Achim Reichel

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Achim Reichel
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Reichel performing in 1971
Background information
Born (1944-01-28) 28 January 1944 (age 73)
Hamburg, Germany
Genres Psychedelic rock, Krautrock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, piano
Associated acts The Rattles

Achim Reichel (born 28 January 1944) is a musician, producer, and songwriter from Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his 1991 single "Aloha Heja He", and serving as the frontman for the 1960s beat group The Rattles, who, among other achievements, were selected to open for The Beatles on the Fabs' last-ever tour of Europe in 1966.[1]

In 1968, he co-founded the psychedelic pop group Wonderland, which also included English ex-patriate Les Humphries who would soon start his own Les Humphries Singers. In 1971, Reichel left the group for his own progressive Krautrock solo project, A. R. & Machines, of which the first album Die grüne Reise (The green journey) was critically acclaimed and likened to bands such as Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream.

Since 1975, Reichel has taken a keen interest in recording traditional German songs and classic poetry as modern-style music, which includes such albums as Dat Shanty Alb'm (1975), Klabautermann (1977), Regenballade (1978), Fledermaus (1988), Melancholie & Sturmflut (1991, including the hit "Aloha Heja He"), Wilder Wassermann (2002), and Volxlieder (2006).[1]


  • AR3 (1972)
  • AR IV (1973)
  • Erholung (1974)
  • Autovision (1974)
  • Dat Shanty Alb'm (1976)
  • Klabautermann (1977)
  • Regenballade (1977)
  • Heiße Scheibe (1979)
  • Ungeschminkt (1980)
  • Eine Ewigkeit Unterwegs (1986)
  • Fledermaus (1988)
  • Melancholie Und Sturmflut (1991)
  • Wahre Liebe (1993)
  • Nachtexpress (1994)

With A.R. & Machines[2][edit]


  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Achim Reichel". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Freeman & Freeman (1996). "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg", p.155. Audion Publications, Leicester. ISBN 0-9529506-0-X

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