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THE COSMIC JOKERS

The Cosmic Jokers

 

Krautrock

4.00 | 90 ratings

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samhob
4 stars One of the first recordings released on the new Rolf Ulrich Kaiser's "Cosmic Courriers" label, featuring top "cosmic" musicians such as Manuel Gottsching and Klaus Schulze. This was originally not an consentant album recording since the musicians featured here were invited by Rolf Ulrich Kaiser to an usual Jam session which he secretly took the tape recordings to release it commercially. The Cosmic Jokers musicians weren't aware of such release and when they knew this was released officially the album was already being sold in german stores. Musicians, who consequently weren't paid for their work had very bad relations with Rolf Ulrich Kaiser and felt exploited. Rolf Ulrich Kaiser completely disappearred from the musical scene few years later.

Concerning the music, this is a typical blend of Keyboard-led music mixed with lots of space rock elements such as distorted and reverbered electric guitar added to echoed drums in a mystical trance-like hypnotical atmosphere. Manuel Gottsching work is great as usual and in the same vein as his previous Ash ra Tempel works.

The Cosmic Jokers is a major supergroup featuring one of the best avant garde cosmic musicians of their time. Made of two tracks each one covering a whole side, the first track "Galactic Joke" is slightly rockier than their second song "Cosmic Joy" led by Klaus Schulze's great synth works.

Not to be missed by Space Rock / Kraut fans!

samhob | 4/5 |

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