Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kraut! Demons! Kraut!- German Psychedelic Underground 1968-1974

Leave it to a Krautrock compilation to open with a song "Ready For Take Off" featuring buzzing airplane propellers and a manic drum solo. Even Krautrock fans will be hard pressed to name the bands on this compilation, there's no Faust, Amon Duul, or Neu!, although there is an unreleased track from Can, "Kama Sutra". There are some pure blues tunes as well, pointing out the correlation between early blues rock and the evolution of the Krautrock genre. Some tracks, like Trash's "Living In A Garden" with its "Sympathy For The Devil" hoot-hoots, are more accessible, but then Exmagma turn on the cosmic afterburners on "It's So Nice", a molten kaleidoscope of swirling organs, hypnotic guitar lines, and frantic cymbal crashes. A handful of tracks are fairly forgettable, but the variety and obscurity of the collection will ably freak any fan of the genre's mind.

Buy this record for that stein of Spaten Optimator, die tasche of mushrooms,  and haus saurbraten und gravy.


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