klingende-post-9-labelOSTBERLIN BEATET BESSERES posted the advertisement record Klingende Post No.11 from 1959 a couple of days ago. The record he bought was from a record store that had been in his neighborhood in the Eastern part of Berlin some 50 years ago.Last year I found  a bunch of these Klingende Post records in my favorite next-door thrift-store.They were  from a record-store that was operating in the late 50`s and 60`s, just two blocks from where I live in  the Western part of Berlin.Today I went to look where the store had once been and made these photos. The name of the record-store (or  probably radio-store with small record-bar)  was “Musik Wiebach” in the Gneisenaustrasse 18. There is a cafè in that spot today, that belongs to the live-music club “Junction-Bar”. So at least the music didn`t leave the building completely…

Klingende Post records were published by Teldec to promote Telefunken, Decca, RCA and London records. They were distributed to record-stores, sometimes with the stores logo printed on the label, and given to customers for free.

I had wanted to do something with these advertisement records when I bought them last year. I like the simple design  of these records and seeing the one on OSTBERLIN BEATET BESSERES kind of inspired me. By the way,  the great German Rock`n`Roller Elvis Pummel has recently used a Klingende Post design for one of his record sleeves. So I guss it`s not entirely uncool to dig them…


Once I scanned the sleeves and recorded the music I realized, why I had not done it right away: most of the music on these records is dead boring and the speakers are only amusing if you speak German and also have a weak spot for silly and square German 50`s/60`s mainstream kitsch.

But there is some good stuff on these records, so I recorded short versions of what I thought were the stronger songs and some dialogue.  I also left the  full sides for those of you who are a little more adventurous.

The first short piece has the Swedish singer Ria Solar singing in German: “Irgendwas muss heute noch passieren”(Something has got to happen today) and then Elvis is doing “Teddy Bear” plus some introductions in German.

1. WILLIAM GREIS, Calypso Italiano
2. LYS ASSIA, Mi Casa su Casa
3. ORCHESTER ROBINO, I’ll See you In My Dreams
4. DIE HEIMATSÄNGER, Köhlerliesel
5. VICO TORRIANI, Ein echter Italiano
7. CHRISTA WILLIAMS, Oh diese Männer

1. WILL GLAHÈ, Bretzel Walzer
2. RIA SOLAR, Irgendwas müsste heute noch passieren
3. GITTA LIND, Fahr mit mir in die Ferne
4. ELVIS PRESLEY, Teddy Bear
5. Das Schmugglerkind
6. GESCHWISTER KARNER, Karwendellied
7. TONI WELLER, Jeden Morgen
8. MANOLITA, Das ist amore

Short Version: KLINGENDE POST NR.9, Ria Solar, Elvis Presley, 1957

KLINGENDE POST NR.9, 1.Teil, 1957

KLINGENDE POST NR.9, 2.Teil, 1957