CD Cosmic Egg UTCE 002 £11.00
2. Sepp Oben Ich Unten 7'40"
3. Geige 4'50"
4. Demons 5'25"
5. Wilderness 5'50"
6. Verlass Mich Nicht 6'30"
7. Ich Bin Ein Teil 8'20"
at CCC Studio, Berlin Spandau (1978).
Restored & edited by Alan Freeman (May & December 2002).
© 2005 Ultima Thule.
Günter Schickert: guitar, vocals, trumpet.
Axel Struck: guitars, vocals.
Michael Leske: drums, percussion.
An album that was almost lost forever. The producer
absconded with the mix-down, and the studio mislaid the multi-track tapes,
only a first generation cassette survived! You won't believe how good this CD
sounds (okay, there are some slight anomalies in the sound effects backing
track used on one piece, and a rogue click elsewhere that refused to be
removed, but I'm finicky), it's nonetheless a roaring sizzler!
"Eiszeit" amounts to a solid and revolutionary Krautrock album,
even a quarter of a Century on, notably with the Guru Guru and Can edges
turned inside-out, and each track a new invention, not least so the
"songs". Themes from GAM 1976 are heard here, sometimes out of
context with their original setting, welded into more complex hybrids. This
lost piece of Krautrock history is a jewel from a time when most Krautrock
had died or sold-out.
Record Collector 348 review...
Lost gem of the post-Krautrock era…
“If it weren’t for yours truly, the editors of this
publication, it is quite likely that GAM would have remained a mere footnote
in Krautrock history.” Thus, Alan and Steve Freeman of Leicester’s Ultima
Thule shop describe this trio made up of Axel Struck (guitar/ vocals), Gunter
Schickert (Guitar/ trumpet/vocals) and Michael Leske (drums) in their
compelling CD-ROM encyclopedia of Krautrock, The Crack In The Cosmic Egg.
GAM secured a record deal in the mid-70s but, apart from live work,
these 1976 recordings were not released, and the Freeman brothers stepped in
20 years later to issue the music on cassette and CD. As you might imagine,
the musical explorations are pure psych-Krautrock, but with gorgeous
overtones of modern electronica. The modern throb and textured beauty of
Geige passes too fast at a mere 4.50, and it’s amazing to realise that no
synthesizers or keyboards are employed on the techno throb of Sepp Oben Ich
Unten, whose wordless vocals are a texture of the music. Although the
nonsensical chanted lyrics will make you quickly tire of Demons, every other
track is a delight. All told, a fantastic release for fans not only of
Krautrock, but experimental music anywhere.
4 stars Reviewed by Ian Shirley source
CD (500 copies) - released 19/4/2005.
LP (Dirty Knobby DK-017) USA © 2015.
Bandcamp download - released 29/11/2018.
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