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Brainticket's 1971 album "Cottonwoodhill"

Old 04-22-02, 03:30 PM
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Brainticket's 1971 album "Cottonwoodhill"

Digging into the obscure here.

New reissue of one of the essential early 70s psychedelic freak-out albums, first issued by the Hallelujah label in Switzerland in 1971. Licensed to German Bellaphone soon thereafter, this is generally considered one of the peak Krautrock experiences, despite its Swiss origins. Bellaphone did a poor quality CD issue in 1989, and there was also a bootleg version on "Bellgro" -- both of those are long o/p. This new CD, legitly reissued by the original Swiss manufacturer -- Phonag Records, offers improved sound & reproduces the fantastic swirl cover. At this point in time, Brainticket were made up of: Joel Vandroogenbroeck (organ, flute), Ron Bryer (guitar), Werni Frohlich (bass), Coismo Lampis (drums), Wolfgang Paap (tabla), Dawn Muir (voice) & Hellmuth Kolbe (potentiometers, generators and soundeffects). This is their first album (sometimes referred to as "self-titled) and is quite different and more radical than anything else in their discography. It features an outlandlish churning groove of a sound (vaguely comparable to Can or Funkadelic at their most tweaked), is deeply immersed in LSD mythology and is littered with electronic effects and collage-like elements leading towards the cover's warning: "Listen to the first recordings of this LSD/Hashish/Fixy/Jointy sound. Take a trip to your inner light. See the hallucinations of reality rise out of the groove. You've got your Brainticket now!"

This was quoted as being one of my musical hero's favorite albums. Anyone heard it or heard of it, and what's the deal? I love Krautrock and those bands listed in the description, BTW.
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Old 04-22-02, 06:50 PM
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I don't know. That album's a little too strange for my tastes. It's overloaded with weird sound effects, tape loops, irritating female voice. It's just too "psychedelic" and strange. Now their second album, "Psychonaut", is much better. A nice example of early '70s krautrock.
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Old 04-22-02, 08:42 PM
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Wow, somebody knows about them!

Sounds right up my alley--you could be right about the subsequent albums being better, I'm sure, but I guess I'd have to hear the difference. Some of my music is "far out" so it wouldn't be a total shock (or so I think).
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