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Bröselmaschine

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3.84 | 43 ratings | 12 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gedanken (5:06)
2. Lassie (traditional) (5:06)
3. Gitarrenstuck (2:03)
4. The Old Man's Song (5:26)
5. Schmetterling (9:31)
6. Nossa Boba (8:06)

Total Time: 35:18

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jenni Schucker / vocals, flute, shells
- Willi Kismer / vocals, guitars, zither
- Lutz Ringer / metallophon, bass
- Mike Hellbach / congas, tabla, spoons, mellotron
- Peter Bursch / vocals, acoustic guitar, sitar, flute

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LP Spalax 14882

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BRÖSELMASCHINE Bröselmaschine ratings distribution


3.84
(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
19%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(51%)
51%
Good, but non-essential (23%)
23%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars Broselmachine's lone album is among the top three folk prog coming from Germany along with Hoelderlin's Traum, Emtidi's Saat or Carol Of Harvest. They did release a second album not using the name but really not quite as good as this one. The German lyrics are well sung , with lots of harmony vocals. The music , mainly acoustic is very gentle with slightly subtle eastern influences but this is minor.

Much recommended even if you don't understand german.

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Posted Monday, February 14, 2005

Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Content Development & Krautrock Team
3 stars Hippy freak ensemble delivering a tasteful, colourful collection of "pastoral" bluesy folk jams and songs for the pleasure of our ears. Imagine a fusion between kosmische kraut improvisations and peaceful forest folk songs. "Gedanken" starts and finish in a relaxed, "trippy" folk sounding. The break delivers a bluesy-kraut guitar solo within a "spacey" flavour. An intense, pleasant listening. "Lassie" is a simple folk song with hippy like lyrics for a male / female duo. Old dated stuff. "Gitarrenstuck" features a free-folk bluesy based guitar song with fragile female voices in the distance. "The Old Man's Song" once again provides a nice combination between spacey rock grooves, folkish guitar chords, and percussions, also including some "useless" vocals. "Schmetterling" is a pagan dancing folk song for flute, voice and guitar, a quite charming atmosphere. Not one my kraut-folk favourites but a sweet listening. More exigent German folk lovers should go on Witthuser & Westrupp, Parzival and Ougenweide.

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Posted Monday, January 22, 2007

Review by greenback
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4 stars This is a solid folk prog record containing surprisingly varied tracks, sometimes flirting with an Indo/raga rock style, like on the "Schmetterling" track. The lead vocals are shared between a man and a woman: the woman's voice is really very good. The quality of the numerous acoustic string instruments is VERY impressive, in terms of composition, sound and technicality. There are some very charming & childish duct flute-like parts. The bass has a funny carton paper sound. Some moments remind a simpler Mike Oldfield's or even Anthony Phillips' work. There is a long, funny and impressive wah-wah guitar solo on "The Old Man's Song"; the floating mellotron at the end is a very good surprise! There is something wrong with the sound of the metallophone on the last track, like if it came from a mono output lacking surround effect.

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Posted Sunday, May 27, 2007

Review by oliverstoned
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4 stars 4 stars

Broselmaschine is a big classic of the "Psyche von folk" genre. A pastoral hippy mood enlightened by superb guitars (both acoustic and electric). Like on the opener "Gedanken" with its wonderful fluid guitar flight or "The old man's song" punctuated by delightful wha wha. The instrumentation is excellent (Mellotron, sitar, tabla, flute.). A true classic!

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Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
4 stars This is one of those rather obscure gems that is probably more folk than progressive, but the interplay of Celtic and Middle Eastern sounds atop a bed of what almost sound like Peter, Paul and Mary covers makes for a very charming album and a good use of a little more than a half-hour of your time.

Bröselmaschine was basically a one-shot German band who seem to have been heavily inspired by American folk singers of the sixties, plus featured the stunningly gorgeous and folksy vocals and flute of one Jenni Schucker. Amazingly Schucker doesn’t seem to have appeared on anything after this release.

This album was impossible to find for decades until it was reissued on CD in 2005. I just read this week that Akarma is releasing this on domestic CD in December 2007. I have the Ohr German import version that was released a couple years ago, which was the only other CD version I’m aware of. I don’t know if the Akarma release has the same tracks as this one or has some bonus material, so I will have to check into that one. But since Peter Bursch’s material after this release is generally considered inferior I’d be surprised if any bonus material amounted to much.

The tracks don’t range too far from my opening description, with the exception of the lengthy “Schmetterling” which does manage to blur the line between Middle Eastern-inspired folk (sitar, flute, zither, metallophon – you get the idea) and full-blown psych. There is even an extended flute solo that places this album squarely at the end of the flower-power era.

The rest of the album is much closer to rather tame hippy folk, although the presence of the zither, congas and tabla do manage to give the remaining tracks a bit of a dated sound.

On “The Old Man's Song” Schucker manages to come off sounding a bit like Grace Slick circa Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow days. This isn’t really a psych number though, as much as it is a rather intense folk piece accented with a light touch of slightly psych-and-blues guitar, tabla and the ever-present zither. Albums like Joe Byrd’s American Metaphysical Circus and the Comfortable Chair’s self-titled release also come to mind.

The sonic quality of the CD reissue is excellent, and while the liner notes are in German the overall package is quite decent. This is a very decent progressive folk offering that used be difficult to find but has been available in Europe for a few years, and is coming soon to America. Worth picking up and well recommended to prog folk fans. Four stars.

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Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
3 stars One could be excused for thinking that this would be a Krautrock or at least highly electronic album based on the title, but in fact it is a highly psychedelic and largely acoustic artifact from those very early 70s. It is that rare breed, a German folk psych album, with nascent progressive touches. Lots of acoustic guitar strumming, plenty of sitars, congas, gentle flutes and other instruments linked to trips of the sedentary variety. As a long time fan of British Isles folk, I discern a variety of traditional tunes sprinkled here and there, as in the entire melody of "Lassic", and the flute segment of "Schmetterling". The latter is handled with a lot more panache, and the whole track is an inspired jam, as is the closer "Nossa Bova" with its slight Caribbean flavour. Almost 40 years on, it's hard to find a timeless element here, other than the pleasure of getting together with friends to play and hear good music.

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Posted Sunday, May 04, 2008

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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4 stars This album has many charming qualities in it, shimmering with hippie bucolic romanticsms. Slightly acid flavoured folk from the campside fires are performed by fine muscians, with influences from Brittish, Celtic and American folk scene in underground musical context. Tonal explorations also venture to quite pleasant levels, with neat sounds familiar from the legendary era of German krautrock prog music days. Thus album offers both powerful calming feeling and much musical content. Especially The B-side shines with really impressive musical realizations, "Schmetterling"'s raga rock passages merge to effect-treated recitings, and lead from joyful rustic guitar chant movements to the deterministic ascension of "Nossa Boba". Fun home-drawn covers increased also my own adoration values, also found as an affordable reissue gatefold LP- Vocals are beautiful and sung both in German and Enlish by male and female duo, underlining also from this perspective the context of hippie charms, escaping the global crimes of earlier generations. Lovely record certainly, and very recommendable

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Review by Seyo
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5 stars I stumbled upon BROESELMASCHINE by chance when watching some WDR video footage of old German rock bands from the famous "Krautrock" scene. I knew nothing about them but I caught the glimpse of certain "mystique" of their apparently psychedelic folk music.

There are things well-known, documented and researched, works of art from the well-established circles and headline news. When you first approach such works you usually have a plenty of reference materials to compare with and you either agree with the majority of scribes and critics and get to appreciate what has been an established artistic value, or you might disagree completely and abandon the issue as overblown or over-rated pomposity (and the latter case often happens with the popular music, at least in my case).

But, when you discover something completely unknown to you, something you have not heard or read about, you get a pretty different sensation. How on earth this piece of amazing music was not widely known, better appreciated or simply more popular? What went wrong with them?

Nothing I guess. BROSELMASCHINE's self-titled LP just happened in space and time because five seemingly modest and talented people gathered together and made some interesting, amazing music. Just once, never to repeat it again (OK, I don't count later incarnations of the band without lovely Jenni Schucker on vocals and flute). And that is pure art! Without calculation, without planning, not caring about production, technology, promotion or marketing, or even money.

This album is so simple in its approach to music recording and yet so rich in its spiritual and artistic values. Acoustic acid-folk enriched with Anglo-Celtic and Indian crumbs (broesel in German!) makes one of the most pleasant and soothing albums I ever heard. Got it? *****

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3 stars Another high quality prog / folk made in German. On this record we find the gorgeous female vocals Jenni Schucker which is also a competent flautist. The registry basically consists of instruments such as flute, guitar, acoustic guitar and Mellotron instruments. Some emphasis on rather peculiar ... (read more)

Report this review (#1077299) | Posted by Luciana Aun | Friday, November 15, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Music for listening to on a rainy drizzly calm day in the countryside while attempting to have a picnic as the fly's buzz around your sandwiches and annoy you. A pretty little effort from Deutschslanders ''Bröselmaschine. I'm sure the band 'Current 93' would have heard and used this as an ins ... (read more)

Report this review (#296410) | Posted by Dobermensch | Friday, August 27, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This has grown to be one of my favorite albums of the genre (along with albums from such bands as C.O.B., Jan Dukes de Grey, Trees, Comus, Hoelderlin, Spirogyra, Synanthesia, Subway, Emtidi and Mark Fry) after deeply investigating the mostly UK and German acid folk of the early 70s. Lots of flute, ... (read more)

Report this review (#182832) | Posted by listen | Friday, September 19, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Broselmaschine's self-titled, debut album is an essential prog-folk album in that it combines and even defines elements from every which direction and source you can imagine. The album has a well-rounded assortment of instruments ranging from the mellotron to the sitar and its replay value is ama ... (read more)

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