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Agitation Free



4.05 | 67 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars I want to dedicate this to my Krautrock / Canterbury friend Tom Ozric who is probably baking in 30 plus degree weather today while I freeze in -15 this morning. AGITATION FREE are one of the more legendary Krautrock bands who had a huge influence on many groups over the years."Early incarnations featured the likes of Christoph Franke (drums) who went on to TANGERINE DREAM, Ax Genrich (guitar) who after 3 months was nabbed by GURU GURU, and John L. "The Madman of Berlin" a notorious eccentric who also played with ASH RA TEMPEL". The lineup on this live album features Lutz Ulbrich who would go on to play with ASHRA and Michael Hoenig who would later join TANGERINE DREAM. This particular recording features live music from 1973 and 1974, it wasn't released until after the band broke up. And it sounds a little different from their usual trippy sound. Much more dynamic at times and at others very electronic.

"Soundpool" opens with waves of spacey sounds before it turns electronic and experimental. Spacey winds after 4 minutes. Guitars, bass and drums all kick in before 5 minutes. This is so amazing. I didn't see this coming. "Laila II" builds slowly. This is very relaxed with guitar and drums too. Great sound after 3 minutes as the guitars, bass and drums dominate. They're jamming at this point. Experimental sounds join in before 9 minutes as it settles some. Love the guitar and sound 10 minutes in. It settles down more before 12 minutes with some nice bass.

"Looping IV" features no music really but a dark, cold soundscape that changes and evolves throughout the 23 minutes. The tempo picks up half way through with much more going on as well. It slowly starts to settle back down until it's really spacey late. There's a bonus track called "Schwingspure". It's spacey early with different sounds coming and going. It turns powerful 3 minutes in then the tempo picks up. Some nice guitar here.

I love their first two studio albums but honestly this is my favourite release by them.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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