A.R. & Machines

Psychedelic rock, Musical Artist

1944 –


Who is A.R. & Machines?

Achim Reichel 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.

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 grĂ¼ne Reise 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, Klabautermann, Regenballade, Fledermaus, Melancholie & Sturmflut, Wilder Wassermann, and Volxlieder.

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Jan 28, 1944
Wentorf bei Hamburg
Also known as
  • A.R. & Machines
  • Achim Reichel & Machines
  • Germany

on July 23, 2013


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