Kalacacra – Crawling to Lhasa

Kalacakra Their name is Tibetan, and means “wheel of time”, more or less. It was the name adopted at the start of the 70s by two friends from Duisburg: Claus Rauschenbach, on guitar, congas, mouth-organ and vocals, and Heinz Martin – who was already an experienced live performer – on electric guitar, flute, shawm, violin, [...]

Kluster – Klopfzeichen + Kluster – Zwei Osterei

KLUSTER with “K” was the brainchild of CONRAD SCHNITZLER, who, with the help of the later much more successful MÖBIUS & RÖDELIUS, practised his exciting but occasionally quite alienating principle of “random music” hic et nunc & completely without electronics. SCHNITZLER, born in ’34, released Klopfzeichen in 1971 the first, and shortly afterwards Kluster Zwei-Osterei [...]

CATAPILLA – Changes – Vertigo 6360 074

This is Catapilla`s 2nd album. Catapilla plough ahead on their own scary road. Meek’s exorcising and often wordless vocals still dominate the soundscape, as do Calvert’s ubiquitous saxophones – frequently with two of them playing at the same time. There is no sign anywhere of concessions being made to sales figures: this music aims at [...]

XHOL CARAVAN – Electrip

This band, from Wiesbaden, were originally called Soul Caravan. The band had made one fairly lacklustre LP, upon which they accompanied two black GIs who seemed to think they were Sam and Dave. After the two Americans had returned home, the rest of the band fell under the influence of Pink Floyd, acid and Rolf [...]

Achim Reichel & Machines

Achim Reichel & Machines came from my home town of Hamburg. The blond-haired Achim was the figurehead of the Rattles in the 60s, and later he was part of the wonderful Wonderland (who had a hit with “Moscow”). In 1971, he seems to have been evidently under the influence of certain chemical substances when he [...]

Schlager & Psychedelic

Was hat die PSYCHEDELIC mit dem deutschen SCHLAGER gemein? Howard Carpendale/Michael Holm/Joachim Heider Du Hast Mich aka Glory Be 7“ Single, Das Schöne Mädchen Von Seite 1 / Du Hast Mich, Columbia 1C 006-28 756, 1970 7“ Single, Love Needs Love / Glory Be, Golden 12 G12/96, 1970 Wir schreiben das Jahr 1970, Hochzeit der [...]