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Electric Sandwich



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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Sole album from a sax-singer dominated quartet band that was born out some jam sessions, ES is one of UFO that made Germany's early 70's scene so special that even such an obscure band can still be cited by an international magazine (RS in this case) over three decades later, and get a spot on an important Krautrock compilation. Signed in 72 by the legendary Brain label, their eponymous album was produced by the no-less legendary Dieter Dierks.

Indeed, the band's raw and relatively loose soundscape are reminiscent of Guru Guru's early works (the opening 8-mins China sounds like a track from GG's UFO album), but sometimes as well the excellent Out Of Focus (the 6-mins Devil's Dream) or some fuzzed-out heavy/rough blues rock ala Ten Years After (Nervous Creek). The flipside is centred on the same Carthaus- penned dominated psychy-blues standardier-song-formatted sonics. But overall the flipside doesn't match the A-side's material, despite being still quite charming to the proghead's eardrums.

The band would go on to promote their album (apparently a few radio broadcasts were done), even touring with Uriah Heep, but would fail to finish their second album due to the eternal "musical divergence" factor and broke up in 75, even if a last single would be released the following year, but it isn't included on the album's Brain reissue. Neither is their first single, which included a shorter version of China and the non-album track On My Mind. A bit of a shame, really. recommended anyway!!

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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