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3.86 | 41 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Abfall (22:17)
2. Menschenmacher (2:57)
3. Teufelskreis (6:50)
4. Herzliches Beileid (2:55)
5. Der Fremde (5:45)
6. Untertanenfabrik (3:55)

Total Time 44:39

Bonus tracks on 2000 CD release:
7. Sechs Uhr Aufstehen (2:08)
8. Junge, Was Willste Draußen (2:42)
9. Mich Kotzt Hier Alles An (2:18)
10. Schlafstadt (1973 demo) (3:56)
11. Kinderlied (1974 demo) (4:28)
12. Freut Euch, Kinder (1974 demo) (2:51)
13. Zusammenstehen (1974 demo) (6:22)

Line-up / Musicians

- Rainer 'Mulo' Maulbetsch / lead vocals, harmonica, guitar (3)
- Matthias Thurow / guitar, violin, sitar, recorder, Mellotron, vocals
- Detlev Nottrodt / guitar, vocals
- Karlheinz Grosshans / organ, synth, lead (4) & backing vocals
- Cornelius Hauptmann / flute, recorder, alto saxophone, crumhorn, vocals
- Ronald Libal / bass
- Günter Klinger / drums, percussion

- Dan Bridgman / percussion (1,3)
- Anthony Grout-Smith / bass (2,3)
- Sylvia Nebel / ? (5)
- Tilmann Fuchs / guitar (7-13)
- Benno Schrader / saxophone, flute (7-13)
- Martin Gnädinger / keyboards (10-13)
- Peter Weber / bass (10-13)
- Wolfgang Haisch / drums (10-13)

Releases information

Artwork: Wolfgang M. Schmidt

LP Spiegelei ‎- 28 780-5 U (1972, Germany)

CD Garden Of Delights ‎- CD 042 (2000, Germany) With 7 bonus tracks, new cover art

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EULENSPYGEL Ausschuss ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(51%)
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Review by loserboy
4 stars Eulenspygel deserve their own chapter in the "Best Of Krautrock" handbook! After the success of their first album (titled 2), the recording for their follow up Ausschuss (Trash) would take place inside Abbey Road Studios in London. If you are a fan of Krautrock then you need to own this album! Imagine opening up with a 22 mins epic progressive rock track which ebbs and flows with some of the finest prog I have heard in a long long time. The instrumentation on this album are vast as well with some sitar, lots of mellotron, violin, flute and hand percussison. According to the liner notes during this recording they borrowed Rod Argents keyboards (who was in Abbey Road Studios at the same time)....also explains the heavy and wonderful keyboard work on this album. This is clever ever-changing 70's vintage krautrock which I guarantee will make you smile! This might be just simply one of the best Krautrock albums I have ever heard.
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars EULENSPYGEL continue with their left wing lyrics which have become increasingly demanding and critical of society.There is a side long suite on this their second album about orphans. Lyrics are still in German and the band certainly didn't just preach without practising their philosophies as they would visit orphanages and youth prisons which gave all the band members that emotional connection to the subject matter.They would take a train to England to record this album at Apple Studios. Lots of pictures in the liner notes including ones from the roof of that famous studio and inside as well as them crossing Abbey Road like THE BEATLES famous album cover.Their music was becoming increasingly complex as they listened to Classical music as well as YES, GENESIS, VDGG, ELP and more. At the studio they used instruments that had been left by Rod Argent including mellotron which might have been the studios and possibly the one THE BEATLES used.

"Abfall" is the side long suite which is really a Rock Opera of sorts about orphans. A haunting intro with mellotron as spoken German words join in.The music kicks in around 2 minutes.Vocals before 3 1/2 minutes as it settles some.Flute too. It turns experimental as the vocals stop.The atmosphere stops before 9 minutes as strummed guitar takes over followed by flute then vocals 10 1/2 minutes in. Some heavy organ before 12 1/2 minutes with electric guitar, drums and a full sound.Nice. It then picks up with vocals including some chunky bass. It settles back 16 1/2 minutes in with floating organ and almost spoken vocals. It's building and the vocals sound so good here.Very powerful and opera-like. It settles again after 19 minutes with organ and a beat as the mellotron joins in. Incredible track !

"Menschenmacher" is my least favourite because it's pretty straighforward.Vocals are the focus as the organ, drums and guitar help out. I do like the organ solo followed by the guitar solo later on. "Teufelskreis" is a cool sounding tune with the vocals sounding more laid back as the drums and acoustic guitar offer up some enrgy. Sitar before 6 1/2 minutes to the end. Maybe the one THE BEATLES used ? "Herzliches Beileid" has a beat as reserved vocals join in. I like this ! The organ replaces the vocals but they switch back again after 2 minutes. "Der Fremde" opens with organ as the guitar joins in. It kicks in hard around a minute then settles back with vocals.This is excellent. Spoken words after 4 minutes then it all picks up again. "Untertanenfabrik" has a good heavy intro and the vocals come and go. Mellotron before 2 minutes as we get this haunting mood taking over.Guitar before 3 minutes then organ. Vocals are back late.

I still prefer the debut but this has really grown on me. A solid 4 stars regardless, and Krautrock fans would do well to pick up either one of these classics or both if possible.

Review by GruvanDahlman
4 stars Germany played host to a myriad of bands in the 70's, all sporting different directions and styles, yet bundled together in the cramped box labelled krautrock. I find the term somewhat narrow and it may be that the term simply means "progressive rock from Germany". If so, I'm fine with that. As far as genres are concerned Germany was just as exploratory and/or adventurous as any other country.

I have always enjoyed the jazzier side of rock. It is something dear to me. Eulenspygel was exactly that, jazzy and hellbent on creating the perfect blend of progressive rock where jazz takes a prominent role. In their attempt to do so, they created one of the greatest albums to ever emerge out of Germany in the 1970's.

Though their first album may be a more cohesive affair I think that "Ausschuss" really is the Place to start, since it boasts the 22- minute epic of "Abfall". That song or suite is one of the most accomplished pieces I have ever heard. Simply outstanding. Everything just falls into place, melding and forging the elements into something out of this world. The vocals are emotional, the organ majestic and the overall orchestration flawless. It's certainly raw but not as in unrefined. Simply delicious. The opening mellotron is just thrilling and eerie.

It's hard to follow up on a track like that and subsequently the remaining tracks seems less brilliant, while they're actually not. They are all very good. "Menschenmacher" is very much a riff-driven track and "Teufelskreis" acoustically performed. The songs are all very good indeed but in comparison to the magnum opus inferior. What else is there, really, to expect?

The vocals are all performed in german but don't let that hinder you. The lyrics are politically left-winged and performed with passion.

This is an amazing album and really Worth checking out. I love it to bits, especially "Abfall".

Latest members reviews

4 stars Excellent addition to any prog music collection. The Mellotron is very beautiful and All Vocals sung in German is great. This is a masterpiece of The Krautrock album. A structured Songs very rock and a profundis music. ... (read more)

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