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Mr. F. J. Laird "Starless and Bible Black" (fleetwood, lancashire United Kingdom)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A space rock masterpeice, 19 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Nipponjin (Audio CD)
This album is probably one of the best psych / space rock albums of all time.
A cross between the Moody Blues and the Cosmic Jokers with a dub infected production courtesy of Klaus Schultze. The opening track Nipponjin has some fantastic Stacy Sutherland sytle guitar interplay and Mellotrons so icey Torvile and dean could trip the light fandango on 'em. Not to mention a mantra 15 minutes into the song that predates Om's 'Conferance of birds' by thirty years. Best track is the sublime 'The mystery of Northern space' a Pop rock epic with some beautiful crystallised guitar work and an orchestral workout to die for on its fade out...
Yes it's overblown, It's cheesy, it's far reaching and has a Utopian feel that could only have been created in the mid-70's...But I kid you not when I say it's one the greatest albums ever.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julian Cope's review for Albion (Head heritage August 2005), 24 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Albion (Audio CD)
Earthling Society is a 21st century guitar/bass/drums trio from Blackpool, in the north-west of England, that multi-tracks itself in such a manner that its debut album ALBION comes on more like your typical Krautrock commune ensemble (Amon Duul 2, Agitation Free especially) than the Blue Cheer, Grand Funk and High Rise heart attack than the power trio line-up would suggest. Indeed, concerning this Earthling Society, imagine even a `60s San Francisco septet/octet (50 Foot Hose or the second album augmented Chocolate Watchband comes most immediately to mind), the kind in which at least half the members are fiddling with unidentifiable Buchla-type analogue synthesizers and weird Harry Partch percussion, whilst (sure enough) the other half have their eyes closed and are deluding themselves that it's all the natural successor to the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Earthling Society is, in other words, pretty damn cool.

Earthling Society's trio designation is nobbut a cunning smokescreen. The term `trio' in rock'n'roll always implies power trio, and this lot are nothing of the sort1. Y'see, the basic recordings having been achieved, Messrs Laird, Fyall and Blackow then each layer on more tracks of percussion and disembodied voices, with Laird adding a final paste of piano and occasional flourishes of truly delightful Colin Goldring-style recorder that easily passes for flute. And so it is that the overall FX of these multiple overdubs are most reminiscent of those euphoric results created by the aforementioned Jim Milne's Tractor duo (recorded in the early 1970s for John Peel's Dandelion label: see Album of the Month November 2004CE); that or maybe an even more sweaty and cardiovascular (and equally Anglo-Viking) This Heat. Indeed, ALBION sounds like all my favourite music without the kack bits that annoy me. And it's current, too. And I dig it especially because it's psychedelic rather than just psychedelically styled2, that is: it's disorientating and mind manifestingly fertile and it constantly sends listeners outside of time to dwell on the edge of their minds. You try to grasp a hold of it but you can't because it never stays in the same place long enough. Like Dennis Bovell's perpetually rolling mix on The Pop Group's first album Y, ALBION is always on the edge of becoming...

Aguirre, Wrath Of God [DVD] [1972]
Aguirre, Wrath Of God [DVD] [1972]
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aguirre we go again, 11 July 2003
i first saw this film at the tender age of 19 after getting into Herzog from watching his version of Nosferatu. what initially shocked me was the fact that in 90 mins nothing happened throughout the whole film apart from the odd close up of rapids and some dummies getting blown up on a raft by a cannon ball. What also seemed strange was that although nothing happened it still seemed too short at 90 mins and it felt that the film had been bastardised somewhat giving it a disjointed feel.
I left it on the shelf for some years and decided to watch it again. This time i was hypnotised by its brilliance. The music by Popul Vuh, the protean performance from Kinski the lack of character builing and plot all merged together and became organic. Why should we care about plot, most of our politicians dont have any so why should a film made by a madman about men going mad have one. If your stuck on the amazon in the 16th century with a bunch of blokes,horses and dysentary and someone makes a film of it then this is what you will get.
This film is like the opposite of fine wine.Where as the wine gets better as it gets older..this film gets better as you get older
A classic..

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