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Charles Mingus - Mingus at Carnegie Hall. I thought I would go back to this album. For many months, I've considered this as an absolute #1 when it comes to live-cut jazz albums. The whole band Mingus is playing with is STEAMIN'! On "C-Jam Blues" the improvisation goes from bebop, through cool jazz and hardbop, to free-jazz, while based on traditional jazz-blues changes. It seems to be the capstone of what jazz has achieved up to 1974, when this was recorded. The atmosphere on the entire album is just so exceptional! I can't recommend this enough.
Harmonia - Musik von Harmonia. I've really enjoyed this album at my first listen, so I gave it another one today. And this has confirmed to be an excellent album. I think it keeps perfect equilibrium between ambient and Kraftwerk or Neu!-like melodic parts. The electronic percussion gives this one a really "cute" taste, in my opinion. A very enjoyable listen!
Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk. For some stupid reason, I have dismissed Kraftwerk for many months, highly likely because I was associating them with their more pop/dance-oriented era. Their self-titled debut album is out-standing!!! The opener, "Ruckzuck" is extremely striking with it's distinctive feel. And that flute man! Gotta love it. "Von Himmel Hoch" closes with what sounds like an atomic eruption, which is in my opinion a really nice touch, especially considering the political situation in Germany back then. Looking forward to discovering more things like this in the future!
French TV - French TV. For some reason, I have not really got to listen to French TV until today. They undoubtedly have a very unique sound. The rhythmic meters seem quite unorthodox and far-out. Everything has a really neat avant-Canterburian piquancy to it. There is, however, something that really takes away from this album (for me). It sounds quite dated with its typical 80's avant-rock sound. It's a nice work, though!
Gong - Continental Circus. I was positively surprised, having expected the worst from this effort. It was actually qutie nice with its simple, single-layered flatness. This is mainly improvisation-based and I don't mean jazzy improv, but rather bluesy vamps with spacey toppings and Didier Malherbe's jazzy flute. Quite simple, yet pretty enjoyable!
Harmonia - Harmonia Deluxe. Quite unmemorable, I must say. I don't remember everything much from this album, although I've listened to it about two hours ago. I really like the addition of drums, they give Harmonia a really nice flavor that reminds me of... Neu! At times, this is quite similar to Neu!, at times more electronic and even dance-oriented. It's a nice album, but not as good as Musik von Harmonia, in my book.

Colosseum - Valentyne Suite. It's an album that I like to revisit once in a while. It is one of my favorites when it comes to brass/jazz-rock with proggy edge. These guys were pretty far out with that album in 1969 and very progressive. Actually, it was one of the first prog rock albums that I've checked out. Really good music!

That was my day. I've got to some new things to listen to. I need a new ear-shock! Kraftwerk was one, but not a lasting one. I'll maybe explore some more jazz-oriented krautrock territories tomorrow.

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Just keeping it heavy and paying a small tribute to one of the very best bands I know or have discovered... The great, Fates Warning. New album (Theories of Flight) is out next week. The reviews are extremely positive thus far.

Today and yesterday.

Fates Warning-- Disconnected. ( god, I love FW!! They nail it here. )
Fates warning-- Darkness in a Different light ( my album of the year in 2013, which was a monster good year in Prog. )
Fates Warning-- Still Life. ( one of the best live alums an FW fan can get. )
Fates Warning-- awaken the guardian. ( banshee Jon Arch makes this a classic!)
Lacuna Coil-- Delirium. ( not bad. It's quite heavy but I need more time with it. )
Airbag-- Disconnected. ( I have no problem with this one. It sedates me in a wonderful way. Airbag just play to their strengths on this one. )
The Mission-- Carved In Sand. ( wow. Now that's beautiful gothic rock. Great melodies and guitar work. )
The Eden House-- Half-Life ( I really love this Nephilim and Delerium combination. Such a great band. All the albums have mega huge sound quality put into them cause of Andy Jackson. )
Front 242--Up Evil ( you won't find much better industrial tech than this. Very innovative and way ahead of its time. Sounds great bloody loud too! )
Raving and drooling I leaned on his neck with a screeeeeeeamm! ;)
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^I've never even heard that name. Will have to check that one out! Thanks for the heads up! Wink
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^ It's great and the retro production quality is a nice touch. I think the second one is better though, the songs on the first are really short.
By the way, do you know Hedersleben? If you like Neu! and Popol Vuh, I bet you'd like the one I listened to.
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Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

Zacht Automaat - Normality Bias
Zacht Automaat - We Can't Help You If We Can't Find You

How did you like Zacht Automaat? Smile
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Originally posted by ALotOfBottle ALotOfBottle wrote:

Dom - Edge Of Time. What really caught my attention was the band's name, which means "house" in Polish. This appeared quite interesting to me when I read this was a krautrock outfit with one of its members from Poland. So, I had to take the listen. As primitive and formal the cover looks, the music on Edge Of Time is nothing short of a futuristic journey. In fact, I had to check if the last track is not a modern remix - it sounded that futuristic! The acid folk elements placed on ambient, electronic "clouds" work perfectly well! Great listen!
Heldon - Allez Teia. I had had the name "Heldon" in my mind for many months before checking their music out a month ago or so. I really like the electric electronic sound that they have, a mix of German-flavored electronic symphonies and Robert Fripp's guitar works. "In Wake Of King Fripp", the opener, is absolutely killer and one of the tracks that really sticks with you. BTW, I've managed to recreate the exact same guitar tone as on that piece today using a BOSS PH-2 Super Phaser and TC Hall Of Fame reverb through my 1960 Gibson GA-5 amp, if anyone is interested in that sort of tech stuff.
Cos - Viva Boma. The Belgian Canterbury, huh? At times, this really sounds close to National Health. And I mean really close. There are flavors of Quiet Sun, too. But, all in all this album is, in my book, just ok. Nothing really to write home about, besides a few really climax-y moments with juicy fuzz organ or Amanda Parsons-like singing in French. Excellent musicianship is one of the album's strongest points. I guess it will need a few more listens.
It always reminds me of "A Saucerful of Secrets" but much more trippy Cool
That's cool. The other day I used two different phasers with my synth and I really liked the result Smile
It sounds like French but it isn't, it's all made-up Tongue


Arena - s/t
Zacht Automaat - Normality Bias
Zacht Automaat - We Can't Help You If We Can't Find You
Ad Maiora - Repetita Iuvant
Lou Donaldson - Mr. Shing-a-Ling
Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg
Hedersleben - Die Neuen Welten
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Monday...

Slow Green Thing - Slow Green Thing I
Ice Howl - Crack The Earth
Moon Circle - Moon Circle
The Rising Sun Experience - Beyond The Oblivious Abyss
Electric Moon - Inferno
Muschio - Zeda

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The Modern Lovers - s/t
Rush - "Hold Your Fire"
Rush - "Vapor Trails"
Jamie xx - "In Colour"
Baden Powell - "Apaixonado"
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Dom - Edge Of Time. What really caught my attention was the band's name, which means "house" in Polish. This appeared quite interesting to me when I read this was a krautrock outfit with one of its members from Poland. So, I had to take the listen. As primitive and formal the cover looks, the music on Edge Of Time is nothing short of a futuristic journey. In fact, I had to check if the last track is not a modern remix - it sounded that futuristic! The acid folk elements placed on ambient, electronic "clouds" work perfectly well! Great listen!
Henry Cow - 40th Anniversary Box Set, Volume 6. Being a die-hard Henry Cow fan, I had to get to the second 40th Anniversary Box Set sometime, especially considering that I've really enjoyed the first one. The same story with this, at least volume 6. One of the highlights is the full version of "Erk Gah" and also an unexpected pop-like shanty "No More Songs". Recommended!
Heldon - Allez Teia. I had had the name "Heldon" in my mind for many months before checking their music out a month ago or so. I really like the electric electronic sound that they have, a mix of German-flavored electronic symphonies and Robert Fripp's guitar works. "In Wake Of King Fripp", the opener, is absolutely killer and one of the tracks that really sticks with you. BTW, I've managed to recreate the exact same guitar tone as on that piece today using a BOSS PH-2 Super Phaser and TC Hall Of Fame reverb through my 1960 Gibson GA-5 amp, if anyone is interested in that sort of tech stuff.
Cos - Viva Boma. The Belgian Canterbury, huh? At times, this really sounds close to National Health. And I mean really close. There are flavors of Quiet Sun, too. But, all in all this album is, in my book, just ok. Nothing really to write home about, besides a few really climax-y moments with juicy fuzz organ or Amanda Parsons-like singing in French. Excellent musicianship is one of the album's strongest points. I guess it will need a few more listens.
Harmonia - Live 1974. After really enjoying Harmonia's debut album, I wanted to check out their live performances from around that period. Once again, this is just good, but lacks this spark that makes Musik Von Harmonia such an enjoyable listen. But it's nice relaxing music! I like it nonetheless.

I've also watched the BBC Four documentary Krautrock: The Rebirth Of Germany and it was a really nice film. Even my mom, who is not all that much into Krautrock (besides Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk) took her time to watch the whole thing. I really appreciate it!
Cigarettes? Yes, but only Camel.
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Almost the entire discography of Amplifier! Still surprised not many people know this band!

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^  Yeah, like most people I like to see bands get a little better each time, not the other way around.  Smile
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^ Mine too. It's curious, WFTF is 20 minutes shorter than the debut but it always seems longer to me Tongue
I remember they said something about a new epic. I hope they'll do something better than the last, for a change Wink
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^  My order of preference would be Long Distance Trip, Revelation & Mystery and then Waiting For The Flood.
As far as I know they are still together so there should have been a new album by now.
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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Sagi, Sam, Tom, I wonder if you might have heard this one before. It was new to me, I just saw a post of a vendor's stock from a record fair that I attended today and looked into it. It's a lovely reissue of a super-rare Australian instrumental jazz-fusion album from the Seventies, a one-shot band called Arena (no, not that one!). Similar to If, Zzebra, etc, Soft Machine, you name it, with a dash of King Crimson to some of the guitar parts:
Groovy! Cool Looks like they are on JMA but not on PA.

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Harmonia - Musik Von Harmonia. This is a natural extension of my Neu! listenings. I was very positively suprised with this album and its smooth, calming sound. I am very positively suprised with this band!
I really need to get this one, especially since it seems impossible to stream now.

Originally posted by TeleStrat TeleStrat wrote:

Samsara Blues Experiment - Waiting For The Flood 
What do you think of it? I always have the impression it really lacks diversity, compared to the previous two.


Sunday:
Zanov - Open Worlds
FFS - s/t
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Sunday...

Farflung - "5"
Void King - There Is Nothing
Wo Fat - The Conjuring
The Machine - Solar Corona
Samsara Blues Experiment - Waiting For The Flood 
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The Velvet Underground - "Peel Slowly and See" discs 2 and 3
The Modern Lovers - s/t
Iggy and The Stooges - "Raw Power"
Jonathan Richman - "I, Jonathan"
The Velvet Underground - "Peel Slowly and See" disc 4
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Keith Tippett Group - Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening. Probably a mistake to listen to this album to start my day just after walking the dog, taking a shower and eating my breakfast. I don't feel like at that point I was able to fully comprehend such a sophisticated work. However, I really enjoyed it and while some free-jazz work outs might be a bit tiring, Keith Tippett's squad comprises the finest musicians for playing the type of music he is dealing with.
Mythos - Mythos. Mythos' self-titled album is a perfect melange of oriental music and so-called "kosmische musik". This is an incredible cosmic record with a really calming, relaxing feel. I especially liked the haunting flute and the application of the exotic-sounding sitar.
Out Of Focus - Wake Up!. Although (in my opinion) not as good as the follow-up of this one, this is a very good album that seems to flow very naturally. The fusion of simple jazz-rock and wilder krautrock gives really great results. The interplay of organ, guitar, and saxophone is really where it's all at for this album.
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom. With every listen, this album strikes me differently. It was because of The Wire interview I've read with Wyatt that I wanted to listen to Rock Bottom. Great record, but I am yet to find something that brings a tear to one's eye (as many say it does).
Gong - Camembert Electrique. I listened to it to make sure if my 5-star review of the album is appropriate. It is! Really love this record!
Moving Gelatine Plates - Moving Gelatine Plates. I really like to revisit this album once in a while. Although MGP were from France, their sound is incredibly authentic and is more Canterbury than some of the Canterburian bands, if you will. Great album!
Harmonia - Musik Von Harmonia. This is a natural extension of my Neu! listenings. I was very positively suprised with this album and its smooth, calming sound. I am very positively suprised with this band!
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No-Man - Love And Endings.
Killing Joke - The Peel Sessions 1979-1981.
Stina Nordenstam - This Is Stina Nordenstam.
Joy Division - Closer.
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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Originally posted by TeleStrat TeleStrat wrote:

Red Spektor - Red Spektor 


I was initially quite impressed with that one, Gary, but I realised after a few tracks in I was finding it very `been there, done that', with way too much emphasis on the vocals. I got bored very quickly. Apparently there's quite a lot of buzz around it though.

I hear what you're saying, Michael. I prefer no vocals or minimal vocals when it comes to this style of rock.
The music on this album is great and the guitar is hot so that was enough for me to place an order.
It's their debut so we'll see what they do on the next album.  
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King Crimson - Discipline
ELP - Live at Mar & Sol Festival '72
VDGG - H to He, Who Am the Only One
Hatfield and the North - Hattitude
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