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  • Audio CD (16 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phonag
  • ASIN: B000024Z03
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr T VINE VOICE on 24 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Is it Krautrock? Is it psychedelic? Who cares? One thing's for sure: its Out There, in a very big way. "Black Sand" and "Places of Light" are weird enough, being filled with whacked out organ, trippy lyrics and heavily wah-wahed guitar, but they don't prepare you for the opus of cerebrum-frying noise that is "Brainticket". For me, Jane Free's vocals are the real treat. She's not what you'd call a technically proficient singer but, like Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, she has an instantly recognisable style that can't help but grow on you. Her lyrics are exceptional and deserve to be called poetry. What's more, she seems to be making much of them up as she goes along, or is it just exceptionally well-written free verse. All in all, this album has you on the edge of your seat throughout, wondering at your own sanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just over half an hour of hard-edged psychedelia here. The two four-minute tracks which open the album indicate what a hot band this was, but the remaining twenty-five minutes are taken up with the two-part 'Brainticket' composition which, beacause the LP had to be turned over, sounds more like three parts. The two band members who are busiest are the female vocalist who breathes her way orgasmically through a stoned reverie and the sound effects man. The rest of the band simply churn out a repeated, rhythmic riff around which the other two elements wrap themselves. The sound effects are so effectively placed, however, that I think this is a carefully-crafted recording designed to sound like an improvisation, though the vocal part might be off the cuff. Some of these effects are startling: the snatch of Beethoven's Fifth, the electronically-treated intonation of the word 'Brainticket, for instance. You might love it, it might drive you up the wall. If you're into this genre though, you'll probably lap it up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 70s Guy on 12 Aug 2010
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And strangely compelling. But did the Bee Gees really use the "Black Sand" riff when writing "Staying Alive" for Saturday Night Fever? Or is my brain Already Affected?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STEVE . S on 19 Aug 2014
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Very Trippy Goes on a bit The cd is like listening to just one track
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Pretty disturbing stuff 24 Mar 2003
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Brainticket was often categorized in the Krautrock category, when in reality, the band was of multi-nationalities, lead by Belgian-born Joël Vandroogenbroeck. But they did have many of the same traits you expect from the early '70s Krautrock scene. Regarded as one of the most psychedelic albums ever, you'll of course wonder why, when you hear the first two cuts, "Black Sand" and "Places of Light". They sound very much like typical organ-driven prog rock you expect from the time (I am especially fond of the latter as Dawn Muir spouts out some psychedelic poetry). It's the other two thirds of the album that justifies the album as being one of the most psychedelic ever. It's basically taken up by "Brainticket Part 1" and "Part 2", which is little else than a repeated fuzz organ riff with tons of very disturbing electronic effects, sounds, and Dawn Muir, well, sounding rather disturbed. It's one of those albums I can't recommend to everyone, if this is too much for you, let me suggest their 1972 followup, Psychonaut (as it's mellower, and more song-oriented). In fact, the experience of Cottonwoodhill was too much, and the band broke up leaving some of the members to form the Swiss band Toad (with Benjamin Jäger, later of Island, who released the excellent prog rock album, Pictures in 1977). That left Joël Vandroogenbroeck to form new versions of Brainticket with more great albums to come. Anyway, if you're looking for music that's way out there, then Cottonwoodhill is a must.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brainticket - 'Cottonwoodhill' (Hallelujah) 12 Aug 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'd rate it 4 1/2 stars. I heard about this reissue LONG before landing down a copy of it. Was originally released in 1971, but for reason(s) unknown I, personally like their follow up to this record, 'Psychonaut' ('72) a tad better. 'Cottonwoodhill' is said to be a true krautrock classic that can make one's third eye cry tears of acid. I won't disagree with that one bit. In my opinion, Brainticket in general appears to be part kraut, part neo-psychedelic. A great genre if you ask me. The tracks that I dug the most were "Black Sand" and the band's namesake "Brainticket, Part 2". Joel Vandroogenbroeck's organ playing and Dawn Muir's stellar vocals seem to work well together as Brainticket more than succeeds to take it's listener's to another level of trips-ville. One that's rarely visited anymore these days. Bet Tim Leary would've tripped MANY times to this record. Way-out cover.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thorazine please! 3 Aug 2005
By Warren W. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Considered one of the most psychedelic albums ever released, 'Cottonwoodhill' is brilliant with amazing sound effects, propulsive keyboards(on the dominating namesake track 'brainticket pt.1 and 2),special vocal effects, great guitar work and a very demented monologue that puts you at the heart of the psychedelic experience. This album, recorded in 1971, accomplishes where others have tried and failed ('Anthem of The Sun','After Bathing At Baxter's')i.e. to record an acid trip. Whether by improved production techniques or more inspired performance, this is psychedelic music at its best!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
insane 15 May 2009
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is basically LSD inspired poetry, recited over an organ and rythm section playing funk grooves. And it doesn't sound like the acid ingestie is having a lot of fun. "Sex, of course you have sex, you have no choice."

The album maintains this consistancy throughout, and is probably the closest you'll ever get to a "trip" on record.

The concept is great and so is the music, for the most part. At times the band sounds a little thin. Brainticket used a lot of one chord textures, and this album could have benifited from a few more instruments (an ecchoing saprano sax maybe) added to the stew. (I would like to hear this on LP one day and see if i feel this way)

I also guess the last track had to be broken up on vynal, but I feel it would have been more effective on CD if it were welded together.

This aside, it is a great album, truely weird and totally atmosphereic. If you like progressive or just strange music, there is no going without this.

Make sure you play the whole thing. Very cool, creepy suprise at the end
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not for the faint of "brain". 11 Jan 2011
By Robert Cordo - Published on Amazon.com
I listen mostly to acid & psychedelic rock and this album definitely justifies its original LP warnings:

"after listening to this record, your friends may not know you anymore" and to "only listen to this once a day. Your brain might be destroyed!".

This album is a great example of Acid Rock as opposed to Psychedelic Rock. It is more challenging and much darker than most psychedelic rock; which also differs greatly from psychedelic POP.
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