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Monday, May 21, 2007

Krokodil - Swamp (1970)

A most tuneful and infectious album forever hampered by its unfortunate position within the discography of these Swiss krautrockers. This 1970 release shows a band in flux between the scorching boogie-blues workouts of their eponymous debut and the massive stoned psych action of their third album masterpiece ("An Invisible World Revealed," see below). Many German groups attempted to sing in English to broaden their audience and virtually all failed miserably. "Swamp," on the other hand, reveals itself to be one of the more interesting examples of this phenomena, venturing into Van Morrison, Fairport Convention, and even Wailers territory. Meanwhile, the rest of the band was experimenting with sitars, flutes and avant percussion. With the fantastic packaging we've come to expect from Second Battle Records, plus three bonus selections from 1969, including trailer music for a film entitled "Stenhaufmadchen", recalling early Pink Floyd.

Compared to the band's debut album, "Swamp" presents a less blues orientated sound. This time the Swiss KROKODILes put much more emphasis on virtuosity. Thus Hardy Hepp's violin and far-eastern sitar sounds gained more importance. The timeless melodic writing also brought a different kind of appeal. A great artistic development for the band without ever drifting into the mellow waters of pop clichés! All recordings are digitally re-mastered, and in addition there a two unreleased tracks and a rare soundtrack title as a bonus. Digipak!
(info from CGR)
01. Get Your Personality Together - 3.08
02. Light Of Day - 5.19
03. Sunlights Beautiful Daughter - 5.43
04. Tell Me What You Want - 2.59
05. Blue Flashing Circle - 3.27
06. Snow White And Blue - 4.09
07. Human Bondage - 8.00
08. Gipsy Man - 3.48
09. That`s What I Do - 2.56
10. Stehaufmädchen - 2.07
Size: 82.5 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Artwork Included


At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Krokidil albums is worth a download, like them all

At 2:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwsome! Bobo

At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, this is so good that I will write again to support Chris's point... A 1! Bobo


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