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Agitation Free - At The Cliffs Of River Rhine CD (album) cover

AT THE CLIFFS OF RIVER RHINE

Agitation Free

 

Krautrock

4.00 | 51 ratings

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oliverstoned
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4 stars 4,5 stars

Another 1974 stunning live album from the band. Four pieces from the "2nd" album, plus one unreleased. Two guitarists here: GustI Lütjens and Lutz Ulbrich.

The first piece "Through the moods" -the unreleased one-, begins with space sounding synthe and then progressively evolves into a beautiful spacerock tune, dominated by cosmic (SF inspired) keyboards and excellent guitar.

The album's summit is "First communication" which is transfigured on this live cover. It begins very slowly, as in the studio version. Guitar is amazing; organ is majestic while rhythmic section offers a delicate but powerful base. The climax is reached around 2'00 with a fantastic moment lead by guitar, which reminds of the best Grateful dead, with a more fluent cosmic space quality. Fantastic.

"Dialogue & random" is the minor short experimental piece from 2nd, which serves as a transition between "Through the moods" and "Laïla".

"Laïla" cover is great too, with its highly emotional guitar solo, followed by its repetitive rhythmic pattern, on which guitar flies very high.

The quiet "In the silence of the morning sunrise" ends the album. It evokes a trip comedown with its bluesy and peaceful overtones.

Although the "Garden of delights" 1998 CD release may sound hazy at first, it's overall good, featuring an ample sound with satisfying dynamic and presence, and soft highs. It has been premastering in Los Angeles by Michael Hoenig.

A blazing testimony from this major german band.

oliverstoned | 4/5 |

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