Wolfgang Niedecken, Born in 1951 in KÖln, studied from 1970 to 1976 free painting at the FHBK KÖln. He then founded the Cologne rock band BAP, which he 1982 Supraregional breakthrough. Meanwhile, there are 17 studio albums and 5 live albums of BAP and 3 solo albums. Since 2004 the musician and painter represents as ambassador the umbrella organization "Together for Africa". In 2008 he initiated the "World Vision" project "Rebound" to reintegrate former child soldiers in northern Uganda, which was expanded in September 2011 to the eastern Congo. Shortly before the start of the "Halv su wild" tour,
on 2.November2011, he suffered a stroke. In March it the German Phono Academy awarded the "ECHO" for his lifetime achievement.
About two years ago sat my old friend Julian Dawson with us at the kitchen table and said I should definitely check an acoustic album with quite a few, specially selected for this purpose American musicians record - in Woodstock. The more I thought from then on About this idea, the clearer it became to me that - if I ever record such an album would - there be a selection of songs would I in the course of almost two decades for the mother of my daughters had written.
But, as sometimes running, I never found the right time to give this idea even more time. It was just always too much going on. Only in the phase after 2 November 2011, the figment developed so slowly to a matter of the heart - probably because I thought ever more often about the fact that I - if I stroke not Survived would - something very valuable failed would. Released from the hospital, I started to poke around in my lyrics to ever dig out at least the candidate songs.
Gradually even crystallized a preliminary selection of songs out: Starting fOr with the very first, then still top secret song Tina. "Rääts un left vum embankment" until the time last "Waat ens jraad" I needed was here and there to omit one or the other song and already the story was told. "It's all in the songs!" Finally, I Julian a mail sent him to me, will betray details about the studio in Woodstock and fOr the session in question musician.
He replied that Stewart Lerman with whom he was already working repeats, should be the engineer that two different studios in Woodstock to select booths and the main musicians Larry Campbell, of the past decade in Bob Dylan Band had played and Steuart Smith should be. With Steuart, now for many years in the service of Eagles, I had already ages ago, when he was still in Julians Band played, given in Cologne E-Werk "When I paint my Masterpiece" for the best. And Of course he would this concept album love to want to produce.
Then everything happened very quickly: On september 1, 2012, I played with the BAP tour final concert at the Loreley and the next day, I was already with Julian coordinate with us in the garden KÖln to various schedules. Here was aware suddenly that we could strike either directly or in December but only in the course of the upcoming early summer. "It's now or never," we said, and began immediately to plan.
And so we are after my last "FÜr'ne moment" - reading, early December flew to New York, went from there to Woodstock and then have in "Dreamland", a secularized, the studio converted church, losgelegt. We have had lot of fun. The team was of Julian optimally together and when I also learned that Stewart Lerman my current favorite album, namely Patti Smith's "Banga" has started, I was very sure that I here offer an opportunity would that one may well confidently as unique.
We recorded the songs in chronological order, from the imaginary as a prologue "Zosamme old", I had written in the summer of 2012 in Turkey, up to "Everything, I wat zo Jähn Woehr" ( "All I really wanna do"). Tons of special moments. One with safety, as the Woodstock legend John Sebastian appeared to those same "Official Hidden Track" einzuspielen live with us.
we have to mix then moved to Manhattan in the "Electric Lady" and when you know that Jimi Hendrix design this studio after his ideas had and who has worked here now do everything, you can probably imagine how awesome we are sneaking through these hallowed halls. Just before Christmas we were back at home, and many a time I have since seriously asked me if I did not yet all have only dreamed of.
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