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Artist: AGUILAR, ILDEFONSO
Title: Erosion
Format: Double LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $35.00
"Mental Experience present an expanded reissue of Ildefonso Aguilars Erosión, originally released in 1985. Spooky, meditative soundscapes inspired by the desolate volcanic environment of Lanzarote (Canary Islands), created using Minimoog, Polymoog, vocal loops, and field recordings. Originally recorded in Germany in 1978 by Spanish painter/sound artist Ildefonso Aguilar, only a selection of the original recordings were released a few years later on a very rare limited edition cassette and LP. Erosión is a masterpiece of proto-ambient, isolationism, and minimal synth music. For the first time ever, Erosión is reissued here on double LP, featuring the complete recordings, as Ildefonso conceived it at the time. Master tape sound; Liner notes in English/Spanish by Frankie Pizá (TIU Mag); Includes download code. RIYL: Edgar Froese, Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster, Klaus Schulze, Michael Stearns, Steve Roach, Brian Eno, Cozmic Corridors, Pina." - Mental Experience.

"Canary Islander Ildefonso Aguilar is best known for his paintings and surreal photography of the desolate volcanic wastelands of his homeland. He was also organizer of concerts at the Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote, a regular event which has featured the likes of Michael Brook, Roedelius, Steve Roach, and numerous other luminaries of ambient and atmospheric music. But, for his own music Ildefonso has never gained the mass recognition he really deserves. Erosión, recorded in 1978, is certainly one of the most fascinating of synth albums Ive heard. And, its remarkable really, if you consider all the technological advances that have happened since, what with digital synthesizers and samplers, that this music created entirely on analogue synthesizers still sounds so fresh and original... Beautiful yet strange, unnerving yet calming. Even more so, at 1¼ hours, Erosión reveals itself as a grand conceived suite, as themes recur in an almost ghostly fashion, as tension builds upon tension, and threatens to explode, which it never quite does! Extraordinary all the way through." --Alan Freeman (Audion Magazine)

Artist: AK MUSICK
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
"Mental Experience present first ever reissue of AK Musick, originally released in 1972. Radical, freaked-out sound with hints of free-jazz, improv and avant-garde, AK Musick was an improv collective assembled by clarinetist Hans Kumpf to "make music in a very democratic way". The five players had a classical education but they were also influenced by avant-garde composers like Helmut Lachenmann and Johannes Fritsch. Their only album, AK Musick, was recorded at the famous Bauer Studios in just three hours and engineered by Martin Wieland, who had previously worked with Keith Jarrett for the ECM label. A wide arrangement of instruments were used: clarinet, cello, oboe, organ, piano, darbuka, tam-tam, ektare, flute, zither. Includes the amazing "Impro-Vision" which sounds like electronic music, but using only natural instruments. AK Musick saw the light in 1972 on Kumpfs own AKM Records label. It was a private homemade edition of 150 copies, with spray-printed covers. During the 70s, AKM Records was also home to other free-jazz rarities like Free Blacks by Perry Robinson/Hans Kumpf (1976), where Hans also collaborated with his friend Wolfgang Dauner, and In Time by Theo Jörgensmann (1977). Reissue under license from Hans Kumpf. Remastered sound; Insert with liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (Its Psychedelic Baby) plus rare photos and memorabilia. LP edition includes download code. RIYL: Anima, Annexus Quam, Albrecht D, Gulda, Nihilist Spasm Band, Nurse With Wound." - Mental Experience.

Artist: AK MUSICK
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
"Mental Experience present first ever reissue of AK Musick, originally released in 1972. Radical, freaked-out sound with hints of free-jazz, improv and avant-garde, AK Musick was an improv collective assembled by clarinetist Hans Kumpf to "make music in a very democratic way". The five players had a classical education but they were also influenced by avant-garde composers like Helmut Lachenmann and Johannes Fritsch. Their only album, AK Musick, was recorded at the famous Bauer Studios in just three hours and engineered by Martin Wieland, who had previously worked with Keith Jarrett for the ECM label. A wide arrangement of instruments were used: clarinet, cello, oboe, organ, piano, darbuka, tam-tam, ektare, flute, zither. Includes the amazing "Impro-Vision" which sounds like electronic music, but using only natural instruments. AK Musick saw the light in 1972 on Kumpfs own AKM Records label. It was a private homemade edition of 150 copies, with spray-printed covers. During the 70s, AKM Records was also home to other free-jazz rarities like Free Blacks by Perry Robinson/Hans Kumpf (1976), where Hans also collaborated with his friend Wolfgang Dauner, and In Time by Theo Jörgensmann (1977). Reissue under license from Hans Kumpf. Remastered sound; Insert with liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (Its Psychedelic Baby) plus rare photos and memorabilia. LP edition includes download code. RIYL: Anima, Annexus Quam, Albrecht D, Gulda, Nihilist Spasm Band, Nurse With Wound." - Mental Experience.

Artist: ANTUNES, JORGE
Title: Musica Eletronica
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
"Considered the first electro-acoustic/electronic album made in Brazil, Mental Experience presents the first vinyl reissue of Jorge Antuness Música Eletrônica, originally released in 1975. During the early 60s, Antunes built his own components for making electronic music: theremin, sawtooth oscillator, a spring-reverb device, a frequency filter. The works on Música Eletrônica were recorded at Antuness home studio and at the Electronic Music Laboratory of the Institute Torcuato Di Tella, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On "Valsa Sideral" (1962), Antunes uses artificial echo and reverberation by feedback between the recording heads, creating the first Brazilian work consisting only of electronic tones. "Auto-Retrato Sobre Paisaje Porteño" (1969/1970) is an amazing piece of early turntablism on which Antunes "samples" an old tango vinyl record, using it as a loop and for sound effects/manipulation, and mixes it with electronic sound effects and cut voice manipulation/sound poetry. The version included here features the audio collage which Antunes created to criticize the military regimes from Brazil and Argentine. This version wasnt used on the original LP to avoid any problems with censorship. "Cinta Cita" (1969) was the first piece recorded by Antunes at a professional studio. Pure electronic sounds and pulsating rhythms use filtered noise and synthetic sounds created by additive synthesis. "Contrapunctus Contra Contrapunctus" (1962) was created using tape splicing, micro-assemblies and tape manipulation. "Historia de un Pueblo por Nacer ou Carta Abierta a Vassili Vassilikos y a todos los Pesimistas" (1970) with its sinusoidal sounds and low frequencies, was inspired by the plot of the novel and film Z (1969) by Vassili Vassilikos. In the original audio of this work, Antunes used a quotation from the International Communist anthem. To avoid censorship problems, he cut that passage for inclusion on the original LP. The uncensored, original version is presented here. In 1970, Antunes did research at the Institute of Sonology at the University of Utrecht with a specialization in Computer Music (working with the Electrologia X-8 computer). During the 70s he worked under the guidance of Pierre Schaeffer and Iannis Xenakis amongst others. Antunes is presently the Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studio of the University of Brasilia and President of the Brazilian Society for Electroacoustic Music. Included in this LP is an insert with liner notes and photos. Master tape sound. Mandatory for anyone into Pierre Henry, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Schaeffer, Louis & Bebe Baron, Ihlan Mimaroglu, Morton Subotnick, Stockhausen." - Mental Experience.

Artist: CIRCLES
Title: More Circles
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
“In the late 1970s and 80s there was a lot happening in the German post-krautrock underground that few people knew about -- lots of independent artists doing their own thing, either via small labels or no labels at all.Circles was one of these bands. Based in the suburbs of Frankfurt, they consisted of Dierk Leitert (synthesizer, sequencer, drums, bass, guitar, voice, saxophone, flute) and Mike Bohrmann (guitars, bass, synthesizer), plus a few collaborators. Carrying the torch of 70s bands like Cluster, Harmonia, or Liliental into the 80s, Circles were also contemporaries of groups like Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, and Nurse with Wound, so one can also expect some similarities to those artists. More Circles is their second album, originally privately released in 1984 on the duos tiny Einhorn label. Its a work of experimental krautrock with lots of psychedelic guitar, keyboards, motorik drums, drones, proto-ambient sounds, and avant-garde/Dadaist touches. RIYL: Harmonia, Cluster, Fripp & Eno, Nurse with Wound, Throbbing Gristle, Chrome,Heldon, Conrad Schnitzler, NEU!, Eroc. . . . First-ever reissue, including detailed liner notes by Alan Freeman (The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Ultima Thule) telling the bands story for the first time.” - Mental Experience.

Artist: CIRCLES
Title: More Circles
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
“In the late 1970s and 80s there was a lot happening in the German post-krautrock underground that few people knew about -- lots of independent artists doing their own thing, either via small labels or no labels at all.Circles was one of these bands. Based in the suburbs of Frankfurt, they consisted of Dierk Leitert (synthesizer, sequencer, drums, bass, guitar, voice, saxophone, flute) and Mike Bohrmann (guitars, bass, synthesizer), plus a few collaborators. Carrying the torch of 70s bands like Cluster, Harmonia, or Liliental into the 80s, Circles were also contemporaries of groups like Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, and Nurse with Wound, so one can also expect some similarities to those artists. More Circles is their second album, originally privately released in 1984 on the duos tiny Einhorn label. Its a work of experimental krautrock with lots of psychedelic guitar, keyboards, motorik drums, drones, proto-ambient sounds, and avant-garde/Dadaist touches. RIYL: Harmonia, Cluster, Fripp & Eno, Nurse with Wound, Throbbing Gristle, Chrome,Heldon, Conrad Schnitzler, NEU!, Eroc. . . . First-ever reissue, including detailed liner notes by Alan Freeman (The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Ultima Thule) telling the bands story for the first time.” - Mental Experience.

Artist: CIRCLES
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
“In the late 1970s and 80s there was a lot happening in the German post-krautrock underground that few people knew about -- lots of independent artists doing their own thing, either via small labels or no labels at all. Circles was one of these bands. Based in the suburbs of Frankfurt, they consisted of Dierk Leitert (synthesizer, sequencer, drums, bass, guitar, voice, saxophone, flute) and Mike Bohrmann (guitars, bass, synthesizer), plus a few collaborators. Carrying the torch of 70s bands like Cluster, Harmonia, or Liliental into the 80s, Circles were also contemporaries of groups like Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, and Nurse with Wound, so one can also expect some similarities to those artists. Circles is their first album, originally privately released in 1983 on the duos tiny Einhorn label and housed in a mysterious cover. This little-known but excellent kraut/psych/experimental album is highly recommended for anyone into Harmonia, Cluster, Fripp & Eno, Heldon,Conrad Schnitzler, NEU!, Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, Irmin Schmidt,Amon Düül II. . . . First-ever reissue, including detailed liner notes byAlan Freeman (The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Ultima Thule) telling the bands story for the first time.” - Mental Experience.

Artist: CIRCLES
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
“In the late 1970s and 80s there was a lot happening in the German post-krautrock underground that few people knew about -- lots of independent artists doing their own thing, either via small labels or no labels at all. Circles was one of these bands. Based in the suburbs of Frankfurt, they consisted of Dierk Leitert (synthesizer, sequencer, drums, bass, guitar, voice, saxophone, flute) and Mike Bohrmann (guitars, bass, synthesizer), plus a few collaborators. Carrying the torch of 70s bands like Cluster, Harmonia, or Liliental into the 80s, Circles were also contemporaries of groups like Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, and Nurse with Wound, so one can also expect some similarities to those artists. Circles is their first album, originally privately released in 1983 on the duos tiny Einhorn label and housed in a mysterious cover. This little-known but excellent kraut/psych/experimental album is highly recommended for anyone into Harmonia, Cluster, Fripp & Eno, Heldon,Conrad Schnitzler, NEU!, Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, Irmin Schmidt,Amon Düül II. . . . First-ever reissue, including detailed liner notes byAlan Freeman (The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Ultima Thule) telling the bands story for the first time.” - Mental Experience.

Artist: COZMIC CORRIDORS
Title: Cozmic Corridors
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $26.00
“Includes download code. Mental Experience present a reissue of Cozmic Corridors self-titled album. Cozmic Corridors is an underground kraut-kosmische monster, recorded and produced circa 1972-73 in Cologne by Toby "The Mad Twiddler" Robinson for his Pyramid label. The album was apparently released as an ultra-limited handmade edition back in the early 70s, but no original copies have surfaced. Featuring Mythos drummer Hans-Jürgen Pütz on percussion and effects, alongside synth/keyboard freak Alex Meyer, poet/vocalist Pauline Fund, and the mysterious guitarist Peter Förster. Cozmic Corridors is an album if tripped-out electronic ambient soundscapes, dark atmospheres, drones, plenty of MiniMoog, gothic Hammond organ, Rhodes, electric and 12-string acoustic guitars, ritual chants, effects, and horror cinematic vibes. It is not advisable to listen to this alone in the dark. RIYL: Terry Riley, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Emtidi, Jacula, Franco Leprino, Dead Can Dance. Master tape sound; Insert with detailed liner notes by Alan Freeman, head boss at Ultima Thule and author of The Crack In The Cosmic Egg (1996).” - Mental Experience.

Artist: RED SQUARE
Title: Rare and Lost 70s Recordings
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
“Ultra-rare recordings by 70s UK avant-rockers Red Square, the missing link between original free-noise practitioners like AMM, Nihilist Spasm Band, and Peter Brotzmann and post-no wavers à la The Blue Humans, Borbetomagus, Fushitsusha, and The Dead C. Named after the early Soviet Constructivists, Red Square is a pioneering free-improvising, avant-rock band. They bridged the worlds of psychedelic rock, noise, and avant-jazz, and many of the techniques and approaches to music that they helped to pioneer have become common practice today. Predating Sonic Youth by seven years, Last Exit by a decade, and Mats Gustafssons The Thing by 25, their railing aural assaults were once considered too extreme for commercial release. Formed in Southend-On-Sea in 1974 by guitar player Ian Staples (fresh from gigging at the Middle Earth club with Ginger Johnsons African Drummers and sharing stages with Pink Floyd and Marc Bolan among others), bass clarinet/sax player Jon Seagroatt, and free-jazz drummer Roger Telford, their unusual sound was an amalgam of jazz, improv, and avant-rock, fueled by the loud electric guitar of Ian Staples, whose style has been described as a "revolutionary blend of Hendrix and Beefheart, with the sonic palettes of Derek Bailey and Stockhausen." Stapless atonal guitar riffs referenced metal without ever becoming metal. Red Square shared stages with Henry Cow, Lol Coxhill, David Toop, and National Health, and they were also involved with Music For Socialism. But their extreme sound and attitude were too much for both audience and record companies. The band imploded in 1978 with only two ultra-rare private cassette releases as their only legacy. In 2008, they reformed again and theyre still playing and recording as of 2016. Rare and Lost 70s Recordings includes a complete never-before-heard heavy studio session from 1978 plus a thunderous live set opening for fellow "rock in opposition" mavens Henry Cow, recorded in perfect sound quality in 1976. Remastered by original member Jon Seagroatt (who is playing/touring with 70s pagan-folk gods Comus and Current 93 at the time of this release). Includes insert with liner notes and photos. Released in collaboration with Steve Krakow of Chicagos Galactic Zoo magazine and Galactic Archive imprint.” - Mental Experience.

Artist: RED SQUARE
Title: Rare and Lost 70s Recordings
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
"Ultra-rare recordings by 70s UK avant-rockers Red Square, the missing link between original free-noise practitioners like AMM, Nihilist Spasm Band, and Peter Brotzmann and post-no wavers à la The Blue Humans, Borbetomagus, Fushitsusha, and The Dead C. Named after the early Soviet Constructivists, Red Square is a pioneering free-improvising, avant-rock band. They bridged the worlds of psychedelic rock, noise, and avant-jazz, and many of the techniques and approaches to music that they helped to pioneer have become common practice today. Predating Sonic Youth by seven years, Last Exit by a decade, and Mats Gustafssons The Thing by 25, their railing aural assaults were once considered too extreme for commercial release. Formed in Southend-On-Sea in 1974 by guitar player Ian Staples (fresh from gigging at the Middle Earth club with Ginger Johnsons African Drummers and sharing stages with Pink Floyd and Marc Bolan among others), bass clarinet/sax player Jon Seagroatt, and free-jazz drummer Roger Telford, their unusual sound was an amalgam of jazz, improv, and avant-rock, fueled by the loud electric guitar of Ian Staples, whose style has been described as a "revolutionary blend of Hendrix and Beefheart, with the sonic palettes of Derek Bailey and Stockhausen." Stapless atonal guitar riffs referenced metal without ever becoming metal. Red Square shared stages with Henry Cow, Lol Coxhill, David Toop, and National Health, and they were also involved with Music For Socialism. But their extreme sound and attitude were too much for both audience and record companies. The band imploded in 1978 with only two ultra-rare private cassette releases as their only legacy. In 2008, they reformed again and theyre still playing and recording as of 2016. Rare and Lost 70s Recordings includes a complete never-before-heard heavy studio session from 1978 plus a thunderous live set opening for fellow "rock in opposition" mavens Henry Cow, recorded in perfect sound quality in 1976. Remastered by original member Jon Seagroatt (who is playing/touring with 70s pagan-folk gods Comus and Current 93 at the time of this release). Includes insert with liner notes and photos. Released in collaboration with Steve Krakow of Chicagos Galactic Zoo magazine and Galactic Archive imprint." - Mental Experience.

Artist: REQUIEM
Title: For A World After
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
"Includes download code. Mental Experience present the first ever reissue of Requiems For A World After, originally released in 1981. Dark, progressive, synth ambient meets Berlin-School sounds on this obscure kraut album, which "tells the story of a world annihilation through nuclear war." For A World After is full of delayed psychedelic electric guitar, effects, cold drum machines, waves of analog keyboards (Korg MS20, Casiotone 201, Crumar DS-2, Jupiter-4), and cosmic atmosphere. George Speckert is a conceptual electronic composer based in Hannover, but of North American origin. Working as a music teacher in Germany in the 70s, he started to write and produce music in his spare time, inspired by the European rock and electronic scenes of the time (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Jean Michel Jarre, Emerson Lake & Palmer, etc.) He met another American expat, David Cassidy, who ran a small record label/studio - thats when Requiem started to take form. A chance meeting with a terrific guitar player named Massimo Grandi, led to Massimo adding some amazing electric guitar to the album. After six months, For A World After was released in a privately-pressed edition of 1000 on the small, Daviton label. RIYL: Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Conrad Schnitzler, Moebius, Popol Vuh, Metronic Underground, Rüdiger Lorenz, Michael Bundt, Wolfgang Bock, Michael Hoenig, Rolf Trostel, Pina. Master tape sound; Insert with liner notes and photos." - Mental Experience.

Artist: REQUIEM
Title: For A World After
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Sweden
Price: $18.00
"Mental Experience present the first ever reissue of Requiems For A World After, originally released in 1981. Dark, progressive, synth ambient meets Berlin-School sounds on this obscure kraut album, which "tells the story of a world annihilation through nuclear war." For A World After is full of delayed psychedelic electric guitar, effects, cold drum machines, waves of analog keyboards (Korg MS20, Casiotone 201, Crumar DS-2, Jupiter-4), and cosmic atmosphere. George Speckert is a conceptual electronic composer based in Hannover, but of North American origin. Working as a music teacher in Germany in the 70s, he started to write and produce music in his spare time, inspired by the European rock and electronic scenes of the time (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Jean Michel Jarre, Emerson Lake & Palmer, etc.) He met another American expat, David Cassidy, who ran a small record label/studio - thats when Requiem started to take form. A chance meeting with a terrific guitar player named Massimo Grandi, led to Massimo adding some amazing electric guitar to the album. After six months, For A World After was released in a privately-pressed edition of 1000 on the small, Daviton label. RIYL: Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Conrad Schnitzler, Moebius, Popol Vuh, Metronic Underground, Rüdiger Lorenz, Michael Bundt, Wolfgang Bock, Michael Hoenig, Rolf Trostel, Pina. Master tape sound; Insert with liner notes and photos." - Mental Experience.

Artist: TYLL
Title: Sexphonie
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
"Mental Experience presents the first ever reissue of Sexphonie (1975) by Tyll. Highly inventive kraut-psych album (heavy on the "psych") related to Eulenspygel. Sexphonie offers a mix of acid-rock, hard-psych, polit-rock and progressive/ folky sounds with some eastern influences. Features great studio production and outstanding guitar playing courtesy of Teflon Fonfara. Tyll was formed when Teflon was approached by Kerston Records with the intention of releasing a krautrock album. Teflons previous group was not active at that moment, so he assembled a new studio band featuring members and friends of Eulenspygel. Shrouded in mystery until now, Tylls Sexphonie is a krautrock curiosity that almost never happened, and it was all created within a matter of weeks from inception of the band through to the finished LP. The story is similar to that of the legendary Mammut, with an ad-hoc band brought together and given total freedom to do whatever they wanted. Tyll can be seen as the illegitimate step-sister to Eulenspygel, and there was much controversy and even legal action involved and some rivalry between the two bands, especially as Tyll had poached Eulenspygel drummer Günter Klinger. Yet, whereas Eulenspygel had pretty much now lost the plot by 1973, Tylls sole LP was one of those surprisingly creative gems of the mid 1970s that, to the few that knew it, was a welcome breath of fresh air. "Truly wonderful and extremely little known krautrock released on the Kerston label with something of a widely variable and fascinating approach." - Mutant Sounds RIYL: Floh De Cologne, Franz K, Alcatraz Includes insert with liner notes by Alan Freeman (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg) plus reproduction of the rare original booklet /comic." - Mental Experience.

Artist: TYLL
Title: Sexphonie
Format: LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
“Mental Experience presents the first ever reissue of Sexphonie (1975) by Tyll. Highly inventive kraut-psych album (heavy on the "psych") related to Eulenspygel. Sexphonie offers a mix of acid-rock, hard-psych, polit-rock and progressive/ folky sounds with some eastern influences. Features great studio production and outstanding guitar playing courtesy of Teflon Fonfara. Tyll was formed when Teflon was approached by Kerston Records with the intention of releasing a krautrock album. Teflons previous group was not active at that moment, so he assembled a new studio band featuring members and friends of Eulenspygel. Shrouded in mystery until now, Tylls Sexphonie is a krautrock curiosity that almost never happened, and it was all created within a matter of weeks from inception of the band through to the finished LP. The story is similar to that of the legendary Mammut, with an ad-hoc band brought together and given total freedom to do whatever they wanted. Tyll can be seen as the illegitimate step-sister to Eulenspygel, and there was much controversy and even legal action involved and some rivalry between the two bands, especially as Tyll had poached Eulenspygel drummer Günter Klinger. Yet, whereas Eulenspygel had pretty much now lost the plot by 1973, Tylls sole LP was one of those surprisingly creative gems of the mid 1970s that, to the few that knew it, was a welcome breath of fresh air. "Truly wonderful and extremely little known krautrock released on the Kerston label with something of a widely variable and fascinating approach." - Mutant Sounds RIYL: Floh De Cologne, Franz K, Alcatraz Includes insert with liner notes by Alan Freeman (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg) plus reproduction of the rare original booklet /comic.” - Mental Experience.

Artist: V/A
Title: Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Krautrock Underground 1972-1976
Format: Double LP
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $35.00
"The Nuggets (1972) of krautrock, Cologne Curiosities collects for the first time on vinyl, all the otherwise unpublished/un-reissued material that originally appeared on the three Unknown Deutschland - The Krautrock Archive CDs released on Virgin in 1996. These CD only releases were originally compiled by Trevor Manwaring (Paratactile, Impetus, Virgin, Harmonia Mundi) from tapes supplied to him by Toby Robinson. Toby, aka The Mad Twiddler, aka Genius P. Orridge, is well-known to krautrock collectors as one of a number of engineers working at Stockhausens WDR and Dierks Studio in Cologne in the mid-1970s, where he assisted on recordings by many famous kraut bands such as Can, Birth Control, Mythos and Dzyan. The recordings included here were made between 1972 and 1976 using studios in and around Cologne, produced by Toby Robinson for his own amusement. Bands would come in for practice sessions, to record demos, and during slack periods, impromptu jams would happen. Most of these sessions were recorded by Toby, and they feature Toby himself plus a revolving cast of friends and musicians (some of them apparently big kraut names under pseudonym). Including lost-in-time bands/studio projects like Astral Army, Fuerrote, Spirulina and Baal among others, the music here ranges from killer proto-new wave kraut psych to wild space rock, proto-ambient electronic, dark psychedelia and raw kosmische sounds with lots of analog synths/Moog. It was during that time in Cologne, that Toby, along with Fluxus artist Robin Page, gave birth to the mysterious and controversial Pyramid label, for which these tracks were originally made for. 24-bit domain remaster from the original master tapes. Insert with detailed liner notes by Alan Freeman (Ultima Thule, The Crack In The Cosmic Egg (2007)). Also features: Chronos, Neil Andersen and Ten To Zen. RIYL: Pink Floyd, Gila, Cluster, Hawkwind, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh, Cosmic Jokers." - Mental Experience.

Artist: V/A
Title: Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Krautrock Underground 1972-1976
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
"The Nuggets (1972) of krautrock, Cologne Curiosities collects for the first time on vinyl, all the otherwise unpublished/un-reissued material that originally appeared on the three Unknown Deutschland - The Krautrock Archive CDs released on Virgin in 1996. These CD only releases were originally compiled by Trevor Manwaring (Paratactile, Impetus, Virgin, Harmonia Mundi) from tapes supplied to him by Toby Robinson. Toby, aka The Mad Twiddler, aka Genius P. Orridge, is well-known to krautrock collectors as one of a number of engineers working at Stockhausens WDR and Dierks Studio in Cologne in the mid-1970s, where he assisted on recordings by many famous kraut bands such as Can, Birth Control, Mythos and Dzyan. The recordings included here were made between 1972 and 1976 using studios in and around Cologne, produced by Toby Robinson for his own amusement. Bands would come in for practice sessions, to record demos, and during slack periods, impromptu jams would happen. Most of these sessions were recorded by Toby, and they feature Toby himself plus a revolving cast of friends and musicians (some of them apparently big kraut names under pseudonym). Including lost-in-time bands/studio projects like Astral Army, Fuerrote, Spirulina and Baal among others, the music here ranges from killer proto-new wave kraut psych to wild space rock, proto-ambient electronic, dark psychedelia and raw kosmische sounds with lots of analog synths/Moog. It was during that time in Cologne, that Toby, along with Fluxus artist Robin Page, gave birth to the mysterious and controversial Pyramid label, for which these tracks were originally made for. 24-bit domain remaster from the original master tapes. Insert with detailed liner notes by Alan Freeman (Ultima Thule, The Crack In The Cosmic Egg (2007)). Also features: Chronos, Neil Andersen and Ten To Zen. RIYL: Pink Floyd, Gila, Cluster, Hawkwind, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh, Cosmic Jokers." - Mental Experience.

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