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    Posted: May 01 2005 at 00:34
anyone familiar?

EMBRYO - Rocksession

Embryo was only on Brain records for a short time.
They were originally on the legendary Ohr label
(mentioned before), but then moved onto United
Artists (the same label that released all the Can and
Amon Duul II albums during their peak period). But
United Artists did not like the fusion sound of the
album they had recorded, so the band sold the rights
to Brain instead. Let's just say that Brain was using
their brain when they bought these tapes, because
the music is fantastic. The album opens with
Christian Burchard's jazz rock drum beat, then
eastern sounding melodies start to come in from the
other instruments. It reminds me alot of the Miles
Davis album Big Fun that combines jazz rock
rhythms with tablas and sitar. The music then
begins to get very dense with many sounds and
instruments, including two keyboard players; Mal
Waldron and Jimmy Jackson (also like early 70's
Miles when he had both Keith Jarrett and Chick
Corea). The only problem with this opening song "A
Place To Go" is that it's too short, it's only four
minutes long!

But the next song makes up for it with fifteen and half
minutes of psychedelic jazz fusion. The keyboards
are clearly featured and the rhythm expands and
contracts freely. Both Miles and Mahavishnu come to
mind. At times the band also reminds me of
Agitation Free (see my previous Krautrock article),
who also experimented with a blend of jazz, rock,
and middle eastern sounds. The only bad thing
about this album is the name; "Rocksession,"
"progressive middle eastern krautrock session"
would be a better description-cut and paste.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 01 2005 at 03:00
I like it a lot! 
Also other German bands with eastern flavour are good: Agitation Free, Popol Vuh, Between, Yatha Sidhra.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 02 2005 at 07:19

Most Embryo are getting a new release on the Disconforme label!

I hope to investigate Rocksession soon! 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2005 at 23:14
Rocksession and Steig Aus are top notch for
fusionheads!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2006 at 11:57

yep but this one is nearly out of print

regards J.R

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2006 at 12:17

I have Father son and holy ghost, Opal, Rache and Steig Aus.

I have to thank BaldFriede & BaldJean for letting me know of them.

I still need to get into them, but Opal and Steig sound very good so far.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2006 at 14:25
they just put out a collaberation album with the No Neck Blues Band called "EmbryoNNCK", I ordered it the day it came out, heard the samples and it sounded nice, cant wait to get it,
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2006 at 17:07
the early Embryo albums were an interesting mix of fusion and Krautrock. it was fusion, yes, but their meandering improvisations were definitely as spacy as Krautrock too

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2006 at 17:10
Hmmm, I like all phases of the band. I might be one of the only ones on the site who actually likes the latter, more world music (fusion) albums, like Embryo and the Yoruba Dun Dun Orchestra.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2006 at 17:11
Originally posted by terramystic terramystic wrote:

I like it a lot!
Also other German bands with eastern flavour are good: Agitation Free, Popol Vuh, Between, Yatha Sidhra.



That's good to hear.

Indeed, "Rock session" is my fav.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2006 at 17:42
 Sure, Embryo is great stuff.
 
 Rocksession, and Steig Aus are my faves. Stieg Aus has a great album cover, too. Quite odd indeed.
I made a 5 or 6 C.D. Krautrock collection for a friend of mine about a year ago, and he still tells me that Embryo is his favorite Krautrock band after hearing "Entrances" from Rocksession.
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