VOLUME I & II
The legendary ex Out Of Focus project
CD Cosmic Egg UTCE 003 £11.00
1. Suite For The Young Girl (Drechsler,
Moran, Smyth) 25'24"
2. Trip (Drechsler)
3. Opus Dope Us
4. Let's Fetz (Drechsler)
5. Little Solitude (Drechsler)
6. Hip Me (Drechsler,
7. Order (Drechsler,
8. Good Wax Home (Drechsler)
9. Race To Heaven (Drechsler,
from 1983-85 and mastered 1986, 2004-7by Remigius Drechsler.
Ingo Schmid-Neuhaus: alto saxophone (1,3,4,7-9),
electric piano (3,4,7-9),
maracas, cow bell (8)
Marika Schmid-Falk: vocals (3,8), percussion,
vibraphone (3), gan gan (7), cuica (8)
Remigius Drechsler: acoustic bass (1-4,6-9), darbouka (1-4,6,9),
guitar (2,6), marimba, vibraphone, recorder (2), percussion (1,2,6,8,9),
psaltery, horn (9),
whistling, water (with Elise) (5)
Richard Netusil: special guitar (1,4,9),
hand drum (1,3,4), log drums (6)
Christian Bäck: soprano saxophone (3,4,9), alto
saxophone, vocal (6)
Paul Smyth: words (1,7,9)
Moran: flute (1,4,7,8), vocal (1,8),
signal horn (6), cymbals (8)
Reissue of the legendary ex Out Of Focus project
plus almost 30 minutes of unreleased bonus material.
A rarity of 1980s Krautrock, Kontrast saw ex-Out Of Focus members:
Remigius Drechsler, Ingo Schmid-Neuhaus and Moran Neumüller, working together
again after having been apart for several years. Out Of Focus main-man
Remigius Drechsler had been with Embryo on and off for a couple of years
prior to this, and actually Kontrast was his project and not a proper band as
such. In fact, one track is Remigius entirely solo, with the aid of some
nifty multi-tracking! Most of the album, however, is pretty much live rockin'
fusion stepping on from the second disc of Out Of Focus' "Four Letter
Monday Afternoon", as a refined and complex fusion, deep groove music
that rattles along magnificently, characteristic of the Munich scene, with
the edge on solo upon solo, experimentation and weirdness.
Though little-known, Kontrast deserve their growing
reputation as one of the finest examples of 1980s Krautrock alongside
Embryo's "Zack Gluck". When word spread around that we were down to
the last few copies of the LP a year or so back, the price of an original
spiralled, £50 is a conservative bet as to what it's worth today!
But, who wants the LP when you can have this? With half an
hour's extra material, all up to the same quality, and with many surprises,
not least in that Remi has sewn the whole thing together with revised themes,
making it all run like a 77½ minute conceptual opus. What's
more, Remi has done an extraordinary mastering job. In all, it's must-have
for fans of Krautrock fusion, experimental jazz-rock-world musics, or
whatever you call it! Also, it's a 500 copy first edition, with a 16 page
booklet and snazzy disc!
CD: edition of 500 copies - released 1/10/2008.
Bandcamp download - released 29/11/2018
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VOLUME I & II
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