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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spalax Music
  • ASIN: B000024V1Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Galactic Joke
2. Cosmic Joy

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French reissue of the krautrock supergroup's 1974 album. Digipak. Spalax Music.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on April 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the first of the (in)famous Cosmic Jokers releases, culled from master tapes of jams by members of Ash Ra Tempel, Wallenstein, et al that Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser surreptitiously released on his Cosmic Couriers label...eventually resulting in the demise of that and the Ohr label, as well as R-U Kaiser's career! Seems that these jams came out without the permission (or compensation!) of the artists involved, and at the time those circumstances were highly controversial. Controversy aside, though, this initial Cosmic Jokers release is a wonderful thing, a pair of truly psychedelic (supposedly the sessions were highly LSD-drenched affairs) and flowing jams reminiscent of early Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, and then-current efforts of Tangerine Dream (viz their "Electronic Meditiation" album). A very trippy landmark of space-rock, to be sure.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on June 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1974, as this was Cosmic Joker's very first release, out of five (5) lp's. Ironic enough, all five were put out that same year. Cosmic Jokers were a krautrock super-group. Made up of musicians Manuel Gottsching (Ash Ra Tempel), Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), two members from Wallenstein and top-of-the-genre producer Dieter Dierks at the mixing board. CD has just two tracks. Both are lengthy spacy, cosmic, trippy freak-out pieces (call 'em what you will), "Galactic Joke" (22:30) and "Cosmic Joy" (19:24) should fully satisfy any fan hungry for this sort of music. To some of us, there IS no other music. None that matters anyway. Recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kai on June 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I recently went on an Indonesian boat trip and brought this recording along, and I will tell you this: the music contained on this recording is a heavenly landscape beyond explanation. I cannot put into words what it made me feel, what it made me think about, or what it made me see. The Cosmic Joke, the main source of attraction for me, is quite simply one of the most profound satorical compositions I have listened to. From beginning to end, its liquid movements feel almost as if the band, led by Manuel Gottsching's fingers, are being propheticaly propelled into a subconscious realm we cannot completely understand. Very powerful, soul penetrating music. Themes of good and evil, light and dark, right and wrong, beginning and end, and other fundamental elements of existence radiate throughout. Whether you are a musician, a surfer, a philosopher, a tripper, a traveler, a stoner, a driver, or someone who just plain likes music with a higher force, I strongly recommend you check this out. Some will never "get it", and that thats ok.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on September 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cosmic Jokers were a series of late night jams from some of the finest in Krautrock: Manuel Göttsching (Ash Ra Tempel), Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, solo), Harald Großkopf (Wallenstein, Schulze), Jürgen Dollase (Wallenstein), and Dieter Dierks (studio engineer and producer for many acts). These albums were released without anyone knowing it, and it was Göttsching who found out in 1974 when he entered a Berlin record store and found out the music being played on the stereo was from those sessions. Schulze had been by far least pleased of these albums, he deemed them "Cosmic sh**", an embarassment, wished they were completely buried and forgotten. It's true that these albums caused lawsuits against Rolf Ulrich Kaiser (head of Kosmische Musik, formerly Ohr) and drove him out of Germany. Despite the controversy surrounding these albums, the Cosmic Jokers made some of the finest in Krautrock (even if Schulze would have you believe otherwise). I already got Galactic Supermarket (the second in the series) and was completely amazed, so I went and bought the first, self-entitled Cosmic Jokers offering. Well, what can I say: this album is truly a must have for those who enjoy Ash Ra Tempel and Schulze. "Galactic Joke" is most like Ash Ra Tempel, because it's mainly dominated by Manuel Göttsching's guitar work. You don't get to hear much keyboard, so Schulze and Dollase seem to be more in the background. "Cosmic Joy" is much more keyboard-dominated, allowing Schulze to really shine. It should not come as any surprise the music at time should resemble his own albums of the time like Cyborg or Blackdance, but with that Ash Ra Tempel sound thrown in as well. Throughout the the whole album you get a lot of phasing, which lead me to think that was an afterthought, once the album was mixed after the recording. To me, Galactic Supermarket might be an easier album to get in to, but this is another great album to have in your collection.
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