Amidst the German debut floodgates of 1970, Cravinkel held the minor distinction of crafting blues ‘pop’. Seriously. If the UK blues rock boom was a brawny revolt against popsike and Merseybeat, then these jolly Germans were disengaged enough to appropriate the singalong spirit of those fresh-faced ’60s into the dingier sonorities of the current pothead menagerie. Engaging if unambitious, Cravinkel sat at the Marmalade-cum-Mayall nexus which encircled various European bands during 1970, from Belgium’s Waterloo, to Norway’s Titanic and Aunt Mary.


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