Over seven bridges

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Over seven bridges (GDR)
Albatros (FRG)
Karat studio album



Label (s) Amiga (GDR)
Teldec (BRD)

Format (s)


Genre (s)


Title (number)


running time

43:08 (GDR)
44:55 (FRG)



Jürgen Lahrtz

Studio (s)

Amiga Studio Berlin, Europastudio Grünau (Title 11)

Carat (1978) Over seven bridges (GDR)
Albatros (FRG)
Swan King (1980)
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
  DE 40 02/16/1981 (7 weeks)
You have to go over seven bridges
  DE 15th 01/05/1981 (13 weeks)

Over seven bridges is the second album by the German rock group Karat from 1979, which was released in the GDR . It appeared under the name Albatros with a slightly changed title list in the Federal Republic of Germany .


The album opens with a rocking suite of three, consisting of the synthesizer composition Introduction , Rock 'n' Roll He, Mama and the Blues . This is followed by the hard rock song Wilder Mohn . Afterwards, the instrumental piece of music for a non-existent film , a composition for electric guitar and symphony orchestra, struck calmer notes. The soulful Auf den Meeren is noticeable with its distinctive bass line, which moves mainly in eighth-valued octave jumps and is carried by the calmly played drums and soft keyboard sounds. The calm mood of the verses contrasts with the powerful chorus, which arouses associations with the different swellings and testifies to the unity of text and music. The country song Das, what I want is one of the shortest carat titles on Over Seven Bridges . Musically interesting is the song “Gewitterregen”, which lives from its peculiar rhythm. The indulgent 7/8 rhythm, paired with 3/4 and 3/8 rhythms, stands in its playfulness in contrast to the chorus, which is in the four-beat. Not only the rhythm, but also the arrangement are significantly influenced by Bulgarian folklore. As a description of an almost grotesque, dreamlike summer night scene, the text is closely linked to the playful musical design. Thunderstorm fades directly into the title Albatros , which has a playing time of over eight minutes. A huge arc of tension is created here, ranging from the thin synthesizer sound at the beginning of the piece to the monumental orchestral work in the middle section. Thematically, the idea of ​​freedom is dealt with in Albatros , which was to be understood politically, especially in the GDR, whether there was a lack of freedom to travel. With When the silence breaks , another rock song is on the plate. The theme song Over seven bridges you must go became the most successful and well-known Karat title and is one of the most popular German-language songs of all. In 1980, a year after the LP was released, the song was covered by Peter Maffay .

The string group "Otto-Karl Beck" performed as guest musicians in the songs Music for a non-existent film and Albatros .

As singles in the GDR, the title Auf den Meeren with Wenn das Schweigen breaks , über Seven Bridges you must go with the non-album track Rockvogel, and in the Federal Republic of Germany Over seven Bridges you must go with blues . Total could About seven bridges (together with Albatros sell nearly 800,000 copies). In 1984 Karat received a gold record for Albatros in the Federal Republic of Germany .


Track list

DDR version
  1. Introduction (Swillms) (1:23)
  2. Hey, Mama (Swillms / Dreilich) (3:20)
  3. Blues (Gruppe Karat / Dreilich) (2:42)
  4. Wilder Mohn (Swillms / Kaiser , Dreilich) (4:10)
  5. Music for a nonexistent movie (Swillms) (2:50)
  6. On the seas (Swillms / Demmler) (6:00)
  7. What I want (Dreilich / Dreilich) (1:00)
  8. Thunderstorms (Swillms / Kaiser) (4:20)
  9. Albatros (Swillms / Kaiser) (8:15)
  10. When the silence breaks (Swillms / Kaiser) (5:10)
  11. You have to go over seven bridges (Swillms / Helmut Richter ) (3:58)
FRG version
  1. Introduction (Swillms) (1:26)
  2. King of the World (Swillms / Demmler) (5:22)
  3. Blues (Gruppe Karat / Dreilich) (2:43)
  4. Wild Poppy (Swillms / Kaiser) (4:13)
  5. Music for a non-existent movie (Swillms) (2:51)
  6. On the seas (Swillms / Demmler) (6:00)
  7. What I want (Dreilich) (0:58)
  8. Thunderstorms (Swillms / Kaiser) (4:18)
  9. The Albatross (Swillms / Kaiser) (8:11)
  10. When the silence breaks (Swillms / Kaiser) (5:05)
  11. You must go over seven bridges (Swillms / Richter) (3:48)


  • G. Friedrich (Ed.): Karat. Amiga productions. Piano special edition, Leipzig 1980
  • C. Gerlach: Carat . Pop Nonstop, Berlin 1985
  • W. Schumann: Karat. Over seven bridges . Berlin 1995
  • J. Fritzsche: My years with karat . Radeberg, Castrop-Rauxel 2005


  1. a b DE1 DE2
  2. C. Gerlach: Karat. Pop Nonstop, Berlin 1985, pp. 19-22.
  3. For example, the title in the show Our Best - Centennial Hits was voted second.
  4. ^ J. Fritzsche: My years with karat. Radeberg, Castrop-Rauxel 2005, p. 45 f.
  5. Information according to Teldec cover