Birth Control – An Overview

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Albums In My Collection

– Backdoor Possibilities
– Birth Control
– Count On Dracula
– Deal Done At Night
– Getting There
– Hoodoo Man
– Increase
– Operation
– Plastic People
– Rebirth
– Titanic
– Two Worlds

An Overview

Anytime a band has released material for as many years as Birth Control (formed in Germany back in 1968) one would expect a great deal of inconsistency in its sound/style, especially when countless personnel changes within the band occur and music trends change globally. Therefore, for fans of Prog-Rock unfamiliar with this band, be prepared when delving into its vast catalogue that the quality and material vary greatly from decade to decade.

For me, most of the band’s early releases, its “classic/glory period”—especially the albums Operation (1971), Hoodoo Man (1972), Plastic People (1975), Backdoor Possibilities (1976), and Increase (1977)—were great slices of Heavy Prog-Rock. In those days, the band had a profound Deep Purple/Bloodrock/Lucifer’s Friend type of sound, with some funky rhythms and touches of jazz and even classical music thrown in, giving Birth Control a style all its own. And with his powerful voice, singer Bernd Noske (also the drummer) gave the band an instantly recognizable sound. Also, on my favorite Birth Control release (Backdoor Possibilities), the band went one step forward in its experimentation by incorporating some Gentle Giant influences into several tracks. Outstanding material overall.

After this classic period, however, the band (facing drastic changes in the music industry) attempted to keep itself relevant by changing its sound to more of a straight-forward AOR type of band and actually toying with—gulp—disco rhythms. Yes, you read that correctly, disco rhythms! Gag. Although, mind you, the four studio albums released from 1978-1982 weren’t completely horrible, just rather lackluster and, with that disco flirtation in the late 70s, a bit too much for me to bear. I quickly lost interest in the band during this period.

But then, the band disappeared for more than a decade, only to reemerge in 1995 with a heavy album once again. And with singer/drummer Bernd Noske still at the helm. Up through its final album in 2003, Birth Control sounded rejuvenated with an updated organ-dominated, Deep Purple-influenced, Heavy-Prog sound. And the band’s last four releases were better than average. Still, nothing quite beats the “classic/glory period” as described above, which I wholeheartedly encourage fans of Heavy-Prog to investigate.

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