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Malesch Import

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2002 reissue the experimental Krautrock group's 1972 debut album for Vertigo. Garden Of Delights.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Play For Us Today
  2. Sahara City
  3. Ala Tul
  4. Pulse
  5. Khan El Khalili
  6. Malesch
  7. Rucksturz


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B00008ICF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By W.T.Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
AGITATION FREE arose from the WEST BERLIN KRAUTROCK scene back in 1967, but never obtained true international recognistion, unlike the BERLIN bands Tangerine Dream, with at least 50 albums, ASH RA TEMPLE/ ASHRA, and Klaus Schulze. For whatever reasons, AGITATION FREE fell just short of this level of international success. This is a pity, because besides their first album MALESCH, their second album (called SECOND), and four other titles, this band has almost NO discography. Nevertheless, their talent was recognized by the Goethe Institute, who sent the band on a tour of the Near East sometime in 1972. While on tour, the band made "field recordings" of Near Eastern musicians, and street sounds. Combined with their long experience jamming in the progressive, FLUXUS influenced BERLIN music communes, the album MALESCH was born. Unlike most albums recorded today, this album works as a unit, flowing from one idea, song title, cultural and musical influence to another seemlessly. The album opens with some Arabic street sounds, dissolves into a far out groove based song, only to dissolve again into a KOSMIK MUSIK influenced piece. By the time that song winds down, youre propelled into a marimba based number, reminiscent of Steve Reich's experimental composistions. Whether the band is focusing on their lead guitar player's smooth tone and fluid melodic movements, or the elastic bass and drum interplay, or the organ and mellotrone washes, each song relaxes the heart, and excites the imagination simutaneously. When one theme is finished, more of their middle eastern FOUND STREET MUSIC is brushed over the soundscape, and a new song arises.Read more ›
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'Malesch' was Agitation Free's first album release. Originally put out in 1972, with founding members bassist / keyboardist Michael Gunther and guitarist / keyboardist Lutz Ulbrich. Some say 'Malesch' is one of the better krautrock efforts ever. Personally, I cannot disagree with that at all. Here, Agitation Free fuses spacey synth work, an atmospheric vibe with a Middle Eastern sound as so few ensembles can. Best cuts include "Sahara City", the intricate "Khan El Khalili" and the title track "Malesch". For other great Agitation Free titles, make sure to check out their CD reissues of '2nd', 'Last', 'Fragments' and their 1999 reunion effort - the fantastic 'River Of Return' (see my review). Should appeal to most fans of Faust, Terry Riley, Kluster, Tangerine Dream and Steve Reich. A great pick. Recommended.
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A brilliant album and the cd includes some rear film footage. Nicely packaged and includes an informative booklet about the band. The three album releases from the group which include 2nd, and Live'74, are worth adding to your collection. Experimental rock at its best!
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An incredible album, the first by Agitation Free I believe. Definitely a middle eastern feel (as the cover suggests) with tastefully blended shots of noise, out of sync echo, etc., as you'd expect from the band -- just delightful. A more open, wild feel than their following albums. The live bonus track, "Music Factory Live," is easily worth the price of the album by itself. Highly recommended.
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