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Gilles Zeitschiff
Gilles Zeitschiff
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kosmiche classic, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Gilles Zeitschiff (Audio CD)
This, like that other Jokers albm, 'Sci-Fi Party', is a sampler of music that had already been released on Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser's Kosmiche label. Like 'Sci-Fi Party', the music had been heavily edited and included additional voice overs from Gille, Kaiser's girlfriend. The music included here comes from the following releases, 'Seven Up' (Ash Ra Tempel & Timothy Leary), 'Lord Krishna Von Goloka' (Sergius Golowin) and 'Tarot' (Walter Wegmuller) - however, if you already have these albums, this is still worth owning for the way it has been edited together, as it plays out like a electronic space classic. It includes a lot more mixing and additional electronics than 'Sci-Fi Party' and Gille's German speech is brought to the fore on quite a few of the tracks. I would reccomend all of the Cosmic Joker's albums, despite their dubious origins - all 5 albums are worth their weight in gold.....believe me!


Join Inn
Join Inn

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rumbling, meandering kraut-classic!, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Join Inn (Audio CD)
The best way to get the full effect of the first few minutes of track 1, 'Freak N Roll', is to use headphones. It's only by using headphones that you will be able to fully appreciate Klaus Schulze's remarkable drumming - absolutely incredible - especially around the 2:30 mark. The whole of 'Freak N Roll' is just superb - a 19 minute rumbling, meandering masterpiece - a lesson in true Krautrock. Drums and bass drive forward, Manuel Gottsching's guitar dips and soars inside the mix and swathes of synth add that extra Kosmiche touch. It's 19 minutes that will have you on your knees in awe of the classic line-up of Gottsching, Enke & Schulze. In complete contrast, although as equally compelling, track 2, 'Jenseits', is 24 minute's of shimmering beauty. Again, swathes of echoing synths (and organ?) are there, but much more dominant than on the previous track. The track builds slowly, with guitar and bass joining in, though not over-riding the synth - also vocals are added by Rosi - in German - and this beautiful thing carries on and on for 24 minutes, though it could last forever....and ever....and ever. So there you have 'Join Inn' - 2 completely different Kosmiche jams, but both utterly superb. This is my most favourite Ash Ra Tempel album, though the previous 3 to this ('Ash Ra Tempel', 'Schwingungen' & 'Seven Up') are as equally compelling.


Paradise Disowned
Paradise Disowned

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lustmord - Paradise Disowned, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Paradise Disowned (Audio CD)
The first 5 tracks of 'Paradise Disowned' feature some of the most startlingly beautiful and atmospheric, yet eerie, music that i have ever heard. In stark contrast, the final 4 tracks could have been recorded by SPK in their prime - harsh, abrasive and enough to make your teeth rattle! The 'quiet' tracks are really what make this album the masterpiece that it is. If you have ever entered a church late at night, whilst a gale blows outside, it may give you an idea of what these tracks sound like. A whole host of accoustic instruments were used to make these tracks, such as pipes, gongs and various tools. Recorded between 1983 and 1984, the music was recorded in a number of odd locations, such as a cave in Craig Y Ddinas and The Crypt of Charles Cathedral - though these recordings have been heavily treated to create these wonderful drone pieces. The noisier pieces do seem a little dated now, due to the technology of the time more than anything, however they don't seem out of place and are well put together - unlike a lot of this kind of music from that period. Overall a wonderful album and one of the best of the genre.


Corn Years
Corn Years

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST buy this!, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Corn Years (Audio CD)
Ahhh, my favourite period of Death In June. The material on this compilation was taken from the albums 'The World That Summer' and 'Brown Book', from 1986 & 1987 respectively. Both of those albums have subsequently been reissued seperately on cd, however, this does not make this cd redundant, as it includes a few singles tracks and remixes that have not otherwise been released on cd. In particular, 'Zimmerit' (b-side of 'To Drown A Rose') is a big favourite of mine and 'Love Murder', from 'The World That Summer' has a different vocal take - a whisper instead of a high pitched croon, if you know what i mean! Musically, this period was electronic, apocalyptic folk - haunting keyboards and accoustic guitar - very effective indeed. There are 18 tracks here, and not one duffer......if you have never heard Death In June before, start here!


Corn Years
Corn Years

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIJ - 93 DEAD SUNWHEELS, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Corn Years (Audio CD)
Yet another fine release from one of Britain's most interesting groups. '93 Dead Sunwheels' collects compilation tracks and remixes of material, from around 1984. First up, we have 'The Torture Garden', 'Last Farewell' & "Doubt To Nothing', which were originally released on a compilation album on DIJ's own label. 'The Torture Garden' & Doubt To Nothing', in particular, sound like they could have been on the 'Nada!' album (they were indeed incuded on the reissue of this album). 'Last Farewell' is a rather beautiful keyboard driven piece, with slight percussion and completely different to the rest of the album. The 3 remaining tracks are all remixes of tracks from the 'Nada!' album. They don't sound incredibly different to the original versions, however, there is enough to keep your interest if you already own the originals. In particular, the addition of martial drumming, instead of the harsh synth, on 'C'est Un Reve' and the use of samples from 'The Prisoner' tv show, on 'She Said Destroy', are pretty effective. Overall another great release from DIJ - would be nice to see a re-release someday, as this is currently unavailable.


Oh How We Laughed
Oh How We Laughed

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit like Joy Division, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Oh How We Laughed (Audio CD)
Great early Death In June live show, from May 1982. Musically DIJ were still rather primitive at this time, sounding like early Joy Division (drums, bass, guitar and a smattering of electronics and trumpet), but with darker roots. The majority of the tracks here went on to be released on their debut album 'The Guilty Have No Pride' and are performed with suitable gusto. Sound quality is very good and is on a par with that of the 'Something Is Coming' live release. The album closes with an otherwise un-released track, 'How We Laughed' - an atmospheric instrumental keyboard piece, quite unlike the rest of the album - pretty nice really. Altogether, this is a fine release, documenting the early stages of a wonderful group.


What Is Not True
What Is Not True

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France What Is Not True, 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: What Is Not True (Audio CD)
Another classic from the lads from Newcastle! This album, recorded live in 1993, opens with some folks preying and then a clip of a shipping forecast - and then a music review - all in just the first 1 minute! However, it unfolds into a spacious abmient drone with very delicate percussive elements - its all rather beautiful. Track 2, 'Not Just What To Say', is a short-ish drone piece with added vocal effects - quite effective. However it is track 3, 'Cyclonic Sub Alien' - a huge 50 minute abstract, ambient piece that is the main feature on offer here. This is something that just drifts and pulsates for the whole time it plays - it's rather like Tangerine Dream's 'Zeit', whereby itcan take over the whole room with its very existence - it just goes on and on and on....and on! However, when it does finish, it finishes with another snmippet of the shipping forecast - whilst listening to this i always get the feeling that i am standing on cliff face, in a downpour of rain, watching the waves crashing in whilst ships out to sea are struggling to keep from turning over. Its got such a strong effect - really special. Another wonderful ZF album....


Misfits Loony Tunes
Misfits Loony Tunes

5.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France Misfits Looney Tunes....., 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Misfits Loony Tunes (Audio CD)
This is one part of a 4 part collection of albums by the mighty Zoviet France. This was recorded in 1986 when ZF were still using percussion and tape effects to create and boy, it's good - really, really good - as is the rest of the series that i have heard (if you see 'Gesture Signal Threat' & 'Assault & Mirage' in particular, get them - don't ask questions!). Track 8 'Rattle Stick Cruss' is my fave track here, with its ping pong percussive samples and spacey atmosphere, its a real ZF classic. Sadly this album is deleted now, so if you do come across it, don't think twice - hopefully it may be re-issued one day.....we can but dream!


The Decriminalisation Of Country Music
The Decriminalisation Of Country Music

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France Decriminalisation Of Country Music, 20 Jan. 2004
Hmmm, not my most favourite ZF album. The slide electric guitar on track one seems well out of place. The only track on this album that really does anything for me is the 11 minute 'Pyroclastic Flow', which buzzes, rumbles and hums throughout and is reminiscent of ZF's best work. The rest of the album just exists really without too much in the way of innovation or ideas - shame really. Awful cover too!


Garista
Garista

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France Garista, 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Garista (Audio CD)
This album features the first recordings of Zoviet france - from December 1981. These recordings are quite primitive, but a lot of fun and well worth owning. Again, like 'Zoviet France' this album is simmilar in style to that of Throbbing Gristle or 23 Skidoo and is quite tribal/percussive. Another reference point is early Nocturnal Emissions ('Tissue Of Lies' or 'Drowning In A Sea Of Bliss'). Again, essential recordings from this wonderful collective.


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