FROM COAST TO COAST
DAYS OF SUMMER
HELLO AND GOODBYE
TRAIN TO AN ISLAND
Accordion – Thomas Von Janonski
Arranged By – Topas
Bass – Reinhard Besser
Bouzouki – Manfred Schüssler
Drums – Hartmut Pfannmüller
Flute – Christian Felke
Guitar – Johan Daansen, Richard Kersten, Topas
Keyboards – Christian Kolonovits, Dieter Kolb, Michael Cretu
Oboe – Stefan Gleitsmann
Percussion – Brad Howell, Hartmut Pfannmüller, Jürgen Zöller
Producer – Topas
Saxophone – Peter Drischel
Tuba – Helmut Henne
Vocals – Topas
The group was created by the composer and Lead singer Dieter Brandt (Born 15th March 1947 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; † died on 19th October 1991 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Dieter Brandt had already reached local success in 1971 with the duo named „Alpha & Omega“, together with Uwe Röhrdanz, playing German 'chansons' like „The old man“, „Parting from a summer time“ and „With the eyes of a child“.
more songs followed, just to name a few: „Three times nine“ with Wim Thoelke and a live concert in the tower palace in Frankfurt, where they launched - among other things - their first single „You changed in such a way“.
After years of extensive tours around Austria, Switzerland and the Countries of Benelux, the duo separated.
Dieter Brandt wrote more texts and composed music, and created in 1979 the group „Topas“ together with F. Landvogt, S. Miensok and Ralf Oppermann.
Between August 1979 and July 1980 they developed 9 Songs, which can be naively called „AOR melodic skirt“.
Many guest musicians participated in production - among others, also Michael Cretu, with „Enigma“ and his later wife Sandra Ann Lauer, and large sussess arrived.
In 1980 they published their first and only album, but large success remained: unfortunately for us, after a short time the members of the group separated.
While most went again back to their learned occupations, the founder Dieter Brandt tried a his luck in the music scene as a solo artist - however without success.
Theses circumstances. connected with heavy depression, led to the fact that Dieter Brandt committed suicide in 1991. [RIP]
Lots of musicians took part in the recordings, which were made in the Europasound Studios of pop producer legend Frank Farian in Offenbach; for example Michael Cretu (later to become famous with group Enigma), Christian Kolonovits and Johan Daansen.
Apart from the common rock equipment you can hear instruments like oboe, flutes, tuba, bouzouki and accordion on this fine record, which still stands the test of time.