Monday, July 24, 2006

OK here we are -

Between - Dharana (1974)

This original German band is a world music precursor. A blend of Peter Michael Hamel's repetitive keyboards melodies, of Robert Eliscu's oboe, Roberto Detree's classical acoustic guitar and the multi-percussive colorations of Cotch Black.

On their third album, the band turns to a more tranquil, luminous style, quite different from the solemn, obscure, esoteric and incantatory music of the previous “And the waters opened” album.

“Dharana” develops here an aerial and mellow world jazz fusion, softer and less inspired than their previous album.

The longest piece “Dharana” is the most accomplished, with its slow progression. The spiritual inspiration is strong throughout the album, “Dharana” is the sixth of the eight steps of Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga and is linked to a stage of self-trance due to inner silence.

Even if “Dharana” can’t reach the previous album’s intensity, the cleaner sound production contributes to a pleasant aerial feeling and with this album, Between keeps on creating a unique musical universe, a perfect fusion of western and eastern music. (oliverstoned progarchives.com)

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Harmonia - Deluxe (1975)

A wonderful album that manages to sound a little like Cluster (no surprise, with Moebius and Roedelius on hand), Neu! (member Michael Rother is on board), and even Kraftwerk and Can (hey, it's Germany, after all). It's interesting to hear musicians with a predominantly instrumental background throw some vocals into the mix, along with a sense of humor. I'd have to say that the participants were at their respective creative peaks right about this time. Michael Rother's first few solo albums and Moebius and Plank's "Rastakraut Pasta" and "Material" came out about the same time, and all are among my favorite Krautrock releases. Interesting textures, rhythms and melodies abound, and the sound quality is clear and crisp, unlike Harmonia's debut and some of Cluster's albums. (soundsweird progarchives.con)

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Hoelderlin - Hoelderlin (1975)

This is truly one of the greatest German prog recordings to ever come from the basement of the legendary producer Connie Plank. Hoelderlin employs a wide range of moods ranging from heavy psychedelic to child-like nursery time melodies. Although this recording never really settles down on one theme, it does work well in it's entirety. Hoelderlin creates deep dark Mellotron filled passages which are surrounded by guitar, bass and drum interplay. Every song is very carefully crafted and there is an almost humorous component to them. Vocals are in English and are very well done with some nice harmonies. The big hitter for me here is the 20 minute epic "Death Watch Beetle" which has some of the most captivating progressive rock moments I have ever heard. Hoelderlin has a very strong underground German feel to it and stands in my mind as one of the pinnacle progressive rock recordings of all time. A real gem!!! (james unger progarchives.com)

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Kopperfield - Tales Untold (1974)

In many ways, Tales Untold contains a fairly typical mid-'70s amalgam of hard and prog rock, but it would be a mistake to suggest it is a mark against the album's merit or a detriment to its enjoyment. In fact, while typical of many of the genre's conventions during the period -- heavily keyboard dominant, weaving guitar lines, an over-the-top rock holler -- it is also a fairly interesting example of said formula, full of nifty band interplay and mostly fine (or at least fine enough) songwriting. From an instrumental standpoint, there is a lot to appreciate about Kopperfield. They were excellent players, especially drummer Tom Curtis and the dual keyboards of Paul Decker and Keith Robinson, which occasionally investigate creepy Ray Manzarek-like territory. The guitar playing, too, is consistently pretty hot. And there are fits and flashes of true songwriting talent. The Gear Fab reissue nearly doubles the length of the original album. The first 11 tracks of the reissue offer the Tales Untold album in its entirety. It ranges from lean, bluesy rock that recalls Free to the lovely anomaly of the title track, which combines folky acoustic textures and harmony leads with psychedelically inclined and classical keyboard motifs. (Stanton Swihart, All Music Guide)

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Lily - V.C.U. (We See You) (1973)

A totally unknown entity that existed, made one album, and just as quickly disappeared! Lily were in fact not unlike label stablemates Nine Days Wonder and Message, almost like a hybrid of the two. But unlike those multi-national bands Lily were entirely German, and more offbeat in a bizarre Krautrocky sort of way, with oddly composed songs, strangely worded lyrics and such like. An unknown gem. (Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

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Novalis - Brandung (1977)

A real short album, this is great symphonic prog with vocals in German. A little bit like Eloy maybe, with a strong electric guitar and Hammond organ presence. High point is the sixteen minute "Sonnenwende" suite. Heck that's almost half the album!!

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PSI - Horizonte (1977)

A typically German jazz-rock band, drawing on the Bavarian school of Missus Beastly, Passport, Munju, et al., but also taking a more progressive rock angle with Kraan touches. They only made one album, and nothing is known of their history. Keyboardist Matthias Frey went on to have a solo career.

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The Groundhogs - Scratching The Surface (1968)

The Groundhogs' debut album is a long way from the "classic" sound of the better-known Thank Christ for the Bomb/Split/Who Will Save the World? trilogy. Indeed, the mellow classic blues through which the band pursues its nine tracks offer the unsuspecting listener little more than a direct blast from the peak of the British blues boom past. Early Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, and Savoy Brown all haunted precisely the same corridors as Scratching the Surface, with only the occasional burst of fuzzed Tony McPhee guitar to distinguish the sonics from the rest of the pack. That said, Scratching the Surface ranks among the finest albums to emerge out of that entire period, a moody shuffle that includes an epic recounting of the Chicago classic "Still a Fool" and which matches five solid McPhee originals with a pair of blistering contributions from outgoing harmonica whiz Steve Rye. In fact, his "Early in the Morning" and "You Don't Love Me" might well be the album's best numbers, a discrepancy that puts one in mind of another of the blues boom's hottest acts, Jethro Tull, and just how much they changed once a founding member (Mick Abrahams) departed. Again, if you arrive at Scratching the Surface in search of a fresh "Cherry Red" or "Status People," you'll probably be disappointed. But if you want to hear the blues sluicing straight out of the Southern England Delta, there are precious few better introductions. Includes 4 bonus tracks.

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Third World War - Third World War (1971)

This political underground band played at the "Oz Police Ball" benefit for the Oz obscenity trial with Arthur Brown, Viv Stanshall, Pink Fairies, Egg, Roy Harper and Gnidrolog, but this group was different. They were singing about the rebels, the poor and uneducated people: the working class, the semi-skilled labourers, the yobos and the Hell's Angels. They were able to write excellent, sensitive melodies but in general their music and lyrics were ugly and real - like life itself. No punk band seven years later would have angrier lyrics. Although their first album is essentially raw punk, on tracks like Ascension Day, M.I.5's Alive, Working Class Man, Shepherds Bush Cowboy and Preaching Violence, it does contain two purely acoustic tracks:- Teddy Teeth Goes Sailing and Get Out Of Bed You Dirty Red. Stardom Road Part 2 predates the eighties psychobilly bands!

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Various Artists - Kraut! Demons! Kraut! German Psychedelic Underground 1968-1974

Probably the most well-known of all Krautrock samplers. Over 70 minutes of obscure psychedelic German rock.

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OK there it is - hope everybody finds something they want! Later.

23 Comments:

Blogger TBA said...

Thanks for these. Any chance you've got the first Between album? I've been wanting to hear that one.
Also, thanks for going back and fixing those old links. I'm especially digging that Sand album as I type.

4:12 PM, July 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a good update! Between is an awesome band as of course is Harmonia nad Hoelderlin. The sampler at the end might hold some goodies too. Thanks again.

NP - Magyar Posse

4:24 PM, July 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm clicking the 'free' button and it's taking me to some sites that are decidedly not the page where i can DL the file : (

5:14 PM, July 24, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

hold down the 'Ctrl' key while clicking

5:26 PM, July 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks muchly. I hope you have more Novalis someday!

7:43 PM, July 24, 2006  
Blogger stork said...

most links are still dead--the new ones especially--hope you fix em soon--great great blog and music!

12:42 AM, July 25, 2006  
Anonymous Pedro said...

Thanks Garcolga!
More Between and Hoelderlin,please!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks,Pedro

4:21 AM, July 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Gar,
Ace selection this week !!!! This world may be F.U.B.B , but the fruits of your blog give some hope.
btw guys - F.U.B.B = Fu##ed Up Beyond Belief !!!! ..... :-))

5:46 AM, July 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Various Artists - Kraut! Demons! Kraut! German Psychedelic Underground - Kopperfield - Tales Untold (1974)Lily - V.C.U. (We See You) (1973) don't work.can't find link.by the way .Any good programm to sort mp3 files?

7:10 AM, July 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all !
I'm french but I was in Germany this week end at the Burg Herzberg Festival, a hippie convention for 4 days ! It was Psychedelic !!
With Space Debris a new excellent german band, Peter Brush's Broselmashine, Holderlin, Kraan, Uli Jon Roth, UFO, Soft Machine, Wishbone Ash, King Crimson's Adrian Belew, Hatfield and the north and many other !
A very good Festival !
Richard Sinclair, the singer of Hatfield and the north and before with Caravan Bought me a Mojito with the guitarist and the keyboardist !!!!!
Incredible !!
Thanks Garcolga for the music.

Gilles.

9:23 AM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger mad4music said...

Garcolga--

Thanks again for the great music! I particularly enjoy the Harmonia. I've only recently started exploring the Kraut Rock genre and your blog has been an incredible resource.

I would love to hear Musik Von Harmonia (1974). I know you offered it back in April, but the download link no longer works... Is there any chance you can re-upload this one?

Best,
m4m

12:04 PM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger mad4music said...

Was just now able to download Musik Von Harmonia! Thanks!

3:59 PM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Trevor said...

Hoelderlin...what a great find. thank you much and if you have any more from this band please post. also wanted to say thanks for the old man and the sea from a while back...amazing overlooked album!

5:19 PM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger musicgnome said...

Wow!!!! Just...wow!!!!

5:55 PM, July 25, 2006  
Anonymous gammon said...

Thanks GC. Just grabbed the Third World War album. I've had the second for a while and it will be interesting to hear this one. Cheers.

9:39 AM, July 26, 2006  
Anonymous gammon said...

I meant to say that holding down shift works on one of the browsers I use. Worth a try if ctrl doesn't work.
Cheers again.

9:46 AM, July 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

problems with the Harmonia album ....

4:12 PM, July 26, 2006  
Blogger guru_banana said...

Hi ! I'm grapho... I changed my name and opened a new blog :)

10:23 AM, July 28, 2006  
Anonymous Zubbid said...

Thanks - I've been seeking that Third World War for AGES.

3:46 PM, July 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMAZING!!!!!!!! x

12:11 AM, July 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a million -
this compilation dives down deep into
the netherworld of true German Psychedelia!

7:35 PM, November 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for Novalis.

Have you got the "Get Out Of The Country" from Emergency?

7:02 AM, November 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as I´ve said in another comment:

a lot of work - a special taste and the result: a really great blog!!!

saludos: rob

8:35 PM, December 23, 2007  

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