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Il krautrock (anche detto Kosmische Musik o corrieri cosmici) è un termine coniato dalla stampa e dalla critica angloamericana in riferimento alla scena musicale costituita dai vari gruppi attivi nella Germania degli anni settanta. Questi gruppi hanno prodotto in varia misura forme musicali nuove a partire dal rock progressivo o dalla musica elettronica, anche nei decenni precedenti. Il termine fu utilizzato per la prima volta in senso denigratorio sulle pagine del settimanale inglese Melody Maker.
Intorno alla metà degli anni '60, a Monaco di Baviera si era formata una libera comune hippies, dove le persone vivevano in totale libertà, organizzavano continuamente degli happening musicali, ed erano impegnati fortemente a livello politico, qui si è formato il collettivo musicale chiamato Amon Düül. Questo fu il krautrock: una sfida tesa al raggiungimento dell'autonomia culturale…
8 Oct 2007, 12:22 by ElektrolurchInspired by nemoflow, i thought i might do the same thing by doing a blog entry about my personal TOP 20 Kraut groups, let's see
1. Amon Düül II
One of my all time favorites, existential in every way...great improvised stuff, original and unique. They somehow set a benchmark in defining an unique german sound at the time. Must check their early stuff if you haven't already.
A still active band. Maybe not exactly Kraut. Nice fusion/jazzrock, timeless, fluid. One of the best live performances i've evr witnessed.
Also one of the big groups of its time. To me, they showed that Krautrock can just rock and flow and doesn't have to be hard to listen to. Thanks;)
4. Agitation Free
11.Ash Ra Tempel
16.Inga Rumpf & L.D. Company
28 Feb 2007, 13:12 by RocketShipX41Anamorphose - Palimpseste (1986)
This relatively obscure Belgian band was a pleasant treat to discover. They play electric jazz rock with some Middle Eastern influences, and I really enjoy the energy they bring to the material. Saxes/flutes and violin are the primary lead instruments, and they're backed by keyboards, bass and drums. I'm a sucker for odd meters, and Anamorphose has got 'em. This seems to be a live album, though crowd noises only show up occasionally. A few minor fluffs attest to the lack of overdubs or post-recording fixes. I enjoy this quite a bit, and I'm not sure why it isn't better known. Comaprisons to other European fusion bands are not out of line: Companyia Electrica Dharma is mentioned, and Ananga Ranga comes to mind, though I like this better than either of those. It's up there near Aera in quality, though without guitar of course. There's even a bit of fiery trading fours that reminds me of Mahavishnu Orchestra…
30 Jun 2006, 18:47 by RocketShipX41The new issue of Exposé magazine is out. In addition to features about Robert Moog, Daevid Allen, Taal, Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison, Camel's Steve Adams, Yes's Jon Anderson, Förträngt hushållsarbete, and Elton Dean, there's an overview of the 2006 BajaProg festival with
Nektar, Kinzokuebisu, Interpose+, Hatfield & The North, Sergio Alvarez, Marillion (Marillion Acoustic Trio), Trettioåriga Kriget, England,
Lazuli Flamborough Head, Odessa, Mithrandir, Mostly Autumn, Amarok, Flower Kings, Arbatel, Toccata and Evolucion.
And, as usual there are hundreds of CDs reviewed. Here are the ones I did:
Nil - Nil Novo Sub Sole (the French band)
Ahleuchatistas - What You Will
Djam Karet - Recollection Harvest
The Underground Railroad - The Origin of Consciousness
Kate Bush - Aerial
Ndio - Airback
The Claudia Quintet - Semi-Formal
Drums and Tuba - Battles Olé
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - 2001 Live Birds
Ring of Myth - Weeds
Talisma - Chromium
22 Mar 2006, 22:01 by RocketShipX41Aera - Humanum Est (1974)
This German band's first album shows most of the qualities they would exhibit in later albums: slightly ethnic-flavored fusion with prominent wind instruments, combination electric and acoustic guitar playing, and good bass work. This one has lots of flute, whereas sax would dominate later releases. Guitarist Muck Groh wrote all the pieces, though he does not hog the spotlight. The way he works 12-string arpeggios behind jazzy sax reminds me a little of Shadowfax, though I wouldn't stretch that comparison too far. I'm pretty fond of the first three Aera albums, all of which rate 12/15.
26 Jan 2006, 19:51 by frondAera "Akataki"
5th and final album by this great german prog/fusion band. Their previous album had them veering towards the slick fusion sound, which was a bit of a letdown, given their earlier efforts. But this one is a bit of a step up, being jazzier and more exploratory, with a great side-long track. 10.