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Krautrock • Germany


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Frob came from Rheda-Wiedenbrück in the east of Westphalia. Their classic musical signature is a combination of instrumental jazzy rock and spontaneous psych jams. They recorded their only album in France during the winter 1975 /76. Their own style demonstrates a great hability to improvise with a constant use of colorful-creative moods and tones. This first cult LP has been recently re-issued by Gardne of Delights. Among the most accomplished acid jazz rock acts from Germany underground next to Ibliss, Xhol, Out of Focus (...)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars FROB were a GERMAN band who in my opinion played a straight-up Jazz / Fusion style with nothing in their music that I can hear that would be considered Krautrock.This is highly energetic, uptempo music with no Psychedelic flavour at all.The Spanish band ICEBERG came to mind quite often while listening to this. It''s an all instrumental affair as well. It really all came together for the band when Philippe Caillat moved to their town from France to be a music teacher. Philippe was a classically trained musician who played lead guitar and his addition can't be over-estimated. In fact because of his connections the band was able to record this album in France at a studio owned by a friend of his. We get organ and electric piano, prominant bass and some wicked guitar lines. My favourite though is the drummer.This guy is relentless and holds everything together. He's a fantastic player.

"Wassertropfen" kicks in fairly quickly to an uptempo mode. It sounds like a jazzier CAMEL right here for a minute. Check out the drumming before 2 minutes then the organ floats in.The guitar and electric piano follow as the drums continue.The guitar is ripping it up before 3 minutes then the electric piano comes to the fore. "Spaces" has this killer drum / bass intro then a full sound comes in before a minute. Love the drumming before 3 minutes and the organ is ripping it up a minute later. Some nice bass here too.

"Calypso" is organ and drum led early then the electric piano joins in before 2 minutes. It's the guitar's turn a minute later. "Spheres" opens with some brief atmosphere then the drums and organ take over as the guitar starts to play over top. "Flash" is uptempo and the drums are relentless.The guitar is putting on a show as the electric piano and organ come and go.

"Locomotive" has some aggressive guitar as the drums and organ also standout. It settles back around 3 1/2 minutes with the organ leading. "Hektik" is uptempo with drums and organ out front.The guitar lights it up after 1 1/2 minutes right to the end. Nice. "La Sieste" is such a nice change as it's more mid-tempo and it sounds great with the electric piano, drums, organ and guitar. I wish they had done more of these tracks to mix it up a bit.

An excellent Jazz / Fusion album that would appeal to anyone who's a fan of that style.

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Although hailing from Rheda-Wiedenbrück nearby my hometown I can't remember them. Well ... probably this applies only to the bandname. However - the music sounds familiar to me, hence it's quite possible indeed that I saw them live once in the 70s. This album can be counted among the german jazz rock/fusion output which is going adrift from krautrock - similar to bands like Embryo or the later Missus Beastly at the same time.

There are significant differences to those bands on the other hand - at first FROB's classic instrumentation which excludes ethno percussion and wind instruments. Philippe Gaillant's style is variable - he often gets close to fusion guitarists like John Scofield or Allan Holdsworth but also shows some acid psych moments. And then you will find an extraordinary organ/piano work by Peter Schmits which contributes some sophisticated feeling to the sound. The songs were recorded during Winter 1975/76 in South France for a self-released LP with a limited edition of 1000 copies only - not difficult to imagine that they are sought-after items nowadays.

The music is instrumental and they use a mixture of german and english song titles - Wassertropfen is a fine introduction to the album. They start very Camel alike but then the song develops to a jazz rock improvisation with typical characteristics - the busy propelling drums and a repetitve slightly varying bass line are the fundament. Maybe I should also mention the organ. Gaillant and Schmits are additionally alternating with guitar and piano solo contributions. This reminds me much of the bands Helmet Of Gnats and Isotope.

Basically the following tracks evolve in the same way spiked with some symphonic impressions here and there and changing time signatures, break and turns - really entertaining fourty minutes from a band in a genial mood. Due to the Garden Of Delights label this gem is re-issued on CD, an insiders' tip so to say. Fans of genuine Krautrock should be careful though. Recommended to jazz rock/fusion fans at first who are interested in stuff which is off the beaten path - for example from the aforementioned bands as well as Extra Ball or Cyklus.

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Review by philippe
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4 stars Despite that the band is rather unknown from the audience I consider that Frob figures at the pinacle of the tripped out-jazzy rock planet. Clearly part of the most technical, densily intuitive improvs, featuring episodic acid-stoned vibes. Wassertropfen introduces the listener into a blow out jazzy kraut improvisation with insistent rythmical phases and gorgeous solos. Spaces is an intense enigmatic jazz epic covered by emotional-sensual guitar leads and majestic-frantic organic chords. Calypso is a burgeonning, hyper-dynamical proggy interlude for nervous guitars and an immediate guitar / keys duet. Spheres is a fascinating-strangely melodic tune, featuring current atonal jazzy elements and frenetic guitar accents. The rest of the album is constantly colorful-soulful-dynamical with lot of creative-invigorating ideas. Locomotive is my favourite composition, a radical, moody, floating and spiritually fresh minded jazzy rock improv. A very cohesive album and among the best recommendations from Germany kraut-jazz underground next to the challenging ExMagma, Ibliss and the neo-classical Tetragon. This one has been recently re-issued by the prolific Garden of Delights

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