Saturday, February 02, 2019

The Boots ‎– Here Are The Boots (1966)

The Boots were a German outfit formed on the model of such British Invasion blues-based outfits as the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things, and Them. Lead singer Werner Krabbe had most definitely heard at least a couple of Van Morrison singles, while lead guitarist Jurg "Jockel" Schulte-Eckel utilized fuzz-tone effects for all they were worth, and also may have had a passing awareness of the Who; at least, he was known — before Jimi Hendrix ever started showing up with lighter fluid on stage — for playing his instrument with screwdrivers and other metal tools as well as the occasional beer bottle. The rest — Uli Grun on rhythm guitar, organ, and harmonica; Bob Bresser on bass; and Heinz Hoff on drums — variously pulsed, thumped, and pounded away behind these two lead punk maniacs, making some very busy as well as very bluesy records in the bargain, which were also characterized by fairly nimble vocal work. Somewhere midway between the Yardbirds and Them, with hints of the pyrotechnics that the Who and the Creation would perfect each in their own way, the Boots were popular in Germany and were also good enough to rate a recording contract with Germany's Telefunken Records, which yielded a pair of LPs as well as several singles. Krabbe exited in early 1966, following the release of their garage-punk single "Gaby," though the band hung on for another year. The latter single was featured on Rhino's summer 2001 release of Nuggets II.

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