April 2016 – Release of single Lu La Le Lu, featuring Klaus Voormann‘s original demo recording on Side A and Wishful Thinking’s version on Side 2. Comes in a gatefold sleeve designed by Klaus and Maximilian Voormann (Apcor 2). KLAUS VOORMANN: Introduced by ex-Beatle George Harrison at the Concert For Bangla Desh in 1971: “Many people have heard about him, but they’ve never actually seen him”, Klaus Voormann is one of the most famous bass players in the history of rock music. He met The Beatles in Hamburg when they were still struggling for success in the early 1960s and befriended all of the members. Throughout the 1960s Klaus made a name of his own playing bass in various bands before joining Manfred Mann and having various hit records with them (a.o. The Mighty Quinn, Ha Ha Said The Clown & My Name Is Jack). At the end of the 1960s Klaus became a very much in-demand session player and he’s played on various legendary songs such as John Lennon’s Imagine, George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord, and on songs by Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, James Taylor and hundreds of others. Later on in his career he produced the German band Trio who had a huge hit with Da Da Da. Next to his bass playing, Klaus is also famous for having designed many legendary album covers, such as The Bee Gees 1st, Ringo Starr’s Ringo LP and the Beatles’ Revolver and Anthology albums.Klaus and Christina Voormann granted us the rights to release Klaus’ rare demo version of a song he composed called Lu La Le Lu, which was administered by Apple Publishing in the early 1970s and which has been taken off an original Apple acetate, but also members of a band called Wishful Thinking have been so generous to grant us the rights to occupy the other side of the single with their version of this song, which was released in 1972 in the UK and has been long out of print since. Adrian Sinclair has lent his technical skills to clean up the acetate which was in a rather deplorable state and now sounds better than it has ever done! The A-side features Klaus Voormann on vocals, accompanying himself on guitar, singing his own composition Lu la Le Lu. This demo version was recorded on his Grundig tape recorder. Around the time of this recording Klaus was staying in a small cottage at George Harrison’s Friar Park Estate. The acetate was given to Wishful Thinking and has never been heard outside a very small circle of people and certainly never officially released before. The single has been issued in a limited run of 1,000 copies, housed in a beautiful picture cover with original art work by Klaus, drawn around the time of the demo recording (1969/1970) and made available by Klaus and Christina Voormann especially for this release.
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