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Sweet Smoke


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 143 ratings

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4 stars Firstly, I feel compelled to take exception at a previous comment. That the performers are Jews from New York is totally irrelevant. Apart from that most of their works were recorded in the very Germany, in a musical sense it matters not if they were from the Italian fishing village of Brescia, or Kiev in the Ukraine. Short of reporting the comment, I'd welcome that person - if he/she is still with us - to edit that comment.

Now, onto the music. If you have never visited, or lived in a hippie village, it'll represent the closest you can get to impromtu jamming every other night and in numerous Cafes after dark - on a good day/night. I lived in such a place for many years and such music is something that I remain very fond of, be that coming from New York, or elsewhere. Your next door neighbour could appear and blow your head off with his skills on saxes, or backpacker "chick" doing spirited work on her congas, you'd never know what was on offer. I never forget of going to sleep on the outskirts of the village. Music wafting through the air was very comforting, indeed.

This album represents perhaps of a taste of people coming together with their various instruments and create virtually instant magic. I've also heard much better Jamming by faceless locals, never having a chance to be recorded.

This album - whilst hardly the best ever representation - remains a pretty good example of times still treasured by die-hard alternatives - like myself.

Anon-E-Mouse | 4/5 |


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