Monday, September 12, 2005

Wow it's almost Tuesday again, can you believe it? Whatever. Let's get going here -

Taste - Taste (1969)
Taste - On The Boards (1970)
In the late sixties Rory Gallagher fronted a power trio with Richard 'Charlie' McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums. This band recorded two studio albums before imploding, and these albums are as different as they could be. The first one, "Taste" is raw. Really raw. I'm no expert, but it sounds like it was recorded live to four-track in a small studio, with little if any overdubbing or post production. Rory's guitar playing could be heavy-handed, some of the leads seem to wander, there might have been some slight issues with tuning, but Taste had soul, there's no denying that, and there are moments of greatness on this first record. The second record "On The Boards" has Rory showing a little restraint, the production is slick, the songwriting is markedly improved, with a sometimes jazzy, experimental thing going on. Personally I think "On The Boards" is the best thing Rory Gallagher ever did. As different as these two albums are, if you like guitar playing you need them both.


On The Boards:

Golem - Orion Awakes (1973)
Alright. Now for some Krautrock. All indications are that Golem's "Orion Awakes" is considered an obscure classic of psychedelia from the German underground scene of the early seventies. Well I don't really know what to make of that. If I even had one microgram of a mind-altering substance in my body, I would be afraid to listen to this thing!. There are no long drawn-out spacy instrumental jams, no songs about love and peace, the emphasis is on trance-inducing, hammering, pulsing, pounding grooves. This is some real wild stuff and deserves a listen. Interestingly, this was produced by one Genesis P Orridge, later of Throbbing Gristle.


Gäa - Alraunes Alptraum (1973)

Gäa (In English Gaia) was a suitably cosmic band of German deep-space voyagers who released one brilliant album (Auf Der Bahn Zum Uranus - On The Road To Uranus) to absolutely no acclaim, then broke up. "Alraunes Alptraum" (something about a nightmare) is a collection of unreleased material that is just as good I think as the stuff on their regular release. Gäa was the real deal, the real Krautrock deal. Enigmatic lyrics sung in German, spacy jams, quiet passages, crescendoes, climaxes, amazing instrumental interplay. If you are remotely interested in Krautrock, you should check this one out.


OK that's it for today, I hope some of you will give this German stuff a try. Smell you later!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you, GarCloga, I think your taste to music is, well, darn awesome!
great music stuff I can check'em out right here and gonna thank you again!

8:07 AM, September 13, 2005  
Anonymous species7621 said...

Golem is much appreciated!
Jessamine, one of my favorites, sounds very close to this trippy noise-scapes. Are there any reissues of Golem available by chance? Worth to search for an original as well.
Thank you GarCloga!

8:25 PM, September 13, 2005  
Anonymous Fallen angel said...

Thanx GarColga,you do a great job.

2:58 AM, September 17, 2005  
Blogger Thomas said...

Hi there, and thanks :)

"Alraunes Alptraum" is German for "Nightmare of the mandrake" (or "Mandrake's nightmare") :)


3:47 PM, September 17, 2005  
Blogger GarColga said...

Thanks for the kind words, all! Thanks Thomas for letting me know what 'Alraunes' means.

6:22 AM, September 19, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Embryo - For Eva (1967)

Embryo - Opal (1970)

Embryo - Bremen (1971)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Embryo - Rache (1971)

Embryo - Father Son And Holy Ghost (1972)

Embryo - Steig Aus (1972)

Embryo - We Keep On (1974)

Embryo & Charlie Mariano & the Karnataka College of Percussion - Life (1980)

Embryo and The Yoruba Dun Dun Orchestra (1985)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

by Nivas (BR)

7:51 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

thanx again for the GOLEM lp, never heard this lp but read about it for years due to the Genesis P Orridge connection. similar to the "Fantastic Planet" soundtrack in some ways.

12:17 AM, April 04, 2006  

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