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Musikalische Gruppen-Improvisation

“This record contains various examples of ‚musical group-improvisations”. Yes it does. The self-explanatory title of the record and the first sentence of the accompanying notes are as precise as demystifying. It’s a bunch of people (not trained musicians, necessarily) improvising … Continue reading

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Cosmic Jokers – Planeten Sit-In

The criminally under-rated Cosmic Jokers project is often the subject of scorn and derision, perhaps because of their more jam-based structure as opposed to the song forms of many of their contemporaries. Perhaps it is because of the ambiguous legality … Continue reading

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Djong Yun – Du sollst lieben / Ave Maria

Djong Yun (daughter of the famous composer Isang Yun) contributed vocals to Popol Vuh records such as “Hosianna Mantra” and “Einsjäger & Siebenjäger”, for example. And maybe most Krautrock fans know her from performing “Kyrie“ together with Popol Vuh on … Continue reading

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Embryo – Message From Era Ora

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Reinhard Lakomy – Das Geheime Leben + Der Traum Von Asgard + (with Rainer Oleak) Zeiten

This is cosmic music from the “other side” – literally. It’s electronic music from East Germany aka the GDR. Reinhard Lakomy (who died in March 2013) was already a very famous musician when he decided to record electronic music on … Continue reading

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Can – Ege Bamyasi

Can’s fourth studio album “Ege Bamyasi” was released in 1972.  Their previous albums had been recorded in Schloss Nörvenich, a 14th century castle near Cologne.   After having a hit single in Germany with “Spoon”, they moved into an old cinema … Continue reading

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Organisation – Tone Float

Frankly, I’m not much of a Kraftwerk fan, so to me the Organisation record is more precious than any of the music Florian Schneider and Ralf Huetter recorded in the years following. “Tone Float” (recorded as a five-piece-band with Basil … Continue reading

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La Düsseldorf – Viva

There’s nothing quite like the wild, demented glam stomp of La Düsseldorf and “Viva” is possibly the maximum distillation of this crazed party music. There is something so euphoric and uplifting about it. It’s nothing short of dance around your … Continue reading

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Bernd Witthüser – Lieder von Vampiren, Nonnen und Toten

“If I’d perform in front of miners and sing about how we’d sweat because of the exhausting mining-work the miners they’d laugh about me, since I haven’t gone to work for more than two years.” Bernd Witthüser refused to be … Continue reading

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Between – Einstieg

One of the most wonderfully ridiculous things about Krautrock is the wide variety of music that ends up shoved in that section of the record shop and Between is a fine example. Formed by two German students of composition and … Continue reading

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