After All This Time

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WESTWOOD werden die Wenigsten kennen. Es sei denn, sie wohnen im oder kommen aus dem Raum Heilbronn/Mosbach. In diesen Landkreisen war das Trio Mitte der 70er bis Mitte der 80er Jahre eine lokale Größe und begeisterte mit seinem Country/Folk Rock-Sound (2 akustische Gitarren, Bass und 3-stimmiger Gesang) junge und alte Fans von Bands wie America, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Poco, Eagles oder der Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Die Band bestand aus dem US-Amerikaner Dave German (Akustikgitarre, Banjo, Fiddle), der den Großteil der Songs komponiert hatte, Wolfgang Köhler, der heute beim SWR-Radio arbeitet, an der zweiten akustischen und an der elektrischen Gitarre, sowie German Vogt am Bass. Nach dem selbstproduzierten Debütalbum Dave's Triad (1975) folgten zwei weitere Alben auf Intercord (Winner Takes All, 1978) und DA Music (Comin' Home, 1982). 1986 kehrte Dave German in seine Heimat Colorado zurück, was das (vorläufige) Ende für Westwood bedeutete.

11 Jahre später folgte die Reunion, im Jahr darauf die erste CD (Spirits In The Wind, 1998), eine Mischung aus "Best Of" und 4 neuen Stücken, auf Blue Rose. Im Mai 2003 wurde ein weiterer Besuch von German dazu genutzt, eine Live-Show des Trios mitzuschneiden. Die Doppel-CD Live enthielt neben den Westwood-Klassikern wie "Do You Want Me To Come Back", "Sound Of Your Voice" oder "Running Blind" auch Coverversionen wie "Here Comes The Sun", "Seven Bridges Road", "The Boxer", "Leaving On A Jet Plane" oder die Bluegrass-Stücke "Cripple Creek", "Devil's Square Dance" sowie "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Die Mischung aus eigenen Songs und Covers war schon immer das Markenzeichen von Westwood und wird von den Fans begeistert aufgenommen.

29 Jahre nach dem letzten regulären Westwood-Album wollten die drei Musiker ihren immer noch zahlreichen Anhängern eine Freude machen und haben ein neues Studioalbum eingespielt! After All This Time enthält 10 Stücke, bis auf eine Coverversion von "Long Black Veil", ebenfalls ein fester Bestandteil der Live-Shows der Band, ausschließlich Kompositionen von Dave German. Sieben Songs waren bisher auf keinem Tonträger des Trios erschienen gewesen, fünf Nummern wurden speziell für After All This Time geschrieben. Die Arrangements wurden von Produzent Andy Horn in moderne Sounds verpackt mit dezenten Drums oder Akkordeon, ohne allerdings den typischen Westwood-Sound zu vernachlässigen. Für die Dobro-Parts auf "Sound Of Your Voice", einem der Westwood-Evergreens, konnte Dave German's Freund Rusty Young von der Country Rock-Legende Poco gewonnen werden.


WESTWOOD is something like the best kept secret for those who live in the Heilbronn/Mosbach area in Southern Germany. For a decade the trio was very popular in that region in the mid 70s to the mid 80s with their Country/Folk Rock sound (two acoustic guitars, bass and harmony vocals) which reminded on bands like America, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Poco, the Eagles or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Leader of the three-piece was Dave German (acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle) from Colorado who also wrote all the original songs for the band, Wolfgang Köhler on acoustic and electric guitar, and last but not least German Vogt on bass. After the self-produced debut album Dave's Triad (1975) two more albums followed on Intercord (Winner Takes All, 1978) and Racket Records (Comin' Home, 1982). After more than 1,000 shows Dave German returned back home in 1986 - the Westwood era was over. Well - not yet…

Eleven years later there was a reunion, in 1998 the CD Spirits In The Wind was released on Blue Rose, a combination of a "Best Of" collection and four new songs. In May 2003 another visit of German was the chance to record a live show of the trio. The double CD Live featured lots of Westwood originals as "Do You Want Me To Come Back", "Sound Of Your Voice" or "Running Blind" plus covers like "Here Comes The Sun", "Seven Bridges Road", "The Boxer", "Leaving On A Jet Plane" or bluegrass tunes like "Cripple Creek", "Devil's Square Dance" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". The mixture of originals and covers was a trademark of Westwood shows from the beginning and the reason for the trio's big and lasting success.

29 years after the last regular Westwood album was released the three musicians wanted to do a favor to all their true fans and recorded a brand new album. After All This Time contains ten tracks, all written by German except the country classic "Long Black Veil", another crowd pleaser of the band's live performances. Seven songs have never been available on any record before, five tracks were especially written for After All This Time. The arrangements were wrapped in a modern sound by Andy Horn and added with non-Westwood typical instruments as accordeon and drums but still sounding like Westwood with acoustic guitars and harmony vocals plus Dave German's skills for great melodies with catchy hooklines.

The Dobro parts on the album track "Sound Of Your Voice", one of the all-time Westwood classics, were played by Dave German's friend Rusty Young of the legendary Country Rock band Poco!

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After All This Time
WESTWOOD
After All This Time
CD
BLU DP0553
€ 9.90



1. Dream On Wheels
2. Seven Miles From Boston
3. Stay With Me
4. After All This Time
5. Long Black Veil
6. Sound Of Your Voice
7. If You Can See Me Standing Here
8. Phantom Canyon Road
9. Cowboy Karl
10. Memories Of You