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Celestial Ocean

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Heavyweight 180gm vinyl LP reissue of this 1973's album from the legendary Swiss Krautrock band Brainticket. Celestial Ocean was a concept album that details an ancient pharoah's journey into the afterlife (substitute the word 'journey' for 'trip' and you'll get what they were driving at). However, Brainticket were not mere products of their time, they explored some truly compelling musical territory and produced a superlative blanket of sound (featuring a pioneering mix of early synthesizers, flute, zither, sitar, and male/female stream-of-consciousness spoken word vocals) that ebbs and flows in the same general cosmos as classic Gong, going on to influence bands like Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Skinny Puppy, The Legendary Pink Dots, and more.

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  • Vinyl (June 15, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lilith
  • ASIN: B003EUEWD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on December 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great recording of European avant garde music that was recorded in Italy on the RCA Victor label in 1972 and was released in 1973. Apparently, the album was inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead and the eight pieces are integrated seamlessly into a 37 minute long suite, with the opening synthesizer theme on Egyptian Kings restated at the end of the album. This recording is typically lumped together with German, "Krautrock" bands, in spite of the fact that the band was not German - however, Brainticket exhibits enough stylistic commonalities to justify it. The music on Celestial Ocean is generally very contemplative and quiet (apart from a slightly heavy introduction to Era of Technology) and is comprised of sections dominated by acoustic instruments (piano, guitar, flute, zither, and excellent drumming/percussion work by Barney Palm) and passages dominated by organ, in addition to smooth and clean sounding synthesizers (mostly moog and ARP synthesizers, in addition to tone generators). In fact, synthesizers are used quite a lot on this recording, although the acoustic piano is featured prominently on the closing piece Visions. Vocal sections are very non-traditional and include sections of (sometimes electronically altered) spoken words in both English and French, and semi-singing. One interesting example of the spoken word technique is featured on Era of Technology, where Carole Muriel utters quasi "technical" lines in a dry, emotionless tone such as "secure maximum reading on the output or VU meter" and "700 cycles per second at an operating level" etc. Found sounds are also employed albeit to a minimal degree - an extremely short recording of crickets can be heard at the introduction of the piece Cosmic Wind. The remastering of the CD is very good and the sound quality is excellent. This is a superb and very unique recording that is highly recommended for folks that like experimental music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By El Kabong on August 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Before "stoner rock" there was...well, "stoned rock". Unlike today's pot-rock Iommi-come-latelies, the head bands of yesteryear catered to imbibers of hallucinogenics, which meant banks of vintage keyboards, echoplex and wah-wah on the guitars, and generally bad vocalists hiding behind weird, would-be spacy fx. Especially the Germans, who seemed to never get over "Interstellar Overdrive" and all of whom tried to out-Floyd Floyd. Brainticket weren't Germans (they were Swiss, I believe) but they worked similar territory, and are actually one of the era's better and more musical purveyors of "head music". I was introduced to their music when the local altered-state guru of the neighborhood played me their first, COTTONWOOD HILL, one lava-lamped night. It was plenty memorable, a loose-limbed space jam played over the stream-of-consciousness babbling of one very, very blitzed girl "vocalist". Totally berserk and yet oddly compelling. I tried to find my own copy and could only locate this, their third and probably their best, 40+ way-out-there minutes based on Egyptian mythology. Led by multi-instrumentalist (now I'm only gonna spell this ONCE, so pay attention) Joel Vandroogenbroeck, Brainticket here fashion a trippy, flowing, altered-consciousness epic split into eight "songs". Synthesizers drone and churn evocatively over the rhythm section, a woman intones the spoken-word hippie-mystical lyrics while Joel V simultaneously repeats them in guttural whispers....probably sounds awful, you're no doubt thinking; yet there's something else here, a truly eerie otherworldly quality that makes the whole thing work.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This fantastic Krautrock record was originally released in 1973 as it was the band's third album. I know several fans right here in the states that actually remember this band. To best describe Brainticket is to imagine classic Gong with more of a complex song structure and perhaps a dash of early King Crimson thrown in. Best tracks here include "Era Of Technology", the super-trippin' "The Space Between" and the no less than beautifully done "Cosmic Wind"."Egyptian Kings" and "Jardins" also make this an extravagant listening experience as well. Line-up: Joel Vandroogenbroeck - synth, guitar, flute & vocals, Carole Muriel - electronic synthesizer & vocals and Barney Palm - drums. In the liner notes, it's revealed that Brainticket still lives to this day. Believe they released a new disc awhile back. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Carter on March 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an album by a very strange European band that deserves better than what the idiots at Cleopatra have done. What was supposed to be a seamless album (songs segueing into each other) has these INFURIATING intrusive 3 second pauses inbetween each track, thereby ruining the continuity of this wonderfully diverse and imaginative piece of work. This label also screwed up an Ash Ra Tempel CD by putting the wrong track numbers for each track. If you value and enjoy music, you won't purchase anything from this 2-bit operation. Unfortunately, they seem to have obtained the rights to many wonderful '70's releases by obscure bands....
Anyway, I love this album dearly - it has appeared in my dreams before, which is fitting - it is music of pure imagination, and more evocative than much of what you'll hear being produced nowadays. Brainticket RULES - also check out Voyage!
P.S. Hopefully the reissue of this CD has been corrected and restored to its original intentions.
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