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  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Important
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Disc: 1

  1. Apricot Brandy - Günter Schickert
  2. Kriegsmaschinen, Fahrt Zur Hölle - Günter Schickert
  3. Wald - Günter Schickert

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Gunter Schickert is a German musician born 25th April 1949. He learned to play trumpet in 1962, but taught himself guitar in 1967 and made that his main instrument. In 1971 he started playing free jazz, then in 1973 made his first solo echo-guitar sessions. In 1976 he formed the group GAM with Axel Struk and Michael Leske. There are records that come from the soul. No matter how primitive may be the recording techniques the musician has access to, the soul gets its way to the heart and mind of the listener. Samtvogel is one of those records. Günter Schickert recorded that amazing piece of human greatness in 1974, using the media he had at the time, putting his brain at work to find the best way of taping everything he had to say. 'When I was recording Samtvogel in 1974 I had only 2 Taperecorders. I played one track and while listening I added the second one. And so on. Four times. When I mixed all together I borrowed a 3rd taperecorder. And still added the last track to the master. I had a small mixer with 2 stereo and 1 mono but it was possible to pan tracks. No equalization. It all came out of my still living G2000 Dynacord guitar amplifier, of course valve, with no master, even the voice recorded through it. If I made a mistake in 1 track I had to repeat it from the beginning. And if while mixing I was not fast enough in changing the tape I had to start again. So it took me more than 3 months to get ready.' Thanks to these three months of work, between June and September of 1974, Samtvogel was privately issued that same year. It would later be issued on the Brain label, with a small change in the artwork -- titles added to the front cover, which weren't on the original private pressing. Brain also reissued it on the label's Rock On Brain LP series, this time with a completely different sleeve. The album contained two tracks on side one and just one on side two, and its sound has often been compared to the most explorative works of Syd Barret -- however it must be pointed out that Schickert did not need any mind spreading substances to allow his sounds to float out of his mind & soul, they just came out in the most natural way. It will also appeal to fans of the echoed atmospheric guitar work of other Krautrock innovators such as Ash Ra Temple, Manuel Göttsching or A.R. & The Machines, and some may find on the vocal passages certain resemblances to Damo Suzuki on Can's Tago Mago era.

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By Bradx on 7 April 2014
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If you like Manuel Gottsching's Inventions For Electric Guitar then you will enjoy this album. Home-recorded in 1974 it took Gunter Schickert 2 months to make using 2 tape recorders. Sequenced, minimalist and echoed to oblivion. Good work.
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HASH(0x9bd36ed0) out of 5 stars Excellent Echo guitar playing 15 May 2013
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Schickert is the closest artist you will find that sound a bit like experimental guitar player Manuel Gottsching (Ash Ra Tempel). While i don't like to compare there are similarities. But i find Schickert is the most wild of the 2, and for me far more interesting. Schickert fancies a guitar playing and technique all his own which is a combination of cyclical picking and usage of short echo or delay to create intricate lines that reminds of analog sequencers (as in synthesizers). Also there's always something happening in the backdrop like otherworldly guitar effects and dissonance (at times HUGE sounding) creating a freak out style rock that at times reminds of Ash Ra Tempel or Guru Guru. This could only come from Germany, really the greatest exponents of freak rock n roll! This album does not disappoint and comes highly recommended to fans of psychedelic rock, freak outs, Krautrock in general and electronic/kosmische based music.
HASH(0x9bd36c18) out of 5 stars Amon Duul meets Damo Suzuki's CAN?? 15 July 2015
By Barry P. S. - Published on
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If you love Damo Suzuki era Can...or other acid freak-out trance music,then this is a no brainer. There are wild chanting vocals and weird cuts that almost sound like they were recorded outdoors....and beyond. All from Klause Schulze's synth tech, recorded while Mr. Schulze was out away from the studio(rumor has it!).

A bit of early Amon Duul might be a reference also......but a bit more controlled than that tribe. But if you dig Paradisewarts Duul this could be your new fave. Right out there in the outer reaches of audience comprehension (as Zappa may have put it!!). Some of thee best Kraut-Rock wildness I've heard .
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