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Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.10 | 66 ratings

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4 stars Kraan - Live (1975)

Kraan is a German rock, krautrock and jazz-rock influenced group. I have never listened to other records of the band, but I was excited to listen to the band for the first time. On Kraan Live we find a brilliant group of tight-playing live musicians with immense rhythmical talent. The album has little song-writing and perhaps the melodic side isn't too strong on most tracks, but it's simply great to hear a band plays so tight and the recording sound is among the best I ever heard. The band has a 'light' sound with the a subtle bass (with some melodic parts), the best of drums, great funky rhythmical guitar and some electronic sounding wind-section.

Kraan plays both long tracks with plenty space of improvisation and some shorter tracks. Overall the atmospheres are quite happy with at times an almost Canterbury-feel crazy happiness. Some parts of the live set are really exciting (mainly on side one, two and four) and some tracks are a bit too neutral in atmosphere for my taste. Mainly both Andy Nogger parts and Lonesome Liftboy suffer from this aspect. On side two Holiday am Matterhorn and Sarahs Ritt durch den Schwarzwald are both brilliant tracks and the excitement and rhythmcial development, solo's and tight playing are a real winner. Kraan Arabia is also a strong track on side four with some interesting sections and eastern influences.

As mentioned before, the production of this live album is perfect. I would not have mind mixing the loose live recordings into one fluent live mix.

Conclusion. Great, mainly instrumental rock live-album with jazz-rock influences that is very attractive for people who are musicians themselves and fans of the band. Somehow I just admire how professional this album sounds. Not per se an excellent addition to a prog-rock collection, but worthwhile for every-one who wants to hear some great musicians delivering the goods. Three and a halve stars. I decided to lift the record to four stars because of the replay it has had. It also works very well when I have company.

friso | 4/5 |


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