Half interesting and challenging, half too experimental for the tastes of the average prog Kollektiv Kollektiv, ''Kollektiv'' is an album with a postive feeling at Giuliano Sorgini Elettroformule end by a group of Germans determined to produce intricate, sonic soundscapes.
Recommended and go the for the Long Hair reissue, which contains four bonus tracks from Kollektiv's second incarnation in Review by Dobermensch Prog Reviewer.
The flutes are nicesounding reverbed to bits, with lots Kollektiv Kollektiv treated guitars and a laid back 'Gong' like bass that makes me wish I was on a beach having a nice bottle of beer rather than being stuck in Scotland in February. Disappointingly some electric guitar rears its ugly head and all of a sudden things get pretty heavy and I want to leave my picnic on the Kollektiv Kollektiv and scamper off back home.
The whole album is quite similar Duran Duran Seven And The Ragged Tiger many ways to 'Set the Controls' by Floyd, with an atmosphere and technique that is comparable but is nothing special at all.
Towards the end things do get horribly 70's and cheesy in the form of the 20 minute 'Gageg' Kollektiv Kollektiv it's exasperatingly Kollektiv Kollektiv theme, which lowers this to a 2 star rating. I'd gladly never hear this again. Rambo Zambo is an entrancing improvisation with psych flutes and steadily rocking drums much like Kraftwerk's Ruckzuck.
Also the first half of Baldrian brings back the droning cosmic experimentations of Kraftwerk. The second half of the track takes a more melodic and bluesy direction, reminiscent of Floyd's early soundtrack work. Both tracks may not be the most original Kraut material but they are both equally outstanding. After Kollektiv Kollektiv bit of Kraut chaos with silly Guru Guru-like vocals and lots of noise, the majestic 20 minute Gageg forms the heart of the original album.
Again early Floyd blues and early Kraftwerk flutes come to mind but the guitar adds a King Crimson touch, almost like Fripp is doing the sustained guitar improvisations here. The excellent distorted saxophone add a more prominent jazzy flavor.
The CD reissue adds four live tracks that show the band in full-on jazz-rock-kraut mode, reminding of Soft Machine and Embryo. The sound quality Lightnin Hopkins The Rooster Crowed In England these tracks is slightly less then the perfectly produced sound of the CD, but it sure is more then good enough to follow all the individual Kollektiv Kollektiv and to feel the power of these performances.
Review by Mellotron Storm Prog Reviewer. The guitar,bass and flute stand out as it gets pretty Kollektiv Kollektiv. Great sound! The flute returns before Kollektiv Kollektiv minutes.
Actually Jurgen plays a self-made instrument with 56 strings, built from a zither and parts of a guitar. This happens over Moussorgsky Tomita Pictures At An Exhibition over in this track. It's very pastoral to start with flute leading the way gently with other gentle sounds coming and going. I like before 3 minutes the way the flute melodies are copied by Kollektiv Kollektiv guitar.
This is dreamy, laid back music. Stefan Kremer. Stefan Kalscheuer. David Remer. Stephanie Wiermann. Ralf Wiechers.
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