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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kravetz, Germany

Happy New Year - Welcome 2011!

Kravetz - s/t. 1972 Vertigo. A second release appeared as "8 Days in April: The Hamburg Scene" 1975 Fontana.

For some reason, I had it in my head that this one was reissued legit in the past and was just long OOP. And now while doing some research, it looks like all that was reissued is a bootleg. So it makes it's long delayed appearance in the CDRWL. Kravetz is of course Jean-Jacques Kravetz, keyboardist extraordinaire for Frumpy. At its core, this is a blues rock album, not that dissimilar to Frumpy themselves. But there's long sections given for instrumental work, and almost all of it is astounding. Kravetz puts in a fine performance, especially on organ - some of it moves towards the experimental recalling Xhol on Motherf*ckers & Co. Perhaps a distant cousin to the Brian Auger albums of the same time period. Essential Krautrock.

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