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MY SOLID GROUND

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In 1968, at age 14, he had learned how to play guitar, formed his own band and three years later released an album whom many still consider a psychedelic Krautrock classic. Not bad for a small-town German boy who is now producer, composer and music lecturer at Maintz University. He is Bernhard Rendel, founder of MY SOLID GROUND; the other band members were keyboard player Ingo Werner, bassist Karl-Heinrich Dorfler and drummer Andreas Wursching. In 1970, at the Morfelden Studio in Frankfurt, they recorded a short track ("Flash") that won second place in an amateur competition hosted by Sudwestfunk (SWF) Radio. A year later, they released their album with nationwide success. Despite this, some of the band members started to quit and Rendel suddenly found himself with a totally new line-up. Their plans for a second album unfortunately never never materialized and in 1974, Rendel himself quit to pursue university studies.

The opening track on their self-titled LP certainly lives up to the album's reputation: a 13-minute epic of dark, heavy space rock with crunching guitars and acid riffs, distorted vocals, lots of long droning keyboards - imagine a mix of early FLOYD ("One of These Days") and THIRSTY MOON. However, the rest of the album (or most of it) is fairly mainstream, being made up of rather conventional hard rock. A recent re-release CD version includes some excellent bonus tracks, among which is a 24-minute psychedelic Krautrock tour de force featuring incredible guitar soloing.

Recommended to fans of early PINK FLOYD.

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3.63 | 36 ratings
My Solid Ground
1971
3.13 | 4 ratings
SWF-Session + Bonus Album 2001
2002

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3.63 | 36 ratings

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My Solid Ground Krautrock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars One of the early Kraut Rock bands, My Solid Ground were found in Ruesselsheim, originally with Bernhard Rendel on guitar, Teddy on voice, Manfred Fischer on bass and Willy Waid on drums.With a rising repertoire they were quite well-known around the Rhine-Main area and in 1970 new bassist Werner Geilenkirchen joins the band along with Ingo Werner on keyboards.Shortly after the band receives a contract from Bacillus and welcomes new drummer Andreas Wuersching.Recorded at Dierks Studios in Cologne in Febraury-April 1971, the self-titled debut of the quartet, with Rendel singing as well, was released in the autumn of the same year.

If you ask me, the ground was already solid in Germany for experimental releases with bands like AMON DUUL and XHOL CARAVAN having already spread the seeds.In the vein of the masters goes the long opening ''Dirty yellow mist'', a superb psychedelic experience with frightening, distorted vocals, marching bass and drums over a hypnotic guitar rhythm and the Hammond organ of Werner producing cosmic soundscapes.Some discreet piano lines and the haunting female choirs complete an excellent piece of Kraut Rock music.The rest of the album follows a quite unsimilar path.Another seven very short but frenetic tracks with dual guitars and screaming vocals show My Solid Ground move on a Hard Rock, almost Proto-Metal path, full of scratching riffs and influences from a more sharp JIMI HENDRIX.Of course there are a couple of exceptions, like the smooth and more romantic ''Melancholie'' with the narcotic piano of Werner in evidence and the mellow acoustic guitars of Rendel or the grandiose ''The executioner'', another very dark piece of music with bizarre narrations, bombastic organs and powerful bass and guitars.

The album has seen a handful of reissues over the years with those of Second Battle being absolutely fantastic, containing the original recordings intended to be send to Bacillus, offering the listener a different point of view from the original tracks.Special mention needs to be refered to the long ''Flash'' opus, over 24 minutes long, featuring some impressive jams combined with very deep structured themes and sensitive, psychedelic vocals.

Definitely an almost classic album of the early Kraut Rock scene.Maybe a bit too simplistic on the Hard Rockin' cuts, but the more atmospheric pieces or moments are certainly rewarding.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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3.13 | 4 ratings

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Review by historian9
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3 stars There are two parts to this album, first 4 tracks are the SWF recordings which were made two months after the first album, so they have the original line-up and very similar to the self titled album. Those tracks are mostly instrumental and they are more like those creative ones from the old album; no replacement for "Dirty Yellow Mist" , "Hysteria" is a decent loud opener though and all the other tracks have good psychedelic qualities to a degree, "BBB" for example.

Tracks from 5 to 11 were made only by Rendel in 2001. They are a bit of a mixed bunch that remind a bit of King Crimson's ProjeKct albums, at the moments jaming good and then going into ambient waters with weird sounds. Lots of electronic experimentation as well, with Rendel using distorted vocals that would make some industrial bands jealous. Robert Fripp's solo albums also might give you a bit of an idea of what this sounds like as would maybe under a bit of stretch late 80's Crimson, in terms of sound that is, I don't think they are as good. Also, don't expect the long "Mystery Metal Thing" to be the new "Dirty Yellow Mist".

Overall, Rendell's solo part of the album isn't my cup of tea and It's not something I will get back to any time soon but the SWF sessions are good though, nothing mind blowing great, but if you liked the first album then you will like these as well as they are more of the same and they won't disappoint. And you will probably want to hear what Rendell can do solo, just out of curiosity.

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Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars My Solid Ground is a German heavy rock band that extends their rather simple compositions with some jamming and psychedellic features. It all sounds quite stoned, and with a little stretch of the imagination you could call this Krautrock, but it stands far apart from the mainly experimental acts in that scene.

One of the main problems with this release is that they lean too heavily on their influences, with riffs and grooves that are not just inspired but actually stolen from other bands (easy to spot Deep Purple in 'Dirty Yellow Mist' and Sabbath in 'That's You'). Where the borrowing isn't too obvious the band struggles to come up with good licks of their own. An exception would be 'The Executioner' which has a cool experimental vocal and nice epic mellotrons. The 25 minute long 'Flash' could have saved this album but everything is sloppy about it, the composition is poor, the jamming parts are cliche, the playing is flat and uninspired, the vocals are sub-standard and hardly in tune at times, the melodies are boring, and so on.

At its best moments this album sounds similar to what Eloy would deliver with their albums 'Inside' and 'Floating'. Only, Eloy did it 10 times better then this weak and forgettable heavy rock album. And the best bits are borrowed from other bands. Close to being a 1 star.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I would describe their sound as straight forward, heavy Krautrock. The songs are fairly short except for the 13 minute opening track which is different from all the other songs and by far the best one.

"Dirty Yellow Mist" is a dark psychedelic Krautrock monster. It opens ominously before organ comes in with a steady but slow drum beat.Some brief spoken words 2 minutes in. The sound is dreamy. Guitar a minute later as a heavy guitar sound comes and goes. Spacey sounds 6 1/2 minutes in are joined by more spoken words, then a female vocal melody 8 minutes in. The heavy riff stops 9 minutes in as piano and bass take over. It's still spacey. More female vocal melodies. The heavy guitar sounds are back before 11 minutes as haunting female vocal melodies continue. A classic Krautrock trip. "Flash Part IV" has a HAWKWIND flavour to it. The vocal style and guitar riffs bring that band to mind. The guitar is great.

"That's You" is more uptempo as vocals shout out the words. Nice guitar solo early. "The Executioner" features mumbled vocals that are contrasted with the outburts of guitar and organ. The low end guitar after a minute reminds me of Iommi. "Melancholie" is an instrumental that opens with piano and light drums. Strummed guitar joins in as sound builds. I like it. "Handful Of Grass" is led by vocals and guitar throughout. It's ok. "Devonshire Street W 1" is pretty good. I like the vocals better on this one. The tempo changes back and forth. Guitar before 2 minutes is raw. "X" is uptempo to open with a guitar solo before a minute. It calms down and this contrast continues. Nothing special.

If not for the first track this would be a 3 star record for me.There is enough here though to recommend it to both Krautrock and Heavy-Prog fans alike.

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Review by philippe
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5 stars According to me this is German psychedelic stoned tock at its best, delivering unusual spaced out-heavy sounding improvisations mixed with detached pre-ambient atmospheres. My Solid Ground is a highly touching emotional album, the opening theme directly propulses the listener into an other world, exploring abstract spheres of the subconsciousness. The composition is dominated by cloudy / moody repetitive guitars, angelic, glorious piano / keyboards arrangements and ethereal voices in the distance. This is gorgeously haunted, music to heaven. The album contains a few conventional heavy rockin' songs (that's you / Handful of grass) that have a minor interest, but the rest is purely transcendant and constantly fascinating. Executioner is a ferocious / infectious hallucinatory composition with dark-sinister killer guitar riffs, intrusive keys and depressed narratives. An amazing moment of highly inspired moody music. Melancholie is a pretty / desolated semi-acoustic trip with an immersive piano / guitar duet and a catchy celestial melody, strictly instrumental & supreme stuff! So nicely made and among the best progressive rock efforts coming from Germany.The yellow mist / the executioner / melancholie make this essential!

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Review by tmay102436

5 stars This is a definitive Kraut rock album. The "Yellow Dirt" track is just amazing. But, this isn't for someone wanting a polished sound or heavily produced musc. It is fairly raw, but man oh man, is that Yellow Dirt amazing. How can you do so much with basically two chords?!!!

Now, the other strong track that highlight's that's only on the CD version of this - a 24 minute hard rock/space rock structure that is just like Yellow Dirt in it's authenticity and wonderful Kraut Rock feel.

If this is the kind of thing you long for, get this CD!!!

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