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5 stars This is a definitive Kraut rock album. The "Yellow Dirt" track is just amazing. But, this isn't for someone wanting a polished sound or heavily produced musc. It is fairly raw, but man oh man, is that Yellow Dirt amazing. How can you do so much with basically two chords?!!!

Now, the other strong track that highlight's that's only on the CD version of this - a 24 minute hard rock/space rock structure that is just like Yellow Dirt in it's authenticity and wonderful Kraut Rock feel.

If this is the kind of thing you long for, get this CD!!!

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Posted Monday, September 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
5 stars According to me this is German psychedelic stoned tock at its best, delivering unusual spaced out-heavy sounding improvisations mixed with detached pre-ambient atmospheres. My Solid Ground is a highly touching emotional album, the opening theme directly propulses the listener into an other world, exploring abstract spheres of the subconsciousness. The composition is dominated by cloudy / moody repetitive guitars, angelic, glorious piano / keyboards arrangements and ethereal voices in the distance. This is gorgeously haunted, music to heaven. The album contains a few conventional heavy rockin' songs (that's you / Handful of grass) that have a minor interest, but the rest is purely transcendant and constantly fascinating. Executioner is a ferocious / infectious hallucinatory composition with dark-sinister killer guitar riffs, intrusive keys and depressed narratives. An amazing moment of highly inspired moody music. Melancholie is a pretty / desolated semi-acoustic trip with an immersive piano / guitar duet and a catchy celestial melody, strictly instrumental & supreme stuff! So nicely made and among the best progressive rock efforts coming from Germany.The yellow mist / the executioner / melancholie make this essential!
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Posted Monday, December 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars I would describe their sound as straight forward, heavy Krautrock. The songs are fairly short except for the 13 minute opening track which is different from all the other songs and by far the best one.

"Dirty Yellow Mist" is a dark psychedelic Krautrock monster. It opens ominously before organ comes in with a steady but slow drum beat.Some brief spoken words 2 minutes in. The sound is dreamy. Guitar a minute later as a heavy guitar sound comes and goes. Spacey sounds 6 1/2 minutes in are joined by more spoken words, then a female vocal melody 8 minutes in. The heavy riff stops 9 minutes in as piano and bass take over. It's still spacey. More female vocal melodies. The heavy guitar sounds are back before 11 minutes as haunting female vocal melodies continue. A classic Krautrock trip. "Flash Part IV" has a HAWKWIND flavour to it. The vocal style and guitar riffs bring that band to mind. The guitar is great.

"That's You" is more uptempo as vocals shout out the words. Nice guitar solo early. "The Executioner" features mumbled vocals that are contrasted with the outburts of guitar and organ. The low end guitar after a minute reminds me of Iommi. "Melancholie" is an instrumental that opens with piano and light drums. Strummed guitar joins in as sound builds. I like it. "Handful Of Grass" is led by vocals and guitar throughout. It's ok. "Devonshire Street W 1" is pretty good. I like the vocals better on this one. The tempo changes back and forth. Guitar before 2 minutes is raw. "X" is uptempo to open with a guitar solo before a minute. It calms down and this contrast continues. Nothing special.

If not for the first track this would be a 3 star record for me.There is enough here though to recommend it to both Krautrock and Heavy-Prog fans alike.

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Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Review Permalink
Prog Metal Team
2 stars My Solid Ground is a German heavy rock band that extends their rather simple compositions with some jamming and psychedellic features. It all sounds quite stoned, and with a little stretch of the imagination you could call this Krautrock, but it stands far apart from the mainly experimental acts in that scene.

One of the main problems with this release is that they lean too heavily on their influences, with riffs and grooves that are not just inspired but actually stolen from other bands (easy to spot Deep Purple in 'Dirty Yellow Mist' and Sabbath in 'That's You'). Where the borrowing isn't too obvious the band struggles to come up with good licks of their own. An exception would be 'The Executioner' which has a cool experimental vocal and nice epic mellotrons. The 25 minute long 'Flash' could have saved this album but everything is sloppy about it, the composition is poor, the jamming parts are cliche, the playing is flat and uninspired, the vocals are sub-standard and hardly in tune at times, the melodies are boring, and so on.

At its best moments this album sounds similar to what Eloy would deliver with their albums 'Inside' and 'Floating'. Only, Eloy did it 10 times better then this weak and forgettable heavy rock album. And the best bits are borrowed from other bands. Close to being a 1 star.

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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
3 stars One of the early Kraut Rock bands, My Solid Ground were found in Ruesselsheim, originally with Bernhard Rendel on guitar, Teddy on voice, Manfred Fischer on bass and Willy Waid on drums.With a rising repertoire they were quite well-known around the Rhine-Main area and in 1970 new bassist Werner Geilenkirchen joins the band along with Ingo Werner on keyboards.Shortly after the band receives a contract from Bacillus and welcomes new drummer Andreas Wuersching.Recorded at Dierks Studios in Cologne in Febraury-April 1971, the self-titled debut of the quartet, with Rendel singing as well, was released in the autumn of the same year.

If you ask me, the ground was already solid in Germany for experimental releases with bands like AMON DUUL and XHOL CARAVAN having already spread the seeds.In the vein of the masters goes the long opening ''Dirty yellow mist'', a superb psychedelic experience with frightening, distorted vocals, marching bass and drums over a hypnotic guitar rhythm and the Hammond organ of Werner producing cosmic soundscapes.Some discreet piano lines and the haunting female choirs complete an excellent piece of Kraut Rock music.The rest of the album follows a quite unsimilar path.Another seven very short but frenetic tracks with dual guitars and screaming vocals show My Solid Ground move on a Hard Rock, almost Proto-Metal path, full of scratching riffs and influences from a more sharp JIMI HENDRIX.Of course there are a couple of exceptions, like the smooth and more romantic ''Melancholie'' with the narcotic piano of Werner in evidence and the mellow acoustic guitars of Rendel or the grandiose ''The executioner'', another very dark piece of music with bizarre narrations, bombastic organs and powerful bass and guitars.

The album has seen a handful of reissues over the years with those of Second Battle being absolutely fantastic, containing the original recordings intended to be send to Bacillus, offering the listener a different point of view from the original tracks.Special mention needs to be refered to the long ''Flash'' opus, over 24 minutes long, featuring some impressive jams combined with very deep structured themes and sensitive, psychedelic vocals.

Definitely an almost classic album of the early Kraut Rock scene.Maybe a bit too simplistic on the Hard Rockin' cuts, but the more atmospheric pieces or moments are certainly rewarding.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Review Permalink

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