Monday, October 29, 2007

What - Monday already?
Can - Sacrilege: The Remixes (1997)
You might say this is a different kind of tribute album - 16 tracks on 2 discs by Germany's Can, remixed by some big remixers of the day. Honestly I don't know who most of them are, save for Sonic Youth and Brian Eno. The others were big techno dudes I imagine, maybe they still are! Anyway, opinions on this are all over the map, from "major success" to "strictly for completists". Judge for yourself I say!

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Frob - Frob (1976)
Frob was a band from Westphalia Germany that released only one album of unpretentious, almost soothing, jazz-rock. Guitarist Philippe Caillat is a top notch player, and the rest of the band (keyboards, bass, drums) help maintain a high standard of musicianship. Very nice.

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Mountain - Greatest Hits Live (1974)
Recorded on 11-3-74 at the Capitol Theater in Passaic New Jersey, USA, and broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour. Not the greatest recording or performance by this group, but what the heck.

1. You Better Believe It
2. Theme For An Imaginary Western
3. Never In My Life
4. Jingle Bells
5. Get Out Of My Life Woman
6. Mississippi Queen
7. It's For You
8. Nantucket Sleighride
9. Roll Over Beethoven
10. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
11. Bonus Interview

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Patto - Monkey's Bum (1973)
Unreleased fourth album from Patto - maybe not their best work, but worth listening to just for Ollie Halsall, whose guitar work is outstanding!

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Sinto - Right On Brother (1972)
Only album from German band Sinto - Caution: Not Krautrock! This bunch was very Anglo-sounding, playing a song-oriented brand of progressive rock. Instrumentally rich with a lot of Latin flavoring and a lot of great violin playing. Very cool and real funky. Recommended!

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Felt - Felt (1971)
Superb turn of the decade rock from Alabama USA. Melodic Floyd-like progressive flourishes but with blistering acid guitar, soulful vocals and shimmering keyboards. Crashing riffs and peaceful waves abound. I was hooked from the opening bars of the beautiful "Look At The Sun" and this thing held my attention until the very end. How can somebody make an album this good and just disappear? Were they chewed up by a heartless music industry, was there a personal tragedy, or, artistic vision realized, did they just move on?

Edit: After I posted this way back in 2005, I got an e-mail from the bass player who told me that shortly after the album was recorded the guitarist and main songwriter, who was only 17 (!), was busted for pot. In early 1970's Alabama this was probably a pretty serious thing. End of the band.


German Oak - German Oak (1972)
Recorded in a WWII Air-Raid Shelter in order to get a better feeling of what it must have been like to have been a German soldier during the European Invasion of 1944, this brilliant instrumental psychedelic recording by a five man group from Dusseldorf tries to capture in sound what it must have been like. From the liner notes: "As we played down there in the old bunker, suddenly a strange atmosphere began to work. The ghosts of the past whispered. There has been fear, desperation - but also hope. Maybe you will feel such impressions too, by listening carefully". This is truly a great album!

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Dom - Edge Of Time (1970)
Supposedly recorded after a two-day acid trip, Dom's only album is a real voyage into space. This is one of those great albums that is difficult to describe. It is a hypnotic and ecstatic blend of space rock, eccentric hippie folk and Eastern mantra, constructed of intricate suites dripping with lysergic inspiration and sublime revelation. If you are going to burn this, consider leaving off track 9. This "bonus track" is from 1998 and doesn't fit in at all with the rest of the material.


Bang - Bang (1971)
OK here's some good old-fashioned hard rock. Bang was from Pennsylvania USA and obviously loved their Black Sabbath albums. Also their Cream, Hendrix and Zeppelin records. I don't know too much about these guys but I know one thing for sure - this album kicks ass!! If you like vintage rock you need this.


Xhol - Hau-Ruk (1970)

A live album from this obscure German progressive rock group, consisting of three long instrumental pieces, the music is at different times cosmic, bluesy and psychedelic, and will appeal to fans of experimental spacey rock. A lack of studio effects, found on their other releases, doesn't hurt this a bit.


Alright - comments appreciated!


Blogger Princess Sparkle Pony said...

I've been afraid to listen to the Can remix album, but I finally bit the bullet. I like it quite a bit! Some of the stuff is clearly too disposable techno, but others are just excellent. I can't believe one of the artists actually made "Flowmotion" listenable! I'd rather listen to this album than later efforts by Can.

I know... sacrilege, right?

2:17 PM, October 30, 2007  
Blogger eViL_dWelLs said...

thanks for the BANG album, do you have their other records?

8:17 AM, November 01, 2007  
Anonymous Les said...

Thanks for the Can!!!

8:55 AM, November 02, 2007  
Blogger Evan said...

Love the German Oak and Dom. I've been visiting your blog for a year or two now and I have gotten so many excellent albums. This blog is truly amazing, by far the best music blog I've come across. Also, you have helped me get into Krautrock and other experimental music a lot more. I never really got around to making a comment, but now I felt that was overdue. Thanks for the music.

8:58 PM, November 02, 2007  
Anonymous fymind said...

toterallee..-The greatest site on earth for the largest collection of psychedelia! Many thanks for the rare collection.

11:04 PM, December 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

terrific blog!!!!! so many old groups so much great music I honestly don't know where to start.I have tried several times to dl the German Oak album to no avail the links to other posts seem fine thanks for all your hard work.

12:56 PM, March 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello my Friend,
thank you for all this nice great share's!!!One thing I've been looking for long time is "Fette BrĂ¼he" by 'Headband'.Some body here he has it? Any Idea?
Go on this Way and many Greetings from Germany!!!

4:27 AM, March 21, 2008  
Blogger Neroon001 said...

thank you so much for re-upping the german oak record I have been wanting to hear this record for a long time,I have read several reviews and most of them said positive things ( if i remember right there was only one negitive review) thanks again for a terrific blog!!!

10:02 PM, March 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey bro this is my all-time favourite blog right here. It's great you put Can up here - i think people should really 'try before they buy' on that one! i got it when it came out, and it certainly wasn't my cup of tea. I've been looking everywhere for German Oak (and the Drum Circus) albums too! You're the best! Love ya!

2:03 AM, March 26, 2008  

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