Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Neil Young - Dead Man (1996)
Neil Young's soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's classic western may be too 'avant-garde' for most, particularly if they haven't seen the film. One reviewer says that this sounds like Mr. Young was "repeatedly dropping his guitar." Great stuff but you have to be in the right mood!

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Alto Pappert - Alto (1977)
Johannes "Alto" Pappert was the sax player on the first four KRAAN albums, until he quit the band in 1976. This is his first solo album, and it's some pretty cool 1970's jazzy rock. Heavy on the saxophone of course.

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Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest + Once Again (1970-1971)
This 2-on-1 CD has Barclay James Harvest's first two albums. Great stuff, "Once Again" has always been one of my favorites.

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Cluster - 71 (1971)
Great electronica from Moebius and Roedelius. Made in 1971 (duh) this doesn't sound dated at all.

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Curly Curve - Forgotten Tapes (1974)
Man if only this unreleased material had been recorded a little better - great 1970's hard rock from this German band.

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Creepy John Thomas - Brother Bat Bone & Creepy John Thomas (1968-1972)
Creepy John Thomas was a British band that played a kind of progressive blues-rock that still sounds great! Their records were released only in Germany, ensuring that their music remains largely unknown everywhere else! Band leader John Thomas went on to play guitar in the Edgar Broughton Band.

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Bobby Beausoleil & The Freedom Orchestra - Lucifer Rising
Bobby Beausoleil's name will be familiar to anybody who has read about the Manson Family and the murders committed in Southern California in the late 1960's. His story and the story of this album is fascinating, and I recommend using Google to find out more. I was expecting some agressive, 'satanic' music, but instead I found this album to be one of the most beautiful psychedelic recordings ever. It's hard to believe this was made by men who were in prison. The first disc is a soundtrack to a 1970's underground film by Kenneth Anger, the second disc contains some of Mr. Beausoleil's recordings from the 1960's, the highlight being a 24 minute piece by "The Magick Powerhouse Of Oz".

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Jerusalem - Jerusalem (1972)
OK this isn't progressive rock, not even close. Oilton from Brazil asked me if I had this so I put it up. This was produced by Ian Gillan and is some great heavy, hard rock that fits in with "In Rock" or "Fireball" era Deep Purple.


Can - Tago Mago (1971)
Krautrock!! Jason from Scotland requested this masterpiece. One thing is for sure - Jaki Leibezeit on drums and Holger Czukay on bass were the best rhythm section ever to come from Germany. Add Michael Karoli's brilliant guitar and Irmin Schmidt's amazing keyboards and "Damo" Suzuki's impassioned vocals and Can may be Germany's best band ever. Driving, funky, and experimental, Tago Mago is an enormous work, one of Can's best.

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Deuter - D (1971)
George Deuter's first album is one of the finest of the early 70's German rock scene. At times reminiscent of Amon Düül II, Tangerine Dream or Popol Vuh, this was all done by George himself with no outside help whatsoever. Spacey, atmospheric, dramatic, pastoral, percussive, this is an overlooked gem of Krautrock.


Kalacakra - Crawling To Lhasa (1974)
The general weirdness, the trippy, stoned psychedelia of this slab of German acid-folk will appeal to a lot of people. Eastern-tinged and dreamy, eclectic and strange, this meditative and reflective combination of mantras, blues and folk music definitely is worth a listen.


OK! I hope everyone finds something to like this week. See ya!


Anonymous miroslav said...

Thank you so much.
Miroslav from Bosna i Hercegovina

8:00 AM, October 18, 2007  
Blogger Roderick Verden said...

Thank you for Curly Curve and many others albums of this excellent blog.

11:43 AM, October 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The album "Brother Bat Bone" from Creepy John Thomas is one of my all time favorites. Have found it here in 2005. Thanks!
Can someone tell me where i can buy this CD?

11:51 AM, October 18, 2007  
Anonymous arbor said...

Nice one thanks

12:02 PM, October 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, the Kalackhara link goes to some no doubt needy but not very musical Petraeus Report. You want to take a look at that one? Thx - stefan m.

1:05 PM, October 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Gargolca
A fine Album the curly curve.I dont now that this one exists.Thanks

1:20 PM, October 18, 2007  
Blogger eViL_dWelLs said...

very enjoyable releases in this post, congratulations. I really like the Dead Man album, high time I get tosee the movie again. As for the Kraut stuff - I also have some quite rare german releases on my blog, so why don't exchange links? Here's mine:

evil dwells

1:51 PM, October 18, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello miroslav - OK!

Hi Roderick Verden - You're welcome and thanks for all the comments.

Hi anonymous - You can get the CD that I posted through MusicStack:

Hello arbor - You're welcome.

Hi Stefan - I think you're clicking on the wrong link!

Hi Andre - You're welcome, and thanks for the comments!

Hello eViL_dWelLs - OK done!

2:28 PM, October 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all these classisc!

Nowdays, Deuter is recording albuns for reiky sessions.


4:47 AM, October 22, 2007  
Blogger raymond said...

wow, that cluster albums is INSANE! i love it, and man o man, thanks a million for the Lucifer Rising album. That one is so sweet, i can't believe it was made while he was in prison. he is truly out of his mind.

Love the blog and thanks so much!

7:08 PM, November 26, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi tiago - You're welcome!!

Hello Raymond - yeah that Beausoleil album is fantastic!!

7:15 PM, November 26, 2007  
Anonymous roBB said...

thank you for DEUTER!!!

and thank you very much for your hell of work, but the result is a really extraordinary blog!!!

saludos de Quito: RoBB

5:31 PM, February 11, 2008  
Blogger boogieman said...

As a student in the early seventies, I didn’t have much money to spend on records. Couldn’t afford to buy the latest ones - and wasn’t that interested in the “hits” anyway, I was already much more “underground” than mainstream. I use to haunt the second-hand shops, sales bins and flea markets (May the Good Lord Bless the Pele-Mele in Brussels! And the discounters around the Place du Jeu de Balle a.k.a “Den Aa Met” where one could find fantastic LPs – often original US/UK pressing - for c.100 FB / € 2.5). A lot of those now considered very rare and collectable records were once part of my collection, until I decided to get rid of them to buy “real” blues and jazz. Musically speaking I gained a lot … what could equal the pleasure of discovering Mingus, Roland Kirk, Sun Ra …? Financially I probably lost in the long run - I remember selling Clark-Hutchinson E=MC2 and Marsupilami Arena for something like 50 FB (1.25 €) … one could still buy a couple of beers with that in 1973.

Times went by, I had forgotten most of these records but now thanks to blogs like yours I can hear them again and assess, with the privilege of hindsight, whether my choice of the time was right or not.
With hindsight, I think I should have kept those albums (to be able to boast “I have the original and it’s worth $ XXX”), but that’s not what music is all about and I can understand why I got rid of them.
Crazy Mabel (I downloaded it yesterday) is a case in point. It’s an interesting record, well played by proficient professional players, probably studio musicians (and an obviously fake “live” audience: have you ever heard a rock audience so devoid of enthusiasm … perhaps in Germany??). Nothing to say about the musicianship but the overall performance lacks that “spark” that defines Rock & Roll. RnR (or prog rock or whatever avatar of that music) is more than just musicianship. That’s probably why I kept Blodwyn Pig, Insect Trust or Manfred Mann Chapter III but sold Crazy Mabel.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to listen to that music again. And, by the way, compared to what is now being called “rock”, give me Crazy Mabel any time! Should have kept it …

3:55 AM, March 10, 2008  
Blogger Pat said...

Thanks for another classic Can album

4:07 PM, April 12, 2008  
Blogger Audentity said...

Thanks for Tago Mago.

11:57 PM, October 26, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

roBB, boogieman, Pat & Audentity - You're all welcome and thanks for commenting!!!

4:38 AM, October 27, 2009  

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