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Stuttgart, Germany (1971 – 1973)

Gila was a German band that, like Amon Düül II and others, started out as a radical hippie commune. Springing out of Stuttgart, Germany in 1971, Gila’s sound was based around the guitar talents of Conny Veidt, who was later a member of Popol Vuh. Gila’s classic debut album, Gila (1971), is an instrumental improv spacerock extravaganza that can stand proudly alongside better-known works by Ash Ra Tempel, Pink Floyd or Amon Düül II. After much touring, Veidt disbanded Gila and joined Popul Vuh. But soon enough, he would pull Gila out of the mothballs for a second album, the less-radical-sounding “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”. They disbanded in 1973

Some “Krautrock” bands are a little bit over the top, and others are surprisingly great. Gila could jam out the blues with the best of them, but they never found the success that eluded them. Their best album,”Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” was released in 1973. It seemed a little anachronistic for it’s time. The music seemed to have more in common with psychedelic rock than what was going on with rock music at the time (This was actually somewhat common in Krautrock at the time). It’s no surprise that this album has amazing vocals and multi-part harmonies. Excellent recording throughout. It uses American Indian themes and trances in the lyrics and music making for an awesome musical panorama.”I’m reminded of vocal harmonies used by many of San Francisco’s psychedelic bands during the late 60s; but Gila sound much more European(although they sing in English).”(Hedge) Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh even plays piano on “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”


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  • mers-600

    YES-O KEY.

    6 Apr 1:03pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    @azachel, NEVER confuse the music genres! In fact this is NOT krautrock music >> What is krautrock ? >> Musicologist Julian Cope, in his book Krautrocksampler, says "Krautrock is a subjective British phenomenon," based on the way the music was received in the UK rather than on the actual West German music scene out of which it grew. For instance, while one of the main groups originally tagged as krautrock, Faust, recorded a seminal 12-minute track they titled "Krautrock", they would later distance themselves from the term, saying: "When the English people started talking about Krautrock, we thought they were just taking the piss... and when you hear the so-called 'Krautrock renaissance,' it makes me think everything we did was for nothing."

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MonoPeligroso

    absolutely mind-blowing stuff, I can't really understand why I never hear of them

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Balloonbear

    ru trap

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • seedmole

    stop using that word, chingada

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rogerjazzfan

    Gila = Crazy.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    These guys are fucking amazing....

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • zarqu

    Awesome sounds.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bangbingbung

    "Gila" means "Crazy" in indonesian

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • spreadblood4

    a heine and krautrock, please spell out a better time.

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Charles_Heres

    HOLY SHIT this is cool!!

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • azachel

    I scrobbled this Band 1400 times!!1

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Falklol

    Ahhh! Aggression is so fucking excellent! It's too bad they didn't make more albums, like Amon Duul II's incredible collection of albums. Prog at it's very best, it's similar to kraftwerk's K4 Bremen Radio album collaboration with Neu! (This was before kraftwerk went synthpop).. Fucking excellent.

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • futurolvidado

    The Buffalo are coming (2)

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
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    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • iconan

    A magical whirlwind of sounds and colors that goes straight in the eye of the mind. Psychedelic ... dreamers. -.-.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Robert161989

    The Buffalo are coming

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • azachel

    Great krautrock band!

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • TwiceAtGloaming

    proggity prog progressive rock

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Roncsipar

    always forget how awesome they are

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
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