Saturday, May 22, 2010

Amon Düül II - The UA Years-1969-1974

The Best of Amon Düül II 1969-1974, a collection that charts the best moments from the best period of one of the most fascinating (and often bewildering) German groups of the '70s. Included are tracks from several of Amon Düül II's best LPs: from Yeti comes "Soap Shop Rock" and "Pale Gallery," from Tanz der Lemminge comes "A Short Stop at the Transylvanian Brain-Surgery" and "Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight," and from Wolf City there's "Surrounded by the Stars," "Deutsch Nepal," and the title track. Though Amon Düül II's albums of the period are necessary for fans of the group, this makes not only a perfect introduction for new listeners but also a handy summation of what made the band great.

01 Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
02 Archangels Thunderbird
03 Deutsch Nepal
04 Kannan
05 Surrounded by the Stars
06 Improvisations
07 Soap Shop Rock
08 Wolf City
09 Cerberus
10 Henriette Krotenschwanz A
11 Race from Here to Your Ears
12 Kronwinkl 12 Weinzierl
13 Utopia No. 1
14 Stumbling over Melted Moonlight
15 A Morning Excuse
16 A Short Stop at the Trans-Sylvanian Brain-Surgery
17 Pale Gallery

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Suntreader - Zin Zin (1973)

1. Zin-Zin 13:52
2. Stardance 9:57
3. Orinoco 12:50
4. From The Region Of Capricorn 12:17

The Band :-
Morris Pert - Drums & Percussion
Peter Robinson - Electric Pianos
Alyn Ross - Bass Guitar

R.I.P.: Morris David Brough Pert (9 September 1947 – 27 April 2010) was a Scottish composer, drummer/percussionist, and pianist, who played as a session musician with many musicians, including Paul McCartney, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams, Kate Bush, Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Phil Collins, Elkie Brooks, Talk Talk and the jazz-rock band Brand X, as well as having his own solo career...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Moving Gelatine Plates - The World Of Genius Hans (1972)

Moving Gelatine Plates

1. The World of Genius Hans (14:00)
2. Funny Doll (4:25)
3. Astromonster (6:15)
4. Moving Theme (3:46)
5. Cauchemar (3:46)
6. We Were Loving Her (3:28)
7. Un Jour... (1:25)

Total Time: 60:17


- Maurice Hemlinger / organ, trumpet, soprano and tenor saxophone, flute
- Gerard Bertram / electric guitar, vocals acoustic guitar
- Didier Thibault / bass, vocals, 12-string guitar
- Gerard Pons / drums, percussion

Easily one of the most interesting groups to have come outta France in the early 70's along with Magma and Gong, Moving Gelatine Plates second album is certainly impressive.

The title track, the awesome 14 min+ 'World of Genius Hans' is probably their magnum opus displaying excellent capabilities from all musicians. But clearly the star of the show is Hemlinger and his never ending switch from trumpet to saxes , flutes and Kb works. 'Astromonster' yet another highlight and 'Moving Theme' is without a doubt a leftover of lengthy concert improvisations. The album ends on a calm note with a short sax-filled Un Jour... Their vocals are sparse and in English and generally very the CD and ya get a buncha outta sight bonus tracks...check it out!'s all good!