COCOON, THE - While the Recording Engineer Sleeps

Restocked. First reissue of While the Recording Engineer Sleeps, the first album by The Cocoon, recorded in 1985 and originally released in 1989. The Cocoon was a kind of psychedelic supergroup featuring legendary figures of the German music scene of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s: Gunter Hampel (vibraphone, piano, flute, bass clarinet, lead vocals), Jürgen Gleue (lead vocals, bass, guitar), Matthias Arfmann (guitar, bass organ, electric piano, lead vocals), Rüdiger Klose (drums, vocals), and Thomas Keyserling (flute, alto saxophone). Most songs were written by Hampel and Gleue with Gleue providing the lyrics. The legendary jazz composer, bandleader, vibraphonist, bass clarinetist, flutist, and baritone saxophonist Gunter Hampel is one of the most influential musicians, composers, and pioneers of the worldwide jazz evolution. He is the major instigator of the European jazz movement since 1958. On his own Birth Records label he has recorded more than 200 albums, most of them together with his Galaxie Dream Band. Jürgen Gleue was a founding member of the infamous neo-psychedelic band 39 Clocks, with whom he released four albums between 1981 and 1987. Under the moniker Phantom Payn, he later recorded another six albums of acid-driven psychedelia, and, together with Rüdiger Klose, he also played in the psychedelic rock band Exit Out. Klose also contributed to 39 Clocks, Phantom Payn, and avant-garde group Die Kastrierten Philosophen. First known as a founding member of Die Kastrierten Philosophen, Matthias Arfmann later became famous as the producer of German hip-hop/reggae star Jan Delay. And Thomas Keyserling, also a member of Hampels Galaxie Dream Band, played with Agitation Free and was a guest musician on two legendary 1970 German krautrock albums: Tangerine Dreams Electronic Meditation and Amon Düül IIs Yeti. - Staubgold.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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