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This little known band from Heidelberg and Karlsruhe was among the pioneers of ethnic rock fusion. Unlike bands like Embryo and Between, Limbus made almost totally improvised, spontaneous music. The result sounded as if Kluster had gone ethnic! Cosmic Music Experience (1969) was issued under the name Limbus 3, with all three musicians playing piano, bass, guitar, cellos, violin, flute, whistle, recorder, tambourine, tablas, foray, tsikadraha, valiha and other exotic percussion instruments. They were university students who wanted to express philosophical and psychological ideas through their music. The album was a private release, and is now of course extremely rare. It has a fold-out cover with a simple drawing on the front, a picture of the group walking in a park or forest. Inside there was general information, a text about the Limbus 3-music and Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis" (1623) and another picture of the group. "New-Atlantis" was also one of the music pieces of the record, taking up side two. For Mandalas (1970) the group was expanded with the addition of Matthias Knieper (various instruments) and thus became the quartet Limbus 4. This was the second Ohr-release with a Reinhard Hippen-designed sleeve. It had the Ohr speciality - a cut-in on the front sleeve with a balloon attached. Musically this was in similar style with four new improvisations, though their first album was their most successful.
1. Dhyana (10:08)
2. Kundalini (5:46)
3. Heiku (2:17)
4. Plasma (19:28)
Odysseus Artner, Bernd Henninger, Matthias Knieper & Gerd Kraus (piano, bass, cello, viola, violin, flutes, totalophon, valiha, faray, tsikadraha, tablas, tambourine, percussion)