Title - 'Mothership' (Purple Pyramid Records)
Artist - Guru Freakout
The masterminds behind Guru Guru and Die Krupps have launched a monster Krautrock Mothership! And boy, has the Motherload landed with the creation of this incredible album!
So come climb aboard the Mothership for one of the wildest rides into the outer reaches of experimental music! Indeed, Mothership is the debut album from Guru Freakout, the thoroughly avant garde side project created by percussionist, singer, and frontman of the legendary Krautrock band Guru Guru, Mani Neumeier, along with über talented multi-instrumentalist/producer Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps.
With the help of bassist Scott Telles (ST 37), these two captains of the Far Out ride now bring us two (2) epic side-long journeys into the outer reaches of spacey psychedelica and groovy prog rock. The first track on this CD is the 30+ minute 'Notre Dame (Mothership),' a song that contains everything that was / is good about Prog Rock. EVERYTHING!
Funnily enough, Guru Guru's live performances and recordings in the late 1960s and early 1970s were politically left-oriented. Here on this title track you kinda get that vibe creeping in also. The other track on this "Side One" is the 13 minute, 'The Snows Of Mt. Bonnell.'
However, the initial Die Krupps sound throughout the 1980s - which combined synthesizers with metallic percussion - is notably absent here, in truth. Indeed, talking of that back-in-the-day force, Die Krupps were key in the Europe wide progression of Electronic Body Music, culminating with the collaboration in 1989 with British band Nitzer Ebb.
Anyway, moving on and back to the music at hand, the bonus tracks found on "Side Two", and only found on the new CD, begin with the near 8 minute long, 'A Little Bit Spacier,' which is backed by the near 12 minute 'Elektrolurch-Mutation,' with the entire CD being brought to a close with the near 11 minute, 'Elektrolurch-Mutation (Live At The Salvage Vanguard).'
Back in its day, Guru Guru released over 40 LPs and CDs, and sold over 500,000 records. Not bad for a band, and its members who devoted themselves (and still do, in all their forms) to bringing us the best aural hallucinations known to man!
Fans of Guru Guru and experimental, improvised music will not want to miss this very special album. As mentioned above, the CD version of this also-out-as-a-vinyl record includes exciting bonus tracks of rehearsal recordings that give an early peak into the makings of one of the most adventurous musical collaborations in recent memory!