Monday, March 10, 2008

Hello! Thanks for all the great comments lately!

Brian Auger - Brian Auger's Oblivion Express (1970)
"After the last throes of Trinity, Brian decided to form a new band from scratch and allow for more instrumental space in his music. And what a departure this was from the Trinity days. Here the music took a more severe turn away from his previous sound while remaining accessible, but being much more energetic as well and combined jazz and rock even further. With Dean and McIntosh as a solid rhythm section, Brian had to look for a guitarist that wouldn’t be tempted to overdo his own antics on the keyboards and eventually he chose Jim Mullen. With the artwork depicting our favourite Ogre unleashing his Oblivion Express out of his chest and straight into your face and ears, it’s easy to see that Brian is the boss with the majority of the compositions to his name. Certainly one of the better hard Hammond-driven rock albums coming out of the early 70’s from England, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express is a 100 MPH album that gives no rest." (Hugues Chantraine progarchives.com)

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Hoelderlin - Live Traumstadt (1978)
"This is a very underrated German progressive rock band! The double-album “Hoelderlin Live - Traumstadt” is their finest work and showcases the band at their pinnacle. It’s still considered as one of the milestones in the German rock history and has some similarities with other German progrock band Grobschnitt concerning the long solos, visual effects, costumes and humor. The music was recorded in the Wuppertaler Opernhaus in October ’77, the 2-LP was released in ’78. The band was hit by multiple changes in the line- up, on "Traumstadt" the musicians were Joachim Grumbkow (keyboards and vocals on “Streaming”), Pablo Weeber (all guitars), Michael Bruchmann (drums), Cristoph ‘Nops’ Noppeney (lead vocals and violin) and Hans Baar (bass). All the nine melodic tracks have their own climate and features fluid accellarations, nice interludes, pleasant keyboards (string-ensemble, electric piano, organ and clavinet) and great interplay between electric guitar and violin. But the focus is on the solowork: fiery (“Sun Rays”), biting (“Soft Landing”) and howling (“Die Stadt”) on the electric guitar and exciting (“Streaming”) and spectacular (“Die Stadt”) on the violin. Many solos are supported by the wonderful and distinctive sound of the string-ensemble, a compelling combination! Recommended, especially to fans of the violin playing of Jean Luc Ponty and Eddie Jobson." (Erik Neuteboom progarchives.com)

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Os Mundi - Os Mundi (2004)
I haven't been able to find out much about this CD, like when the tracks were recorded - progarchives says they were recorded during the band's "late period", and since the band broke up in 1975, that's as good a guess as any - 1975. With seven players in the studio (and a female chorus on one cut), these tracks have a really full sound. The music is great - jazzy, experimental, sometimes a little 'funky'.

Track Listings

1. Deef Bass (8:56)
2. It's All there (4:22)
3. Morining Song (5:10)
4. Peter und der Wolf (12:07)
5. Waber Waber (6:46)

Total Time: 37:21

Line-up/Musicians
Ute Kannenberg - Vocals
Udo Arndt - Guitar
Harald Skorepa - Keyboards
Michael "Fame" Günther - Bass
Konstantin "Bommi" Bommarius - Drums
Ludolf Kuchenbuch - Saxophone
Klaus Henrichs - Saxophone

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Popol Vuh - Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte (1976)
"A sumptuous, pastoral, mystical album that pursues on the way launched by the seminal "Eisnjäger & Siebenjäger" and "Seligpresung". Popol Vuh are at the summit of their career. The atmosphere is totally fascinating, perfectly controlled emotionally with very pleasant, spiritual moments. We are far from their two first challenged "ethnic" electronic, meditative works and really more into guitars / piano / female vocals combination. The vocal melodies of the soprano Djon Yun are especially beautiful and ethereal. Daniel Fichelscher's dreamy and clean guitar playing is pretty effective and well accompanied by the serenity of Florian Fricke's piano playing. Next to the massive "Hosianna Mantra", "Seligpresung" and "Eisnjäger & Siebenjäger" this one is the fourth classic album offered by the band." (Philippe Blache progarchives.com)

1. Der grosse Krieger (3:15)
2. Oh wie nah ist der Weg hinab (4:36)
3. Oh wie weit ist der Weg hinauf (4:30)
4. In deine Hände (3:00)
5. Kyrie (4:38)
6. Haram dei Raram dei Haram dei Ra (1:30)
7. Dort ist der Weg (4:30)
8. Letzte Tage ~ Letzte Nächte (4:20)

Total Time: 30:19

Line-up/Musicians

Florian Fricke - Piano
Daniel Fichelscher - Guitar, Percussion
Djong Yun - Vocals
Renate Knaup - Vocals
Al Gromer - Sitar
Ted De Jong - Tamboura

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Lorus - Deluge (2007)
This band, Lorus, sent me a Mp3 copy of what I guess is their first album. A lot of you will surely like this - I stole this review from CD Baby, where you can buy it for only 8.99 USD!

"What would happen if Tool, Melvins and Mogwai all had a gangbang in the back of a tour bus? Their bastard offspring would be called Lorus. Raised by King Crimson with a little strict discipline from Mr. Bungle, Lorus is an avant metal band formed by guitarist Dylan Burr and keyboardist Alan Lawrence. Lorus' music blends divergent genres and synthesizes them with a heavier end, finding new and groundbreaking avenues for heavy music. Playing alongside Dylan and Alan is bassist Chris Brown, Lorus most recent addition, sets an anti-circular, driving tempo. Accessible, inexplicable, experimental, lugubrious and other .75 cent words. How can one band be both? Check www.lorusband.com and here for show dates and deeper explanation." http://cdbaby.com/cd/lorus

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Later!

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch! God bless the prog-blogs (& similia)!
I'll give Auger a listen (well, more than just one I predict), then try and post something less futile.
I know the man, so it's not gonna be too different from "wow!" anyways...
texandrea

5:08 PM, March 10, 2008  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Hello my dear friend, I hope you're ok, i'm looking for a band called Laurelie from Belgium do you have it?

thanks for posting popol vuh.

6:04 PM, March 10, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The krautrock book says that Os Mundi recorded a third album, which was not released. So this is probably it. Apparently Os Mundi had changed into Tequila Sunrise by 1974, so that would put this lp in early 74 or 73. Not that it matters much. Of course they could have run into the studio anytime, since they all lived in Berlin, which was a bit tribal and parochial. If they had they left and gone back to West Germany proper they would have been drafted into the army. That's a pretty good reason to hang out and jam. - owsley

3:17 AM, March 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Gargolca
Great Upload the Clear Blue Sky,Many Thanks
andre

3:22 AM, March 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! Is it possible to replace the rip of Broselmaschine 2, some tracks are corrupted (notably the first one) and it's ruining the whole experience! Thanks for the album though, never heard it before, I' like it.

Stipe

3:40 AM, March 11, 2008  
Blogger gbigmac said...

Thanks for all the great and inspirational music friend! Just too many good albums, bands to mention. Cheers

12:59 PM, March 11, 2008  
Blogger zillagord said...

Thanks so much for the Clear Blue Sky! You don't know how much I look forward to Mondays and your posts. Well, maybe you do now!
Peace,
Zilla

12:21 PM, March 12, 2008  
Blogger joe v berlin said...

thank you for Popol Vuh - Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte (1976) I appreciate it very much. I am finding it a little difficult to get into however .Aguirre, The Wrath Of God was maybe better and
Popol Vuh - Einsjäger & Siebenjäger (1974) was a very fine recording. I must give this one a bit of time. Sometimes when I dwell on listening to multiple albums from the same act in the same time frame, my sensory perception becomes numbed and blurred and I can#T take it all in. Many many thanks for your great blog.
Slainte!

3:46 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Rochacrimson said...

Popol Vuh,simply great!
Many many thanks Garcolga!

2:19 AM, March 15, 2008  
Blogger Pep Sonic said...

Thanks garcolga for all music and in particular by Clear Blue Sky.

3:08 AM, March 15, 2008  
Blogger Roderick Verden said...

Hey Garcolga,

Os Mundi: Tracks 2,3,4-horrible(disco dance?) tracks 1,5-very good.

Popol Vuh, "Aguirre..." and "Letzte Tage...", escellent!

Thank you very much, my friend.

7:45 AM, March 15, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for Os Mundi and popol Vuh! Popol vuh is not easy to listen to but I cant get enough of it, especially the tracks "Kleine Krieger" and "Der Grosse Krieger"
Also Aguirre soundtrack is awesome!

regards
Imre

1:09 PM, March 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm digging this Exmagma (first i'm hearing of them).
Think i like them because of the american drummer: keeps things more funkified grooving than a european drummer-- like Magma for instance! (now about those vocals though)

4:14 PM, March 18, 2008  
Blogger Vinyl1 said...

Thanks for Popul Vuh, Great album
I have Clear Blue Sky o Cd, brilliant band

5:33 AM, March 20, 2008  
Blogger PHSStudiosRJ said...

Thank you very much for that wonderful postage. I already served myself of great pearls in his blog. Mundi - Mundi (2004) Excellent. I love the krautrock and German rock finally.

8:13 AM, March 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

many thanks for all the popul vuh. i was only familiar with aguirre, and gardens, but the other stuff is great as well!

10:36 PM, March 24, 2008  
Blogger vanDiemerbroucke said...

Thanks. A Popol Vuh record I haven't heard yet. It's like discovering a new drug, or colour.

I have bought and will buy more Popol Vuh thanks to free downloading. You guys succeed where 30 years of music business marketing haven't. Hooray for that.

Again, Thanks.

8:37 AM, March 30, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, thank god I got to download Lorus-Deluge before you closed your blog, I'm loving it.

I just wish there were more bands like this one.

REMI

7:57 AM, April 05, 2008  

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