2012-05-11

COSMIC CIRCUS MUSIC - STERNENMASKERADE - LIVE 1972 WARTBURG, WIESBADEN. VERY GERMAN. EXPERIMENTAL? SURE! KRAUT? YES! KRAUTROCK? NO! (NOT MUCH ROCKIN' HERE)


Kraut rarity of the highest order. This Space Jam was available in 1972 by mailorder via Sounds Magazine only.

Here we have a private cassette-only release by the German, obviously Hessian, group Cosmic Circus Music: Ulrich Masshöfer, dr - Bernd Diesner, g - Karl-Heinz Keffer, b, with guest Tim Belbe on flute. It could only be ordered directly from the band, and just a handful of people did so having read this article in the German Sounds Magazine that described the improvisational character of the music, and showed the address at the very end of the feature. 
 
(to enlarge the article: right mouse click and open link in new tab or download / save on your harddrive and use your picture viewer with the loupe)

Recorded live in Wiesbaden, it was a one-sided affair with only one long (45:33) instrumental track called "Sternenmaskerade" (" Masquerade of the stars"). Without the studio trickery of a Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser, this is Cosmic Kraut of another kind. Stripped down, but pretty spacy and unusual droning nevertheless. Masshöfer and Diesner came from the much praised, but unrecorded underground band Catharsis, Keffer may have been in an equally obscure collective by the name of Lord's Family (but that's just guesswork, dont nail me down), and Belbe of course is the late woodwinder of Xhol. We're not going to translate the article or try to describe the music. It's essential for Kraut-connoisseurs, but draw your own conclusions. If you go for groups like the very early Tangerine Dream, exmagma, Xhol, Agitation Free, Ash Ra Tempel et al., this one's for you. (We only have this second generation tape drawn from an original copy. A proper CD release is long overdue. Someone should do it...)

COSMIC CIRCUS MUSIC
(mp3 / 320 kbps / direct download)

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much!

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PHSStudiosRJ said...

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Anonymous said...

blessing or curse... this is only half of the gig. the other 40 minutes of this tape will be issued on a garden of delights-cd this year.

spunkie said...

Thanks sounds like Ash ra's little brother me likey.