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Cologne, Germany (1969 – 1980)

Triumvirat was a German band, founded in 1969 in the town of Cologne, Germany By keyboardist/composer Hans-Jürgen (later simply Jürgen) Fritz, drummer/lyricist Hans Bathelt, and bassist Werner Frangenberg.

During its early years, Triumvirat initially played Top 40 songs at local venues in Cologne. The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer heavily influenced Triumvirat’s musical direction and the band incorporated some of Nice/ELP music into their repertoire (Rondo among others).

In the early 1970s, the band sent a demo tape to EMI Records in Cologne and won their first record contract. Triumvirat subsequently produced modestly successful albums during the early to mid-1970s, including Mediterranean Tales (Across The Waters) and Illusions on a Double Dimple, and toured the United States with Fleetwood Mac to support Illusions on a Double Dimple, playing the album in its entirety. In 1975, Triumvirat reached the apex of their commercial success with the release of Spartacus.

The band underwent numerous personnel changes over the course of its life and eventually disbanded in 1980 with the release of their final album Russian Roulette.


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  • triumphator

    across the waters are some intense stuff

    21 May 9:02pm Reply
  • sementoro

    Prog, Jazz and Psychedelic. Give it a chance. You won't regret.

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Menswear2112 - That award goes to Coldplay

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    Voted Ugliest band of All Time...but very, very talented.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GtHeRocker

    Amazing!! For You

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    first time listening to these guys tonight they are good.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • roterkobold

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • aggroroofer

    I love "Mister Ten Percent"!

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ananda96

    Stop Comparing and complaining! It's one of the topmost played symphonic rockbands from Germany and Spartacus is an alltime classic! This is not typical's just perfect Sympho Prog from our Kraut period.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    The moniker "krautrock" was slapped on the experimental German rock movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s by the British music press, and ironically retained by its practitioners. The term krautrock was originally a humorous one coined by the UK music press (such as New Musical Express and Melody Maker), where "krautrock" found an early and enthusiastic underground following. The term derives from the ethnic slur "kraut", and its use by the music press was inspired by a track from Amon Düül's Psychedelic Underground titled "Mama Düül und Ihre Sauerkrautband Spielt Auf" ('Mama Düül and her Sauerkrautband Strike Up'). The term is also a problematic category due to the considerable differences between the artists so labelled. Musicologist Julian Cope, in his book Krautrocksampler, says "Krautrock is a subjective British phenomenon," based on the way the music was received in the UK rather than on the actual West German music scene out of which it grew.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Krautrock - Music for Your Brain. A spectacular mix, a magical whirlwind of sounds and colors, To go on a journey beyond the meaning of time and space... a pleasure renewed with each listen. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TiagoVentura

    nervous drums

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    70's prog rock from Germany and not being Kraut?? Very interesting though!!

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • davesantos

    across the waters is EPIC. [2] I can't believe how good this song is... A f*cking masterpiece!

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • pedropn

    cool prog synth keyboards =)

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FelipeTerry

    \o/ !

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Dasein_60


    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • cmwolfe

    Someone REALLY needs to fix the band description. It sounds more like the rant of a crazed fan than an objective description of the band.

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • Lamneth91

    Great band!

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Adegmar

    Progressive blog:

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
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