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Cosmic Circus Music - Wiesbaden 1973 CD (album) cover

WIESBADEN 1973

Cosmic Circus Music

 

Krautrock

3.56 | 5 ratings

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Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
5 stars Some rough around the edges cassette recordings are all that survive of krautrock trio Cosmic Circus Music, a group that were based in based in Göttingen, Germany and only active for a few years in the early Seventies. The Garden of Delights label have compiled this one continuous 78 minute live performance from July 14 1973 at the Wiesbaden Wartburg Auditorium July 14, 1973 onto a single CD release, and the band perform a fully improvised cosmic music set in the exploratory vein of diverse Krautrock-related acts such as the Ash Ra Tempel, DOM, the Cosmic Jokers, Agitation Free and the early recordings of both Klaus Schulze and the Pink Floyd.

Delicate acoustic guitar ruminations and harsh electric distortion waves crash together in `Sternenmaskerade' around Ulrich Maßhöfer's shimmering electronic drones. Bernd Diesner's contemplative electric guitar strains reach for the heavens, sometimes burning slowly with middle- eastern vibes, cutting slyly like a buzzsaw the next. Karl-Heinz Keffer's bass grumbles and murmurs with lethargic delight, and Ulrich's plodding drums a thrashing storm of ferocious feral noise. Flautist Tim Belbe of Xhol Caravan eventually drifts in and out, flitting between electronic chirping ebbs as the piece grows in intensity and power. The whole performance is relaxed one moment, overwhelming and wild the next, and there's that delicious faint touch of darkness grafted to the lo-fi recording that permeates all the best Krautrock recordings.

Equally beautifully melancholic and rapturously meditative, completely hypnotic and truly immersive, `Wiesbaden 1973' is a genuine lost Krautrock gem far superior to being some mere desperate product belatedly released to make a quick buck. Listeners who prefer structure and focus will likely find it fairly tedious, but for the lovers who dig lo-fi fully improvised spacey krautrock sounds, it holds truly timeless Kosmische music you could listen to and disappear into forever.

Five stars.

Aussie-Byrd-Brother | 5/5 |

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