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3.54 | 33 ratings | 6 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Airalert (1:55)
2. Down In The Bunker (17:57)
3. Raid Over Duesseldorf (15:42)
4. 1945 - Out Of The Ashes (2:13)

Total Time: 37:47

Witch & Warlock CD bonus tracks:
5. Swastika Rising (4:55)
6. The Third Reich (10:18)
7. Shadows Of War (5:54)
-a. Rain Of Destruction
-b. V1 To London

Total Time: 58:54


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Line-up / Musicians

- Wolfgang Franz Czaika / lead & rhythm guitar
- Ullrich Kallweit / drums, percussion
- Harry Kallweit / bbass, voice
- Manfred Uhr / organ/fuzz-organ, voice
- Norbert Luckas / guitars & noises

Releases information

LP Bunker 172 (Germany 1970)
CD Witch & Warlock W&W 004 (Germany 1990)
CD Radioactive RRCD090 (bootleg 2004)

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GERMAN OAK German Oak ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
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Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Content Development & Krautrock Team
5 stars A conceptual album? Maybe. Anyway this self title album is all about the II world war and its denunciation. This album is an electrified and original kraut improvisation with many weird, strange atmospheres injected into it. "Airalert " is an illustration of a military march. The electric organ stresses the tempo on it. "Down In The Bunker" can be seen as a funeral hymn related to chaos and the tragic consequences of war. A dark, creepy ambient atmosphere prevails, sustained by rolling drum parts, heavy, crying guitar lines and some frantic repetitive bass lines. Imagine something somewhere between TD's "electronic meditation" and Kluster but with more emphasis on the "dark" side. "Raid Over Düsseldorf" is an impressive, catchy "psych" heavy rock tune with lot of wha wha guitar effects and an outstanding contrast between a moody ambiance and a bluesy rock instrumentation. The rhythm is perpetual, systematic and guides the listener into an "acid" rock avalanche. "1945 - Out Of The Ashes" is a similar theme than the first track, based on a plaintive electric organ with an obsessional rhythmic. The 3 bonus tracks on the new CD reissue express also very interesting musical moments with some aggressive rock tunes, punctuated by inspired meditative, repetitive organ arrangements and concrete noises. A beautifully sinister musical adventure. Very fine and one of my all times favourite 70's rock item.


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Posted Thursday, June 08, 2006

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions
3 stars This eponymous GERMAN OAK album is somewhat controversial. For some it's the ultimate krautrock effort for others an amateurish unskilled product which can be ignored. My truth lies in between somewhere. The band members are working up the horrible historical experiences of the Second World War in their own way. I'm quite sure this was only meant to provoke reactions but it might be mistakable to take such a cover art and song titles which are referring to war themes. Additionally they decided to use an original bunker resp. air-raid shelter situated in Düsseldorf for the recordings. This altogether defines a special mystery around the album.

The four songs - two longer jams prepared with a two minute intro and outro - sound like simple garage recordings with a hall-effect. The bunker atmosphere brings a special dark, depressive touch to the music. Airalert seems to be a snippet of a longer jam provided with heavy organ contributions and it would be really interesting to hear more but soon the song fades out and Down in the Bunker starts experimental with industrial sounds remembering of Faust or Space Explosion. Later the band begins to play more structured and the mood changes to a longer doom part similiar to the early Black Sabbath provided with some weird guitar solos. The bass is played absolutely unvaried and plus guitar and drums I can only hear a standard trio crew whereas the line-up is indicated with 5 members.

The same with Raid over Düsseldorf following as an acid rocking psych jam in opposite to the depressing forerunner track and finally assuring the third star. The song has a really optimistic drive - primitive but good with a remarkable team work. But organ is absent once again here in opposite to the outro 1945 - Out of the Ashes continuing the first track but with a surprising end offering a short sample with church bells, traffic sound and birds' twittering.

It's typical for krautrock productions to use simple song structures, repetitive patterns and weird contributions. But for me this album is musically and conceptionally not very challenging and therefore not essential. It might be a great find though for other fans of obscure krautrock and psych music.


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Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars A very unique sounding album from 1972. Apparently this was recorded in an air raid shelter and unfortunately you can tell. It's muddy and murky sounding and I spent a good deal of time trying to adjust my stereo so it would sound half decent with no success. It is what it is (haha). So while this is hailed by many for being original and very underground sounding, in my opinion it just sounds bad. Poor sound quality. I should mention my cd has no bonus tracks on it, just the original songs.

"Airalert" opens with sounds that build but it hard to tell what the sounds are. Organ takes the lead late in this short intro track. "Down In The Bunker" features sounds that echo, bang and drift. Again it's very muddy sounding. Drums start to lead before it turns spacey after 9 minutes as a beat follows. Guitar joins in making some muffled sounds. This is a tough listen as it goes on for 18 minutes.

"Raid Over Duesseldorf" is the only song that sounds clearer. I don't know if it was recorded somewhere else or just differently but this track brings this recording up to a 3 star album for me from the 2 I would have given it. It's a great tune as they jam in that Krautrock style. "1945-Out Of The Ashes" is back to the murky waters with organ and a beat but i'm not sure what else.

3 stars for the one track alone, but overall a disappointment.


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Posted Saturday, March 27, 2010

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5 stars It has been a while since i have been so excited and enthusiastic about music new to me as this debut, self-titled album by krautrock obscurity German Oak, which i heard for the first time recently. Recorded in 1972, this album was overlooked and not really promoted at the time, and that is a s ... (read more)

Report this review (#602665) | Posted by presdoug | Tuesday, January 03, 2012 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Blimey. it's another of those albums I should like, but just don't. It has a great front cover which attracted me to it in the first place. But it's just so God awful dull! and it sounds like it was recorded in a wine cellar - with all the musicians having drunk all the booze. It's a painful dir ... (read more)

Report this review (#208866) | Posted by Dobermensch | Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Lets be honest, this is not a prog-rock music. If you like King Crimson, Yes or ELP run away! If you like weired sounds, krautrock, psychedelic trips, dreamy, long, raw sounding brainshakers you found what you like. If someone say it is a space rock I could agree. That record was made in Air R ... (read more)

Report this review (#80486) | Posted by | Tuesday, June 06, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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