1. Spaten-Marsch (1:57)
2. Munchner Gold (2:06)
3. Full Vocal (0:59)
4. Instrumental (0:59)
5. Gimmick (0:59)
6. Challenge (0:59)
7. Describes (0:59)
8. Favorite/Regular (0:59)
9. Efficiency (0:30)
10. Experts (0:30)
Just because Oktoberfest is over, that's no reason to stop drinking beer. Just do it responsibly, at home, with your radio tuned to an independent station.
Whether you've just returned from Oktoberfest or simply need something to take your mind off the stock market, this souvenir record from 1967 should hit the spot. Spaten-Marsch, written by Erich Frei, is a wonderful piece of pro-beer propaganda set to an appropriate oompah beat. My German is limited to "wilkommen," "trokenbeerenauslese," and beer names, so I don't know what's being sung, but it sounds happy and pro-Spaten. Translation, anyone?
Side 2, Munchner Gold, is either a clever attempt at deception or the finest open-air recording ever made by man. It's got crowd noises, applause at the end, and an audio perspective that mimics a band approaching, but it's just too clean and clear to be anything other than a studio track. Still, it's got great Oktoberfest atmosphere.
For those who prefer to celebrate with an American bier, I've thrown in some classic Budweiser radio spots from the early 1970s. It opens with the full vocal of "When You Say Budweiser, You Say It All," then goes into some explanations of why Budweiser's different, all set to that classic oompah sound.
Sadly, side 2 of this record had an unfortunate encounter with a DJ, or maybe a DJ's cat. Most records don't have scratches that run across the grain. There's only two unique 30-second tracks, but they're a bit on the crunchy side.
Thinking of Oktoberfest makes me nostalgic for the Red Lion Tavern on Glendale Avenue in Los Angeles, near my former Silver Lake home. If you want some great German draft beer with a side of sausages, it's worth the trip.