Years: 1971 - 1976
Styles: Hard Rock, Krautrock, Progressive Rock
Hans-Rolf "Charly" Schade - 12 string guitar, Guitar, Moog synthesizer, Percussion, Sitar, Vocals (in band: 1971 -)
Chris Williams - Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1971 -)
Klaus Kohlhase - Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Harmonium, Percussion (in band: 1971 -)
Christoph Barutzky - Keyboards, Moog synthesizer, Organ, Piano (in band: 1971 -)
Felix Hans - Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1971 - 1972)
Jürgen Wimpelberg - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Norbert Leifert - Flute, Keyboards, Vocals
Rainer Niklowitz - Drums
Manfred Heilmann - Guitar, Vocals
Robert Valet - Guitar
Peter Terhoeven - Guitar
Pattrick Pelzer - Vocals
Reinhard Schulte - Bass Guitar
Konstatin Bommarius - Drums (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Alan Warran - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1973 -)
Abacus is surely a big name for everyone interested in rock music. The band, formed in 1971, made their breakthrough at the Germersheim rock festival. There, they drew as much applause from the 300,000 visitors as did Pink Floyd, Santana or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, all of which appeared on stage as well.
Their debut LP was progressive rock with a classical edge mixing British and Krautrock elements. After that they got more jokey and eccentric, and released three further albums with a borderline pop sound (hints of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The Move).
Abacus published 4 LPs, the last 3 beeing recorded at Giorgio Moroder's "MUSICLAND". Global record sales, numerous national and international tours, TV and radio shows helped Abacus became a top act— not only in Germany.
Abacus generated the same dense sound on stage as in the studio. Maybe that's why they became a crowd-puller for many years and countless shows.
Musical differences about future record productions were, among other things, responsible for the break up of the band in 1976.
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