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
• Oh baby 1984
• SOS 1984
• Nackt im wind 1985
• Every time 1986
• Play it cool 1987
• Back to the sunshine 1987
• Baby it’s you 1988
• Kissed you in the rain 1988
• Diana 1988
• Keeping the dream alive 1988
• Verlieben, verlieren 1989
• Ich will dich nochmal 1990
• Liebe auf den ersten blick 1991
• Einfach wahr 1992
• Viel zu weit 1993
• Liebe, lust und leidenschaft 1997
• Where do I belong 1997
• Schuld war wieder die nacht 1998
• Du bist nicht allein 2000
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 ...
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...
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
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 !
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 !
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 ...
1991 ... the adventure goes on and on. The group still believes in it and above all still offers quality. Hope it lasts ...
1992 ... the group only produces titles in German. A marginalization that will finish precipitating their fall without anything, or anyone, can stop it ...
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 ...
1997 ... most interesting thing during the years 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. Back in this year 1997 in a medium form which will not allow them in any case to rise to the surface ...
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 decade that turned out to be much more complicated to manage than expected. Despite an obvious good will, the group unfortunately could not reverse the trend ...
2000 ... they will even attempt the transition to the 2000 decade. A crazy bet and above all a bet lost in advance. They find themselves in competition with young youngsters who are on average 20 years younger. How to fight in these conditions ...
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