Spring has come and we just finished recording the songs for our second
album. Again we decided "not to record tracks, but to
make music", as Levon Helm, drummer of the legendary BAND once said. We
set up all our instruments and amplifiers so we could
record immediatly while we were playing together. That‘s the way
the songs were done with the exception of a few horn
parts and some vocals that were overdubbed.
We believe that music is perfect communication. Hardly anywhere you
find people who really try to talk together, not trying to
convince but empathize, sharing the will to create a common sense that
is more an individual could ever archieve. And, to really
make it, we need you, the ones who are listening. Hopefully you enjoy
our music on the albums, tapes, and especially at our
concerts. Thank you, We wouldn‘t be a band without you.
Ju‘ll be always on our mind!
Special thanks to Hans-Hermann, Illa, Ralf, and the Taxim team.
Thanks again to our families for their patience and understanding, to
our guitar doctor Helmut "Bunny" Stauder, Tommy
"Special Guitars" Metz & Elke Holtschoppen, Master for offering his
fantastic snare drum, Alexander Wilkowski for helping out
with his "electronic" Leslie, our fellow-traveller Fiedhelm Beemers for
never refusing a cup of coffee, last not least to Fips, our
landlord‘s dog, for being a silent partner during the recording
sessions, and especially to all the folks who come to our
concerts over and over again. We know what we owe you!
More Schluff Jull behind the curtain:
Klaus Rikken: Webmaster & cyberjull
Jürgen Zander: management
This CD is dedicated
to everyone who is keeping alive the spirit and music of the Grateful
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY:
RELIX Vol. 26/ No. 1 / USA
You may recall
that we wrote about a German band a while back called Schluff Jull.
This 12-piece band is back with another
extremely polished and accomplished CD, Circlin`Round A Sun ( Taxim).
The level of musicianship is par excellence with the
songs and vocals a close second. Ironically, these guys sound extremely
American. Blues, jazz, progressive rock and
psychedelic instrumental fills are imaginatively used to embellish the
richly melodic song.
The eight-minute "The Well" is a real gem that has a wonderful extended
coda with majestic guitar leads.
Grateful Dead influences creep into a lot of songs, as do hints of
Blood, Sweat and Tears and Blues Traveler.
Other gems are "Castle On The Hill" and the infectious "It`s All Gone",
both which have a slight Bruce Springsteen feel.
The cut that sums up best the ensemble`s multiple talents, expansive
sound and adeptness at arranging, though, is the
magnificent "Between Green & Blue". The horn fills are special
delight, and again, the song features some
adventurous , yet melodic instrumental passages. This is truly quality
music. The album is highly recommended and available
in the U.S. from the Mercer Group, P.O. Box 2458. Toluca Lake, CA
( Call toll free 1-888-777-9228, local 818-754-1239, e-mail email@example.com
or check the band´s website at www.schluffjull.com )
Bill Pannifer in EYES OF THE WORLD 9/98
Schluff Jull- Circlin Round a Sun (Taxim TX2044-2TA)
The second all-original CD from the Jull, who are becoming a fixture on
European Dead scene. However, this twelve-piece(!) band from Germany
been together for a decade and the songs, from a repertoire of sixty or
sound like the fruit of much development on the road. The distinctive
-- a five piece horn section, keyboards, lengthy guitar soloing and
vocals -- frames ambitious all-English-language lyrics. Unlike the
Eurobands discussed in Eyes, this confident outfit plays almost
Defining the Jull is a difficult task (as they no doubt intend).
connections abound, though, probably to the detriment of what's really
happening in the music. Try this for a lyrically compact Bob'n'Phil
well any cup of coffee
can be a twist of fate
on any evening any day (Driftin Apart)
Lots of musical echoes too, from the Band (Levon Helm is namechecked)
Morrison and the Doors. Still, it must be said the one band the Jull
resemble too much is the
Dead! OK, the album is called Circling Round a Sun, there's a track
Magnolia, and a song called The Well has a Scarletish bounce to it [not
surprising that they joined in to jam on that tune at this year's
But despite the commitment to improvisation, especially in Olaf's lead
this is all quite tightly orchestrated, even when, as here, largely
live with minimal overdubbing. The horns especially are often used in a
arranged, structural way. Lyrical/vocal textures are strong, if
melodramatic, and there are usually quite distinct gear changes between
verses and "instrumental sections". Various electronic snippets and
effects top-and-tail familiar forms. It's all here --blues, r'n'b,
boulevard ballad complete with accordion. Most interesting track is
the twelve minute Between Green and Blue, with its poignant and
demanding vocal line giving way to a sustained instrumental buildup
with oceanic sounds and some unusual percussion.
Broad strokes and familiar idioms much of the time, veering towards the
middle-of-the-road, but also with much musical interest in the
a dozen or so versatile and accomplished players. The Julls at full
in concert must be a varied and powerful experience.
available in your favourite CD shop or direct from :
european customers please contact:
Round a Sun (TX 2044-2 TA)
AM DOBBEN 3
Tel.: 02453 1406
Fax.: 02453 1407
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
us customers please contact:
P.O. BOX 2458
Tel.: 818 754 1239
E-mail : email@example.com