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24. April 2014

Krautrock , Electric Orange , Sankt Otten

THE NEW HERB SKIRT

No one has an exact definition, but everyone knows what is meant when we talk about Krautrock. "Krautrock is not a musical genre, but a term for a phase: 1969 to 1974," explains Dirk Jan Müller of the band Electric Orange. "Krautrock can be anything. "He was most exciting when he wasn't Anglo-American." Exactly this independence is embodied by bands like Faust, CAN, Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh, Guru Guru or Kraan, who showed a creative unconcern unknown to local conditions. Tom Redecker of The Perc Meets The Hidden Gentleman describes Krautrock as "Germany's only contribution to the worldwide phenomenon of rock music". Of course, Krautrock is wide-ranging: electronics from Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream; art rock from Eloy, Jane or Grobschnitt; anarchistic folk from Witthüser & Westrupp.

24. April 2014

Tangerine Dream

TANGERINE DREAM - Phaedra Phierzig Pharewell

Vienna, one of the first days of spring after a mild winter. The man who turned music history upside down with "Phaedra" forty years ago is sitting in a venerable café on the Ring. The years have left their mark on Edgar Froese's face, but his unrestrained desire to fable, experiment and provoke has not been harmed. Music was and is never an end in itself for him. Froese wants to get to the bottom of things and put everything into a big world context. To the left and right of his table, diplomats and business magnates palaver about the future of Europe, while Froese lets his gaze wander unsentimentally into the past and future, chatting in a good mood about a great adventure.

eclipsed: "Phaedra" is an album that takes on new form and form in every life situation, environment or era. How is such a plate made?

24. April 2014

Led Zeppelin

LED ZEPPELIN - Whole Lotta Phallus

It was pure sex, above all. Along with Jimmy Page's ubiquitous guitar and John Bonham's powerful drums, he seemed to be the driving force in the Led Zeppelin cosmos. Their highly potent and vibrant hardrock seemed like a permanent penis to the audience of the late sixties and early seventies. And not like a little one. The boys were jealous, the girls shuddered, fainted or cheered - depending on temperament and moral disposition. It was exciting.

This sex was embodied by lead singer Robert Plant. The slim torso slightly bent backwards, one hand resting on the hip, the blond angel curls dangling above the tight bottom, a face that at one moment seemed romantic and feminine, but at the next already belonged to the arrogant lust, who insatiably craved the next best skirt. So he stood at the microphone and let his unreal high, through mark and leg moving voice be heard. He was a fantastic mix of Errol Flynn and Brigitte Bardot.

24. April 2014

Santana

CARLOS SANTANA - Number 4 lives!

After the creative bang "Caravanserei", the classic Santana line-up was finally separated in 1972. Carlos Santana is neither the type who regrets anything nor extends artistic differences to the private sphere. Over the years he has cultivated a friendly relationship with his former companions: Wherever he met former members of his band, he hugged them warmly, chatted with them and invited them to a joint jam. Nevertheless, it took more than forty years before all those involved sat down at the same table and pondered new joint projects.

24. April 2014

Ian Anderson , Jethro Tull

IAN ANDERSON - Tull unlimited

For the third and definitely last time after the two "Thick As A Brick" albums Ian Anderson lets his alter ego Gerald Bostock have his say with "Homo Erraticus" (Review in eclipsed 4/2014). The latter again takes a stand on current political and social issues. In the eclipsed interview, the Jethro Tull boss explains why he is currently particularly concerned about migration and immigration.

eclipsed: Is "Homo Erraticus" your most political album yet?

24. April 2014

Jack Bruce

Indestructible - JACK BRUCE

Jack Bruce has produced a late work that underlines why the Scotsman is one of the greatest bassists and singers in music history. "Silver Rails" oscillates between hard rock, blues and jazz and is bursting with energy. eclipsed visited the 70-year-old on his country estate in Devon in southern England.

eclipsed: "Silver Rails" has an impressive guest list, which also includes Phil Manzanera and Robin Trower.

Jack Bruce: That's right. I did three or four albums with Robin in the '80s. The last one was "Seven Moons", a really good blues rock album. I was in Cuba with Phil a few years ago, which was really interesting. Phil spent his childhood in Cuba. He was there during the revolution and had to flee with his parents. So it was very exciting to return to this place with him and indulge in memories.

eclipsed: Why Uli Jon Roth and not Eric Clapton?

24. April 2014

Gazpacho

GAZPACHO - Demonic Prague

The story Thomas Anderson tells about the new album sounds exciting and creepy. The musician is reminiscent of a fairytale uncle when he starts to lead us into the world of a demon: "My father used to work for an international company in Prague. There he was told the story of a manuscript found in an abandoned apartment, in which a man claims to be many hundreds of years old and to hunt down a demon who is mischievous all over the world. But it is not just any demon, but the embodiment of evil par excellence that lurks everywhere. And the man found this demon. Shortly thereafter, however, he disappeared without a trace and left behind only this manuscript."

24. April 2014

Messenger

MESSENGER - The Mystery of Creation

The album title "Illusory Blues" is meaningful. After all, the seven airily arranged songs have very little to do with blues. Rather the core trio Khaled Lowe, Barnaby Maddick and Jaime Gomez Arellano want to show with their music how one can productively use one's own worries - the "blues" - and thereby draw new strength. You yourself have achieved this in an impressive way. In an interview, the British, supported in the studio and on stage by Dan Knight (g, keys) and James Leach (b), talked about their musical roots, the message of their lyrics and the spirit of the seventies that they want to capture with their songs.