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UFO

Guru Guru

 

Krautrock

3.67 | 101 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Guru Guru - UFO (1970)

Now were talking! I've been searching for an album like this for many years: An album with the roughest of rock-sounds, so abstract that it sounds spacey. This is brutal energy, guitar anarchy and total freedoms on drums! Space-rock recorded with only bas, guitar and drums... is it possible? A very amazing Krautrock album indeed...

This album can be divided in two halves, as originally must have been intended with the vinyl version, of which I own a reissue.

The first halve sounds like Jimmy Hendrix' most psychedelic jams, but without the vocals. The titles of the tracks are very amusing. Stone In teaches us what psychedelic furious rock is about, Girl Call shows us even this genre has a dark side and Next Time See You At The Dalai Lhama proves the genre can be played non-stop for 20 minutes in a row. The latter has a bit of structure here and there, but not too much.

The second halve has 10 minutes of darks sound-scapes that simulate an UFO landing on the roof of your house (the title track)! The second song on side two (Der LSD March) is halve sound-scape, halve rock anarchy. For the obscure sound of side two Guru Guru used a lot of guitar effects, percussions and tape-manipulation. The effect of the title track is very strong and hasn't dated at, 40 years later.

Conclusion. Essential krautrock, essential space-rock, essential for Hendrix fans and a great addition to any prog collection of people who like the dark and spacey side of prog. I myself love it's abstract atmospheres and no-consensus seeking artistic vision. Furthermore it's special how just three men got this amazing sound together. Four stars, but not recommended to easy-listening sympho-proggers because this makes Lemmy Kilminster look like a dandelion.

friso | 4/5 |

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