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Lagger Blues Machine



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2 stars In the beginning

I have previously to this review spoken about the evolution of Zeuhl, and how it came into fruition through a multitude of various paths. This Belgian outfit describes the early development of the music beautifully - a music that very soon would transform into huge cataclysmic skyscrapers of sound. This branching started out as acidic jams and Belgian lager.

Lagger Blues Machine released their sole album in 1972, with this a live album popping up some 20 years later during the resurgence of prog rock in the 90s. By 1972 this group's sound had progressed from these hazy and fuzzy beginnings, that on here sadly are amplified grotesquely due to a very grainy recording. Damn...

Tanit Live sounds like a hard rock band jamming it out on stage after a case of beers and a pipe of space tobacco. The guitar work resembles the kind of blues riffing that Yardbirds once made famous, only here it is accompanied by plodding rhythm textures and the occasional reed tweet. It's hard recognising the future band to come - especially hearing the distinctive blurry psychedelics at work here, that more than often reveal a foot and a half safely planted in the preceding decade.

So no Zeuhl here then? No and yes. No, because the jamming character of the thing, leaning on fuzzed out psychedelia and hard hitting blues rock, leaves the rhythm section (that is the single most important ingredient in the Zeuhl mix) swaying and confusingly blurry. Yes, because Tanit still holds a good deal of pumping organ breaths, that on occasion approach the big booms of the Zeuhl genre - the ones that mimic grand symphonic sweeps of rock music......... Still, a very long ways from the terrific psychedelic take on the genre they conjured up two years later.

This should please fans of dirty jamming hard rock, and people with an interest in the history behind the teutonic branch of fusion. Moreover will it please folks who love the gritty and naive in music - live recordings that sound like they've been handed over to you by way of telephone chord and a prehistoric turntable from the time of Julius Caesar.

Guldbamsen | 2/5 |


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