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Krautrock (also called "Kosmische musik") is a German avant-garde / experimental rock movement that emerged at the end of the 1960's. It was intended to go beyond the eccentricities developed by the wild psychedelic rock universe of the US, by giving a special emphasis to electronic treatments, sound manipulation and minimal hypnotic motifs (continuing the style of "musique concrete" and minimalist repetitive music but within a more accessible environment).

Krautrock put the emphasis on extended and ecstatic instrumental epics, neglecting the format of conventional psych-pop songs. The term Krautrock was first used by the British music press in a very derogatory way. The term rapidly found a better reputation in underground music circles and finally gained a certain popularity (thanks to the Brain-Festival Essen...)

The Krautrock movement is widely associated with notorious bands such as Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Faust, Neu!, Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Guru Guru, etc. With their own particular artistic expression, these musical collectives provided rocking psychedelic incantations, mantra like drones, melancholic lugubrious atmospheres, long and convoluted collective improvisations, binary repetitive drum pulses, fuzz guitars, feedback, primitive electronic noises, hallucinatory ballads, and garage blues rock trips. Krautrock can be described as an anarchic, intense, acid, tellurian, nocturnal, spacey, dark and oniric "adventure" through rock music.

The most consistent years of the Krautrock scene cover a relatively short period from 1970 to 1975. After their first spontaneous, hyperactive and psychedelic efforts, the bands generally split up or declined into other musical sensibilities, more in line with mainstream rock or with ambient soundscapes.

Each region develops its particular musical scene, interpreting differently the Krautrock musical structure. For instance the Berlin school focused on "astral" synthscapes, weird electronic experimentation and acid jams (Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Mythos, The Cosmic Jokers, Kluster...), The Munich scene offered fuzzed out (Eastern) psych rock mantras with some folk accents (Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Gila, Guru Guru, Witthuser & Westrupp...). Cologne and Dusseldorf underground scenes focused on happenings, political rock, electronics, pulsating rhythms and clean sounding Krautrock (Floh de Cologne, La Dusseldorf, Neu! Can...).

This musical cartography is correct in the absolute but naturally reveals some variations and exceptions. This intriguing and freak 'n' roll 1970's German scene enjoyed a rebirth in recent years thanks to a large number of reissues (of long lost classics) published by several independent labels (Spalax, Garden of Delights, Long Hair Music...) as a direct result of Krautrock's musical inspiration of modern post rock bands. There are actually some neo psychedelic rock bands who try to hold up Krautrock, and who notably find a major place to express themselves during the historical Burg Herzberg Festival in Germany.

Philippe Blache
December 2007



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4.21 | 241 ratings
HOSIANNA MANTRA
Popol Vuh
4.15 | 322 ratings
ASH RA TEMPEL
Ash Ra Tempel
4.24 | 98 ratings
EDGE OF TIME
Dom
4.08 | 390 ratings
YETI
Amon Düül II
4.06 | 461 ratings
FUTURE DAYS
Can
4.07 | 278 ratings
TANZ DER LEMMINGE (DANCE OF THE LEMMINGS)
Amon Düül II
4.06 | 287 ratings
NEU!
Neu!
4.62 | 29 ratings
EISZEIT
Gam
4.10 | 153 ratings
GILA - FREE ELECTRIC SOUND
Gila
4.16 | 100 ratings
LETZTE TAGE - LETZTE NÄCHTE
Popol Vuh
4.02 | 354 ratings
PHALLUS DEI
Amon Düül II
4.12 | 95 ratings
VOLUME 10
Electric Orange
4.09 | 108 ratings
SELIGPREISUNG
Popol Vuh
4.02 | 169 ratings
ELECTRIC SILENCE
Dzyan
3.99 | 227 ratings
MALESCH
Agitation Free
3.95 | 535 ratings
TAGO MAGO
Can
4.07 | 107 ratings
KÄNGURU
Guru Guru
4.02 | 118 ratings
AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
Popol Vuh
4.43 | 29 ratings
OUTSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE
Conrad, Tony
3.99 | 151 ratings
IN DEN GÄRTEN PHARAOS
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 My Best Human Face (with Moonface) by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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My Best Human Face (with Moonface)
Siinai Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars "My Best Human Face", 2016 by Moonface & Siinai sets quiet clear the direction Moonface wants to lead his highly refined, yet subtly raw contemporary Rock/Krautrock/Krautpop language, which if by geographical situation precise could be named Finnish rock or Finnrock to cut it short.

So true to this principle, all compositions are vocal driven. Music composition wise their multitude of influences are quiet well absorved therefore they offer in return various unique forms of musical expression compressed into one.

In able to invite possible "enjoyers" of this release, I will throw out some names and then expect you to either become intrigued or oblivious.

Imagine a mixture between David Sylvian, The Cure, Roxy, The Clash, GAM, The Beloved, Nick Cave, The Waterboys and the strident spirit of early Krautrock bands, now shake well,filter and pour.

Although one may get the idea that such a blend might be unfriendly or unfocused, this band has, as I already mentioned, assimilated their personal influences up to the point of offering a fresh new Rock (underlining ROCK) language with the unmistakable Moonface's romantic focus.

*** 3.5, on the rise , PA stars.

 Tour de Trance  by EMMA MYLDENBERGER album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.76 | 17 ratings

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Tour de Trance
Emma Myldenberger Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars EMMA MYLDENBERGER were a Psych-Folk band from Germany who went from playing on the streets to full houses in a short period of time. Lots of good information in the liner notes including some pictures of the band and even a concert poster advertising a gig they did with GURU GURU on April 27th 1979. In the book "The Crack Of The Cosmic Egg" they say this about this band..."The second album,"Tour De Trance", with considerably longer tracks and much more instrumental interplay, broke even more ground with a uniquely styled music that even went beyond the pioneering music of BETWEEN or the THIRD EAR BAND, mysteriously ethnic and medieval, not really rock but with a lively rock energy, and an abundance of solos, surprising for what was still a totally acoustic ensemble."

I'm not big on traditional Folk music but this does have that Krautrock spirit kind of like fellow Germans WITTHUSER AND WESTRUPP. Heck it was re-issued by the "Garden Of Delights" label so you know it has a Krautrock flavour. They were a six piece band with two ladies as part of the group plus there are three guests helping out. Lots of different instruments including harp, zither, glockenspeil, flute, aboe, violin, mandolin, sitar, crumhorn, tablas, tambure and more. All six members sing and it is in the German language. One of the bonus tracks(which are all live and from the same concert in Berlin) is a cover of a GRATEFUL DEAD song. I love the album title and the album cover is what I'd call mystical.

"Ein Bisschen" opens with percussion as other sounds are added. Flute and violin are prominent here then we get multi-vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. Vocals only for a brief period but this will come and go. Very folky. "Regenreigen" is the over 19 minute epic and a top three track for me. Percussion, picked guitar, flute and more in this retrained start. I like it! Faint vocal melodies build before 3 minutes in this Krautrock flavoured section. It kicks into gear and picks up speed after 8 minutes including banjo. A calm after 10 1/2 minutes as male and female vocals take over in this melancholic and laid back passage. Vocals stop before 12 minutes as picked stringed instruments, violin then aboe and more take over. It's catchy but restrained after 14 1/2 minutes. The multi-vocals are back after 18 1/2 minutes and the singing is staggered.

"Lenyas Fantasie" opens with acoustic guitar and aboe but it builds rather quickly. It settles right down as the violin replaces the aboe. It kicks back in as contrasts continue. "RAA" is a top three tune. This is catchy with so much going on. The interplay is incredible. A calm after 2 minutes as percussion, strummed guitar and more take over. The aboe is back then we get another calm 4 minutes in before it slowly builds. Man I dig this one, they really shine when they can stretch out a song. "Wassensteyns Hochzeitsnacht" is the final song and the last top three for me. It sounds like vibes to start then before 1 1/2 minutes we get lots of strummed guitar and aboe. Vocal melodies take over before 3 minutes, sitar too. The adventerous vocal expressions continue and flute joins in as well.

I may not be the biggest fan of this style of music but it's easy to appreciate the compositions and band interplay. A solid 4 stars and Folk fans need to hear this.

 45 Years Live by GURU GURU album cover Live, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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45 Years Live
Guru Guru Krautrock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars Following the career of a band like Guru Guru can be a lifelong vocation. Rarely inactive over almost five decades (and counting), the band has weathered changes in taste, context and personnel with its integrity and humor intact: quite an accomplishment for a band that began as a trio of political agitators dedicated to a hallucinogenic lifestyle.

By this gig (in Heidelberg, circa December 2013) drummer Mani Neumeier was the last original Guru left standing. But from the animated opening roll of "Dark Blue Star" it's clear he hadn't lost an ounce of his stamina or enthusiasm, all the more remarkable from a musician then nearing his 75th (!) birthday. Despite his age, the tireless Neumeier was still a child of the '60s searching for Utopia. But somewhere along the road he traded his diet of LSD for eco-awareness and anti-nuclear activism: healthier muses, to say the least.

The exploratory spirit of the first Guru Guru is long gone, of course. These days, far removed from anything resembling a counterculture, the quartet is merely a hard working rock band, but with energy (and eccentricity) to spare. Some of the songs ("Rock 'n' Roll Machine", obviously) can almost be said to betray the fundamental Krautrock agenda of distrust for Anglo-American role models (always excluding Hendrix, of course). Each selection here is introduced in German to an exclusively German audience, but performed in heavily-accented English. "I'm a forrrest man", the singer confides, trilling his r's with Teutonic aplomb, "...living in the voods!"

Over seventeen songs and 104 minutes, the concert spans a lot of territory, from ersatz Native American war chants ("Pow Wow", complete with killer slide guitars, sounding like George Thorogood on the Rez) all the way to an intergalactic oasis of love, six million light years from "this fcked up planet" ("Spacebaby"). A fossil of that late '1960s obsession with all things Eastern can still be heard in the weirder digressions of "Chabbli Babbli", "Kabuki Dream", "Jaipur" and elsewhere, updated with bleating Turkish woodwinds and comic relief kazoos.

All of it was captured in razer-sharp fidelity and played with considerable punch, allowing room for some dynamic free-form jamming and, in "Ooga Booga Special", a surprisingly vital drum solo from a septuagenarian dropout, some of it performed by tapping on his cheeks (try it, for giggles). The result is not only a credible live document, but a worthwhile sampler of an enduring career: the perfect diversion for lapsed fans and curious newcomers.

 Misophonia by ELECTRIC ORANGE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Misophonia
Electric Orange Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Before and after ... how about your mental constitution, eh? ELECTRIC ORANGE are taking us by surprise each time, obviously ... so what the hell were they thinking by choosing 'Misphonia' as the album title in this case? [Wait, Doctor Psych dissents, you should take note of the fact that this specific sound is not intended to make you sick or crazy, no, not at all!] So what? This is health-promoting? You are sure? Please tell me, who will stop this organized suffering once for all? Who is able to look at the cover sleeve for more than one minute? Where are those promised puns regarding the track titles? ...

... you might get an answer for each particular question anytime soon, lucky you, but meanwhile two new others will come up. Welcome to the ELECTRIC ORANGE club! I mean, I'm wishing you well when it comes to (mental) health care on this occasion. Well, all right, why bother too much. I'll better slip into my (age) demented role ... taking the headphones instead, align myself for the voyage and stop puzzling about the direction mother earth is rotating afterwards. By the way, recently they were on a vintage trip slipping into some spaced-out dance music with Bossa Nova leanings, and the swinging Shattered de facto sounds like a leftover or deliberated transition.

But now reaching for something computable eventually ... never change a winning team! ... the band's line up remains stable since 2010. A reliable constant, such as a proven spaceship crew, which makes you feel safe about coming back to earth, always. What strikes here in any case is the strong and multi-faceted presence of Dirk Jan Müller's keyboard tools, be it the Tangerine Dream alike spheric patterns, farfisa and hammond drenched moments or those eerie synth outings. Maybe this can be called the band's all-embracing element, not in the meaning of something oppressive of course.

On the contrary, as Dirk Bittner, traditionally rather focussed on guitar and percussion, digs up more and more other instruments with each album. For example the trumpet decorating the title track and especially due to the use of a zither on the beautiful indo/raga styled Opsis. In addition Georg Monheim's fascinating drum playing is to notice, somewhat contradictive, while hypnotic and tribal either, but definitely varied during the whole course. Even bass player Tom Rückwald, often acting more restrained by nature in the past, has his flipped out moments.

'Misophonia' appears as an uncommon, unusual, magical affair. Can't believe if this was something coming impromptu. What still stays is the formidable challenge when trying to describe their music. ELECTRIC ORANGE always avoid trodden paths, no repetition please, are on a further expedition here. Especially when starting with the second vinyl they are offering new facets regarding their experimental approach, but seemingly never ever will loose contact to their (krautrock) base. Another must-have. Already waiting for the next bottledrone event.

 Sommernachtstraum by VON ESCHERSHEIM, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Sommernachtstraum
Christian Von Eschersheim Krautrock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

2 stars A delightful and danceable electro-pop creation. To be honest, it's a big surprise this album is in Krautrock Library ... there is no multi- rhythmic element nor weird melodic complication like authentic Krautrock but catchy phrases drenched in monotonously percussive electronica. Christian's melody lines can be digested and absorbed in our brain just like a background music played in a supermarket store. The whole content of this album can be said as weak as an agenda by a Japanese politician, let me say. The first track "La Belle" or another incarnation of the first shot "Zita" is a good example.

Christian's simple, monotonous vibes sometimes reminds me of Neu!-ssence actually, and this tricky, trippy movement would be thought like Krautrock indeed, but even the titled track (and the longest one in this album) sounds simply like a electronic ballad with mellow atmosphere ... as if we would bend an ear to an easy-listening like Paul Mauriat (my favourite) or Franck Pourcel. In general, his 35 minute (upon Side A and B both) is kinda pop pleasure, without any innovative moment. Enjoyable, it's true, but cannot say this be Kraut-ish nor progressive. Never recommended as a progressive rock album (definitely there are pros and cons methinks) ... I love this stuff though.

 Neu! 2 by NEU! album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.95 | 104 ratings

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Neu! 2
Neu! Krautrock

Review by ALotOfBottle

2 stars "The sound of a vinyl on a vinyl."

Despite the initial lack of success with their eponymous debut album, Neu! made a name for themselves in the German underground as a highly original band with fresh and unconventional ideas. In January 1973, they reentered the door of Windrose-Dumont-Time Studios in Hamburg to record their sophomore effort, they named simply Neu! 2. Similarly to the previous release, the cover art portrayed a simple "Neu!" caption, which according to the band's members was one of the most common marketing slogans at the time, with a pink graffiti-style number "2" painted over it. The album was released in the same year, under the Hamburg-based Brain Records.

On their second LP, Neu! build on the achievements and concepts from their first album, introducing relatively few new elements to their music. If any, the experimentation and pre-recorded tape manipulation are the most notable ones. The bold attempts and unconventional practices might appear as interesting and provocative, but I'm afraid are not a worthy continuation of the band's debut's legacy. I would not like to come across as conservative, closed-minded or orthodox, but it seems to me as if the experiments of Neu! 2 required minimal compositional or instrumental skill and were done in a rather sloppy and awkward manner. The uncompromising approach, Neu! picked for their second release, does not seem fructify in anything seemingly worthwhile or opening new doors. However, before making any statements that might later turn out to be damaging or simply untrue, let's analyze this album track-by-track.

The release opens with "Für Immer", which in German means "forever." This track is based on a so-called "motorik beat" and is in result quite similar to "Hallogallo", which opened Neu!'s debut album. The rhythm base for the piece is nearly identical, however, harmonically, "Für Immer" appears to have much more of a major character, compared to the harmonically-neutral "Hallogallo." Compared to its predecessor, this track seems to be a lot richer in sonic layers and has much more variety. Passing striking soundscapes, which Michael Rother, the guitarist of the group, has compared to a flowing river or playing a speed demon on one of Germany's newly-built autobahn, give "Für Immer" the feeling of constant movement. The sound of waves closing the piece dissolves into "Spitzenqualität", based on a similar rhythm, with electronic wind-like effects on top. The rhythm gradually slows down, opening "Gedenkminute", which also features the ambient whistle of the wind, once again suggesting the influence of water through the sound of a ship horn. Next track, "Lila Engel" begins with a familiar motorik beat with dissonant guitar and odd mumblings on top of it. Gradually, the track grows heavier and louder until drums disappear completely leaving just the voice and guitar alone. As we flip the record to side two, we are welcomed by a sped up version of a piece "Neuschnee" from the "Super/Neuschnee" single Neu! released in 1972, named simply "Neuschnee 78". Futhermore, the original recording was sped up on a turntable, so, even if one's LP is pristine, one might be tricked into thinking it is not, due to numerous pops. "The sound of a vinyl on a vinyl." On the contrary, "Super 16" is a slowed down version of the piece "Super", which again is full of imperfections. Next, we finally get to hear what the original "Neuschnee" sounded like - a tune quite typical of Neu! with its motorik beat and overdubbed parts of Michael Rother's jangly guitars. "Cassetto" is quite an ear-soring track played backwards, full of recording flaws and hissing. "Super 78" is based on the same concept as "Neuschee 78", this time with "Super", which results in the piece gaining a break-neck pace. "Hallo Excentrico" is by far the most experimental piece on side two, sounding a bit like "Hallogallo" played backwards slowly. Klaus Dinger's tight drumming plays a crucial role in "Hallo Excentrio's" sound, providing a kind of a waypoint to the music's rhythmic direction, even when it's played backwards. The album closes with the original "mother" recording of "Super", an up-beat tempo proto-punk song with all of the traditional Neu! characteristics - twangy guitar ambiances, a motorik rhythm, and manipulation of musical equipment.

Neu! 2 is very much a "mixed bag", as they often say. The creative, innovative "Für Immer", "Super", and "Neuschnee" are overshadowed by dull, difficult, and rather boring "Neuschee 78"," Super 16" or "Casetto." These tracks definitely have the magic of their own and are higher likely to be comprehended and even appreciated when the album is listened to on a vinyl format, but are more of fun, "A-ha!"-type of experiments than deep, calming, ambient, multi-dimensional soundscapes of "Für Immer", "Spitzenqualität" or "Gedenkminute." All in all, Neu! 2 occupies a significant and important place in the history of krautrock, being a one-of-a-kind listening experience, but is generally not recommended, unless you are a true explorer of the genre. That being said, do not be tricked by a relatively low rating of 2½ stars!

 Cozmic Corridors by COZMIC CORRIDORS album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.95 | 19 ratings

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Cozmic Corridors
Cozmic Corridors Krautrock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This is one of a clutch of Krautrock albums which emerged in the mid-1990s on the Psi-Fi label which purported to be ultra-rare 1970s productions from a defunct label (Pyramid) - Epitaph For Venus by Galactic Explorers was another - but which have been widely accused of being fakes. Cozmic Corridors' particular style lends itself to long droning meditations which make the album resemble a collection of Ash Ra Tempel off-cuts. If it's a hoax, it's a convincing one, but in terms of Krautrock material it's a bit dull and lifeless - interesting to listen to for a bit, but the lack of atmosphere and texture gets to you after a bit.
 Dschinn by DSCHINN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.79 | 18 ratings

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Dschinn
Dschinn Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars DSCHINN were a German band who released this one album back in 1972. It's a hard rocking record with two drummers apparently and a singer who sings with passion, and his voice has a lot of character. For some the vocals might make or break their enjoyment of this recording but I really like them. He certainly loves to let it rip and he sings in English and while there is an accent it's not really that noticeable to me except on the one bonus track that my 2004 re-issue has which is THE YARDBIRDS "For Your Love". While I feel this is a 4 star effort I think a lot of Prog fans would go 3 stars or lower just because of the straight-forward nature of this music and also because all the songs are under 5 minutes. Great cover art though.

"Freedom" certainly caught my attention the first time I heard it with the opening loud spacey sounds before it kicks in hard with riffs, drums and bass. Rough vocals follow in this catchy and melodic track that is contrasted with the crazy vocals and that grungy sound. Some backing vocals here as well and I like the two instrumental breaks. Those high pitched spacey sounds from the start end it. A top three. "Fortune" is another top three and it has an almost SABBATH-like feel with the low end intro then the vocals join in and they quiver. This song has a CREAM-like sound including the vocals at times. Nice guitar solo before 1 1/2 minutes followed by a vocal melody. I like how prominent the bass is and we get a big finish. "I'm In Love" has some killer bass and drum work throughout and the vocals kick in early. Again the instrumental breaks are fantastic with the upfront bass and guitar leading the way.

"Train" is a bluesy number with harmonica that comes and goes. I like the train-like rhythm at 2 1/2 minutes after the vocals stop. "Let's Go Together" is the shortest tune at just over 3 minutes and it opens with a cymbal clash followed by a catchy beat as bass and vocals join in. The harmonica comes and goes. "Smile Of The Devil" is my other top three. It's actually quite laid back with the focus on the vocals. Some cool lyrics to this one. "I Wanna Know' is a great contrast to the previous track as it kicks in hard from the get-go. Aggressive guitar and drums as passionate vocals join in. "I wanna know how much time will it take, I wanna know when will the world get a better shake". Kicking ass right here with a nice scream to end it. "Are You Ready" is probably the most commercial sounding track, it's hard not to move to this one. Fuzzy guitars, pounding drums and those great vocals lead the way. I like when he stops singing before 1 1/2 minutes and the tempo picks up. Excellent bass lines and ripping guitar here with those driving drums.

Well I agree with Gatot with the 4 stars, this album really connects with my tastes in music despite not being very proggy.

 Sperrmüll by SPERRMÜLL album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.60 | 22 ratings

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Sperrmüll
Sperrmüll Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Eloy's "Inside"'s little brother

Although "Sperrmüll" is the German word for "Garbage", the only self-titled studio album released by this German quartet is well worth listening. The music of SPERRMÜLL is is quite similar to what their fellow countrymen ELOY were offering at the time: an efficient mixture of seventies hard/heavy rock in the vein of DEEP PURPLE with an early space rock and psychedelic flavor.

Don't rely on the opener "Me An My Girlfriend", this lively folk-rock ballad at mandolin is a bit of an intruder here. Dieter Dierks also makes an apparition on synthesizers. Maybe intended as a radio single, the song itself is pleasant but tends to become a little repetitive and lengthy. The journey really starts with the mystical "No Freak Out". Much in the style of ELOY's "Inside", this floating German mixture psych / space hard rock is very nice. The 70's heavy "Rising Up" possesses a trippy galloping bass line, like on Bornemann and co.'s "Dawn". It rocks!

Longest composition of the record, the 9 minutes "Right Now" is a powerful heroic hard rock with important jam section and drum solo. Although a bit more poppy and conventional, the heavy psychedelic blues of "Land Of The Rocking Sun" and "Pat Casey" are quite cool and energetic.

The CD remastered version includes two bonus tracks. "Have To Leave You" is mainly a flute-based improvisation, with a sung part at the end. Not memorable but enjoyable. Influenced by classical music, the organ-dominated "To Be Satisfied" is rather average and out of place.

It's a pity the band split after this promising debut album. SPERRMÜLL could have been a serious competitor for the band of Frank Bornemann. Although neither very original nor unique, the songs are punchy, dynamic and trippy, with an overall constant quality.

If you enjoy space rock and ELOY, especially their early albums like "Inside" or "Floating", be sure to give "Sperrmüll" a listen!

 Galactic Supermarket by COSMIC JOKERS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.71 | 57 ratings

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Galactic Supermarket
The Cosmic Jokers Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars If you enjoyed your first trip, you'll enjoy the second one too

3.5 stars

Only a few weeks after the self-titled 'debut' album, Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser released "Galactic Supermarket". Manuel Göttshing supposedly discovered its existence by accident, when hearing the vinyl in a record shop in Berlin. He enjoyed it and naturally asked the shopkeeper what band did the music come from, without even knowing he was a member!

Without surprises, the formula is similar to the first disc: two 20 minutes long 'Kosmische Musik'. However, there is a noticeable difference this time, as both tracks are rather homogeneous, in terms of style and quality. No side is really more rock-oriented, more ambient or more spacey than the other one. The same instruments are used, some additional spaced-out vocals from Rosi Müller (Göttshing's wife) and Gille Lettmann (Kaiser's wife) contribute to the trippy ambiance. The synthesizers are also slightly more present.

"Kinder Des Alles" ("Children Of Everything" in English) can be divided in three parts. The first section is a weird electro-psych rock jam. A little messy but enjoyable. The synthesized second section is my favorite. Maybe this is the soundtrack you hear when you go to heaven. An ethereal and contemplative passage, breathtaking! Then the music becomes more experimental and tense, alternating different improvisations. The ending accelerates and displays mystical sonorities, reminding a little the space-folk of APHRODITE'S CHILD'S "666". Nice and original.

The title track offers roughly the same mixture of instrumentations. A long psychedelic electro-rock'n'roll trance, where keyboards sound either quite strange and ramshackle, or very trippy. Overall pleasant.

Compared to the self-titled first release, "Galactic Supermarket" is a little more psychedelic and less cosmic, a bit less remarkable too, but nonetheless better balanced. To sum up, the tracks are not as memorable as "Galactic Joke", but better than "Cosmic Joy". Therefore, there are no reason to skip this album during your journey into 'Kosmische Musik'.

Krautrock, space rock and ASH RA TEMPEL travellers, be sure to park your spaceship at least one time on the parking of this supermarket...

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A.R. & MACHINES Germany
ACHTZEHN KARAT GOLD Germany
AG A.M. Germany
AGITATION FREE Germany
AINIGMA Germany
AIR Germany
ALASKA RANGE Switzerland
ALCATRAZ Germany
ALEX ORIENTAL EXPERIENCE Germany
ALTONA (GER) Germany
ALUK TODOLO France
AMON DÜÜL Germany
AMON DÜÜL United Kingdom
AMON DÜÜL II Germany
ANIMA-SOUND Germany
ANNEXUS QUAM Germany
ANT-BEE United States
ARKTIS Germany
ASH RA TEMPEL Germany
ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS United States
ASTERIX Germany
AVARUS Finland
AWAKE & GALLO Greece
BABA YAGA Germany
BACKNEE HORN Israel
BAD STATISTICS New Zealand
HERBERT F BAIRY Germany
BAUMSTAM Germany
BEAK> United Kingdom
JERRY BERKERS Germany
BETWEEN Multi-National
BLACK SPIRIT Italy
BLACKBIRDS Germany
BLACKMANN LANE Germany
BLACKWATER PARK Germany
BLUMEN DES EXOTISCHEN EISES Germany
BOKAJ RETSIEM Germany
DON BRADSHAW-LEATHER United States
BRAINTICKET Switzerland
BRAST BURN Japan
CHRIS BRAUN BAND Germany
BRAVE NEW WORLD Germany
BULLFROG Germany
ROMAN BUNKA Germany
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