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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Where's L. Ron??!! (16:45)
2. Dwarf Toss (11:15)
3. Blue Fred (29:25)

Total Time 57:25

Bonus CD from 2004 re-issue - " ...And Still Getting The Ladies" :
1. The Building (20:03)
2. The Door (7:56)
3. The Window (27:22)

Total time 55:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Gayle Ellett / guitar, Fx, vocals (bonus 2 & 3)
- Mike Henderson / guitar, Fx, vocals (bonus 2 & 3)
- Henry Osborne / bass, "fish"
- Chuck Oken Jr. / drums, percussion, synth & vocals (bonus 3)

- Aaron Kenyon / bass (bonus 3), vocals (bonus 2 & 3)

Releases information

Consists in free improvised rock jams recorded direct to 8 track in April 1985

MC HC Productions - HC 002 (1985, US)

2xCD HC Productions ‎- HC013 (2004, US) Subtitled "Rock Improvisations from 1985 - 2002" w/ new cover art and a bonus CD containing spontaneously composed improvisations recorded in 2002 during the "A Night For Baku" sessions, previously unreleased, all remastered by Rychard Cooper

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DJAM KARET No Commercial Potential ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (29%)
Poor. Only for completionists (21%)

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Review by apps79
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1 stars This legendary US band was formed in 1984 in Claremont, California by guitarists Gayle Ellett and Mike Henderson, bassist Henry J. Osborne and drummer Chuck Oken.They derived their name from an Indonesian word translated into ''elastic life'' and begun their early jams around the Sounthern California area.In 1985 they recorded their debut cassette ''No commercial potential''.

There are not many words to write down about this release.''No commercial potential'' finds Djam Karet during their premature stage, in which they focused in long, experimental and completely structureless music, where they did sound a bit like KING CRIMSON, but they failed to reach the atmospheres of the British masters.This cassette contains three long tracks of spaced-out, psychedelic jams, which alternated between effects, guitar distortions, jazzy loose rhythms and abstract solos, where the term arrangement is completely absent and the music is performed for fun.The presence of the two guitarists helps the group combine rhythmic tones with abstract soloing, but the result is pointless, weird and improvised.Overstretched and tiring material, which tries to blend psychedelic soundscapes with a more powerful, guitar-driven content, but fails completely to catch the listener's attention.At least they gave the cassette a title, which was more or less to the point.There was absolutely no chance for commercial success with such a bizarre and improvised offering.

Only for completionists.Guitar-led instrumental improvisations, which lead to the sea of nowhere.Not recommended.

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