our personal favorite appearances from this transformative time all newly re-uploaded on the official Beat Club YouTube channel.

Can – Paperhouse (1971)

An absolute classic performance from German Krautrock heroes Can -Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, and Damo Suzuki.

Popul Vuh- Bettina (1971)

This improvisation doesn’t appear on any albums, but could be a sped up version of “Kha-White Structures 1” an unreleased track that later appeared on a later rerelease of the mystical In den Gärten Pharoas.

T Rex – “Jewel” (1971)

An extended version of this cut from the often overlooked self titled LP.

Edgar Broughton Band – “Love in the Rain” (1970)

Knuckle dragging fuzz that makes the album version sound puny in comparison.

Soft Machine – Virtually, Pt. 1-3 (1971)

An extended jam from Robert Wyatt’s final year in the band.

Amon Düül II – “Between The Eyes” (1970)

“Between the Eyes” is the B-side to the “Rattlesnakeplumcake” single.

Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath” (1970)

One of their earliest television appearances. Recorded just three months after the release of their first album.

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