Monday, September 03, 2007

Well here we are starting the third year!

Wallenstein - Mother Universe (1972)
The second release from German band Wallenstein is a great album of vintage prog/space-rock. Brilliant keyboard playing by Jurgen Dollase, fantastic drumming from Harald Grosskopf, and guitarist Bill Barone contributes some solid rock playing and fiery leads. Vocalist Jerry Berkers may be a acquired taste for some. Overall a very solid album and a classic of German prog.

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Paladin - Jazzattack (1996)
Paladin was an early 70's British band who released two very good albums, "Paladin" and "Charge". While preparing for the reissue of the two albums in 1996, they came across some demo tapes recorded before the debut album and other unreleased material, and released these tracks as "Jazzattack". For some reason this album was released only in Brazil! Personally I don't think the tracks are all that jazzy - they sound like real good early 70's rock to me.

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Neu! - Neu! (1971)
First album from German duo NEU! is a classic of krautrock, at times avante-garde, minimalist, ambient and hypnotic. Brilliant work from Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger, not to mention the producer Konrad Plank. This is a work of great originality, and sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, not 35 years ago!

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Last Exit - Iron Path (1988)
Couple weeks ago a guy e-mailed me, asking if I had this. Turns out I did, but at a low bitrate with no artwork. When I double-clicked on the Mp3 files I was stunned - how could I have forgotten this awesome album? Anyway I was lucky to find a copy of this out-of-print CD. Last Exit was an avant-garde jazz supergroup made up of Sonny Sharrock on guitar, Peter Brötzmann on saxophone, Bill Laswell on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums. Iron Path was their sole studio recording, all the others were recorded live. The music is difficult to describe - powerful, energetic...and awesome!

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Between - Silence Beyond Time (1980)
I think this was the last of the Between albums from Peter Michael Hamel, if you've heard any of the others, I've posted a few, you know what to expect. Beautiful and complex, yet very peaceful, with a lot of ethnic influences.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES!


Missing Link - Nevergreen! (1972)

An unusual band from Munich, blending progressive rock and jazz fusion in a similar way to Pell Mell's blending of rock and classical, in fact there is much in common between these two bands, especially in the song style, though the album NEVERGREEN! is very varied, exploring a different genre with almost every track. Missing Link historically are pretty obscure, although Dieter Miekautsch did later join Missus Beastly and then go on to Embryo. These were one of the lesser known United Artists acts, based in Munich. Nevergreen! was recorded at the Dierks Studio in October 1972. On the seven tracks (plus two bonus tracks) a complex and varied musical style emerged. It included jazz sax riffing ("Sorcery"), some solo piano parts ("Song For Ann"), loud rock outbursts ("Kids Hunting") and matching acoustic guitars ("Spoiled Love"). However, the overall sound is quite jazzy, so the album will appeal most to fans of Embryo, Xhol, Ardo Dombec, Thirsty Moon, etc. Actually, Dieter Miekautsch joined Embryo (also Missus Beastley) after the group's demise in 1973. Drummer Holger Brandt later joined Sahara. The Missing Link album is quite good. (Crack In The Cosmic Egg/Cosmic Dreams At Play)

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Pinguin - Der Grosse Rote Vogel (1971)

Pinguin's only release, though they had previously made a record under the name of Talix. This is organ-based prog, though with enough guitar leads and saxophone jamming and flute breaks to keep everybody happy. As happy as you can be listening to this dark and sinister sounding stuff anyway. As you can tell from the title, the vocals are in German; one reviewer said the lyrics are 'crap', but since I don't understand German, this doesn't bother me! German vocals just add to the atmosphere, as far as I'm concerned. Favorite cut is the title track, with a riff that has really stuck in my head. I can't find this for sale as a CD anywhere, only as an LP, and the back cover looks homemade, so I'd guess we have a first-class vinyl rip here! All in all this is a very appealing album, highly recommended, an unheralded Krautrock classic!

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Temple - Temple (1976)

I like this little album from what was apparently a sub-underground band. They are featured on the "Unknown Deutchland" series, I posted "Krautrock Archive Vol. 1" a while back. Keyboard player is Zeus B. Held, who garnered more attention as a producer later, doing some re-mixes of Gary Numan. The occasional female vocals are from Pauline Fund who is on the "Cozmic Corridors" CD. The male vocals are by "Poseidon". Two pretty frantic electric guitarists are on board, and of course bass and drums. The sound can get pretty cluttered at times, but the music is well done and seems passionately performed. Layers of synthesizers, guitars, percussion solos, distorted vocals, peaceful one track frantic the next, moody and aggressive, what's not to like here?

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Tetragon - Nature (1971)

An obscure band, Tetragon originated from Osnabrück in Northern Germany from the Brian Auger inspired Blues Limited. Later, after discovering The Nice, they changed their style and became the organ fronted trio Trikolon, ( I posted their album "Cluster" a couple weeks ago) and upon becoming a quartet by adding a guitarist they changed name to Tetragon! After having toured with their Dutch heroes Ekseption, it's not surprising that Tetragon moved to an ever-more complex classical rock with extensive use of rearranged Bach and other classical themes. The deliberate accent on their blues and psychedelic roots guaranteed a unique twist on the genre, though on their sole album Nature one can detect much of The Nice, Egg and Dutch progressive stylisms. An unknown classic. (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

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Sand - Ultrasonic Seraphim (1996)

The incredibly obscure - yet highly significant - Sand lived for a few brief years in early '70s Berlin. Ultrasonic Seraphim brings together virtually all their major work. Most importantly, it contains the entire "Golem" album from 1974, arguably the most advanced, unrecognised and seminal Krautrock album of its time (Tracks 1-5, disc 1). Recorded on eight-track for a sound system that never really took off, the Artificial Head, "Golem" will trip the living orbs out of your nuclear matter. Imagine having your head in the rotor blades of a Helicopter, being seduced by ancient ritualism and unknown magic in a pitch black Bavarian forest, tossed through a star chamber with your eyes pinned open and four dimensions whirling simultaneously in kaleidoscopic colours. That's Golem. Rediscovered by David Tibet and Steve Stapleton-Nurse With Wound, Ultrasonic Seraphim is a masterpiece of anytime, particularly as it adds unreleased tracks and variations on the "Golem" originals.

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If you just want to burn the Golem album, the first five tracks of disc 1, here are the front and back covers-

Golem Covers

Black Sabbath - War Pigs

This great sounding bootleg was recorded in Paris, 12 December 1970, and features versions of some of their best early material.

1. Paranoid
2. Hand Of Doom
3. Iron Man
4. N.I.B.
5. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
6. War Pigs
7. Fairies Wear Boots
8. Black Sabbath

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Antrobus / The Flying Hat Band (1972 / 1974)

Occasionally I am going to rescue a post from the early days of the blog, back when there wasn't all that much traffic, and give some great albums another shot. I think this was one of the very first albums I posted, now it is at a higher bitrate (256) than the original post

ANTROBUS / THE FLYING HAT BAND (Buried Together) Split-CD: ANTROBUS were formed in early '71 when Britain's heavy progressive rock underground scene was in full flight. The band exsisted for only one year, and they had no real rehearsal place and that's hard to believe while listening to the nine tracks that were never officially released. They are playing at an amazingly high standard and had accomplished song-writing abilities. Like some of their comrades, they are using flute and organ but the songs are more focused on heavy riffs and bluesy vocals. A hard-driving rock approach was adopted but the ability to contrast their sound with classy melodic harmonies is apparent too. And when ANTROBUS were playing hard and heavy, they were just an awesome force. Mixed up with a few sound-effects and a lot of guitarwork, this band had created an effective creepy heavy ass-kickin' sound in their short lifetime. The sound quality isn't high fidelity, but good enough for an enjoyable listening and sometimes I wonder that these recordings are dated from the early 70's, due to their refreshing energy.

The second band on this split-CD is THE FLYING HAT BAND. This was the group where Glen Tipton played, before he left to join Judas Priest. TFHB existed only for a short time and the featured four songs are dated back to '74. The songs are also released here for the very first time, so that one can listen to some ferocious guitar leads and intense riffing. But this band doesn't sound like a Priest forerunner. "Lost Time" is fine acoustic bluesy song, with a slight Latino vibe, while "Reaching for the Stars" got a groovy rhythm-line and the album closes with excessive guitars in "Coming of the Lord". This powerful outfit wasn't around long enough to gain the respect that the energy and drive of their music demanded. They'd got the chance to record an album for a proposed LP on the WWA label and had entered a London studio where they began recording songs. But due to unknown reasons, this album was never released. "Buried Together" comes with a very doomy cover-artwork (remember "Die Healing"?) and if you're discovering this disc somewhere then get it. My personal winners are the heavy ANTROBUS, but TFHB have also their highlights. This CD was released by the German re-issue label SPM International, who have also re-released such bands as Groundhogs, Janus, Bodkin, T2 and more, and the English label World Wide Records.

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OK see you next week!

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!

12:43 AM, September 04, 2007  
Anonymous Babbles. said...

You have an incredible wealth of music on your site... thank you very much for taking the time to gather all of these albums together.. giving us background on the bands... and allowing us to enjoy them.

cheers,

babbles.

1:31 PM, September 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks for great music especially for Wallenstein superb album.

8:38 AM, September 05, 2007  
Blogger Samhob said...

hi all and hi garcolga, I hope some of you would enjoy some of the musics on my blog

http://bilafrah.blogspot.com

hey garcolga check it soon, I will post the dreamworeld album i think you weere looking for! (the one with the former yatha sidhras members)

2:43 AM, September 06, 2007  
Blogger JR HeatWarp said...

3 years!? Wowsa. You're practically a senior citizen in the share community. Thanks for setting the bar and raising it every week. Here's to 3 more.

Cheers

2:49 PM, September 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the in between and peter michael hamel.. wonderful delayed spaced musick.. thanks ever so much.. and big congrats on turning three you blu baby u!!....anthony

6:12 AM, September 08, 2007  
Anonymous ka le fleur said...

should be noted that the antrobus tracks are actually by IRON CLAW. i'm pretty sure all of the tracks on the split with flying hat band (and more) are available on their dismorphophobia cd.

9:33 AM, September 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks,excelent blog.

10:21 AM, September 08, 2007  
Anonymous hasse ja lotta said...

Antrobus is just a name some fucker made up and tried to make money with iron claw's music.

I WOULD LIKE KILL THAT FUCKER!!

Iron Claw rocks the world, really great band. find the dismorphophobia album and volume to 10000 and burn ur neighbours ears

11:55 AM, September 08, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - you're welcome!

Hello babbles, thanks!

Hi anonymous, you're welcome

Hello Samhob - Nice blog have fun with it!

Hi JR HeatWarp - I'm just starting the 3rd year. Thanks!

Hi anthony, thanks

Hi anonymous, thanks!

Hello ka le fleur & hasse ja lotta - I posted the Iron Claw album June 16, 2007.

4:07 PM, September 08, 2007  
Anonymous gammon said...

Glad you persevered through all the bother you had, gc. The net wouldn't be the same without you. You post stuff you just can't find anywhere else.

What you do is very much appreciated, keep doing what you do.

5:30 PM, September 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey ho,
your blog is awesome, but i think you know this...thank you very much for the between stuff...i'm looking for more: Einstieg (1971); Hesse Between Music (1974) and from Peter Michael Hamel: Hamel (1970); Aura (1972); The Arrow of time/The cycle of time (1991)...
I got Peter Michael Hamels Buddhist Meditation (1975) & Between - Contemplation (1977) if you are interested....
luv
member www.emptyblaukraut.de

5:48 AM, September 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also grateful for the Between album. I remember getting Dharana from here back in '06, good album.

1:41 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Mark said...

thanks for posting the Noir album...unheard by me for 25 years...I always said when this appeared online, the industry would be dead...can't say i'll miss it...long live the music!

6:14 AM, February 23, 2008  

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