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Agitation Free - At The Cliffs Of River Rhine CD (album) cover

AT THE CLIFFS OF RIVER RHINE

Agitation Free

 

Krautrock

4.00 | 51 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars I adore this album and the album cover is almost as beautiful as the music found inside.This was recorded live on February 2,1974 and consists of music mainly from their second album surprisingly called "Second". So 4 of the 5 tracks are from that album with the first song being a previously unreleased track.

"Through The Moods" features spacey synths, low end sounds and cymbals for the first 4 minutes before we start to get a melody of guitars, bass, synths and drums. It's cool hearing one guitar take the lead with the other guitar playing more of a rhythm role.The bass is quite prominant 6 1/2 minutes in as the guitar leads the way. Synths then take the guitars role after 9 minutes. Guitar takes it back 1 1/2 minutes later. I love the guitar during this passage as drums pound and bass throbs. A blistering guitar solo 12 1/2 minutes in to end it.

"First Communication" opens with spacey winds as guitar, drums and bass come in and start to build. The lead guitar sounds so heavenly as the sound continues to build. It calms down 3 1/2 minutes in as it becomes trippy and relaxing. It kicks back into gear 6 1/2 minutes in with some aggressive drumming as experimental sounds come and go. This blends into "Dialogue & Random" as we get more experimental sounds for almost a minute. "Laila" features a gorgeous guitar melody played fairly quickly as the other guitar comes in over top with some raw soloing as drums pound and bass throbs. This all stops 2 minutes in as a new melody eventually comes in. This one is more reserved and more pleasant. We're tripping again at this point. The song builds as it comes to a close. Nice. "In The Silence Of The Morning Sunrise" features birds singing as a memorable melody plays that is so healing, soothing and mellow. That melody reminds of that ALCATRAZ tune "Simple Headphone Mind".

This is Krautrock at it's most melodic. It's hard to put into words how peaceful and relaxing this music is on the soul. Perfect for a drive in the country on a sunny day.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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