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Dzyan

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3.50 | 49 ratings | 8 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Emptiness (9:39)
2. The bud awakes (2:57)
3. The wisdom (10:21)
4. Foghat's work (6:31)
5. Hymn (1:12)
6. Dragonsong (7:31)
7. Things we're looking for (1:52)
8. Back to Earth (4:11)

Total Time: 44:14

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Line-up / Musicians

- Ludwig Braum / drums, percussion
- Gerd Ehrmann / saxophone
- Reinhard Karwatky / bass
- Harry Kramer / guitar
- Jochen Leuschner / percussion, lead vocals

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LP Aronda AS 10.006

CD: Rock Fever Music RFM 003, Germany

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DZYAN Dzyan ratings distribution


3.50
(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (26%)
26%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
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Review by oliverstoned
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The first Dzyan effort is a mainly a jazzrock album inspired by Soft machine. It appears through jazzy parts featuring good saxo, supported by wha wha keyboards la Embryo/Rocksession. Some experimental cosmic moments, but most of the music is Canterbury-school inspired.

The excellent guitar work is the highlight, thanks to a psychedelic fluent quality which may evoke successively: american psyche genre, Phil Miller and even Fred Frith and Hendrix on "Dragonsong".

The English singing is globally average and reminiscent of Wyatt, another element showing the Soft machine influence. Some vocals parts evoke Henry cow as well.

A promising debut album offering an original blend of genuine psychedelism and canterburyan fusion. Good production resulting in a satisfying sound quality.

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Posted Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars Named after the Indian sacred book of creation, this (at first) studio experiment recorded very quickly their first album (within two months of their creation) and it was released on the small Aronda label in April 72. Graced with an impressive artwork, the quintet's album develops an impressive sung jazz-rock that embodied almost every aspects of the genre, but there is a general Canterbury feel pervading through the album.

Dzyan's jazz-rock spectrum ranges from the full-blown early fusion ala Nucleus (the opening Emptiness) to the much rockier Dragonsong, the electronic and cello Hymn and the very vocal Bud Awakes (where the group shows an excellence sense of harmony). The first side of the albums holds two major tracks (one of which is slightly ethnic-sounding and strange: Wisdom) sandwiching a short one and is clearly my favourite. The excellent Fohat's Work (not really Gong here, although the sax.) is maybe the album's most accessible track with clear-cut solos, while Dragonsong has vocals that can resemble Wyatt's in SM's Third or Rock Bottom, but this dramatic piece can be considered like the highlight of the album as Bock's sax reminds of Malherbe and Karwalky's bass lines are driving the track at 100 MPH cruising speed. Comes a short Wyatt-esque interlude and then the album closes on the Rocking Back To Earth, indeed making come back from a great fusion trip as the artwork indicates.

By the time of their second album's recording, the group was completely different, being just a trio with only bassist Karwalki (who was the main writer anyway) left, but the sound of the group remained jazz-rock but veered much more towards experimental jazz mixed with ethnic music. Although this debut album is non-representative of Dzyan, it might just be their most accessible and a good intro to the band. Rounded up to the upper unit to reach the fourth star.

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Posted Thursday, November 30, 2006

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I'm thankful to have a DZYAN record, I just wish I could find the other two as well. I really like this one though, it's good to be able to hear what their sound was like. Apparently their other two records are more jazzy than this one. This was recorded in 2 months and at times it shows, but hey what album doesn't have it's faults.The biggest complaint I have are on the songs that change part way through, there isn't that flow, it's kind of awkward. My other complaint is the album cover. Yikes !

"Emptiness" opens with eerie and haunting sounds with no melody. That changes 2 1/2 minutes in when the vocals come in.This is one of those awkward moments. The song changes again 5 minutes in with percussion and sax leading the way.The guitar replaces the sax before 9 minutes. "The Bud Awakes" is a cool song with relaxing guitar, as well as organ, vocals, drums and vocal melodies. "The Wisdom" opens with sax followed by organ, vocals and percussion. The sax is back as a complete change in sound arrives 3 minutes in. I like the guitar 5 minutes in. The song changes again 6 1/2 minutes in with vocals and an organ solo. Percussion 8 1/2 minutes in as it turns spacey with spoken words to end it.

"Fohat's Work" opens with bass as a vocal melody joins in. Drums, vocals, sax and guitar all take part in this song. "Hymn" is a short song with strange sounds and a vocal melody to end it. "Dragonsong" is a groovy tune with drums, percussion and bass. Vocals come in followed by a sax solo 2 minutes in. The guitar 5 minutes in is great ! "Things We're Looking For" is a short ballad. "Back To Earth" has a spacey intro, and the bass that comes in reminds me of DEEP PURPLE as the guitar plays a good melody.

I really like tracks 2, 4, 6 and 8 the rest are ok. Good album.

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Posted Friday, October 26, 2007

Review by snobb
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3 stars Dzyan debut album is German answer to Canterbury scene. Atmospheric, nostalgic psychedelic jazz-fusion , with mostly mid-tempo/down-tempo liquid sound.

Musicianship is great, sound recorded at good standard. Plenty of folk elements, many sax soloing are presented. Most recognisable Soft Machine influence is very Wyatt-like vocals. At the same time in places you can hear chamber music influences, or let say Henry Cow-like moments in album's music as well. Organ passages in some songs are very Deep Purple / Uriah Heep music reminding moments. Whole music is very relaxed, but possibly because of that too often compositions sound a bit unfocused.

In all, not essential, but really pleasant and interesting album - kind of German Canterbury release.

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Posted Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
3 stars Dzyan's first is a slightly confusing mishmash of clashing ideas. The band seems unable to make up its mind between heavy rock, 60s pop, Canterbury, avant-garde, kraut and jazz, often even within the course of just one songs. I'd say I'm quite an eclectic person and I can appreciate certain parts here but as a whole this doesn't make any sense.

There are parts that work quite well, such as the jazz-rock improvisation in the second half of "Emptiness". The first part of the track is fairly dated heavy 60s rock. Also the smooth hippie ballad "The Bud Awakes" refers back to the 60s. Nice one. "The Wisdom" returns to the jazz-rock experimentation of the first track. With the ethnic percussion and the psychedelic guitar touches, Dzyan reveal their future direction here. The odd vocals that come in half-way might be an acquired taste, allthough it's nothing that fans of Gong should be afraid of. Also the title of the 4th track ("Fohat's Work") and the weird space-jazz of "Dragonsong" show the Gong inspiration. The closing "Back To Earth" is more kraut-y, with a repetitive groove and strangely distorted guitar soloing.

Of all three albums from Dzyan, this is definitely one to approach with care, as it will surely test every inch of your comfort zone. Recommended for fans of Gong's quirkier moments.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars It's categorised here under Krautrock, and I can sort of see the connection with the driving, hypnotic percussion rhythms on some of the tracks, but Dzyan's debut album draws more from contemporary trends in fusion, with the aforementioned rhythms drawing particularly heavy from jazz. It's also one of the more diverse albums from the Krautrock scene - as well as the jazzy influences, there's a bit of space rock here and there (particularly with the droning opening buzz), there's a soft, emotional ballad which takes a left turn into Gentle Giant-like harmonies in Things We're Looking For, and at points (such as on Dragonsong) the band inject a heavy dose of funk into their playing. It's not an absolute classic, but it's a very strong demonstration of the band's versatility; whatever genre they turn their hand to, they're able to create entertaining music in.

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Posted Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars Formed during the winter of 1971,Dzyan was a short-lived yet prolific German Psych/Kraut- Rock band coming from the city of Mannheim.Initially they started as a quintet with singer Jochen Leuschner, drummer Ludwig Braum, sax player Gerd Ehrmann, guitarist Harry Kramer and its only consistent member bassist Reinhard Karwatky,who around the same time was helping Electronic band Galactic Explorers on keyboards.Their self-titled debut was released in 1972 on the obscure Swiss label Aronda.

Their sound was quite eclectic for the time,a weird mix of guitar-driven Kraut Rock with plenty of Ethnic inspirations and organ-driven Progressive Rock with jazzy leanings and a fair amount of sax explosions.All these can be heard mainly on the longer tracks,which feature nice organ breaks, jazzy saxes in the vein of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR and PASSPORT, complex bass lines, improvisational passages and plenty of ethnic-vibed percussion work,not unlike EMBRYO.There is also some prominent fuzz guitar work to be heard throughout the tracks.Surprisingly for a German band,Dzyan featured an excellent vocalist singing in non- accented English with a couple of fantastic performances.A few tracks show the softer side of the band with strong lyrical moments and an obvious psychedelic edge.

This was a nice entry back then,the album still sounds somewhat fresh even today and gives a good picture of the real Kraut-Rock sound of the 70's with a nice balance between different styles but always with a tendency for jamming and experimentation.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011

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4 stars Well, it's only taken me forever to find this CD, but man was it worth the wait! This is the beginning of the three real gems in the spacey/fusion/rock format. This is their first album, and not quite as Mahvishnu meets Zaapa meets Space Music as the next two are, but this is really good. Base ... (read more)

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