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    Main » 2010 » June » 3 » Krokodil ~ 1971 ~ An Invisible World Revealed
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    Krokodil ~ 1971 ~ An Invisible World Revealed
    Krokodil ~ 1971 ~ An Invisible World Revealed
    genre: kraut
    country: switzerland
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:17'43"  size: 500 mb
    misc.: 2001
     
    the Crack In The Cosmic Egg:
    Krokodil (German for "Crocodile") were constantly promoted by the labels they signed to as a Krautrock band, yet though they had the spirit of Krautrock in their veins, the truth was that they were Swiss! Naturally, Liberty tried to present them as the Krautrock answer to The Groundhogs. Well, Krokodil did have blues origins, they really knew how to rock-it and had a flair for the experimental, so they did have the same sort of attitude as The Groundhogs. But, all that aside, Krokodil were innovators in their own right, not at all copyist, except for maybe their John Mayall type roots.
    Like most Swiss bands, Krokodil were an unlikely combo, mostly of German-Swiss extraction, with one Englishman: Terry Stevens. Early on, the quoted "Swiss Bob Dylan" Hardy Hepp seemed to be in control, his softer folk and blues mix, and Mojo Weideli's harmonica, gave them a more down-to-earth sound. Krokodil's first two albums were excellent examples of progressive/psychedelic rock and blues, and developed a unique distinctive style, featuring excellent songs and superb jamming instrumental breaks.
    After Hardy Hepp departed for a solo career, Krokodil really blossomed as they moved to a more instrumental focus with the extraordinary AN INVISIBLE WORLD REVEALED, an album that took on all sorts of ethnic and fusion elements, becoming like a hybrid of Amon Dььl II, Man and Third Ear Band, all mixed into that unique Krokodil style. A key to its success is Dieter Dierks excellent recording, which makes much use of his patent echo techniques, phasing and the distinctive Dierks Studio Mellotron. Ethnic elements had figured in earlier Krokodil recordings, but not so much as here, where the sitar, tablas and flute are heavily featured. Krokodil had become the finest of Swiss Krautrock bands. The Second Battle CD reissue also contains an excellent 27 minutes of jam sessions as a bonus. Also at this time, Liberty's budget label Sunset presented a Dьde Dьrst solo album under the banner of "Krokodil Solo", which surely showed how important Krokodil had become.
    A change of label, to Bacillus Records, their next album GETTING UP FOR THE MORNING offered a similar blending of rock, blues and ethnic styles, though in a more condensed and song-based concoction, acting as an ideal introduction to the band. The swan song, the double album SWEAT AND SWIM, though it had a couple of duff tracks (it's an extremely varied album) also contained some of their best, not least so the 17 minute cosmic-ethnic trip "Linger" recalling the masterworks of AN INVISIBLE WORLD REVEALED, and venturing on to new unexplored territory. Right down to the end, Krokodil were innovators with their own musical vision.
    01. Lady of Attraction 4:21
    02. With Little Miss Trimmings 1:42
    03. Oddyssey In Om 15:19
    04. Green Fly 4:23
    05. Looking At Time 14:03
    06. Last Doors 4:00

    bonus:
    07. Pollution 3:41
    08. Krokodil Session Part 1 11:26
    09. Krokodil Session Part 2 11:42
    10. Don't Make Promises 4:00
    11. Hurra! 3:05
     

    - Walty Anselmo / guitars, sitar, bass, vocals
    - Terry Stevens / bass, guitar, mellotron, vocals
    - Mojo Weideli / flute, harmonica, vocals
    - Düde Dürst / drums, percussion, vocals

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    3 adamus67   (28.09.2014 11:47)
    avatarThanks , i've it already - Krokodil were constantly promoted by the labels they signed to as a Krautrock band, yet though they had the spirit of Krautrock in their veins, the truth was that they were, Swiss band! Naturally, Liberty tried to present them as the Krautrock answer to The Groundhogs.

    Well, Krokodil did have blues origins, they really knew how to rock-it and had a flair for the experimental, so they did have the same sort of attitude as The Groundhogs. But, all that aside, Krokodil were innovators in their own right, not at all copyist, except for maybe their John Mayall type roots. Like most Swiss bands, Krokodil were an unlikely combo, mostly of German-Swiss extraction, with one Englishman: Terry Stevens. Early on, the quoted "Swiss Bob Dylan" Hardy Hepp seemed to be in control, his softer folk and blues mix, and Mojo Weideli's harmonica, gave them a more down-to-earth sound.

    After Hardy's departure for a solo career, Krokodil really blossomed with the extraordinary AN INVISIBLE WORLD REVEALED, an album that took on all sorts of ethnic and fusion elements, becoming like a hybrid of Amon Düül II, Man and Third Ear Band, all mixed into that unique Krokodil style. Ethnic elements had figured in earlier Krokodil recordings, but not so much as here, where the sitar, tablas and flute are heavily featured. Krokodil had become the finest of Swiss Krautrock bands.

    A change of label, to Bacillus, their next album GETTING UP FOR THE MORNING offered a similar blending of rock, blues and ethnic styles, though in a more condensed and song-based concoction. The double album SWEAT & SWIM, though it had a couple of duff tracks, also contained some of their best, not least so the 17 minute cosmic-ethnic trip "Linger" recalling the masterworks of AN INVISIBLE WORLD REVEALED.

    On his records combined the blues rock sound of the sitar, harmonica and violin. It is thanks to an interesting instruments they managed to create a somewhat otherworldly, hypnotic oriental atmosphere. Krokodil - An Invisible World Revealed from the first sounds of Lady Of Attraction invite us to your climate lakes. Climate reminds a little of the first Hawkwind album, which has not yet been recorded in space. Acoustic sound, "from afar" vocals and rich instrumentation opens the album perfectly.

    One of the most interesting tracks on the album is a fifteen-minute Odyssey In Om. If you like the sound of the first hypnotic CD Santana, George Harrison experimented with sitar or dreamlike flute or saxophone - beginning of the song is for you. After nearly six minutes there is hard rock guitar and harmonica along with the rhythm section and endow us a real departure. One of those brilliant moments when you can listen to the disc fragment without end. In addition, we have a lot of electric guitar and blues-based rock songs (Last Doors, Looking At Time), more or less sneak around towards psychedelic sounds, also feel the harsh climate of Krokodil recordings krautrock. 

    The perfect album reminiscent to, Twenty Sixty Six & Then, Pink Floyd and Hawkwind. Huge, juicy, psychedelic sounds, a lot of groovy moves of guitars, solid rhythm section and the addition of even a sitar! If you never thought a harmonica could solo on top of a mellotron and sound as cosmic as the best guitar solos from early 70s,of original experiments and sonic juxtapositions prepare to be surprised.

    2 Eric   (26.05.2011 19:51)
    Thank you Oleg for this nice edition.
    We value all the work you've done here and hope you're well.

    1 PERSEvalK   (26.05.2011 18:36)
    Thanks , i've it already but go for the bonus tracks (cool 2 see you posting again Oleg, hope you feel good, kisses)

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