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  • 31.03.23

    • Let it Out - Live 1976 - Remastered


  • 28.04.21

    • Der ECHO-Preisträger und Ausnahmebassist Hellmut Hattler besucht unser Stadttheater nebst seiner Band am 29. April. Neben coolen Clubsounds, psychodelic Pop und NuJazz Arrangements dürft ihr euch auf Live-Videoprojektionen freuen, die zusammen mit der Musik ein mediales Erlebnis der Extraklasse bieten.

      Das Konzert wird am 29.04 um 20:00 Uhr live auf unserem Youtube-Kanal übertragen und kann kostenlos verfolgt werden. Merkt euch den Termin und klickt euch rein!

  • 03.03.21

    • March 05, 2021 ist Bandcamp Friday!

      90% of the gains go to the band for KRAAN albums bought on friday march 05, 2021 via

      A good chance to get what is missing in your collection!

  • 25.02.21

    • The iconic Kraan bass, a styled Rickenbacker, has returned to its home.

      Hellmut tells the story:

      "When I started to endorse Ibanez basses, and FX the Boss of the Co. wasn’t sure if I’d play the Rickenbacker instead of Ibanez basses although I did sign a contract, so I put my instrument in pawn just to make sure I won’t feint him.
      The end of that coop (after 12 Years or so) was not too funny, so I didn’t have the nerves to ask for the Rick, as I already had an offer from Warwick to endorse their basses. After Warwick, there was Status and I was more than happy with my custom built instrument.
      Just now, after KRAAN went on pretty well, I thought about using some original 70s gear, and asked the Ibanez Distribution Co. for my old Rickenbacker, but I didn’t get any reply. Now the son of the Boss follows up in the company’s hierarchy and he said he was willing to send out someone to check for the bass - and: tataaaahhhh - it arrived today surprisingly and without any warning.

      The neck was somehow lightly „twisted" even before i gave it away. If I ever could find someone who’s able to fix it I could even consider playing it live and in the studio again, as no endorsement deals limit me in the moment considering the choice of any brand."

      Link to the 2009 interview about Hellmut and his basses

    • Nach 40 Jahren: Verschollener KRAAN-Rickenbacker kehrt zu Hellmut Hattler zurück!
      Hellmut Hattlers roter Rickenbacker-Bass ist ein Stück deutsche Musikgeschichte

  • 16.01.21

    • One hour KRAAN radio feature on Sunday, 17.01.2021 at DLF "Rock etcetera“.

      StartseiteRock et cetera ->Groove-Kompetenz seit fünf Jahrzehnten-> 17.01.2021-> 15:05 Uhr - Groove-Kompetenz seit fünf Jahrzehnten

    • Mr. Andreas Karl from Vienna
  • 10.11.20

  • 05.11.20

    • Funding Krautrock 2 (with Kraan)
      The 2nd film of the Krautrock Trilogy explores eminent Krautrock bands from the South of Germany.

      Greetings from from Washington DC!
      We are Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder, the directors and producers of the documentary series on progressive music "Romantic Warriors – A Progressive Music Saga". We hope you are doing all ok in these unusual times. We have been concentrated in the past months on editing KRAUTROCK 2, the second film in the Krautrock Trilogy and the 5th film in the series. The film covers the Zeitgeist, trajectory and current endeavors of great German Krautrock bands from the South of Germany. We are glad to tell you that we have a rough cut of the 120 minute long film. We are planning to release the film in January of 2021 and here is where you come in. We are reaching out to you asking for your support to push this feature film over the finish line.

      Read more:

    • Review of Sandglass in German by Achim Helge Winkelmeier in

      Link to the review as pdf here

    • Achim Helge Winkelmeier passed by Wintrup this September, and took a few photos. Lovely place !
      The second photo shows (in the middle) the remains of the barn where 'Let it out' was recorded.
      Click for larger versions, opens i a new window.

  • 26.08.20

    • An interesting feature on 'Sandglass' (CD only) is on the track Moonshine Of Sunflowers: a keyboard-part is played by the late Ingo Bischof.
      Hellmut says: "Ingo played these few chords for me years ago, but i never used them. When i rediscovered them on my library i sent the files to peter and jan - and now he‘s with us together again on this tune. a bit spooky but great!"


  • 17. july 2020
  • 22. May 2020

    • The KRAAN "Finkenbach Festival 2005" Double LP will be released on June 20, 2020! (Rightclick on fotos to see larger version)

      NB - Hellmut says: this album was ment to be an exclusive/limited vinyl edition (600 pieces) specially for the „record store day“ in april - which, of course, didn’t take place. the event was shifted two times from april to july, then again to „autumn“ - so we decided to release it ourselves. the „RSD" only offers vinyl, so no CD planned for this album. it is, btw, the concert that was an additional DVD for the first issue of „psychedelic man“ and later released (with additional two tracks) as a digital/streaming album.

    • Even better news from Hellmut: "during the heavy lockdown overhere we killed some time and recorded a new KRAAN album (sending the sound files around from place to place until the tracks were complete). it is about to be mixed these days and probably put out for our 50th birthday jubilee next year."

  • 24. March 2020

  • 09. December
  • 05. December

    • New concert dates for Kraan, Hattler & SIYOU’n’HELL.

    • Kraans very first concert poster - 1971.

      Erna Schmidt mentioned on the poster also lived at Wintrup for a period of time.

  • 11. November

    • "33 Year-Old C64 Game Saved From Vinyl"

      On the Hattler/Fride vinyl album Heartware 1986, there was a computergame !

  • 10.november

    Minor errors regarding the links on this page fixed.

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  • 14. Oktober 2019

  • 9. July

    Coming Kraan concerts:

    New Kraan concert dates

  • 12. oktober 2018

    • First German review of the new album Kraan 'The Trio Years' Read here (image in a new window)
    • One more: double release day article (SÜDWEST PRESSE) Read here (image in a new window)

    • Listen:



  • 16. august 2018

    • October 12, 2018 will be the date for a double release:

      1: KRAAN live album "The Trio Years“ (CD and 2LP)
      2: HATTLER „Velocity“ (new studio album)

    • Kraan at Finkenbach 2018
      Finkenbach 2018

      Set list

      Andy Nogger 4:28
      Club 20 6:06
      Jerk of Life 4:43
      Holiday am Marterhorn 9:43
      Hallo Ja Ja, I Don't Know 3:38
      Dinner for Two 2:02
      Wintruper Echo 6:25
      Let It Out 7:58
      Borgward 15:20
      Nam Nam [with Rund um die Uhr, Wiederhören, Sarah's Ritt durch den Schwarzwald] 18:46

      Total 1:19:08

      More photos here (Bottom of the page)

    • New concerts with Kraan, Hattler & SIYOU’n’HELL

Diamonds 2010
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The Kraan site contributors "Hall of fame"
Without these people this site would have been more boring !
In arbitrary order:
Matt Gregory - U.S.A.
Per Skiold Frederiksen - Denmark
Achim Vater - Germany
Petrus Wippel - Germany
Andreas Hedler - Germany
Wolfgang Schmidt - Germany
Gary Holdinghausen - U.S.A.
Andi Görres - Germany
Rolf Spengler - Germany
Michael Loesl - Germany
Thorsten Knoop - Germany
Eib Eibelshäuser - Germany
Ulrich Jagusch - Germany
Hellmut Hattler - Germany
Kark Heinz Jardner - Germany
Rudolf Weinert - Germany
Bernward Koch - Germany
Charles Snider - U.S.A.
Lutz Schönlau - Germany
Arndt aus Hilden/Düsseldorf - Germany
Uwe Kerkau - Germany
Uwe Zipter - Germany
Werner Wingen - Germany
Ralf Feiten (S.F. Cody) - Germany
Harald Vullbrock - Germany
Wolfpeter Hörger
Gerd Woldt - Germany
Edgar Hellwig - Germany
Axel Rademacher - Germany
Jörn Bernhard - Germany
Damian Léman - Germany
Steve Cork - United Kingdom
Ole Wintoniak - Denmark
Norbert Rolf - Germany
Klaus Rydahl - Denmark
Jürgen Lange - Germany
Frieder Rodermund - Germany
Michael Bohn - Denmark
Peter Wolbrandt - Germany
Jan Fride (Wolbrandt) - Germany
Christian Zey (Chrille)- Germany
Robert J. Baumann - U.S.A.
Günni Heidler - Germany
Andi Scheibler - Germany
Gunter Auer - Germany
Lutz Wernicke - Germany
Jürgen Lange - Germany
Achim Helge Winkelmeier - Germany
Günter Zoufal - Germany
Dirk Jan Müller - Germany
Herrmann Imkamp - Germany
Wolfgang Schumacher - Germany
Hans-Peter Linz - Germany
Ulrich Mrosek - Germany
Chris Wilhelm - U.S.A.
Fred Bauer - Germany
Daniel & Dave Svita - USA
Frieder Rodermund - Germany
Peter Bertges - Germany
Frank Nissen - Germany
Detlef Weber - Germany
Dietmar Volkmer - Germany
Thomas Feld - Germany
Thierry Miguet - Germany
Andreas Pleister - Germany
Karsten W. Rohrbach - Germany
Volker Faltin - Germany
Friedrich Glorian - Germany
Martin Lowack - Germany
GABS - Tübingen Germany
Michael Bartoldus - Germany
Stefan Becker - Germany
Andi Moersener - Germany
Johannes Grüber - Germany
Felix Schäfer - Germany

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