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4 stars What should EILIFF emphasize as a Krautrock outfit in this work? This Close Encounters With Their Third One is a fascinating organ-based free-formed jazz-heavy-psychedelic (also Canterbury-tinged) progressive album indeed, but it may be another issue whether this album can be called as a Krautrocky one or not (honestly I cannot help doubting about the issue).

Anyway, Rainer's psych-tasted keyboard solo can be very brilliant entirely in this album. The very beginning of the first track "Lilybaeum" is completely conquered by his heavy, deep keyboard play. The solemn keyboard sounds can fly gracefully higher like a kingly magnificent eagle - exactly this only-4-minute song can be considered as a hero Rainer's opening performance itself. And two major stages can follow quietly but percussively - "Girlris", again under Rainer's heavily percussive keyboard guidance, can go ahead with Oriental tribal beats and tunes. A bit unrefined but straightly encouraging soundpower by Herbert's free-jazz-flavoured saxophone, Bill's thickened heavy bass, and Houschäng's sharp-edged guitar knives. Sadly Detlev's drum solo is slightly cheap-tasted but we can feel he absolutely could enjoy drumming. "Hallmasch" is a bluesy jazz rock - the voices (whose?) in the middle part are very dreamy and passionate, and particularly Bill's deep, deeeep bass solo can let us palpitate as if we step 'n' dance on stage in the dance hall. And finally we can go on a "Journey To The Ego", the most flexible and the most enjoyable soundscape in this album ... really a wonderful journey in EILIFF world.

Therefore, this album is a jazz-heavy-psychedelic-Canterbury fantasy indeed. One of my favourite albums without any suspicion, but again let me say, I cannot recommend this EILIFF's terrific work as a typical Krautrock album. Anomaly.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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