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Walter Wegmüller

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Wegmuller was a mystic, artist and eccentric Gypsy. A sort of Swiss new age hippy. Some of the best artists of the cosmic era backed him up on his one album, ‘Tarot’, which is generally considered a masterpiece of the genre. It pre-dates the releases of The Cosmic Jokers by a year or two; having been recorded before those sessions.

A contemporary and friend of Sergius Golowin and visual artist H.R. Giger, he met and hung out with Timothy Leary in the early seventies when Leary was hiding from U.S. authorities. Around this time Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser, head of a new label Kosmische Musik, had the idea of having various vocal (mostly spoken word) pieces by these gurus. Kaiser recorded ‘Seven Up’, which included Ash Ra Tempel with Leary in the Fall of 1972. Then work began on the second and third records, by Golowin and Wegmuller. By now Kaiser had gathered the cream of the German psychedelic-era musicians, which included members of Ash Ra Tempel and Wallenstein, Walter Westrupp, Jurgen Dollase and Klaus Schulze. In various different line-ups, the work on these various projects became known as the “Cosmic Couriers”. In the following two years several others were recorded (mostly under the “Cosmic Jokers” banner).

Wegmuller’s own self-designed set of handmade Tarot cards formed the concept for the album.

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