Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice - Jesus Christ Superstar [1970]


Ash Ra Tempel - Starring Rosi [1973]

01 - Laughter Loving
02 - Day Dream
03 - Schizo
04 - Cosmic Tango
05 - Interplay Of Forces
06 - The Fairy Dance
07 - Bring Me Up

Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen [1972]


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Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel [1971]

01 - Amboss
02 - Traummaschine

The Legendary Pink Dots - Crushed Velvet Apocalypse [1990]

01 - I Love You In Your Tragic Beauty
02 - Green Gang
03 - Hellsville
04 - Hellowe'en
05 - The Safe Way
06 - Just A Lifetime
07 - The Death Of Jack The Ripper
08 - New Tomorrow
09 - Princess Coldheart
10 - The Pleasure Palace
11 - The Collector
12 - C.V.A.


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Golem - Orion Awakes [1973]

01 - Orion Awakes
02 - Stellar Launch
03 - Godhead Dance
04 - Jupiter And Beyond
05 - The Returning


Life - Spring [1971]


Ray Manzarek - Carmina Burana [1983]


Kraan - Kraan [1972]

The name Kraan was short, concise and meant absolutely nothing. Still the band was to become one of the most important and stylistically characteristic German jazz-rock bands of the seventies. Kraan was formed in Ulm (south of Stuttgart) in 1970. All members had their backgrounds in free jazz bands. Johannes "Alto" Pappert on his side had a passion for soul, but came to Kraan directly from a rock band. Their debut album was recorded in May 1972 and later released on Spiegelei in a colourful fold-out sleeve. It contained their basic live repertoire at the time (and also favourites for years to come) like: "Kraan Arabia" (a cunning jazz trip into Eastern music) "Sarah's Ritt Durch den Schwarzwald" and "Head" (an 18 minute long improvisation). A remarkable album, it was recorded in just three days at Studio 70, Munich. Instrumentally it was well-balanced between Pappert, Wolbrandt and the outstanding bass-work of Hattler, then just 20 years old but already a master of his instrument.
The two following albums, Wintrup (1973) and Andy Nogger (1974), were similar in style. They sold quite well, even gaining a release in the States. In those days, Kraan toured Germany a lot and were renowned for their great performances full of improvisations. The excitement of a Kraan concert was caught perfectly on Live (1975) - one of the best German live albums of all time! Improved versions of many of their old songs were included with extended solos. The album was recorded at Quartier Latin in Berlin in September 1974.
In 1975 Kraan made two tours in the United Kingdom and also appeared at the Danish Roskilde festival in July, now adding a fifth member: Ingo Bischof. He had previously been a member of Karthago. Let It Out (1975) proved to be a disappointment (for the band as well) and Bischof left at the end of the year. After one German tour and a third UK tour Pappert also left in August 1976 to go solo.

Wallenstein - Cosmic Century [1973]

Wallenstein were one of Germany's best known "space rock" bands, clearly indebted to Pink Floyd but also developing a personal style of their own. Jurgen Dollase founded the group Blitzkrieg as an international group with Bill Barone (from the USA), Jerry Berkers (from the Netherlands) and Harald Grosskopf (from Germany!). Dollase had previously studied art and classical music. In late Autumn 1971 Blitzkrieg had the repertoire ready for an album, but as a British group already was using the name "Blitzkrieg", the German group changed their name to Wallenstein and kept Blitzkrieg as the title of their first album. This featured four very long tracks in a symphonic progressive rock style (all written by Dollase) and almost completely instrumental. Dense, complex and powerful stuff!
Mother Universe (1972) pictured Dollase's grandma on the sleeve acting as the grandmother of our universe. Musically this was a more dynamic album, introducing some quieter, folky passages with acoustic guitar between the more usual powerful and pompous electric guitar and organ outbursts. Jerry Berkers wanted to do more of these folky things, and quit Wallenstein to record his own solo album Unterwegs - which musically I find it to be in a rather dull singer & songwriter tradition. After Dollase and Grosskopf had taken part in the large scale projects Lord Krishna von Goloka (Sergius Golowin), Tarot (Walter Wegmuller) and the Cosmic Jokers-sessions, they recorded Cosmic Century (1973) in September 1973. This album brought another change of style, clearly influenced by Dollase's recent "cosmic" experiences. It was marketed as the first album by the 'symphonic rock orchestra Wallenstein' (text on the sleeve). It consisted of five refined symphonic rock tracks and a short piano piece. Dollase's strained vocal parts lowered the overall standard of this album, but apart from this the music was good! Sadly this was to be their last great album...
Stories, Songs & Symphonies (1975) attempted to bring in more conventional rock and jazz styles for a kind of extended fusion, but was largely an artistic failure. Only their adaptation of Bartok's music on "Symphaty for Bela Bartok" was of much interest. The rest represented Dollase's failed attempts to be a serious singer-songwriter. Wallenstein split in 1975 and Bill Barone returned to the USA. Harald Grosskopf was engaged as the drummer for Klaus Schulze, Ashra and more recently Central Europe Performance.

Aramggedon - Aramggedon [1970]

Why didn't this group record more than just one album? Their self-titled album is a heavy progressive masterpiece with excellent, Hendrix-influenced guitar work and vocals by Frank Diez. Armageddon was the start of his long and impressive career. Their album had six tracks, and two of them were cover versions. Most impressive was the 10 minute version of Jeff Beck Group's "Rice Pudding". This track had some of the greatest heavy guitar riffing to appear on a German record. Their version of Spooky Tooth's "Better By You, Better Than Me" was also competent enough. In addition, both Frank Diez and Manfred Galatik wrote great songs, as typified by the tracks "People Talking" and "Open". Michael Nurnberg and Jurgen Lorenzen provided a strong backing. Armageddon's album has rocketed in price during recent years, due to the ever increasing interest. However, demand for the group was poor way back in 1970, and Armaggedon soon broke up. Diez never played material with a similar energy again, his next step was to join the 'slightly-above-average' jazz-rockers Emergency.


Under Milkwood - Under Milkwood [1969]

01. Empty Room [4:58]
02. Changing Seasons [4:25]
03. Tell Me [5:35]
04. Forgotten Bridge [3:51]
05. Parade [2:46]
06. Sandwiches Rock 'N' Roll [3:31]
07. Lost Youth [1:32]
08. Ballad Of The Spirit Of The World [6:23]
09. Final Song [6:11]

Total Time: 39:13


Magma - Mëkanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh [1973]

7 tracks, mp3, 320 kbps


Friday, March 16, 2007

Hawkwind - Hawkwind [1969]

01. Hurry On Sundown [5:01]
02. The Reason Is? [3:30]
03. Be Yourself [8:07]
04. Paranoia (Part 1) [1:09]
05. Paranoia (Part 2) [4:09]
06. Seeing It As You Really Are [10:49]
07. Mirror Of Illusion [7:08]
08. Bring It On Home [3:18]
09. Hurry On Sundown [5:06]
10. Kiss Of The Velvet Whip [5:28]
11. Cymbaline [4:04]

Total Time: 57:49