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They like to play it cool...




Münchener Freiheit, better known as Freiheit, is a German group formed in the early 80s and composed of Stefan Zauner, Aron Strobel, Rennie Hatzke, Michael Kunzi and Alex Grünwald.


They released their first album "Umsteiger" in 1982, a fairly modest success given the type of sound unsuitable for mass recognition.


Followed in 1983 by the album "Licht", this time clearly more synthpop oriented.


It wasn't until 1984 and the album "Herzschlag einer stadt" that the group’s efforts would finally be rewarded with the flagship single "Oh baby".


Real recognition finally arrived in 1986 thanks to the compilation album "Von Anfang an" which produced the hits "Ohne Dich (schlaf 'ich heut' nacht nicht ein)" and "Tausendmal Du".


Little track of the album "Traumziel" which also records good scores.


From 1987 the group decided to turn to the International and released the English version of "Traumziel", as well as three of their biggest successes across the Rhine. All of this in the "Romancing in the dark" album. Immediate success everywhere in Europe, particularly in the Scandinavian countries.


In 1988 the album "Fantasie" was released, accompanied by its English version "Fantasy". Success in Germany for the German version and start of recognition across the Channel for the other version. In particular with the flagship title "Keeping the dream alive". However, success elsewhere.


Other albums will be released later but without finding the same level of success as the previous ones.


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others ...) :

• Baby blue 1982

• Zeig mir die nacht 1982

• Ich steh' auf licht 1983

• Rumpelstilzchen 1983

• Oh baby 1984

• SOS 1984

• Nackt im wind 1985

• Herzschlag ist der takt 1985

• Every time 1986

• Es gibt kein nächstes mal 1986

• Play it cool 1987

• Back to the sunshine 1987

• Solang' man träume noch leben kann 1987

• Baby it’s you 1988

• Kissed you in the rain 1988

• Diana 1988

• Keeping the dream alive 1988

• So heiss 1988

• Verlieben, verlieren 1989

• Ich will dich nochmal 1990

• Komm zurück 1990

• Ihr kommt zu spät 1990

• Liebe auf den ersten blick 1991

• Einfach wahr 1992

• Einmal kommt das leben 1992

• Tausend augen 1993

• Viel zu weit 1993

• Schenk mir eine nacht 1994

• Du bist energie für mich 1994

Du weißt es, ich weiß es 1994

• Du bist da 1995

• Komm doch zu mir 1996

• Liebe, lust und leidenschaft 1997

• Where do I belong 1997

• Dann versinkt die welt in schweigen 1998

• Schuld war wieder die nacht 1998

• Du bist nicht allein 2000

• Solang 2000

• Whachgeküstt 2000

• Wieder und wieder 2000

• In dieser stadt 2000

Laß Mich Nie Mehr Los 2003

• Geile zeit 2004

• Du bist so misstrauisch 2004

• Ein engel wie du 2005

• Nichts ist wie du 2007

• Manche dinge kommen einfach über nacht 2007

• Sie liebte dich wie du bist 2009

• Seit der nacht 2010

• Die zeit war schön 2010

• Meergefülh 2013

• Magnet 2013

• Schwerelos 2016

• Wenn du mich berührst 2016


 

Clips :


1982 ... very rocko-germanic beginnings and very local color. There is still a bit of work, it is clear, to be able to hope to access the big leagues ...



1982...but the band's potential is more than obvious. You just have to give them a little more time to gain momentum and find their definitive style...



1983... each title that comes out is of certain quality and we inevitably say to ourselves that all of this will eventually pay off. At least we hope so...



1983...some titles are a little less inspired than the others, it is clear. Afterwards, it even happens to the best as they say...



1984 ... an obvious evolution in terms of sound and style. The best is yet to come, that's obvious. Patience, patience ...



1984 ... what hampers their international expansion is the fact of singing in German, of course. Too bad, because the potential is real and just waiting to be expressed !



1985 ... like the Anglo-Saxon Band Aid in favor of the famine in Ethiopia, the Germans brought together the musical elite of the time to push the song on this title. Admittedly, it won't have the same incredible level of success as its English-language counterparts, but it will pull it off with flying colors...



1985...year after year the group proves that he is really not there by chance. And whether he sings in German or English, it works no matter what...



1986 ... a new level of achievement, notably singing in English ! A notable development which undoubtedly positions them as one of the rising values of the moment on the German side



1986...the group undeniably asserts himself as one of the flagship groups of the moment across the Rhine. And yet he will not remain as one of the best known in the end paradoxically...



1987 ... after years of slow but certain evolution, the group reaches its best level. The proof with this title which will undoubtedly remain as one of their best. HU-GE !



1987 ... in the same vein. The group now fully masters its destiny and especially its style. And you can hear it !



1987...and whatever the musical domain in which they venture, from the fastest to the softest, they ensure, it's the least we can. Versatility reserved for the best as usual...



1988 ... the year of full and total maturity. The year 1987 brought them to the top, 1988 confirms the trend !



1988 ... confirmation with this new HUGE title which confirms once again their obvious talent



1988 ... they are found this time in the Intimist register. A domain that was missing from their repertoire. It is now done !



1988 ... a year 1988 resolutely oriented Intimist with this new title all in softness and in smoothness. What happiness !



1988...we go from one extreme to another to end the year with this title with a much more sustained tempo. Another great job as usual !



1989 ... only one title in this year 1989 and with a style to say the least surprising. Far, far from everything they have been able to offer so far. And why not...



1990 ... return to the German language for the transition to the 1990s. A decade that will see them gradually disappear from radars unfortunately ...



1990...but that doesn't mean the end of the adventure, far from it. Certainly the level of success will drop overall while remaining consistent in Germany all the same...



1990... them in any case continue to believe in it and who would blame them ? When you see what they continue to produce, it would be a shame to stop there...



1991...the adventure continues, come what may. And as in music everything is always possible, a return to grace always remains within the realm of the possible...



1992 ... the group only produces titles in German. A marginalization that will finish precipitating their fall without anything, or anyone, can stop it ...



1992...a planned fall that is not yet relevant, far from it. Admittedly the group is falling slowly but surely in the Charts but still appears there a little bit...



1993... still there the little guys anyway. And always so motivated to move forward and no matter if the level of success drops from year to year...



1993 ... a passage to the contest of Eurovision in 1993 which will not change the deal unfortunately. When it doesn't want anymore, it doesn't want anymore ...



1994... it doesn't want anymore like in the past anymore but as long as they take pleasure in doing what they do, why would they stop in such a good way...



1994...we continue to appreciate everything they produce anyway. As long as the quality level manages to maintain itself at this level, we will be satisfied with it in any case...



1994...the group did better than resist and only owes its longevity to one thing, its talent quite simply. No need to look elsewhere for the answer...



1995...some titles will pass squarely 'through' like this one but nothing to worry about at this stage. The adventure should continue a little longer...



1996...a fairly obvious change in sound from this title. So basic trend or simple parenthesis, it's the future that will tell us...



1997... the sound reorientation is confirmed with this new title. Less electronic sounds and return to a little more basic instruments. Not sure if this is the best choice unfortunately...



1997 ... the good surprise of the year. The group returns slightly in the race during this association and gives us a title that works my faith very well !



1998... a return to the race which will be short-lived because this title will not really experience the positive fate of its predecessor. Shame...



1998...a 90s decade that turned out to be more complicated to manage than expected. Despite an obvious good will, the group will unfortunately not be able to reverse the trend but will have managed to stay afloat a little bit...



2000...they will even attempt the transition to the 2000s. A daring bet and above all a lost bet in advance. They find themselves in competition with little youngsters who are on average 20 years younger. How to fight in these conditions...



2000...it doesn't seem to scare them more than that anyway. They tell themselves that as long as they have things to offer, and especially to sing, they will come back again and again...



2000...an astonishing group, with more than certain talent and who don't let go of anything, whatever the obstacles and the downturns. Respect as they say...



2000...even if they no longer rank any single, the albums continue to work rather well in the Charts. At least in the Germanic sphere...



2000...still a good job as always with them. The inspiration remains at a high level and allows them once again to show that they are still there !


2003...they revisit here their title of 1989 and give a new version not devoid of interest, that's clear. How to make something new out of old...



2004...after revisiting most of their biggest hits in the previous opus, here they are again at work with this new opus. One more !


2004 ... we are still at the 14th studio album, at least in German language, which underlines the overall performance achieved by this group. And it's not over...



2005...more than 20 years after his debut, the group continues its adventure in its own way and to the delight of fans from the start. An exceptional longevity...



2007...the number of albums produced increases year after year, decade after decade. Who would have thought they would still be there in 2007 when they started in 1982, not many people that's for sure...



2007...we often talk about Germanic quality but that also applies in the musical field. This group will have produced almost 0 waste in terms of titles, a truly remarkable feat...



2009...6 studio albums in Germanic language will have been produced during this decade 2000, which proves in a brilliant way that this group will not give up until the end. And us with them of course...



2010...they will have gone through the 80s, then the 90s, then the 2000s and here they attack the 2010s with undisguised enthusiasm. What talent !



2010...this 2010 vintage opus will be the last to be classified, however. This time we feel that the machine is seizing up because even the basic fans will no longer necessarily follow...



2013...we find them 3 years in a somewhat reworked group version. The group has changed but also the style and the sound, we really have the impression of not dealing with the same group anymore...



2013... the group had to evolve one day or another and it's now done. Hence the fact that the basic fans do not necessarily find themselves there anymore...



2016...certainly it's not quite the same group anymore but what he offers now is far from devoid of interest, that's clear. Anyway, we'll be happy with that...



2016... knowing them, we imagine that this title will not be the last because we now know with them, nothing is ever over !



2016... come on, a little last for the road as they say. An adventure that has lasted for almost 35 years and which has not yet come to an end, at least we hope so...


 

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