Josef 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.
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
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.