Monday, June 30, 2008

Häx Cel - Zwai (1972)
"In Krautrock history there were only a handful of classical-rock bands of note, and of those Häx Cel were one of the most obscure. They originated from Hanover circa late-1971, and played their first gig in January 1972, developing themes of Albinoni, Bach, Beethoven, Händel and such-like (mostly Händel on the album), all in a light but complex rock setting, with the focus on flute and (harpsichord sounding) keyboards.

Their debut single (documented as a bonus on CD) recalled the classical style of early Jethro Tull, and a little Colosseum. Their only LP release ZWAI captured them live in concert on 29 October 1972, and showed a band with potential, if a little shaky in some of the complex passages. Fans of the more arty subtle lighter end of classical rock (i.e. The Enid, Paul Brett, etc.) will no doubt love this one.

The band, however, split up shortly after its release. In 1996, three original members, together with a new drummer and a guitarist, reformed Häx Cel releasing new CD's in 1998 and 2001. These later offerings continue in the same style, if a touch more melodic and well recorded." (Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

"Häx Cel from Hanover only existed between the end of 1971 and the autumn of 1972, releasing one LP and one 7-single on Dizzy Records, both of which have so far been hardly known even among collectors. Many fans of a fusion between classical music and progressive rock will appreciate this effort. We are not dealing with a cheap Ekseption or Renaissance clone but rather with very creative music which is convincing even without the use of a guitar. Zwai (Dizzy LP DS 726) features a live recording of their last gig on October 29th, 1972. The two tracks of their single, Albinoni and Difference, are included as bonus tracks on the CD, which therefore features Häx Cel’s complete works. Apart from two Händel tracks and one by Albinoni, all the material was written and masterly played by the band itself."

Track List:
1. Albinoni 4.09
2. A Second Time 3.01
3. Music 5.20
4. Julius Ceasar 4.33
5. Bouree 1.16
6. Marsch 5.14
7. Land Of Dreams 4.58
8. To Barbara 7.13
9. Andante 0.56
10. Albinoni 3.20*
11. Difference 3.12*

Michael Moebus - Bass, Vocals
Dieter Neumann - Flute, Vocals
Achim Neubauer - Piano
Rainer Greffrath - Drums


Part 1__Part 2__Part 3__Part 4

See you next Monday!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to say it's a great download, but Rapidshare tells me over and over that I have to wait 45 minutes. :(

But keep up the good work anyway. :)


1:04 PM, July 01, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank's for this download GarColga. Great german musik from the early '70. Do you know "Checkpoint Charly", great progessiv anarchorock with political and funny lyrics. If you have it, please post it, I have only some vinyls of CPC. Sorry of my broken english and thanks again for your great work here.


5:34 AM, July 07, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi frumpy - thanks for the comment.

Hi Michael - sorry, I don't have any Checkpoint Charlie.

6:49 AM, July 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply.
Have you seen Checkpoint Charlie posts in any another blog?


9:51 AM, July 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I managed to get it downloaded after RS started working properly for me, thanks! It's strange to hear an album without guitars, yet it's still good, if a little low key.


2:57 AM, July 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gracias por la buena música y el formato lossless

thxs brother


7:05 PM, July 14, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi antonio, de nada.

7:17 PM, July 14, 2008  
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3:04 AM, November 17, 2008  
Blogger Bilek said...

Nice one, GarColga. You're the man! Keep up the good work. (and see you around the krautrock forum ;) )

3:05 AM, November 17, 2008  

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