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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Revisited
  • ASIN: B001BAWKQ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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When the band Agitation Free came together in 1967 as a result of the merging of two Berlin rock groups, one of the most interesting groups in a dawning independent German music scene was created. With their improvisations between rock, jazz and new music, Agitation Free soon relegated to the not so flattering category of 'Krautrock' made musical forays into areas that few of their fellow German musicians had ever penetrated. At a time when most in Germany were still orienting themselves as closely as possible to Anglo-American musical formats, Agitation Free found a completely new and very original form of musical expression.
Looking back, it s evident that the Agitation Free was one of the most important bands of the experimental circle known as the 'Berlin School', and a career springboard for a whole slew of musicians. At the same time, this policy of changing personnel also meant risking that the band couldn t keep itself together over the long run. Agitation Free consciously took this risk in order to remain as close as possible to their own concept free from commercial pressure or concessions to the latest trends and modes.

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Amazon has already published some great, informative writing about this record and this is to confirm that those reviewers only speak the truth! Thanks! This is quite lovely. A choice example of "Kraut Rock" (horrible tag!) from a very inventive and productive period in music generally, in so far as there are longish, exhilarating, instrumental tracks of accomplished, rock-group guitar jamming with a quantity of subtle, intriguing, electronics, so I could almost go as far as to describe this as "space-rock".
If I had to make a comparison, I'd be inclined to suggest that Ashra Tempel and Guru Guru made music that was similar to the sound that can be found on this excellent release. Writing that worries me slightly because, inevitably, when one is reduced to making comparisons in an attempt to describe what one has just heard, this might cause prospective purchasers to be disappointed if they take the comparisons too literally. If they should, however, decide to investigate this release which is, by the way, excellent value, I believe that they will receive ample returns from their modest investment.
So many bands have been grouped together and tagged with the unfortunate "Kraut Rock" epithet and I confess that I'm probably more inclined than most towards inappropriate and unnecessary pigeon-holing of music. Can's mesmerising output, however, was so far removed from the wonderful stuff that Kraftwerk produced, but then, Amon Düül II were on a totally different trip to either of those ensembles. Tangerine Dream, initially, were making atmospheric, captivating electronic sounds that, at first hearing any way, seemed to be without structure or melody.
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Originally released in 1974, this was apparently Agitation Free's third and final effort during their all too-brief existence. You get three tracks here, with the last two being no less than 'the' truly out-standing progressive krautrock brilliance these five gifted German musicians have become known for. The seventeen-minute epic "Laila II" not only pulls your heart, mind and soul in but elevates them to a level that so little other music can. The twenty-two minute "Looping" is a piece I could honestly listen to like about every other day. Sheer excellence to be fully experienced here. A must-have.
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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2010
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'Last' threw me somewhat when I first heard it, though that's what any self-respecting 'Krautrock' album tries to do. Having enjoyed the rock-band-with-experiments-thrown-in ethic of Agitation Free's superb first two albums, I was surprised to find that the guitars and drums on this release play a mostly secondary role. This is therefore heaven to anyone who prefers spaced-out electronic soundscapes.

'Soundpool', at six minutes the shortest track, consists of just that, ending with the band coming in with a reprise of a theme from the end of their debut album Malesch. The seventeen-minute 'Laila II' is, obviously, a sequel to one of the highlights of 2nd. The main themes from the original resurface sporadically against another wash of electronic drones, patterns and echoes, which, though subtle, harbour a psychedelic feel. The twenty-two minute 'Looping IV' is completely new and, even more than the other tracks, a major space excursion. The bonus track, 'Schwingspule', begins with some oscillating electronics and features a steadier balance between guitars, drums and keyboards during its eleven minutes.

'Last' is certainly not as instant as the first two albums, but is ultimately as rewarding. It also confirms their proximity to Pink Floyd in their earlier space rock phase, though Agitation Free explored whereas Floyd did little more than dabble. Technically too, the Germans were a better band, collectively and individually. Had they been British, they would surely have gained the widespread recognition they deserved. Play loud and listen without distraction.
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When I first heard this group on Ed Pinsent's "Sound Projector" on Resonance FM, I assumed they were a modern psychedelic revival band. But they had some amazing analog synth soundscapes, which morphed into guitar solos. Why had I never heard of them? They split up in 1974. They've since reformed by demand. Their music is, in my humble opinion as good as anything by T.Dream and far superior musically to Pink Floyd. This, I think is the best of their recordings, as it has some superb electronics recorded live. But it's an excellent rock album too. Mind blowing. Highly recommended. Their "2nd" is also superb,
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense mind - scrambling psychedelic rock! 2 Dec. 2006
By Warren W. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third Agitation Free album and it is an overwhelming psychedelic experience! This is German space-rock reaching a pinnacle with extended modal and harmonic guitar jamming evolving into effect loaded sound experimentation touching base with everything great in kosmic music. There is wonderful instrumental integration soaring into euphoric melodic passage or multi- dimensional areas of alternate space either through experimental manipulation of the amazing guitar work or the deep and conscious altering effects of some of the then current ventures into electronic sound (1974). This, to me, easily ranks with some of the finest krautrock albums of the time; Tago Mago, Yeti, Ash Ra Tempel's first, and Zeit. The first side contains some of Agitation Free's most intense guitar jamming and exploration somewhat similar perhaps to what Acid Mothers Temple are doing today giving way on side two to full electronic experimentation using mostly guitar and synthesizer ever weaving, evolving, and unfolding into a rapturous symphony of melodic sound texture. This album is an absolute MUST for anyone into psychedelia, electronica, or krautrock!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agitation Free - 'At The Cliffs Of The River Rhine' (Garden Of Delights) 20 Mar. 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're a krautrock fan, it's quite simple really. This is a MUST have. 'At The Cliffs Of The River Rhine' is a 38 minute audio masterpiece that was recorded live on February 2, 1974 in Cologne, Germany. It's been poorly bootlegged before, so it's release on the Garden Of Delights label is most welcomed by all true fans of this music genre. The line-up on this CD is as follows: Michael Hoenig - keyboards, Lutz Ulbrich and Gustav Lutjens - guitars, Burghard Rauch - drums and Michael Gunter on bass. Opens with "Through The Moods", a thirteen minute gem of pure cosmic improvise that's exclusive to this title. The other tracks here come from the band's 'Second' lp. "First Communication" makes me feel like I'm on a cataclysmic trip through time, space and reality, Hoenig's keyboard work is unreal. "Laila" is an AF classic, part one and two sort of latch together as one song, employing some hypnotic grooves and well crafted bass lines. "In The Silence Of The Morning Sunrise" showcase some out-of-this-world like guitar playing. I'd personally give this disc a six star rating, but you're allowed five at the maximum. Most HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a note 27 Jan. 2009
By All-access Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The track listing here is actually for the live '74 [At The Cliffs Of River Rhine] release. On this album, 'Last', the tracks are:

1. Soundpool
2. Laila II
3. Looping IV

Bonus:
4. Schwingspule
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Agitation Free at their best! 31 May 2015
By J. Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Krautrock + West Coast jambands = awesome!
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