Guru Guru Groove Band: The Birth of Krautrock 1969 (Purple Pyramid, 2016)

February 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Guru Guru Groove Band: The Birth of Krautrock 1969

Guru Guru Groove Band: The Birth of Krautrock 1969

This album contains previously unheard early recordings by the band that became Guru Guru, recorded in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The presence of the word “groove” might make you think this is going to be some sort of mellow hippie jam session thing, but it couldn’t be further from that. This is harsher, noisier, and more chaotic than any other Krautrock you’ve ever heard, very much paving the way for… well, a lot of things. Industrial, Japanese psych, the Boredoms, This Heat, you name it. Of all the well-known bands commonly associated with Krautrock, only Faust seemed to reach the same levels of madness as this album. Rusty saxophones, never-ending echo chambers, so many amps plugged in that they short circuit the rest of the block. At some points, they screw around with tape effects, making it feel even more discombobulated. 7 is a killer drum solo from Mani Neumeier. The final track is a long jam called “Space Ship Live” that sounds pretty bootleg-y, and it doesn’t get quite as off the ground as its title suggests. For the most part, though, this album is utterly mind-melting.

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