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Irrespective of society, country or marketing creed, it is a simple fact of supply and demand that scarcity ratchets up prices. Look at the sighingly high prices that certain record pressings command. Rarity value and collectability go hand in hand. In extreme cases when demand outstrips supply suppliers may have recourse to ‘alternative’ options in order to meet demand. Ugly words like bootleg and pirate spring to mind. Consequently, many a reissue has been predicated more on the original record’s rarity value than its aesthetic or musical worth, conjuring the sneer of Ireland’s wit and man of letters Oscar Wilde who famously put down an opponent marking him as somebody who knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. This is the Real Ax Band’s only album. Its initial pressing reached maybe 2500 or so copies - to be frank, nobody seems sure, those were different times and a different spirit was abroad. That, and the fact that ‘Nicht Stehenbleiben/Move Your Ass In Time’ commanded high enough prices to become a pirate CD, would qualify it as proper supply-and-demand KrautRock rarity on several counts. But much more important is its musical worth. And its place in the history…

Marlon Klein and Toffi Mache founded the Real Ax Band in the unusually long, unusually hot summer of 1976 when mercury was exploring rarely visited barometric heights. Between then and early 1977 people came and went while the group played dozens of small Beatschuppen and clubs in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

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