Tuesday, 8 March 2016

KLAUS VOORMANN RELEASING RARE APPLE DEMO FOR CHARITY

Klaus Voormann and his wife Christina have been in contact with Apcor about a project which will benefit an organization called Intereurope Human Aid Association to release a 7" vinyl single of which the net proceeds will go to the IHA. 

Klaus' rare demo version of a song 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 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 will initially be 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, of which the first 250 copies will be personally signed by Klaus Voormann!
Not only is this your chance to obtain a superb, limited edition, instant collector's item, but more importantly the net proceeds will be spent towards the very critical situation surrounding the Syrian refugees. Klaus can explain the situation like no other:




FROM KLAUS VOORMANN TO YOU

People associate my name with The Beatles, Revolver, good old Hamburg Days. However, there is also another story: the story of little seven-year old Klaus, who - together with his mother, 3 older brothers and baby brother Rolf - was forced to flee from the Russians amidst a long stream of refugees. Mother pushed the pram, Max pulled the handcart with our few belongings. We slept in barns, took shelter in road ditches when the Russian bombers were flying over our heads, rode in a horse carriage among soldiers who were in the retreat, and during this time my little brother died of bacterial dysentery.
Thousands of refugees are still on the way via the Balkan Routes. In the frontline Dominik Kodlin, a very good and dear friend of our family. He is co-founder of the Munich NGO InterEuropean Human Aid Association/www.iha.help. He belongs to the volunteers who provide immediate assistance and help on Europe’s borders, refugees camps and hotspots. Day and night in tireless dedication to be there where help is not (fully) implemented yet e.g. when boat people are reaching Greece islands, soaked and undercooled or thousands of people desperately wait in front of closed boarders and barbed wire fence meters high. When he told us about all these people passing him by - elderly, invalids, injured, children, often carried by extremely exhausted humans over hundreds of kilometres-, it brings back the images of my own escape back then when I was a little child and my heart starts bleeding. 

Klaus Voormann
March 2016

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