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3.67 | 24 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. No Vacancy At The Hotel Of Noise (7:04)
2. Twilight In Lonely Hands (7:21)
3. Room 24, Around Noon (8:50)
4. The Black Line (10:08)
5. Night But No Darkness (8:18)
6. Strange Wine From A Twisted Fruit (28:53)

Total Time: 70:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Gayle Ellett / guitar, e-bow, organ, percussion
- Mike Henderson / guitar, e-bow
- Henry Osborne / 5-string bass, didgeridoo, percussion
- Chuck Oken, Jr. / drums, keyboards, percussion

Releases information

Recorded live at the Hotel Of Noise, Room 24, Pomona, California

Artwork: Bill Ellsworth

CD HC Productions ‎- HC 009 (1998, US)

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(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by Greger
3 stars DJAM KARET are an all-instrumental progressive band from USA that was founded in 1984. Often their music is improvisational, and so is the case with this release. "Still No Commercial Potential" is a limited edition live to DAT CD pressed in only 750 copies exclusively for the 1998 concert tour. - It's hard to categorize DJAM KARET's music, but there are some reminiscences to KING CRIMSON, OZRIC TENTACLES and PINK FLOYD. The improvised music on this album is very much in the '70's tradition with long solos and complex odd time signatures. As the title says: "Still No Commercial Potential", this isn't commercial or easy listening at all. But all of you that dare to listen to some truly progressive music, check this out!. This is a unique release by a unique band.
Review by loserboy
4 stars DJAM KARET have been producing some of the most progressively instrumental albums right under our ears for some time. "Still No Commercial Value" certainly lives up to its title with their patented spaced-out guitar/keyboard driven jams. "Still No Commercial Value" is without a question, one of DJAM's most impactful musical expressions so far. Highlight for we is their 29 minute epic track titled "Strange Wine From A Twisted Fruit" which builds to a wonderful musical climax revealing aspects of classic era PINK FLOYD. Songs are bold and dynamic with loads of great guitar playing and keyboard symphonia. I love when the bands gets going bringing the listener in and out of many different moods and grooves. CD is hand autographed by the band members and are individually numbered. this should be a highly collectible CD so get yours now...
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars 4.5 stars.This is one of my favourite DJAM KARET records, and I love the title too.This was wholly improvised using a single stereo microphone with no over-dubs. Unbelieveable ! I'm still having a hard time reconciling how brilliant these songs are with the fact they weren't slowly and carefully planned out. How can this be ?

"No Vacancy At The Hotel Of Noise" opens with a good beat as the guitar creates a soundscape that is slowly shifting and evolving. Angular guitar before 2 minutes.This is fantastic trippy music. "Twilight In Lonely Lands" is pastoral with organ early. It's kind of spacey actually, and the percussion 1 1/2 minutes in is cool.The guitar starts to make some noise after 3 1/2 minutes. It starts to settle 5 1/2 minutes in becoming quite spacey as the guitar and percussion have stopped. "Room 24,Around Noon" opens with slow moving sounds that come and go including e-bow,sounds cry out in this experimental intro. It's 4 minutes in before we get a melody. It becomes laid back with a jazzy flavour 5 1/2 minutes in. The guitar comes in beautifully 7 minutes in.

"The Black Line" is a great tune as we get these frog and cricket sounds along with a spacey backdrop. Some didgeridoo in this one as well. Percussion before 5 minutes as haunting and spacey sounds continue. Another amazing track. "Night, But No Darkness" builds quickly as organ comes in. The guitar starts to grind away before 2 minutes.The tempo is picking up. Angular guitar 4 minutes in. Bass before 5 minutes as the guitar starts to rip it up.The organ is back after 7 minutes. "Strange Wine From A Twisted Fruit" is the almost 29 minute closer. It begins with mellow guitar sounds. Percussion 2 minutes in. The guitar starts to get louder 4 1/2 minutes in. A great melodic sound 7 minutes in. A fuller sound 10 minutes in. Awesome sound 13 1/2 minutes in. Haha.The guitar is great in this one. Dual guitars 18 minutes in. The tempo picks up 24 minutes in while the guitar is tearing it up.

I'm a big fan of the soundscapes these guys create.The combination of spacey passages with prominant guitar and drums pleases me to no end.

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4 stars This music is all improvised! Unbelievable combination of dreamy, trippy sounds alternating with prominent guitar and drums. The title is great, the musicianship superb, the sound and mood is lovingly organic, and the creativity within this framework flows like fine aged wine. Fill in any pos ... (read more)

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