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Poll Question: Favourite album?
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    Posted: October 12 2007 at 22:44
DZYAN are occasionally mentioned in threads here in PA, and I thought it might be intersting to have a thread about them and their music.
 
Here's what Philippe wrote about them in their PA bio, I think it sums it up quite well:
 
Formed in 1972, this ethnic/kraut jazz quintet (Jochen Leuschner, Reinhard Karwatky, Gerd Bock-Ehrmann, Deiter Kramer, and Ludwig Braun) released their self titled album the same year in a relative discretion. This album made an exploration in long / space rock improvisations relied on jazz grooves and weird electro –acoustic sounds. The “ethnic”, mystical elements are obvious notably due to the acoustic percussions rhythm sections. Compositions are mainly instrumental and improvised, brightly showing the technical capacities of the musicians. After several departures the band will be organised under a trio form, recording in 1973 the seminal “Time Machine”. This album features astonishing manifestations of freaky fusion jazz exercises mixed with weird experimentations and mysticism. This album was recorded at Dieter Dierk’s mythical studio. After this very convincing effort, the band recorded what we can consider to be his masterwork “Electric Silence”. It combines with passion a stylistic jazz rock to nice Eastern elements. A very pleasant journey in “kraut”, “kosmische” eccentricities.

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Recommended band, especially their last one, Electric Silence.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2007 at 23:40
Hey Assaf- great band, but I have a feeling there won't be too many responses to this one!  Though what do I know, I've never taken part in one of these.

I only have the first two, and I know Electric Silence is supposed to be really good.  Between the first two I'd definitely go with Time Machine. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2007 at 04:19
Not one of my favoured Kraut bands, I tend to like the 'ethnic' side of Kraut - Between's album is killer - but I find a lot of Dzyan's out put uneven. I like putting Electric Silence in the player every now and again, but I have trouble sitting through their first two albums. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2007 at 19:57
Electric Silence is definetely their best album; in it they find the perfect balance between their ethnic-jazz and their spacey sound, it also has the coolest cover ever. Their previous two albums are not bad, bot they are not close to Electric Silence. Dzyan is such a great band, too bad they are not widely known.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2007 at 01:43
Curious that i like both Time Machine and Electric Silenece equally, cannot decide here

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2007 at 09:30
Originally posted by memowakeman memowakeman wrote:

Curious that i like both Time Machine and Electric Silenece equally, cannot decide here
 
I like all thre albums but went for Time Machine
let's just stay above the moral melee
prefer the sink to the gutter
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as well as a thinker,
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2007 at 09:36
Strong kraut band, I remember I liked there first album intensely, while Time Machine is a very strong and hard to listen album and I need more practice before I can finally say if I like Electric Silence or not.
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