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WAKE UP!

Out Of Focus

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.52 | 72 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Legendary Kraut/Jazz Rock band from München.Out of Focus were found in late 68' by Remigius Drechsler (guitar), Hennes Hering (organ, piano), Moran Neumuller (sax, flute, vocals), Stephan Wisheu (bass) and Klaus Spoeri (drums).They took their name from a track by Blue Cheer and reputedly the band was discovered by Ihre Kinder's manager Jonas Porst.Engineered by Thomas Klemt, their debut album ''Wake up!'' was recorded between October and December 70' at Union Studios in München, released at the fall of the year on the Kuckuck label.

The strong jazzy vibes that followed Out of Focus throughout their career remain hidden in their first album, which was a typical Kraut Rock album with extended jamming parts and dominant psychedelic vibes.The ironic track titles, such as ''See how a White Negro flies'' or ''God save the Queen, cried Jesus'', were followed by long groovy music with tons of flutes and organs along with the electrified guitars of Drechsler.The album contains mostly long pieces with constantly changing themes between smooth, psychedelic lines with mellow flutes and guitars and pounding rhythms with a fiery rhythm section and sharper guitar solos.Some nice interplays and breaks are also present, while with a singer sounding quite similar to MICK JAGGER the psychedelic influences are even more prominent next to the very dirty organ themes at the improvised parts.The result is obviously quite charming, although some sterile and flat moments are still apparent performed by a young and inenxperienced group.

A nice example of early Kraut Rock with the basic components of the movement in evidence: Long psychedelic grooves, loose solos and powerful breaks.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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