JOSEF LAUFER AND THEIR MAJESTIES, Veni Vidi Vici, 1968

josef-laufer-frontjosef-laufer-backjosef-laufer-labelJosef Laufer was one of the few artists ( like Karel Gott, Waldemar Matuska, Vaclav Neckar, Hana Hegerova) from Communist Czechoslovakia who got to record in Western Germany. Of course they also recorded and performed in East-Germany, a socialist brother-country. josef-laufer

Here you can see Josef Laufer playing alongside Vaclav Necker in a Czech musical. The guy posing on the ladder in the denim jacket, that´s him. Very cool. I can already hear the Russian tanks rolling in the back …

I have four of Josef Laufer´s early EPs that he made for the Czech Supraphon label, and even one on the Romanian Electrecord label, but none are as rockin´ as these two songs here, that he sings in German.

JOSEF LAUFER AND THEIR MAJESTIES, Veni Vidi Vici, 1968

JOSEF LAUFER AND THEIR MAJESTIES, 99 Stufen, 1968


MIHAI CONSTANTINESCU, Teiul, 1971

As I`ve written before in some older posts, I discovered East-European beat music when I moved to Berlin in 1997 and then developed a habit of buying those records in huge quantities. And cheap too then. I don`t find much any more, the collector-market has caught on, so my own collection seems to be stagnating.

Back then I found them anywhere: in thrift stores, book stores, record stores, even in the trash. This record was from a East-Berlin library that sold their vinyl stock. It has a small sticker saying “Einlage”(store-copy). Mihai Constantinescu is a popular Romanian artist who is still working. He played with the seminal Romanian rock band Mondial and then took of for a solo career.

“Teiul”, written by Constantinescu himself, is a swinging soul/pop/beat dance number with nice horns and organ.

MIHAI CONSTANTINESCU, Teiul, 1971