Monday, January 09, 2006

Hi everybody, Im back! Got some great obscure Krautrock this week, and a Hendrix boot. And a couple real nice contributions. Everybody download everything!

Amon Düül II - Yeti (1970)

"Yeti" was Amon Düül II's second album and is among their best. This is Krautrock in all it's immense, epic, primal, psychedelic glory. Originally released as two LP's, this features side-long suites and long improvisations marked by a dense, thick sound with inventive instrumental interplay, massive guitar riffs, herculean bass lines and smoldering vocals, male and female. At first listen some of the long improvisations at the end may seem a little too long, but they grow on you.


Krokodil - Solo Düde Dürst (1971)

This isn't really a Krokodil album, I guess the label used the name as a selling point. What it is, is a little-known solo project by Krokodil's drummer, Düde Dürst, joined by Krokodil's bass player and others. It's a remarkable drum-based opus, embellished by a wide variety of other instruments, with rock and fusion elements, featuring just two lengthy LP side-long instrumental suites. Highly creative and unique, I like this a lot.


Brave New World - Impressions On Reading Aldous Huxley (1972)

This little-known gem of Krautrock is a one-shot deal by a group of musicians from Hamburg. Not all of them were German, there is one guy named O'Brien. Largely instrumental, the music has an other-worldly feel to it, and after a couple of atmospheric pieces it really picks up steam. Highlight is the 19 minute
"The End", which is dramatic and ambitious, with some of the coolest chord sequences ever. The piece combines so many aspects - drone jamming, male choirs, saxophone solos, tripped-out effects - that every listen is a new experience. An essential album for the krautrock fan. As it says in the liner notes, "Dig that over-amplified stylophone"!


Between - And The Waters Opened (1973)

An unusual and unique group, the German group Between was the brainchild of musical theorist and experimentalist Peter Michael Hamel. As such, Between drew together a wide range of international musicians into a musical and cultural melting pot. And The Waters Opened with its atmospheric dronings is probably Between's most innovative and fascinating, it's an album that oozes beauty and mystery. Haunting and evocative, it's almost chilling!


Dzyan - Time Machine (1973)

Time Machine marked a change in approach for German band Dzyan. For this album they performed as a three-piece with only one member remaining from the original band: bassist Reinhard Karwatky. Together with Eddy Marron on guitar and Peter Giger on drums, Dzyan recorded Time Machine at Dieter Dierks' studio. Kicking off this album is the track 'Kabisrain' which is part fusion, part ethnic weirdness, all freak out! The closest comparison that can be given would be if Limbus 4 played fusion jazz. 'Light Shining Out Of Darkness', featuring some amazing guitar work from Marron, stands out as a cross between Agitation Free and Popol Vuh. Certain elements from this album might not appeal to all Krautrock fans, but some comparisons can be drawn to Embryo and King Crimson. Whether you like the album or not, you will have to admit that both Karwatky and Marron knew how abuse their instruments. Simply put, these guys can jam! (review from


Code III - Planet Of Man (1974)

Produced by Klaus Schultze who also guests on drums on one cut, this is an obscure album of experimental music with a real ambitious concept - the history of the cosmos, from it's creation to humanity's ultimate destruction (ooh!). Electronic and cosmic with some acoustic folkiness thrown in, sounding somewhat similar to Sand's 'Golem', bits of Klaus Schultze's 'Black Dance' , and part of the first track sounds a little Pink Floyd-ish. Probably not for everybody, but worth checking out.


Liliental - Lilental - (1978)

Liliental was a side project of Dieter Moebius of Cluster. The band includes two members of the German jazz rock band Kraan. The musical engineer Conny Plank who participated in the publication of many of Cluster’s albums helps the band for guitar, synth, and manipulated voices parts. The tracks range from “ambient” synth experimentations fusing to rock, jazz, “exotic” elements. Liliental is more varied and colourful than most of Cluster’s albums from its ambient era. Although some parts do seem a little tedious and some parts a little too weird, this album does guide the listener into an artful, pleasant, enthusiastic musical world.


Jimi Hendrix - Message From Nine To The Universe Vol. 2

This is the second volume of the Hendrix that I posted a couple weeks ago, and it has six tracks, three long jams and three shorter pieces. The highlight on this one is a 30 minute long jam with John McGlaughlin called, oddly enough, 'McGlaughlin Jam'!

Part 1 Part 2

"Hasse" contributed these two albums from Catapilla: This English group played a jazz-influenced kind of progressive rock with focus on long and jam-oriented tracks. Good stuff.

Catapilla - Catapilla (1971)

Part 1 Part 2

Catapilla - Changes (1972)


That's it for this week - thanks to Hasse and everyone who has e-mailed me and used the comments section, I appreciate the positive input! Later.


Blogger Mirco said...

Welcome back! Great stuff, as usual, and I like the new look of your blog.

All the best


4:19 PM, January 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Superb set of posts thank you very much ! is trying too get there !

6:12 PM, January 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Site looks great, good work. Thanks for the Catapilla discs, great stuff.

6:27 PM, January 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.
Do you know Maximum upload file size? I think it's 100 MB per file

3:34 AM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:17 AM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohohooo,welcome back my friend,music is great and im very happy...Thanks

10:46 AM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous J.T said...

WoW Fantastic set of posts! I followed your command and downloaded all 10 LPs Lots of respect to you!. Now all I need is some quiet time to enjoy. Thankyou

11:15 AM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GarColga, this is your greatest and coolest post ever!!! The Liliental and the Brave New World albums have been on my personal wantlist for so many years!! Thanks and welcome back! I hope all of your days of 2006 are great!!

1:09 PM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for this very good post, especially Lilienthal which I heard the last time 25 years ago in the basement room of my best friend, mind blown with red lebanese :-)
btw most of the 70`s Kraan stuff will be posted through the next days on sfrp

p.s.: 30MB filesize ain't cool

2:21 PM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Lilienthal. I also loved the Brave New World and the Code III. Your blog is the coolest!!!

2:46 PM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Andy said...

Hey there man,

First of all, I appreciate you putting up these rare albums. Although i'm only 16, I have heard most of all of the ones that you've posted, and have became a fan of the ones I haven't.

There are two albums in particular, that I have been searching high and low for, and can't seem to find on eBay, or the internet. The first is by a german band named Breakfast, entitled "It's Time For". I heard about it on Martin Pruckner's site, and in Cosmic Dreams At Play. Never reissued on CD. The other one is the obscure Swiss band, Vikings Invasion called "Vol 1". I have kept hearing that Garden Of Delights, a well known record label in Germany, is going to re-issue it, but I just can't wait that long!

Any help would be appreciated, and if not, thanks for the great posts. Keep up the good work.

2:54 PM, January 10, 2006  
Blogger Xtabay said...

Hmmm nice selection and piccies too, you're spoiling us!

5:23 PM, January 10, 2006  
Blogger Hux said...

...and a Happy New Year to you!

fantastic post, and thanks for going to the (extra) effort of getting the sleeves up.

11:22 AM, January 12, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

To the anonymous person or persons above, bitching about the file sizes, let me say this - when the blog first started the max file size on RapidShare was 50 megs. I am not about to go back and reupload anything.

My upload speed isn't that great so I do it in bits and pieces throughout the week.

If you find the file sizes for this free music inconvenient, feel free to ignore my blog!

6:42 PM, January 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back. Thanks for taking the time to put up the album covers. Although you can't judge a book/album by it's cover it sometimes helps to influence you. Any Magma by any chance?

A very fine selection, thank you so much.

7:57 PM, January 12, 2006  
Anonymous dave said...

Thanks for Amon Duul II's Yeti...everyone should have that and Dance of The haven't got any Burnin' Red Ivanhoe have you ? Thanks again

8:13 AM, January 14, 2006  
Blogger nick beef said...

Amon Duul II's some heavy shit.

Check it out -

9:23 PM, January 15, 2006  
Anonymous Kenny said...

Thanks so much for giving me the chance to listen to these records!

Should keep me busy for a long time. :)

3:51 PM, January 16, 2006  
Anonymous michaelt said...

Hi GarColga,
I just discovered your blog a few days ago and wow! have some wonderful (that's an understatement) music here. I'm a big fan of krautrock/electronic music from days gone by so I was more than thrilled to find the Liliental album which I've been looking for for ages. The Cosmic Jokers albums were a hoot too. Many thanks for your efforts.

2:43 PM, January 28, 2006  
Anonymous Chatty said...

Great Stuff! Thanks a million! All krautrock albums are excellent here! Could you please post some of my favourite albums which I'm not getting anywhere? The list is:

1. Bedlam - Live In London 1973
2. Dark - Anonymous Days
3. Rhinoceros - Same
4. Stray - Move It
5. Stray - Houdini
6. Truth And Janey - Erupts! Live
7. Wild Turkey - Final Performance
8. Wild Turkey - Live In Edinburgh

Thanks again,

4:13 AM, February 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeti is about the best thing i have ever heard. thanks for turning me on to it...

8:42 PM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've never thought of idaho as a paticular prog happy place! Thanx for all the great posts, especially the message from 9 to the universe (what is that sound, is my download complete? on my stereo?....TRIPPY MAN!!!!)

6:37 PM, March 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Excellent site. Im a electronic musician, grew up on 70s Euro electronica like Klaus Schulze etc.

I never knew about the CodeIII project. Thanks.

I hope I can download some of the music as I dont think it will ever be seen on cd.

Now any chance of getting some more interesting krautrock on here?

Dzyan's Electric Silence is or was on cd and its fantastic, very ahead of its time but so was Between which btw I have mastered off a rare vinyl LP.


11:44 AM, June 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovley stuff, Got any more vertigo`s?

10:24 AM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger Roderick Verden said...

Great Garcolga. Than you for Between. It's a very pretty album. I like too much oboe.

12:04 PM, August 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for posting Yeti. Something I wanted to check out back in the day, but never got to.

Now I can catch up on all those things I missed when they came out...




7:22 AM, November 29, 2007  
Blogger איציק said...

thank you very much!!!
this is an art I hope to listen to what you are doing if there is.
you are great

7:26 AM, February 09, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello izick - glad to see that people are poking around back here in the archives!!

7:36 AM, February 09, 2010  

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