Monday, July 14, 2008

Krokodil - The Psychedelic Tapes (1970 - 1972)
Well I wasn't able to find out much about this on the internet, and by that I mean I couldn't find a review to copy and paste! Oh well.

1970-1972 were the psychedelic years of the mighty Krokodil from Switzerland who made the stunning psychedelic kraut rock album "An Invisible World Revealed". During this early period the band recorded a lot of magical songs both live (3 tracks) and in the studio (5 tracks) which are now after more than 30 years released on CD. Long trippy space rock with a West Coast/Kraut Rock edge, featuring fluid acid guitar work, flute and effects. The CD includes a great version of Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan", which surprisingly doesn't sound all that jazzy, a live 30 minute version of "Odyssey In Om" from their landmark album "An Invisible World Revealed" - about a third of this is a bass/percussion extravaganza. On the hard rock side is a live version of "Marzipan" from the album "Getting Up For The Morning". The three "Stehaufmädchen" tracks are very interesting, but also real short. "You're Still a Part of Me" is a live version of the song from their 1969 debut album and has a great late 60's bluesy/psych vibe. The last track, "Raga" is some cool sounding Sitar work.

Anyway this is a very good CD and if you like "An Invisible World Revealed" this is a totally worthwhile addition to your collection.

1. The Creator Has a Master Plan - 1970 (9:22)
2. Stehaufmädchen Part 1 - 1970 (1:05)
3. Marzipan (Live) - 1972 (8:02)
4. Stehaufmädchen Part 2 - 1970 (1:04)
5. You're Still a Part of Me (Live) - 1972 (5:44)
6. Stehaufmädchen Part 3 - 1970 (1:06)
7. Odyssey in Om (Live) - 1972 (30:29)
8. Raga - 1971 (3:16)

Terry Stevens - Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Hardy Hepp - Violin, Piano, Recorder, Vocals
Düde Dürst - Drums, Congas, Vocals
Walty Anselmo - Sitar, Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Mojo Weideli - Mouthharp, Flute, Percussion, Vocals


Part 1__Part 2__Part 3__Part 4

Next week, then! Comments appreciated.


Blogger mike said...

I already got the album. It's great but it doesn't match the quality of the best studio work back then. Still... as I'm a fan of live-recordings those songs have their moments, sometimes even really surprising. Wish I had seen more of them back in the day. I saw two shows of the late band and as I recall (somewhat blurred memory due to certain... you know) the impression of a consistent show was much better. Maybe somewhen a full professionally recorded show of that era pops up and I can verify that... or not.

11:31 PM, July 14, 2008  
Blogger PapaShura said...

Many Thanks! Now for full happyness I must find "Swamp"

12:44 AM, July 20, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi mike - thanks for sharing your memories! That musta been great seing these guys.

Hi PapaShura - You're welcome!

10:10 PM, July 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! Thanks for this one!
Best Regards.

7:22 PM, July 21, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

You're welcome, anonymous

7:54 PM, July 21, 2008  
Blogger Bilek said...

garcolga, this version of the blog is even better than the former edition (maybe it's because I have exploited it more than enough, and now I had enough of it :P ). An album a week is just fine, otherwise I would loose my head among all the great stuff, posted here and elsewhere (I still keep track of Sakalli's and Chrisgoesrocks's blogs, as well as the forum you already know ;) ). I hope I'll have a chance to get my hands on the other great kraut stuff you previously posted (all of which, I have mp3 files anyway!)
Keep up the good work

2:41 PM, July 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been ill for a couple of weeks and was really surprised to find this one still available. Another lossy consigned to the bit bucket. :) Cheers!


12:22 PM, July 26, 2008  
Anonymous maurizao rocha said...

Nice album!! most people says; it is some version of ´groundhogs´, thats ok!! I love them too.

7:35 AM, September 08, 2008  

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