Schwinger, Silke & George, Fatty – “Trip” – [Zeitgeist]
The Holy Grail for some, Fatty George (the king of Austrian jazz) and Silke Schwinger, librettist, created this pop psych opera for Austrian television. Televised in 1971, soundtrack recordings were made for radio and television stations only. Telling the tale of a black messiah coming to Austria in the 1970’s, “Trip” (no article, thank you), goes full force as only a 1971 TV popera could go. You want flutes? Lots. And sitar? Of, course. Wah wah guitar. Studio funky sounds with lots of horns. The voice of THe Man. It’s all here and all so groovy. SOOOO GROOVY. The center piece is “White Sand”. Sue Kramer BELTS out the vocals in such a funkified way. She rips it apart. It must have been a show stopper. She even pulls out what sounds like a German version of Sock It To Me. The drum beat that drops halfway through was heavily sampled for funk albums. Listen and you’ll hear why. This whole thing is so kick butt: Naysayer’s Two Thumbs Up.