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MANI UND SEINE FREUNDE

Guru Guru

 

Krautrock

3.76 | 22 ratings

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Tom Ozric
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4 stars The incredible German band Guru Guru have put out lots of interesting albums in the 70's, this one is no exception, even though it's basically Mani Neumeier and friends - members from Karthago, Harmonia and Kraan. All compositions on the first side of the record are by various Kraan members, who brought along their brand of jazz-rock and, at least to these ears, sounds very much like a missing Kraan album : Sunrise is Everywhere is an up-tempo jazzy-pop track, Chicken Rock is a very Kraan-like tune, complete with goofy humour, It's Your Turn is a lengthy instrumental jam with a laid-back mood, and wonderful Moog- playing from Ingo Bischof. Walking, Eating my Hot Dog is again a kind of jazzy-pop tune with goofy lyrics and a memorable riff and finishing side 1 is a brief jam entitled Fly Easy, and as it's title suggests, lounge-jazz smoothness. Side 2 is where we get to the highly inspired imagination of Mani with 'From Another World', which is, well, from another world - very spacey intro, then an almost tribal section with various hand percussion, piccolo and chanting, back into space for a mellow jam with great synth sounds. Clocking in at 9:25, the track is adventurous and sure to please. Next up is the novelty track, Woodpecker's Dream. During it's near 9 minute duration we go through a kind of dreamy, lullaby section with forest noises and cuckoo, running water etc. Then another native percussion section, followed by an amusing segment which can only be described as a conversation between 2 woodpeckers (!), then more spaciness. Fantastic !! The last 2 short pieces are quirky and round off this wonderfully eclectic and experimental album in good spirit.
Tom Ozric | 4/5 |

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