Now that we’ve identified some crucial differences between the American and British takes on the brass rock sound, let’s hear how the Germans interpreted the genre. Strikingly different from Colosseum and Galliard, and light years removed from Lighthouse or Gas Mask, Pinguin infused this thunderous style with a native Teutonic slant on their lone 1972 release Der Grosse Rote Vogel. Equally spellbinding for these Anglophonic ears is how Pinguin actually sang in German, a rarity amongst rock bands from their country. Being no expert on the Germanic musical vocabulary, I can only guess that the rhythms and arrangements which comprise these four compositions are somewhat indebted to the Bavarian marching band tradition. I’ll allow you to extend the definition:



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