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Jud's Gallery



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4 stars Kraut sessions from Baden-Baden ...

Due to the pioneering work of the radio station SWF Baden-Baden with the intention to present talented german bands there are existing some very good conditioned treasures which were digged out some years ago. This is another nearly unknown enjoyable release with a melange of styles like many kraut bands of the 70s managed. JUD'S GALLERY's music is unique in its variety and entirety - all songs are written by band leader 'Judy' Winter. But - no wonder - not without noticable influences from several other bands.

'SWF Sessions Vol.1' is a split CD including songs recorded at the radio station studio U1 in the same way as COUPLA PROG did - without overdubs and any other reworking. Split because with two different line-ups and the only constants were Jürgen Winter and Peter Oehler. The first refers to a blend of heavy blues and folk with Gremminger's violin. The second delivers more jazz rock and some psychedelic with Clem Winterhalter's (mainly decent) Hammond organ. Interesting for a comparison - the song 'Danger of shoots' is offered twice.

This diversified album starts with the blues based Inspiration, Jethro Tull inspired and the guitar style remembers much at Martin Barre - a promising opener. Danger of shoot (early version) sounds completely different in the vein of the band String Driven Thing with violin and piano. Follow me is an excellent song rising with every minute to a heavy rock tune forced by Oehler's compelling guitar work and piano accompaniment. Nice male/female vocal harmonies are dominating the acoustic ballad Friends and Catch the fly is composed and played very dramatically but also delivered with a floating jamming part in the second half.

Reaching stands for the new stylistical orientation two years later. Starting as simple rock and sounding disappointing first but then suddenly it all developes to an impressing haunting jazz rock part. Danger of shoot (final version) is matured compared to the early version - compelling heavy rock. Nordach looks like to be the all-time band favourite - and it's true - fantastic jazz rock with jam character and psychedelic additions by guitar and hammond embedded in a blues theme - wow - a jewel!

Definetely recommended - a versatile document of the prog history in Germany.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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