(A)"Tips zum Selbstmord" (Best Prehodi 60.634) 1972.
Famous for their eponymous album which is sought-after by collectors World-wide, Necronomicon came from Aachen, a city near the borders with the Netherlands and Belgium. They adapted the name Necronomicon from an H.P. Lovecraft novel and built up a spectacular live repertoire during 1971. It featured complex heavy progressive song arrangements with awkward German lyrics that dealt with ecological problems, the threat of a nuclear disaster, the end of mankind and pure despair. Necronomicon proved themselves to be a band with the same seriousness and sense of large scale works as the most extreme Italian bands. With the economic support of a friend, Necronomicon set off to a semi-professional studio in the Netherlands to record (in March and April 1972) what has become the ultimate collector's item for purveyors of German progressive rock: Tips Zum Selbstmord, released in a lavish multi fold-out cover, in the shape of a cross. The highly talented drawings were done by Harald Bernhard and pictured tortured bodies and painful faces, building up an intricate whole, reminiscent of some nightmarish Hieronymus Bosch work (but no fantasy monsters!). Few would deny that this is one of the best and most unique German records of the early seventies. The sinister atmosphere of both the music and lyrics are evident.There were biting guitar leads throughout, shimmering, painful vocals, a garage organ trying to battle with Bach, sudden shifts of tempos and moods, including passages of more primitive heavy garage rock. For the want of hotter comparisons: imagine the best elements of vintage Uriah Heep with the lyrical awareness of a political rock band like Floh de Cologne. Perhaps this is the music that Wagner would have made if he had lived in 1945 and experienced the bombing raids over Germany, freaked out in the sixties and decided to be a rock musician and then had bad trips for years due to the daily news on TV! Remarkably enough, the album was recorded on just two backs, approximately recorded live in the studio. It was released in a limited edition of 500 copies and is probably THE most hunted German record. The odd copy that turns up sells easily for 2000$ or more. From 1972 to the end of 1973 the group worked on new material with a revised line-up: guitar player Walter Sturm quit to join Rufus Zuphall, Fistus Dickmann was replaced with Dieter Ose and Detlev Hakenbeck replaced by Gerd Libber. Some of the new compositions lasted for sixty minutes! In fact, such material proved to be almost impossible to play live, and the songs were consequently edited down to a length of 10 to 15 minutes. As such, they were recorded live in their rehearsal room in 1974. Walter Sturm had now returned to the band. Little Wing compiled 45 minutes from the only remaining source, a low quality cassette. It's only interesting for collectors as another historic document of their development. The desperation had now faded to mere resigned statements about mankind's cynical nature. As such they were now closer to other refined political rock bands.
(from: Cosmic Dreams at play)
Necronomicon - "Tips Zum Selbstmord" (1972).
Legendary heavy progressive from Germany. This was their first and only album. It consists mostly of raw, dark and sinister heavy progressive with political-oriented lyrics. They sometimes remind me of a heavier version of Gäa. Very heavy guitars and a rather thin organ sound (sounds like Farfisa to me) dominated this band's sound. On some passages they also used choirs which sometimes gives the music a symphonic lift among all the rawness. "Requiem der Natur" starts with a acoustic, melodic and pleasant part but soon turns into a dark, intense part with the mentioned choir, and thereafter it turns into a bluesy jam. Quite unique and interesting stuff. "Die Stadt" and "Prologe" are both aggressive and thundering heavy progressive with lots of fuzz-guitar, heavy riffs and long jamming. "Requiem vom Ende" is perhaps the most sinister track on the whole album with some terrifying screams at the end. Not an album to everyone's taste, but it's worth checking out if you like early 70's heavy progressive.
(from: Tommy's Forest of progressive rock).On Mar-31-17 at 11:50:55 PDT, seller added the following information: The matrix numbers are F60 634 A-1 and F60 634 B-1. Both are machine stamped and situated close to the label.