Presumably, this was (and is) the most famous German session group! The musicians appearing at the Cosmic Jokers sessions were basically the same as on the preceding Kosmische Kuriere jam projects of 1972 (these were Ash Ra Tempel: Seven Up, Sergius Golowin: Lord Krishna von Goloka and Walter Wegmuller.
From February to May 1973, Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser organised psychedelic jam sessions (sometimes more reminiscent of acid tests!) at Studio Dierks. Cosmic Jokers typified how Kaiser wanted to communicate with the world to spread his evolving cosmic philosophy. The best moments from these four months in the studio were released as three albums in 1974, all supervised by Kaiser and Gille Lettmann without asking the participating musicians! The first of these, Cosmic Jokers, was a nice album, quite similar to early Ash Ra Tempel. "Galactic Joke" was a nice workout for Manuel's talented guitar improvisations. "Cosmic Joy" was a weird, spacious float-out dominated by Schulze's explorative electronics, verging on minimalistic surrealism. Galactic Supermarket had more conventional music on its long tracks "Kinder Des Alles" and "Galactic Supermarket", as Wallenstein member Jurgen Dollase was more in the limelight here. Still it was a great album with a cosmic-symphonic flavour to it overall. There were also some overdubbed vocals by Rosi Muller and Gille Lettmann. Planeten Sit-in had continuously running (cross-faded) shorter tracks, edited down from longer sessions - a kind of potpourri of alternating cosmic improvisations, covering well-known A.R.T., Schulze and Wallenstein styles. In my view this album doesn't turn out so well as the two preceding ones, hut it's still indispensable for all cosmic freaks.
Besides these three original Cosmic Jokers albums, two "samplers" released the same year included yet more material from the previous Studio Dierks sessions, along with extracts from the other Kosmische Kuriere and Kosmische Musik releases. Sci Fi Party and Gilles Zeitschiff. The first mentioned was a tool for Kosmische Musik to promote its artists, with a cleverly edited flow through their material. On some album extracts new vocals were added, as on the edit of "Galactic Joke". Finally, Gilles Zeitschiff was a sort of biographical concept, the 'sternmadchen' Gille Lettmann spoke about how Timothy Leary came to Germany, his ideas, the Tarot project, etc., accompanied by Schulze's VCS 3 synthesizers and more extracts from previously released Kosmische Kuriere and Kosmische Musik records, heavily over-dubbed.
1. Tim Bleibt Bei Uns (7:06) 2. Downtown (2:42) 3. Lord Krishna (1:23) 4. Power Drive (1:40) 5. Bei Tim (1:50) 6. Right Hand Lover (1:33) 7. Cosmic Courier Bon Chance (2:55) 8. Swiss High Lands (1:19) 9. Der Magier (2:45) 10. The Electronic Scene (3:38) 11. Electronic Rock Zeitalter (11:09) 12. So Beautiful (3:51) 13. The Queen Of Sunshine (3:22) 14. Meine Kosmische Musik (1:46) - Gille Lettman / vocals - Klaus Schulze / electronics - Jurgen Dollase / keyboards - Manuel Gottsching / guitar - Harald Grosskopf / drums - Dieter Dierks / bass - Hartmut Enke / bass, guitar - Walter Westrupp / guitar - Bernd Witthuser / guitar - Sergius Golowin / vocals - Brian Barritt / vocals
"...was produced by Gille Lettemann and came from her work with the Cosmic Jokers dream team's session tapes. These remixed tracks are overlaid with Gille's spoken words where she explains further the whole CJ concept. It's extremely trippy, but a real classic!" Digipak edition of "My Spaceship," first released in 1974. An odd/confusing concept record, this is a tribute of sorts to the real Cosmic Couriers, especially Mr. Timothy Leary (also Brian Barritt & Walter Wegmuller). Klaus Schulze whips up some tripped out celestial organ backings, the erotic space-whisper of Gille Lettmann rants on about the gentlemen in question, and then excerpts from records (like Tim's album with Ash Ra Tempel, Seven Up), are segued in! Gottsching and other Couriers also appear. This is a good listen, a good laugh and definitely worth it for semi-completists; others should start with Galactic Supermarket or the CJ's self-titled first.
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