Octopus (3)

Members of Octopus (3): Alexander Adrett, Claus-Dieter Kniemeyer, Dieter Becke, Doris Tangel, Frank Eule, Georg Klivinyi, Jennifer Hensel, Michael Stein (4), Pit Hensel, Seppl Niemeyer, Werner Littau, Winfried Kowallik
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Discography of Octopus (3):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Rubber Angel 8 Audio 1980
2 An Ocean Of Rocks 8 Audio 1978 Sky Records
3 The Boat Of Thoughts 6 Audio 1977
4 Hart Am Rand 10 Audio 1981 Rockport
5 Land In Sicht 2 Audio Rockport
6 Hart Am Rand 12 Audio 2011-05-27 Sireena Records
7 An Ocean Of Rocks 8 Audio 2011
8 Rubber Angel 8 Audio 2011


Octopus was originally a German progressive rock band which shifted to a more commercial hard rock style in the early 1980s. They are mainly remembered for the three albums released by Sky Records between 1976 and 1980. The band's sound during that period was defined by the powerful alto voice of [a=Jennifer Hensel], whose sometimes gritty sound has been compared to [a=Janis Joplin] and [a=Jenny Haan].

Octopus was formed in Frankfurt in 1973 with an original lineup of bassist [a=Claus-Dieter Kniemeyer], guitarist [a=Pit Hensel], vocalist Jennifer Hensel, keyboardist [a=Werner Littau] and drummer Dieter Becke. By the time they went into the studio to record their first album Becke had been replaced by [a=Frank Eule] who, in turn, was replaced by [a=Seppl Niemeyer] in October, 1977.

The first two albums, "The Boat of Thoughts" (1976) and "An Ocean of Rocks" (1977) are heavy in keyboard work by Littau (organ, Moog synthesizer, and Mellotron) and are often reminiscent of [a=Camel], albeit with a bit more of a hard edge. The band's lyrics on the first three albums are entirely in English. The first two albums are generally considered to best Octopus' best work.

In September, 1978 Pit Hensel was replaced by [a=Win Kowa] (formerly of [a=Streetmark]) on guitar. In June, 1979 Octopus played for 60,000 at „Rock gegen Rechts“ in Frannkfurt. The band began a shift to a straight hard rock style with the album "Rubber Angel", released in January, 1980. Kowa and Jennifer Hensel left after that album and were briefly replaced by [a=Doris Tangel] and Alex Rodman. During the summer of 1980 [a=Georg Klivinyi] took over as guitarist and [a=Michael Stein (4)] joined as lead vocalist, giving the band an entirely different commercial sound for their final album "Hart Am Rand" (1981). The band went through a further series of personnel changes before finally disbanding in May, 1983.


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