The Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
In the annals of Krautrock, there have often been those bands and albums that don't really fit in the scene comfortably, those that seem to have gained a glowing reputation in collectors circles, yet to me are a mere also-ran. One such band is Sperrmüll, and an album that has to be one of the most patchy around, and certainly no Krautrock classic. A strange name for a band anyway, Sperrmüll means "bulky rubbish", so maybe they were trying to tell us all something?
Originating from various beat bands in the Aachen area, Sperrmüll were formed in early 1971 as the trio of: Harald Kaiser, Reinhold Breuer and Udo Hager, expanding to a quintet with the addition of keyboards and winds shortly after.
It wasn't until December 1972 that they got to record an album, and by then a lot of the early creative spirit had been lost. SPERRMÜLL only contains one excellent Krautrock number "No Freak Out" which, contrary to its title, is a superb freaky kind of Hendrixy-Hawkwind mixture that rollicks along superbly. Much of the album, however, is rather straight in comparison, and lyrically they were only a step above pop music, sounding like Status Quo on a couple of numbers! Obviously the hype behind SPERRMÜLL is from those with more conventional hard-rock tastes.
Over the next year the band again reduced to a trio and eventually split when the hoped for fame and album sales didn't happen. Afterwards, Helmut Krieg formed the band Winterkrieg along with Jürgen Winter (bass) and Sibbi Siebert (drums) playing straight-ahead hard-rock. They existed off and on through to the 1990's, but seemingly never released anything.
01. Me and my girlfriend 5:06
02. No freak out 6:47
03. Rising up 6:34
04. Right now 9:10
05. Land of the rocking sun 4:30
06. Pat Casey 3:15
Helmut Krieg (guitars, mandolin, vocals)
Harald Kaiser (bass, vocals)
Reinhold Breuer (drums, percussion)
Peter Schneider (organ, electric piano, synthesizer)
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