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Galactic Supermarket [Import, Original recording reissued]

Cosmic JokersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Spalax Music
  • ASIN: B000024V20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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French reissue of the krautrock supergroup's 1974 album.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Here is a truly amazing spacy Krautrock album worth looking in to. Cosmic Jokers was an unintended gathering of some of the biggest names to record for the Ohr, Pilz, and Kosmische Musik labels. This was the project that killed the career of Rolf Ulrich Kaiser and the labels he ran: Ohr, Pilz, and Kosmische Musik, because of lawsuits against him. This was the big reason why the likes of Klaus Schulze moved to Brain and Tangerine Dream moved to Virgin, and many others to other labels (often Brainm who were founded by ex-Ohr employees who didn't feel all was right at Ohr). Musicians involved were Manuel Göttsching, Klaus Schulze, Harald Großkopf, Jürgen Dollase, Dieter Dierks, Rosi Müller, and Gille Lettmann, names familiar to all who are in to this type of music. With associations with the likes of Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, Wallenstein, etc., you know what to expect with the Cosmic Jokers. Galactic Supermarket was the second in a series of Cosmic Jokers albums, all released in 1974, and is one tripped-out jam, ranging from guitar-oriented jams that sound like they came off Ash Ra Tempel's Join Inn, to percussion experiments, heavy on synthesizers, lots of electronic effects, the occasional female spoken dialog from Rosi and Gille, and so much more. The music is certain to keep you glued from start to finish. There's even a passage on the first cut, "Kinder des Alls" where the Mellotron rears its head.

It seems that Klaus Schulze was most angered. He calls these recordings an embarrassment and he wished they never existed. Manuel Göttsching thought better of these recordings and had a much better opinion of Kaiser than did Schulze. Plus he did think highly of the music, and for good reason.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to describe. April 28, 2005
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Is it jazz? No... it's too atmospheric and doesn't center around individual solos at all. How about psychedelic rock? No... the word "rock" usually implies that there's sung vocals of some sort, which are completely lacking (although there are occasional voice samples that float from ear to ear). Primordial electronica, perhaps? No... the wall of sound created by multiple synthesizers is often breached by a wailing guitar or acoustic drums.

Whatever this CD is, I enjoy it immensely. This is challenging, relaxing, profound, intense, unique, cutting-edge stuff. A perfect "chill" CD, although I hesitate to use that word due to the images of vapid and soulless electric piano noodlings with waterfalls in the background that it conjures in my head. If you ever come across this in a store, take a chance and pick it up. You probably won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Jokers - 'Galactic Supermaket' (Spalax) January 14, 2006
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Follow-up to their self-titled album (see my review). Good mid-'70's progressive / krautrock reissue CD. Features two lengthy cuts, "Kinder des Alls" (18:54) employs plenty of funky synthesizer sound and the title track "Galactic Supermarket" (19:24) features Manuel Gottsching's superb guitar riffing. You need to hear this CD for yourself. Should appeal to fans of Wallenstein, Anima, Klaus Schulze, Cluster and possibly Agitation Free. A should-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but advanced July 16, 2007
By Kai
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Complex, intense, challenging. Thats what this record is all about. Definitely not as accessible as the self titled album, this record is going to take a little bit of practice and preparation. Its still a bit intense for me, and at times I get lost in the Galactic Supermarket. A good pusher album to get you to a better level of understanding I believe. If you are new to the jokers, try the self titled album as your first listen. It will make the transition to this record a little softer.
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