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3 stars Surgery from Germany is one of those obscure bands who released one album in 1980 and then gone into oblivion, untill famous Garden of delights label re issue the album in 2010. Offering a kind of jazz rock with sax and strong guitar playing, Surgery was never able to cross the status of local band, being unknown even in Germany. The album named Ubermorgen having a very colorfull strange cover art is a good release, but they came little to late for such music, in 1980 this kind of style very much in vein of Missus Beastly or Thirsty Moon, that typical krautisch jazz rock was no more of an intrestet to many listners. Anyway, some good towards great passages here, with guitar and sax dominating the parts and aswell some nice piano passages. Pieces like Pisa, Adio GF or Vurz im Morgengrauen are real pleasure to listen. All in all a forgotten little band and album, 3 stars from me, good but no groudbreaking moments. The re issue has 10 bonus tracks who are ok, aswell some large booklet came with the album. Decent but is yet no spectacular.
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3 stars 3.5 stars. A very good if not predictable Jazz/Rock album from this seven piece band out of Germany. Released in 1980 we get no less than three of the guys playing either drums, percussion or congas at some point. Sax and guitar are the soloing instruments and sometimes the piano. This is an all instrumental affair that is very well done, I'm just not into the sax that is smooth sounding much of the time. Some tag this with krautrock but I'm not hearing it.

"Intro" is a pretty good opener although the smooth sax doesn't do much for me. Piano replaces the sax but then the sax is back before 2 minutes. The guitar leads at 2 1/2 minutes then more sax after 3 minutes to the end. "Kernein" opens with smooth sax and sparse piano. very mellow. Drums and bass before a minute then the electric piano replaces the sax but not for long as the sax is back at 2 minutes.

"Adios S.F." is my favourite. Picked guitar as an urgent rhythm section kicks in quickly. on it's guitar soloing over top. The sax takes over then a second sax. Guitar is back before 3 1/2 minutes and the guy can play. A SANTANA vibe here with all the percussion and congas after 4 minutes. "Vurz Im Morgongrauen" sounds like a continuation of the previous song a first. The sax blasts out of the gate after 1 1/2 minutes. Drums too but then it settles with organ and guitar. Sax is back then the tempo picks up before 5 1/2 minutes.

"Intro reprise" is less than a minute of just that. "Paulchen" is a very jazzy tune with that bass. Piano, drums then sax just before 1 1/2 minutes. "Pisa" is laid back with kano before smooth sax joins in. Piano only again but the sax returns as they trade off. Not into this one. "On My Way To Ubermorgen" opens with guitar and percussion. Blasting sax before a minute and I like that bass. guitar leads before 4 minutes and he's lighting it up late.

"Sieben Plus Bossa" is the closer and the longest song at over 8 minutes. Piano and guitar to start. Very chilled then it kicks in at a minute with sax but settles quickly. A calm 5 1/2 minutes in just like the intro actually then it kicks in again. So a pretty good Jazz/Rock album that is impressive but not totally my thing.

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