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Holger Czukay

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Studio Album, released in 1982

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1. How Much Are They? (4:48)
2. Where's The Money? (5:02)
3. Full Circle R.P.S. (No.7) (10:58)
4. Mystery R.P.S. (No.8) (8:47)
5. Trench Warfare (6:45)
6. Twilight World (4:20)



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Holger Czukay / guitar, organ, piano, french horn, percussion, radio painting and rhythm boxing on How Much, vocals on Full Circle
Jah Wobble / bass, vocals, synth on How Much
Jaki Liebezeit / drums, percussion, trumpet and backing voice on Full Circle.


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Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars This early jewel in the career of Holger Czukay, recorded on the heels of his groundbreaking 1981 LP "On the Way to the Peak of Normal", should be required listening to fans of the idiosyncratic studio wizard, as always one of the more creative inmates in the Krautrock asylum.

For this session Czukay was joined (once again) by Jaki Liebezeit, his erstwhile partner in the CAN rhythm section, and by maverick bass guitar legend Jah Wobble, forming one of the most distinctive and unusual power trios ever assembled (drums / bass / ...shortwave radio?). The addition of Wobble's muscular bass guitar left Czukay free to indulge his fascination with studio sound collages (the album instrumentation credits him with 'radio painting'), here distilled to a more rock-based format not dissimilar from the energetic "Ode to Perfume", a highlight of his previous LP.

All of his trademark stylistic tics are here: playful dub accents, strong rhythmic drive, stray shortwave signals (Czukay was a pioneer in found music and sampling aesthetics), and of course the familiar comic-relief bleat of his French Horn. Four of the six cuts, all of them excellent, had previously been released on a 12" EP. But it's the two additional (and longer) quasi-instrumentals, added to make a full album, that merit special attention.

The 11-minute title track is a dizzy carousel of organized anarchy, built around a toe-tapping bass riff with layers of guitar, percussion, horns (Liebezeit adds the trumpet fills) and offhand electronics thrown into the mix. Notice how the stereo separation suddenly (and somewhat randomly) opens up about eight minutes in, giving the music a dramatic boost leading into the fade out.

"Mystery" then takes many of the same elements and refashions them into an evocative film-noir scenario, with the music gradually coalescing over an ominous minor-key dub rhythm and the sound of heavy footsteps treading slowly into the foreground. Czukay later recycled the same sound effect in the song "All Night Long", on his 1993 album "Moving Pictures", and here it sounds equally vivid when heard over a good pair of headphones.

These two additional tracks, by the way, are labeled "R.P.S. (Radio Picture Series) No. 7" and "No. 8". Are there other such gems in the archives we can hope to eventually hear?

The four-star rating is conservative: this may in fact be the most cohesive and enjoyable album in Holger Czukay's long, ongoing discography. Before the advent of digital technology Czukay would frequently compare magnetic recording tape to an artist's canvas, on which he could paint music in various hues and textures. From that I can only say he created one of his more distinctive self-portraits here.

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Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars After enjoying Holger's 1969 album "Canaxis" I was hungry for more. The CAN bass player and technical wizard has come up with another excellent release in this 1982 album called "Full Circle". It might surprise some that such an accomplished bass player doesn't even play bass on his own album but Holger is all about painting pictures with sound here, although he does play guitar, organ, piano, percussion and French horn. He brought in Jah Wobble to play bass. Man why couldn't that be my name (haha). Also Holger brought in his old CAN band-mate and rhythm partner Jaki Liebezeit who plays not only drums but trumpet.

"How Much Are They ?" opens with vocals and a beat right off of the hop. Synth and bass joins in when the vocals stop. Catchy stuff. French horn and piano later. Dual spoken words follow. "Where's The Money ?" has these almost spoken vocals with a beat. Cool song.

"Full Circle R.P.S.(No.7)" features guitar, drums and again almist spoken vocals. There's background sounds too adding depth.The vocals stop as the music continues. Vocals are back as they come and go. We get trumpet as well on this one. "Mystery R.P.S. (No.8)" opens with atmosphere and you can hear footsteps. Bass then almost spoken vocals follow then percussion and guitar. This is fairly dark. "Trench Warfare" builds and is very psychedelic. French horn after 3 minutes and some freaky sounds after 5 minutes. "Twilight World" might be my favourite tune on here. This is catchy with a beat,organ and vocals standing out.

A very good album but I still prefer "Canxis" for it's exotic and mysterious vibe. A solid 4 stars.

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