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Orange Peel



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4 stars There's no need to change them all ...

Besides a single released in 1969 this is the only full album of ORANGE PEEL, recorded at the famous Dierks studios near Cologne. The band split after they produced this effort and the musicians went their own ways. Curt Cress became the most famous later on as a prolific drummer with PASSPORT, ATLANTIS and TRIUMVIRAT. The music is a special mix of Blues, Hard Rock, Psychedelic and Jazz Rock which can be titled as Krautrock by all means and is ahead of the times.

The best demonstration for this specification is the fantastic jam pearl You Can't Change Them All. Heavy and Jazz Rock parts are taking turns provided by some psychedelic moments, a hammond organ in full blast and wonderful various guitar playing. Bischof acts as a Hard Rock singer and also plays bongo. Cress' drumming is perfect like being a longtime profi. What an excellent song!

ORANGE PEEL influenced by RARE EARTH? I'm not sure, but Faces That I Used To Know surprises because it sounds as it is produced by this american band (which I really like). Unfortunately the song is faded out - probably otherwise it has not been fitted to the LP format. Tobacco Road, also covered by RARE EARTH in 1969, is a reminiscence to their Blues roots but hard to recognize compared to the ERIC BURDON version. The album ends with We Still Try To Change, another fantastic rocking song remembering at DEEP PURPLE a little bit but with a furious psychedelic finale.

Recommended to collectors of excellent Krautrock albums - 4.5 stars.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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