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Steig Aus

EmbryoAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revisited Records
  • ASIN: B000O78S7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radio Marakesh/Orient Express (9:53) - Embryo
2. Dreaming Girls (10:26) - Embryo
3. Call: Part 1/Organ Walk/Marimba Village/Clouds/Part 2 (17:22) - Embryo

Editorial Reviews

Founded by Christian Burchard (drums, marimba, vibraphone) and still going strong almost 38 years later, Embryo are an excellent example of fusion music from 1973 and further demonstrate the vision of diversity the Brain label founders had. Aided by Dave King and Joerg Evers on bass, the famous Mal Waldron on electric piano, Roman Bunka on guitar, Jimmy Jackson on organ and Mellotron and Edgar Hoffmann on violin, Steig Aus is built of 3 long and wonderful tracks. Steig Aus is another "must own" record, not only for Krautrock collectors but for lovers of fine music in general.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fusion-rock-world music innovators August 2, 2005
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In 1972,before there were terms like 'fusion' 'world music'or 'krautrock',Embryo were blending these new sounds in extended improvisations and inventing new types of music. Closer to 'Bitches Brew' than the mind melting fellow countrymen Amon Duul II or Guru Guru, they brought together many different cultural influences in titles like 'radio marakesh/orient express' in inspired improvisations. Jazz innovator Mal Waldron guests on electric piano. Perhaps considered to uncommercial when these prodigious recordings were made, 'Steig Aus' was not released until 1975. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ranked Masterpiece of Krautrock/jazz fusion February 18, 2006
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From the very first sounds, as the album begins, you know that you are in for a listening experience unequalled almost anywhere. The needle hits the groove, and the muslim call for prayer is heard. WHAT?? Then, some intense OUD type jamming, and the first impression, is that perhaps you ARE listening to arabian radio. But then, the master of Jazz organ, Jimmy Jackson starts to play the theme to the first song, and you are hooked. Then, Mal Waldron, yes, that MAL WALDRON, who played with Miles Davis, and has composistions in every Jazz Fakebook in the world, starts in on the electric piano. By the time the electric guitar comes in, with fast fluid lines that would put Zappa or Beck to shame, its obvious, this is something special. Quite honestly, as the music builds, I find it on the level of any jazz fusion band from the 70s. The incredible give and take of the musicians, as themes, and counter themes weave in and out of the mix, simply overwhelms one with awe. And, underneath all the music, the miraculous drumming of Christian Burchard, the actual leader of the band EMBRYO, and with Ed Hoffmann on violin, the core members. Without reservation, this band, which Miles Davis had such respect for, is at least near the level of his BITCHES BREW era. Believe me, that is high praise from anyone who loves this sound.

One of the great features of this album, is the way textures, and different sonorities are blended, and interwoven. Sometimes, you are listening to vibes, and violin, with shimmering sheets of organ underneath, and small stabs of piano punctuating the soundscape. Other times, the instruments swell together, into a climatic miasma which sucks the air out of your lungs. I'm not alone in my assessment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent June 2, 2010
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When you are a big music collector you very often buy more than you can listen to. Great music can sit in untouched, and unlistened piles. This is a chronic problem for me.

Each day I try to get to new material, and tonight, I picked a winner. I know funkier Embryo work such as Bad Heads & Bad Cats. Steig Aus is more progressive.

With long jams and piping organ, these pieces heat to a boil and stay there, mixing globe exotica, Latin, and funky essays. It reminds me of how early Santana could cook playing "Soul Sacrifice," but Embryo's diverse palate makes this even richer music

DO NOT let Steig Aus get away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer jamming jazz rock/prog with ethnic influences! December 13, 2008
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I am completely blown away by this 1973 album, which actually consisted of some sessions from 1972 and late 1971 that were rejected by United Artists. Why did UA reject them? They felt the pieces were too lengthy and leaned too much to ethno-fusion. But that's a bit strange that the label did have Can and Amon Duul II who often recorded side-length pieces and even more "out there" at times than what Embryo were doing. But even those two groups left UA by 1974 (and leaving many fans feeling those two groups best days were behind them after leaving that label).

Luckily for Embyro, they signed a deal with Brain Records, and from those rejected UA sessions comes Steig Aus, simply an amazing jamming album combining world music, fusion, and prog rock, with tons of great Mellotron and Hammond organ from Jimmy Jackson (who was an American who played for Ray Charles, and in Germany for the likes of Amon Duul II), Farfisa electric piano from Mal Waldron (yes, THAT Mal Waldron), not to mention the guy who kept the Embryo name no matter who was in the group: drummer/percussionist Christian Burchard. "Radio Marrakesh / Orient Express" starts off sounding very Middle Eastern, starting with the call of a muezzin (I'm pretty sure was taped in Marrakesh, in Morocco, given the "Radio Marrakesh" title), then you get some really intense Middle Eastern oud playing, making you think you're listening to Middle Eastern music. Then suddenly the bass guitar kicks in, the Mellotron and Hammond organ, with some funky guitar playing, suddenly it has a more Western feel (but the world music influences are never far away, especially in the percussion work from Christian Burchard). I really like those Mellotron passages, Jimmy Jackson tends to use the tron brass quite extensively.
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