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Black & White – Samba-Soul-Beat

It’s not immediately clear to me what the correct name of this German group is. The graphic design leaves you the choice whether it’s Daniela und Ann or Black & White. I’ll take the latter. I’ve had the record for a while and always liked the music. Rumour has it the two girls, refered to as “Black” (Ann, 19) and “White” (Daniela, 18) in the liner notes, were actually strippers. I can now confirm this as one day I wanted to play the record and a newspaper clip fell out, showing the girls in action (click on the header to see it). The Orange label also released the soundtrack single for the soft sex movie Schulmadchen Report. Now the question is if these girls had any actual singing talent. I would say no. But this doesn’t rule out that this record could be killer, which it pretty much is. There are dumb lyrics and the ambitious mix of samba, soul and beat certainly doesn’t work well in every track, but the tracks that feature a loud sitar or Moongass-like effects are awesome.

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“All My Love Is Gone”

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“When I look At You”

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8 Comments

  • this ends up working really well

  • Interesting that the newsclipping is in Dutch not German & that “the race problem doesn’t seem to be an issue in the Intermezzo (club)”.

  • Yes, that’s what it says. It’s tongue in cheek; local pop magazines from the time were pretty ironic and much on the dry humour side. You read Dutch?

  • No, my partner is German & she speaks some other European also so I get her to translate things. The clipping is pretty cool with the dry humour thing. I thought it was a weird caption, but in that context it makes sense now. I wonder what those girls are up to today??

  • seems like you scored a dutch press of the record. it’s originally a german record that just got reissued…

  • I didn’t know it got reissued. But this is not a Dutch pressing, it’s German. I doubt this got printed outside of Germany. It’s pretty rare. I don’t know what the occasion for the newspaper article was. They might have performed in Amsterdam with their Samba-Soul-Beat-Striptease act. Who knows.

  • What a great find! Nice music. Great photo too, they seem like funky girls.

  • I would really love to know what they’re doing right now…

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