There is a reason for the ‘?’ and that is because some people don’t understand Krautrock!
Now, I don’t profess to be an expert in the field, having just got turned on to more than Amon Duul II and Tangerine Dream! Faust, Popul Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel were all a mystery to be explored which I am doing at the moment!
When you start looking a a new (to you) musical genre I assumed (maybe wrongly) that everyone gravitates to Wikipedia (I do). So I did!
I found loads of new Krautrock bands to explore! Can , Neu, Guru Guru, Cluster and Nektar!
Hang on a sec, NEKTAR – Krautrock?
I have loved Nektar since I was about 14, about the same time I fell in love with that brilliant Welsh band Man!
Let’s just examine Nektar: Members: Roye Albrighton Derek Moore Alan (Taff) Freeman Ron Howden
Which one of them sounds German?
To be fair I know where the confusion comes from, it’s all to do with the fact that Nektar were formed in Hamburg in 1969 and stayed there!
On the cover of the vinyl version of Man’s album ‘Back Into The Future’ is the phrase: “Thanks to Nektar for coming to England” and on the cover of Nektar’s ‘Remember the Future’ is the legend “Thanks for Man for coming to Germany”!
If Nektar are Krautrock – then possibly so are Man!
Nektar “…Sounds Like Swiss” Live in Switzerland 1973 CD/DVD Available October 1, 2021
Unearthed audio and video recordings from legendary progressive rock band Nektar captured live in Switzerland, 1973. Includes an hour-long concert videotaped for Swiss TV’s Kaléidospop, unseen since its original broadcast. The two CDs include the audio portion of the TV show as well as a complete show soundboard audio recording from the Pavilion des Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland in May 1973.
Housed in a beautiful 4 panel digipak, this CD/DVD set is an epic, historical document showcasing the bands early innovative and pioneering sound that remains as vital and influential as ever.
Booklet includes liner notes by bassist and founding members Derek “Mo” Moore and Mick Brockett. The band’s line up for these legendary performances in fact features all five original members – the late Roye Allbrighton on guitar and vocals, Derek “Mo” Moore on bass and vocals, Allan “Taff” Freeman on organ and vocals, and Ron Howden on drums and percussion in addition to Mick Brockett handling the visual tapestry that was such a key component of the “Music and Light Theatre” that the band was presenting at the very height of progressive rocks main sequence during the mid-70’s.
“I have known of its existence since we did this concert in 1973 and have never been able to find it. To have this unearthed after all these years is fantastic and takes me immediately back to that time. It was great to be allowed to contribute what was needed to bring this about. Roger Houdaille of ‘Think Like a Key’ did a great job in putting this together” – Derek “Mo” Moore
No, I’m not the Central Scrutinizer, if I was I’d get the bloody sack cos I’ve been back and gone again that many bloody times!
No excuses but suffice it to say I have been flat on my back for at least 8 weeks (on and off) but I am now back and able to stand and even sit for extended periods, like longer than 10 minutes!
I jest – I am fully functional once more!
Well, when I say ‘fully functional’ that is not strictly true as to get me back to somewhere near normal (an impossible task) my meat and two veg has been reduced to meat and one veg! I’m sure you didn’t want to know that but hey ho!
No jokes thank you, my mates have exhausted all of those!
Sorry, no photos this blog (‘thank fuck for that’ I hear you all say) but hopefully normality (whatever that is) is in the process of being restored!
The fourth full-length studio album by the critically acclaimed prog rock bandAnyone entitled In Humanity will be released on October 12 (Pre-Order on Sept 12).
This new double album marks a major shift towards a highly progressive direction with founder Riz Story performing all instrumentation in a rare display of virtuosity, as well as producing, mixing and mastering. Featuring a guest lead vocal appearance by YES vocalist (and former Anyone member) Jon Davison on the song Misanthropist.
Says Riz, “This album was conceived as a soundtrack to my feature film (and novel) of the same title and so it is highly conceptual and dynamic. The story takes place in the future when mankind has made the earth uninhabitable and venture into the cosmos to find a planet that is even more beautiful than earth, which they immediately begin to destroy. I wanted to explore the outer limits of my creativity and musicianship and pushed myself to play all the instruments, particularly the drums, in a way that was experimental and exploratory. Most all of the playing was improvised, and therefore came from a place free of thought or design. All told, I’ve been working on this album for almost a decade.”
Anyone was formed by Riz Story, along with Jon Davison (Yes) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) in the early 90’s in Laguna Beach, California. Hawkins and Davison were replaced by the time the band signed with RoadRunner Records in 2000. Their self-titled debut album received much critical acclaim including a 5-star rating from Rolling Stone. In October of 2016 the single Fly Away was featured in Story’s debut feature film “A Winter Rose” and became the most listened to rock song in America on digital formats, hitting #1 on the DRT National Airplay Rock Chart.
The album will be available in download, streaming and CD on over 200 digital distributors including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
TRACK LISTING 1. Elations 2. The Disappearing Everything 3. Apocalypse 4. The Pale Blue Dot 5. Emergence 6. Don’t Swallow Tomorrow 7. Whole World’s on Fire 8. Transfiguration 9. On the ending earth… 10. Misanthropist 11. The Madness 12. In Humanity 13. Curtain Call