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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 4 ratings

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Agemo
4 stars This is spacerock at its best. They sound a lot more aggressive and heavy than on their studio albums. When you are looking at comparison, it reminds a lot like Hawkwind's "Space Ritual" (1973). But remember, this album was recorded in 1969.

The album opens with the title track of their second album, "Paradise now". A short track to set the tone. It's a raw and heavy instrumental. Next is the track "Years in every day", which would later appear on the album "Polyandri". A heavy rocker with some great guitarplay by Duba and some spacey organ and sax solos. The sax is played by guest Ko Sprang. Two lines of text are the only vocals you hear. The next track is also one that would later appear ojn "Polyandri". This is probably their best space-rocker. It is a long track with a pounding, up-tempo rhythm and again great organiser and guitar solos. The conga playing of Neppy Noya, who guests on two tracks, gives the track at times an ethnic atmosphere. Half way the track Sjardin sings just like Jimi Hendrix. If you are into space rock this is absolutely the best track of the album. It is followed by another tune from the "Paradise now album", "Purple sky". It sounds less bluesy than on the studio album and more spacey, great performance indeed. It is followed by the improvised "Noyas congas". This one sounds a bit like Camel's "God of light". The album ends with the track "Verandering" (dutch for Change). This is a solo performance by Sjardin on his home made Organiser, an instrument that was originally an organ. It is an SF, psychedelic spacey soundscape where he demonstrates all the possibilities of this strange instrument.

All in all this is a great album and a great performance by Group 1850. Anyone who likes some good space rock should enjoy this album.

Agemo | 4/5 |

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