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The Cosmic Jokers



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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars An all-star lineup here with Dierks, Schulze, Gottsching, Grosskopf and Dollase playing the instruments while Gilli and Rosie offer up some spoken vocals. Apparently this album and their debut were recorded while on a break from doing the "Tarot" album with Walter Wegmuller, a great record by the way. Anyway none of the band knew this was being recorded and when these LPs were released they received no royalties. Needless to say the man responsible was taken to court and punished but the damage was done. The good news is we get two really amazing Krautrock albums. I do like the debut better, mostly because of Gottsching's guitar work on the first track. There's not much to choose between the two though in my opinion. One thing "Galactic Supermarket" has that the debut doesn't is mellotron.There's more spoken female vocals too which are very psychedelc.

"Kinder Des Alls" is divided into three parts but they all blend together.Same with the other song on here. Drums, guitar and keyboards lead the way early. Gottsching sounds amazing as usual. Check out the mellotron to end (part A) and to start (part B) it's so majestic and beautiful. Keyboards come in and other sounds as mellotron continues until after 3 1/2 minutes. Organ takes over. The final part has those female spoken words, drums and lots of Klaus Schulze. Great section.

"Galactic Supermarket" is very spacey to open and it's building as guitar and drums join in. It settles as whispered words come in then guitar. It turns spacey with organ and drums come in. Very experimental to end this first part.The second part is calm to begin with as percussion and a beat starts. Sounds like flute too.The guitar is making some noise. Synths before 4 minutes as drums pound. Organ late.The last part opens with Klause and Female vocals that echo. Very psychedelic. Drums are joined by the guitar which starts to lead with spacey synths joining in as well. Crazy out of control stuff here as spoken words are heard. A wall of sound after 7 minutes to the end.

Every Krautrock fan needs to hear THE COSMIC JOKERS first two albums. Classic.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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