This obscure Krautrock record from 1971 has long been considered a classic of the genre, and the first track, the 13-minute "Dirty Yellow Mist," certainly lives up to its reputation, as the group goes into dark space rock that sounds like something between Pink Floyd and Thirsty Moon, with lots of long keyboard drones, a crunchy guitar riff, some acid guitar licks, and some distorted spoken vocals, as well as some higher-pitched wordless chanting. Unfortunately, much of the rest of the record does not live up to the promise of that first track, coming off like a typical early-'70s hard rock band, with belted vocals and maybe some occasionally interesting guitar work. "That's You" has enough energy to be proto-punk, and certainly its chorus of "do you wanna die" doesn't weaken that impression. Far more notable is the track "The Executioner," a sinister piece that alternates between echoed-spoken vocals and intense guitar solos. The rest of the original album is too mainstream, but thankfully the CD adds another album's worth of bonus tracks, and some of these are really good, especially the original full-length version of "Flash," a 24-minute tour de force of guitar solo blitzkrieg between a variety of segued pieces, some of which are far better than the two-minute cut that ended up on the LP. Other bonus tracks include some instrumental versions of songs and a stripped-down version of "Dirty Yellow Mist."
1 Dirty Yellow Mist 13:07
2 Flash Part IV 2:19
3 That's You 2:23
4 The Executioner 3:32
5 Melancholie 4:19
6 Handful of Grass 2:45
7 Devonshire Street 3:29
8 "x" 3:43
9 "y" 1:34
10 "z" 1:31
11 Flash 24:42
12 The Executioner (different) 3:35
13 Handful of Grass (different) 2:42
14 That's You (different) 2:21
15 Dirty Yellow Mist (different) 7:30
This German band released their one and only album in 1971, on the infamous 'Bacillus' label. Just looking at the cover of this excellent LP should tell you what you're in for. It depicts several naked pigs in various poses, complete with genitalia and all! If that doesn't scream quality, I don't know what does!
Produced by Peter Hauke, engineered by Dieter Dierks, Nektar, Epsilon ect.
The group is lead by singer, guitarist, writer, Bernhard Rendel, who founded the project in 1968 when he was just 14 years old!
The powerful 13 min opening track, 'Dirty Yellow Mist' features an extended improvisation upon Link Wray’s classic “Rumble” riff. Very cool spacy Krautrock, much like 'Thirsty Moon', but heavier. Almost a 'Guru Guru' type treatment here.
This album is full of loud guitars, great keyboards, and a tight rhythm section. It's one of my all time favorite heavy Krautrock LPs. There are several shorter songs in the 3 -5 min range, which are also excellent.
After they released this LP, the band went through several line up changes, with Bernhard being the only constant. By the early-mid 70s, he disolved the band, to pursue his College education, he was 22 at the time.
If you like early 70s German bands like 'Krokodil', 'Gift', 'Jeronimo' or 'Kravinkel', you need this album!
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)