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4 stars 4,5 stars really!

Dzyan was for me one of the best less known Krautrock bands and none of their three albums was a real flaw. The music on here sounds very much improvised on the one hand but as well very enjoyable and rather accessible on the other hand. First track "Kabisrain" actually does not posess something what we usually call structure in a song but still the music presented here is quite enjoyable though rather avantgardistic sounding with a strong oriental touch. Really nicely played acoustic guitar mixed with a bunch of strange keyboard sounds reminding at times very much to Tibetian temple tunes. "Magika" is much different from the first one, much more up-beat,played on electric guitar,bass and drums and slightly reminiscent of ZAPPA. Really hard to decide whether they practised this before or it's fully improvised. Anyway a very enjoyable track as well! The third one, the short "Light Shining Out Of Darkness" is the most mellow and cheerful sounding one of all 4 tracks. It's all acoustically played on Spanish guitar and this one does not sound improvised at all. A very beautiful yet quite complex tune. The title track is the longest and certainly the best and most sophisticated track on here. I am not a musician, so I'm far away from being competent to judge whether it's possible to play something like this by improvising. I just can say if they did they must have been incredibly talented and skilled musicians. It's just awesome and I was fully blown away right after the first listen. A very much grooving and jamming piece of music with excellent guitar / bass play and great drumming/percussion. Despite its running time of over 17 minutes this piece does not become boring and pointless as it's the case with some other side-long tracks at any moment.

Though I decided to lower my initial 5 star-rating done in an admittedly euphoric mood I still would recommend this record highly to any Kraut and Jam Rock fan. Probably not a masterpiece of prog in general but anyway a real unpolished gem and an excellent addition to any prog collection.

Edited 7/7/2006

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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