Sunday, April 01, 2007

OK! First off, a great big thank you to all who took the time to leave a comment last week. It really was something, quite a response. I'm sorry that I let them build up to the point that I couldn't answer each comment individually, but please know that I'm grateful - not dead! LOL! Well here we go.

Amon Düül II - Live Club Barmen 4-19-03
This is an excellent stereo audience recording of Amon Düül II playing in a small club in Wuppertal, Germany. Can these 'old farts' still rock it? Damn right they can - this thing is great. Mostly original members doing versions of some of their best material, a lot of younger bands would be jealous, if only they had a clue. They start off with an awesome take on one of my favorite tunes, "Eye-Shaking King", and there's no let-up til the end of the second disc. Every krautrock fan needs this. I'm not kidding - this is hot.

1.eye-shaking king
2.apocalyptic bore
3.dry your ears
4.wolf city / cerberus
5.flower of the orient
7.speed inside my shoes
8.all the years round

1.surrounded by the stars raincoated man
4.archangels thunderbird
5.renate's ostergruss

Renate Knaup
Peter Leopold
Chris Karrer
John Weinzierl
Lothar Meid
Jan Kahlert

Crabby Appleton - Crabby Appleton (1970)
Great album of early 70's rock, a little on the power-pop side, but the band could rock pretty hard too. Front man and vocalist Michael Fennelly, who wrote all the songs on this debut album, is backed by a bunch of talented musicians, whose instrumental interplay can only be described as tight. Some songs are punchy and forceful melodic hard rock, some are delicate and plaintive. Some have a Latin flavor thanks to 'Flaco' Falcon on timbales. The songs are all about love, tolerance and brotherhood. A brilliant set of tunes from a forgotten, underrated band with a ridiculous name. Yeah! My rip @ highVBR w/scans.


Red Dirt - Red Dirt (1970)
If a band like Crabby Appleton can have a polar opposite, Red Dirt is it! Releasing only one album in 1970, this British band featured a singer that probably learned to sing at the same whiskey bar as Edgar Broughton. Talk about raspy. No power pop or melodic hard rock here. The music is down and dirty, low-down, grungy, fuzzed-out blues rock. This is nasty and uncouth, completely uncalled for. Four bonus tracks are different somehow, much more polished but still good!


Ashra - New Age Of Earth (1977)
More brilliant electronica from Manuel Gottsching, formerly of Cosmic Jokers and Ash Ra Tempel. I'm pretty sure all of you know what to expect here - low-key, otherworldly guitar playing against a flowing tapestry of synthesizer sounds. Lyrical and beautiful.


Hanuman - Hanuman (1971)
Hanuman was started by former Murphy Blend organist Wolf-Rüdiger Uhlig, they put out this one album and changed their name to Lied Des Teufels after Uhlig left. The music is very jazzy and teutonic, a good progressive rock album. A lot of people might have trouble with the vocals, including me, as they are very, ah, "German". Maybe too German for some of us. After a couple listens they don't sound too very weird though.


Fresh Blueberry Pancake - Heavy (1970)
This band was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They formed in 1968 and by 1970 they were performing primarily original material which necessitated the recording of this demo album. Only 54 copies were pressed, and they were used for promotion... it's now rather difficult to locate! The music ranges from post-Hendrix/Blue Cheer brain-numbingly heavy acid-rock (watch out for the opener, Hassles), through bluesy moods, lighter jazzy touches, to jangley almost-folk-rock restraint. The lyrics occasionally head in a religious direction but are not preachy; the overall feel is more one of "Old Crow" than "Old Testament". (Fuzz, Acid & Flowers)


OK later.


Blogger mommy said...

this is the wrong place to mention it probably, but that moira album from the end of february was awesome. really surprising it was from the 80s. and i really liked some of the keyboard sounds.

thank you for sharing it.

i will also mention here that i wish i liked exmagma more. i wish they would just play and not goof around as much sometimes. but when it is good, it's really good.

a good album i like with fred braceful is mal waldron's "the call". waldron and jimmy jackson, who also appears on this one both played in embryo so there is a heavy krautrock connection even though "the call" is on the ECM lable.

6:30 PM, April 01, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi mommy - this place is as good as any I guess! Yeah that Moira album is brilliant I think. Exmagma has another release I'm trying to find, maybe they're not so goofy on that one.

I like your blog, by the way - can't wait til your next post!

6:36 PM, April 01, 2007  
Anonymous Yann said...

Kraut fathers are still alive !
About Exmagma, do you look for Goldball ? Then i can send it. Tell me.

2:29 AM, April 02, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello yann - I have Goldball, at 192 with no covers. I'm thinking of buying the 2-on-1 disc with Exmagma & Goldball on it, but if you have a better copy of Goldball that would be great. I also notice that there is an Exmagma 3, with unreleased material.

Whatever though, thanks!

5:12 AM, April 02, 2007  
Blogger Barmaleyy said...

Hi Garcolga

Here link to Exmagma & Goldball @192 with covers from De musica alterque -

Thanks for AD II. Really hot.

7:14 AM, April 02, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Barmaleyy - Thanks, I downloaded that already, but the covers are really crappy!

7:38 AM, April 02, 2007  
Blogger Barmaleyy said...

It agree, but it is better, than nothing.

7:50 AM, April 02, 2007  
Anonymous Yann said...

I have no better copy sorry.
You're right, the Exmagma 3 was issued in 2006

8:33 AM, April 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, thanks a lot! fantastic amon düül recording :-)

2:06 PM, April 02, 2007  
Anonymous Ganderson said...

Thanks for the Red Dirt. I was impressed with the one track I've heard by them on a compilation (Downer Rock Genocide?), and have been trying to find something else by them. Good work!

8:50 AM, April 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crabby Appleton & Red Dirt, this is GREAT man!

9:32 AM, April 03, 2007  
Anonymous num drum said...

Hi, I know i'm not commenting on something current but i'd just like to say that Jimmy Page's Lucifer Rising is really good. Thanks ever so much.

10:23 AM, April 03, 2007  
Anonymous stg said...


1:26 PM, April 03, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - you're welcome.

Hi Ganderson - yeah they have a track on Downer Rock Genocide.

Hey anonymous - !!

Hello num drum - OK!

Hi stg - you're welcome!

3:40 PM, April 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, finally found 8DIA again, long time no see chap, I hope that zou will not resign due to not as much comments. It is normal that people in those times have troubles with speaking. When I was having a blog - from 3000 visitors only 30 few left comments, and most of them was adverbs of some kind.

I think that traffic is more important than comments, like in real life, for eg. I prefer much more when someone instead of saying "I love you" will just love me.

Then If you have as much visitors as you have, you shouldn't be worried :)

From now on I will recently try to visit your blog also and I will remember about leaving comments, everytime.

Thank you very much for your work, I owe you.


10:14 AM, April 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Garcolga and thanx a lot for your posts.
I discovered krautrock on your blog and, waw !, so great !!!
Like this AD2 live, great one.
Keep on going ! (enfin, euh, continue comme ça, quoi ! I'm better in french than in english...) :-)


10:30 AM, April 04, 2007  
Blogger fuzztunnel said...

Thanks for the Crabby Appleton!

2:02 PM, April 04, 2007  
Anonymous gammon said...

I didn't even realise you were back blogging, GC! It is absolutely fantastic to see the great stuff you post again and how absolutely stupid of me not to check if you were about again.
Keep up the good work, mate, and stay well.

2:36 PM, April 04, 2007  
Blogger Captain Beyond said...

I must say there is something about Crabby Appleton this is just too appealing to criticize. When they rock (on track 4), it's quite a well thought-out song. Yet when they go for the 'ballad', it comes across as truly sincere .
Their second album isn't as good as this one, but still has some sweet moments.
Thanks for the great selections!!
Does anyone actually HAVE Exmagma 3?

Cpt. Beyond

10:19 PM, April 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Crabby Appleton, never heard before.

Now Red Dirt played at my school , on a double bill with Principal Edwards . When i think about that , I can't imagine any of todays bands playing at a school disco. Anyway Red Dirt stayed at a friends house after the gig, and his mum went mad when he turned up with a bunch of hairy musicians(Red Dirt)who crashed out on the floor. She told him they were nice lads , but don't invite any more without her permission ....hahaha!

Thanks Liam , great choice of matter how rough his voice was , they sounded great when I saw them , many moons ago.


6:46 AM, April 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nasci e cresci em um bairro de uma grande cidade brasileira dominada pelo trafico de drogas. Cresci observando policiais recebendo uma parte dos lucros no trafico, cresci observando traficantes matando menores, mulheres, homens a mando de policiais, cresci observando os mesmos traficantes e policiais espalhando maquinas de caça-niqueis em bares, restaurantes, postos de combustivel, choperias e recebendo propina para manter bingos abertos. Cresci observando os mesmos policiais enrriquecendo e comprando varios estabelecimentos em meu bairro com o dinheiro dos Bingos, caça-niqueis e do trafico. Cresci observando os mesmos politicos de sempre se reelegendo e nunca fazendo qualquer coisa a favor da população. Cresci observando minha cidade e meu pais sendo vendido aos poucos para os chineses, canadences, japoneses, portugueses, americanos e italianos. Cresci observando tudo isso0 e hoje completo 59 anos de idade e nada mudou.

5:02 PM, April 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit that I'm listening Amon Duul gig from the last few days on loop almost [now too] and want to thank you for sharing, in my opinion today they're playing way much better than 30 years ago, it is a really great stuff.


4:05 AM, April 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Liam
As I promised I will express my feelings about albums You share with me:

Last night I listened to ''Chicken Shack's Imagination Lady'', a vintage blues rock band, Pretty nice Love songs.
My friend these guys really rock:

Stan Webb: guitar, vocals (I love his voice & guitar playing)
John Glascock: bass (Wow, he's a bass player giant)
Paul Hancox: drums (Very powerful drums)

About Covers: The innocent & beautiful lady sat in the middle of the bushes can be the same Angel that The young & handsome gentleman weaves in his dream. Yes she can push aside his thorns of loneliness and remove the sadness in his eyes.
Though he sings of losing & going down, there is always a tomorrow.

You said You love this band, so I read some reviews about them, now I know what You mean.


4:30 AM, April 06, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello K. - welcome back & thanks for the kind words!

Hi Outerpsych - comment in French if you like - that is of course unless you are asking me a question! I don't speak French!!

Hello fuzztunnel - You're welcome!

Hi gammon, nice to see you again. If my memory serves, you were the very first person to leave a comment back when this blog first started!

Hello Cpt. Beyond - Yeah I agree "Rotten to the Core" is good but not near as good as their first.

Hi Nektar - somehow I can't see Red Dirt playing at a school. Musta been fun though, thanks for the story!

Hello Benham - Glad you liked the Chickenshach album - you turn a nice phrase, thanks!

9:52 AM, April 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Amon Düül!

2:32 AM, April 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Garcolga,
think no need to present myself you know who I am .... your posts continue to be great ... especially these krauts .... I got the hanuman .. ans it´s awesome ... by the way how was the dvd I sent ????
rock on

9:14 AM, April 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crabby Appleton! Jeez -- I remember buying this when it came out. Must have gotten rave review somewhere or I wouldn't have bothered. I'm very curious to see how it holds up.

I must say I'm delighted to rediscover your blog; for a long time it was one of the music blogs that I check on a regular basis, then you disappeared. (I know, you didn't disappear, but I couldn't find you at the old lemonade stand.) Stumbled across your new location today by accident and was delighted. I'm also deeply impressed by the fact that your entire archive is still available for download.

Many, many thanks to you.

11:58 AM, April 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for Hanuman.Great album!!!

6:19 AM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous dr. qi said...

Hi Garcolga,
I must say, i really love your blog and I've been "shopping" around for some time now, and I've found lots of kraut treasures. Anyways, this time I just wanted to thank you for Red Dirt, wow, that's some real shit! Not what I expected to find on your blog - but I love that record.

2:21 PM, May 25, 2007  
Anonymous Roderick Verden said...

Thank you for Hanuman.
Very good.

7:19 AM, June 10, 2007  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Thanks some wonderful stuff

6:59 AM, July 27, 2007  
Anonymous clive said...

thanks for the Canaxis. As usual your stuff is great

2:04 AM, July 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I have lost count of the weird treasures you have introduced me to. Big thanks, peace and good vibrations.

10:22 AM, May 22, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

Wow - a trip reading these ancient comments, theses were the good old days! I'm glad that peeps are still nosing around in the back pages!!

12:28 PM, May 22, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, is there achance of re-uploading the Amon Düül/Wuppertal concert? I was there and it was a lifetime experience! Greetings!

6:40 PM, February 18, 2012  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous I'm jealous that must have been a great experience! Yeah I actually still have those files and I wouldn't mind uploading again - any filehoster you prefer? The file is 189 megabytes.

11:52 AM, February 25, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi GarColga, thanks for your response regarding Amon Düül 2! Rapidshare would be fine(or any file-host server still working...). If you would re-upload it i ´d be eternally thankful to you! Greetings!

8:06 AM, March 01, 2012  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anon here's the link for the Amon Düül II:

4:19 PM, March 01, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor quality, but...:

9:05 PM, March 01, 2012  

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