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Artist: COSMIC JOKERS, THE
Title: S/T
Format: LP
Label: Klimt
Country: France
Price: $23.00
"Recorded in 1973 during a series of acid-fuelled all-night jam parties held at producer Dieter Dierks studio near Cologne, Cosmic Jokers was the work of a veritable krautrock supergroup that included Dierks himself, Manuel Göttsching (Ash Ra Tempel), Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), Jürgen Dollase and Harald Grosskopf (both of Wallenstein). This free-form freak out -- consisting of two epic tracks, the 22 min "Galactic Joke" and the 19 min "Cosmic Joy"--was first of five albums by the group to be released on Rolf-Ulrich Kaisers Cosmic Couriers label in the coming months. A first rate slab of space rock up there with other classics of the genre." -Klimt
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Artist: COSMIC JOKERS, THE
Title: Galactic Supermarket
Format: LP
Label: Victory
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Victory present a reissue of The Cosmic Jokers Galactic Supermarket, originally released on Komische Musik in 1974. Julian Copes review of the album on Head Heritage: "Starting with a heavy piano-drums groove like John Cale and Terry Rileys The Protégé from their classic LP Church Of Anthrax, The Cosmic Jokers return to their trip with an un-cosmic dub beginning, melodicas and guitars spinning off all over the place. Gille Letmann says a couple of words before the breakdown into Clangerland, a place where goofy synthesizers call to each other over exquisite mellotrons and tinkling spacey grand piano. Again, its just two huge tracks -- this time the ever shifting Kinder Des Als and the title track Galactic Supermarket. The female voices take a while to assimilate after the austerity of the first Cosmic Jokers LP, and the opening track wanders around for a while before ascending to its righteous groove. The women scream Schnell Schnell! and the helicopter drums of Harald Grosskopf propel us once more into a hectic frantic major-chord trance out. Its the sheer unbalance that makes this record such a delight. At times, Klaus Schulzes synthesizer is so loud that it swamps everything in its path. The title track Galactic Supermarket begins like one of Van Der Graaf Generators greatest and most drawn out riffs. A slow 6/4 bass licks over ominous Pawn Hearts style shifting chords. Again, the piece is slow to begin, as though they are searching for harmony but each musician is confused and solitary. Manuel Göttsching freaks out in a fury of wah-guitar madness, forcing the others awake, but this really is a down-in-the-mouth scene and the whole Trip descends further and further until... an inevitable slow burning groove gets itself together and the scene whips itself up into a Shake Appeal Flip Out. The LP takes a little longer to get into than The Cosmic Jokers, but give it time and its in your head forever. Those piercingly loud Klaus Schulze synthesizers which sound so bizarre the first time... Youll be waking up with them in your head, whistling them in the street, people will think youve lost your fucking mind. Right On." - Victory.

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