Monday, July 26, 2010

Drosselbart - Drosselbart (1970)
"An extremely obscure early Krautrock band with a reputation that is well justified. Their name: Drosselbart means "Itchy Beard" of all things!

According to the Long Hair Music CD reissue, with the story told by Jemima (aka "Mono" a professional singer and spouse to Paul Vincent), Drosselbart were a Munich band that she joined up with in order to prove that she could do more than m-o-r, and that she could make rock in German really work. They barely existed any longer than it took them to compose, rehearse and record the material for the album and a single. They did a few press shows and publicity stunts, but never played live. Contractual obligations meant Jemima couldn't continue with the band, and they folded soon after.

Drosselbart's sole LP is a gem. A varied but cohesive album of heavy psychedelic rock, with lots of weird touches, thick wedges of organ and strange, often outrageously overblown, songs in German. Drawing influences from both American and British 1960's styles (Vanilla Fudge and Pink Floyd mostly), they steeped their music with lots of Teutonic strangeness, akin to early Tomorrow's Gift or Eulenspygel. Although admittedly dated (it still predates much of the early similar stuff from East Germany), Drosselbart's music is still remarkably volatile and surprising, and is one of the earliest examples of the stranger side of Krautrock psychedelia." (Crack In The Cosmic Egg"

1. Inferno - Drosselbart
2. Jemima
3. Liebe ist nur ein Wort
4. Du bist der eine Weg
5. Engel des Todes
6. Böse Buben
7. Vater unser
8. Folg mir
9. Montag
10. Nach einer langen Nacht
11. Der Sommer (Inclusive Der Sturm)
Bonus tracks:
12. An einem Tag im August
13. O'Driscoll

Peter Randt - Vocals, Guitar
Jemina - Vocals
Christian Trachsel - Keyboards
Dietmar Mainka - Guitar
Werner Schüler - Bass
Martin Honemeyer - Drums
Ralf Nowy - Flute


Monday, July 19, 2010

Ainigma - Diluvium (1973)
"An obscure early band that gained recognition as one of the darkest of heavy German progressives. Little is known about Ainigma, except that they existed for some time before making their sole album DILUVIUM, and the truth is that Ainigma were actually quite typical of the more mainstream Krautrock of the era.

Ainigma played a raw and slightly messy kind of hard-edged bluesy rock, sometimes recalling Frumpy, but with a more psychedelic underlying Vanilla Fudge type sound. Lyrically though Ainigma weren't too hot, and it would have been better if they had sung in German, as the lyrics do come across as somewhat naïve. Featuring chunky organ and guitar, the instrumental feel and production style (or lack of production) draws comparisons with Necronomicon, with a similar stoned feel, featuring long tracks, extensive instrumentals, and a really gloomy atmosphere.

As a result, it's one of the better albums of its type (certainly a "grower"), and one that is definitely worthy of its reputation." (Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

1. Prejudice
2. You Must Run
3. All Things Are Fading
4. Diluvium
5. Thunderstorm
6. Diluvium (Instrumental)

Willi Klüter - Organ, Vocals
Wolfgang Netzer - Guitar, Bass, Choir
Michael Klüter - Drums
Michael Freise - Acoustic Guitar


Monday, July 12, 2010

Siloah - Sukram Gurk (1972)
"In this album, the obscure Germans of Siloah explore a new musical direction that has almost nothing in common with the acid-bucolic-primitive-folk of their beginning. The music is highly concentrated on complex, melodic progressive rock psychedelica dominated by electric organs' powerful chords. The album is proggier and much more structured that their previous one. The opening theme starts as a humorous proggy pop ballad then carries on an ultra expressive organ section focused on serene melodies. "Magic Carpet Ride To The Alps" is a grooved out, sensual organic improvisation, strictly instrumental with a discreet experimental touch. "Feast Of The Pickpockets" is a gorgeous dream-like, spacy dramatic interlude for warm organic tones. "Stony" is another psychedelic improvisation sustained by furious keyboards and a frantic freak 'n' roll action. Obviously recommended for krautrock fans despite it's not a classic. Nicely made! " (Philippe

1. Milk Blue Mind
2. Magic Carpet Ride To The Alps
3. Feast Of The Pickpockets
4. Stony
5. A Landlady's Dessert - Bonus Track
6. She Is On My Mind

Thom Argauner - Organ, Vocals
Florian Laber - Bass, Vocals
Markus Krug - Drums
Blacky Zumstein - Percussion

OK see you next week!
Siloah - Sukram Gurk (1972)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Can - Paris, 12 May 1973
Fantastic sounding bootleg featuring Can's classic lineup.

Disc One:
1. Whole People Queueing
2. One More Night

Disc 2:
1. Spoon/Stars And Lines
2. Vitamin C

Holger Czukay - Bass
Michael Karoli - Guitar
Jaki Liebezeit - Drums
Irmin Schmidt - Keyboards
Damo Suzuki - Vocals

Separate Flacs-Artwork 206 MB Is anybody downloading this - according to HotFile there have been no downloads. It's not lame or anything there should at least have been a few. Next week I think I'll go back to RapidShare even if they don't reward downloaders anymore they are still fast and reliable - and fast and easy to upload to.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Talix - Spuren (1971)
This has never been officially released on CD and the vinyl goes for big bucks. Originally released on the Vogue label, Talix's label-mates were Nosferatu and Andromeda. When I started blogging in 2005, this was a legendary album - no one in the sharity community had ever heard it. In 2006 I requested that if any of my blog visitors had this would they please share it. There was no response, which is what i expected. Then, six months later "Dave" sent me the album as separate .wav files, with covers. I couldn't believe it. Apparently it had been released as a bootleg CD at some time in the past. I posted the album in Mp3 format @ a bitrate of 320. Luckily I held on to the .wav files, this is the first time ever in a lossless format. It's been on a couple Russian torrent sites as .flac, but those are just my Mp3 files converted, I don't know why people do that. Anyway, the music - nothing here is going to shock anybody, but this is a good album of vintage German psych, very quirky, mostly based on guitar and saxophone with lashings of keyboard and flute. This was their only release as Talix - they renamed themselves Pinguin and released a real nice keyboard-based album called "Der Grosse Rote Vogel" in 1972.

01. Spuren
02. Jeder Abschied
03. Herbstbegegnung
04. Lieben, Lieben, Lieben
05. Nicht Fur Uns
06. Liebe ist das Gewohnheit
07. Oh Mann
08. Elena

Volker Plitz - Keyboards
Klaus Gebauer - Vocals
Markus Schaub - Guitar
Joe Voggenthales - Guitar
Elmar Kart - Saxophone, Flute
Tom Wohlert - Bass
K.D. Blahak - Drums