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Kraut! Demons! Kraut! Vol. 1 - Various Artists

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Genre: Rock - Psychedelic Rock / Artist: Various Artists

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      23.07.2010 07:26
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      A well varied album

      Unless it comes to metal or 90s dance music, the Germans don't really stand out as a musical nation but they do have some awesome progressive bands and tracks from the Krautrock era, the lesser known era a couple of years before where the beat bands that set up shop around 63,64 and 65 start experimenting and playing some odd and rather psychedelic stuff is full of rare gems. Kraut! Demons! Kraut! is a collection of such music, perhaps towards the end of the era and crossing over into Kraut rock, there's lots of rather progressive stuff here, it's spacey and different tracks will appeal to different audiences, I find it hit and miss with some tracks impressing but others being rather nauseating, usually regarding the vocals. Motherhood are a great example of the variety of sounds on the album as a sitar rocks along with what sounds like some early synthesizer. The Magic Group is one of my favourite bands on the album, their tune is a decent cheerful ballad done in a folky way, the backing vocals are a bit cheesy but overall the song is extremely pleasant and the panpipe sound adds a unique flavour to the track. Gunther Kaufmann is a little depressive but has hints of The Doors about it, Checkpoint Charlie may appeal on name but failed to live up to my standards - the vocals were poor. Staff Carpbenborg & Electric Corona and Can are the bands to rely on for some prog-psyche that will leave your head spinning, that is if you haven't switched off in the early stages of the tracks, as it is the kind of thing you have to be in to listen to it.

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