Gil Flat ‘Little Children’

Gil Flat's Little Children LP front cover
Gil Flat's Little Children LP back cover
Side A

In my previous Coloursound post, I assumed label boss Gunter Greffenius used various artist names, including Marc Monsen and Gil Flat, or G Flat (get it?), but there’s honestly little evidence of this. The label started late 1979 with a barrage of former Brainticket member Joel Vandroogenbroeck releases, and then the first Gil Flat LP, Slowly Romanticaly, appeared in 1981, with two other LPs in the following years (see discography below). His second album, Little Children, is more about childhood than children per se, in as much as it deals with the dreams, fears and joys of the young age. The tracks are musical evocations of typical toys, games and teddy bears, plus a number of irresistible lullabies on synth and some incredibly sad compositions for tuba or muted trumpet, of which Gil Flat appears to be a master. Other tracks have this typical Schlager rhythm (check #8 and 11, both very München to these ears) only possible from a German musician, and also characteristic from, say, an Harald Sack Ziegler, for instance. Other tracks sound like lullabies from an electronic music box (#6), close to Toy Music and Klimperei. Soothing sounds for babies, anyone?

01 Little Children (2:38)
02 Kiddy (2:51)
03 Soft Teddy (2:26)
04 Jungle Cruise (3:42)
05 Plastic Indians (2:24)
06 Children’s Paradise (2:40)
07 Soft Lullaby (3:05)
08 Frog’s Duet (2:43)
09 Childcare (2:48)
10 First Steps (2:22)
11 Gregory’s Tune (2:42)
12 Nighty Nighty (2:26)
13 Wooden Bear (3:03)
14 Bird’s Wedding (2:36)

Total time 38:10
LP released by Coloursound Library, Germany, 1982


Gil Flat discography:
1981 Slowly Romantically, Coloursound, CS10
1982 Little Children, Coloursound, CS26
1983 Action Tracks, Coloursound, CS39

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6 Responses to “Gil Flat ‘Little Children’”

  1. 1 Carl Howard July 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Consarnedly few references to Klimperei out there… but i know what you mean!

  2. 2 Carl Howard July 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Here’s an answer for you: The ASCAP online dbase verifies Gil Flat’s legal name is Hans Ehrlinger.

  3. 3 continuo July 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Sooo… confusing. Thanks for the info, Carl.

  4. 4 Scott July 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Yeah, I hear some Klimperei as well. Perhaps a slightly easier listening incarnation of them. But I’m liking the novelty of this album. Thanks

  5. 5 continuo July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    And Klimperei is a German word, after all.

  6. 6 Ptrond July 31, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Another weird and wonderful Coloursound, thanks! Here’s a fresh rip in the same vein

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