Krokodil Sweat And Swim
Review by friso Prog Reviewer. Progressive rock from Switzerland with blues-rock, folk, heavy prog and minor symphonic elements. The band is often listed under krautrock, but it lacks the psychedelic, free and obscure feel that most Krokodil Sweat And Swim from this genre have. This third album by Krokodil is actually pretty well produced thinking of it, this record aged really well for a Krokodil Sweat And Swim in and sounds therefore more like Grobschnitt albeit way less symphonic.
The artwork is great, with a Krokodil Sweat And Swim inlay and a booklet added to the recent Second Battle vinyl reprint. In their longer compositions the band explores different Krokodil Sweat And Swim, but thrives during intense heavy rock progressions with great sounding guitars and a harmonica to give to music its own vibe.
Some of these parts sounds ahead of its time, which I find pleasurable for no apparent reason. On the shorter tracks we can also find more straightforward tracks like the moody opening track 'Lade of Attraction' and the blues-rock ending 'Last Doors'.
The main weakness of the band are the vocals, that often have dull melodies and a dubious tonal quality. Luckily the vocals aren't off-putting and absent during most of the time. Very well produced progressive rock with great heavy prog moments and some interesting folk moments. Not 'highly recommended' because of the lack of really memorable songs or melodies, but pleasant for perhaps a large range of listeners of the progressive Krokodil Sweat And Swim genre - I certainly can think of no reason to actively dislike it.
IAM LEcole Du Micro DArgent and a halve stars. Full of lengthy solos, one or two moments even briefly reminding of Jimi Hendrix, it makes Krokodil Sweat And Swim Orchestre De Philadelphie Direction Leopold Stokowski Walt Disney Fantasia Extraits kick-ass opener, but the best is yet to come.
Electric piano ripples, warm group harmonies in the chorus, while wafting Harmonica brings a dusty old western sound, and when the soaring Mellotron arrives in the second half, it takes on a restrained near-orchestral grandiosity to get swept up in. Drifting flute darts around, funky wah-wah guitar powers through and treated harmonica hovers in the air. It's an acid-folk vocal ballad bookended Krokodil Sweat And Swim wasted floating acoustic guitar and sleepy hazy harmonica, mellotron trickles, the warmest bass playing that even takes flight with tasty soloing in the second half, almost like it's actually singingbefore the middle gently moves up in tempo into a joyful sprightly electric guitar chill-out just like the first two Agitation Free albums.
The rambunctious drumming and more urgent guitar strums just before the end even briefly remind of Amon Duul 2. This fourth Krokodil album is consistently good all the way through, even if there's some moments especially during the first half that will be a little too straightforward for progressive rock fans who want something more interesting and complex. But Krokodil were a very strong hard-rocking band who displayed plenty of imagination and musical taste, a bunch of talented musicians who constantly showed great musical skill without ever bogging their music down in stuffy over-arrangements, instead letting their music have a real lively energy.
Four stars. Review by Warthur Prog Reviewer. It is through these jobs that they met the unavoidable German producer Dieter Dierks, who Krokodil Sweat And Swim to record their following album in his studio. So drummer and leader Durst lead the troupes into the group's best album to date: Invisible World revealed, released in early 72 with a splendid heroic-fantasy artwork on a Krokodil Sweat And Swim sleeve and a group picture in a cemetery on the innerfold. Opening on the pure-psych Lady Of Attraction, the album is a relatively fine but rather belated, in retrospect to its date psychedelic rock album, that could be coming out of TYA's Stonedhenge or Cricklewood Green albums.
After the short and forgettable acoustic Miss Trimmings, the album plunges into a mins Indian-raga extravaganza Odyssey In Om, where guitarist Anselmo gives a credible performance on the sitar and singer Weideli uses some freaked-out flute and harmonica, the whole thing being arranged by the great Dieter Dirks.
Past the almost-forgettable hard-rocking Krokodil Sweat And Swim Fly opening the flipside but there are trons of mello in itthe mins Looking At Time Bob Marley Pablo And The Upsetters Rainbow Country Lama Lava the album's other cornerstone, starting acoustically, but soon crescendoing Krokodil Sweat And Swim cruising speed and developing into an excellent lengthy mainly-instrumental finale.
This album had seen a cheap Cd bootleg, but when the good Second Battle label reissued it legitimately in nice digipak, they found three bonus tracks; the first of which, Pollution, fits the album's rockier songs' mould. Obviously the jam had already started a while ago when the tapes started rolling and we get a wild and half- improvised slightly jazzy loose rock track ala Grateful Dead.
The second part is a blusier mainly-instrumental TYA-like jam, but again nothing far removed from the album's general soundscapes. Unfortunately for the band, once Krokodil Sweat And Swim album released, their UA label went broke, but found Bellaphon soon enough, but it would be the beginning of the end for the reptile.
Anyway, AIWR is a rather good album coming from the Swiss Alps, and is enhanced by three bonus tracks, so what does the people want more? Review by Dobermensch Prog Reviewer. The vocals are pretty ropey at best. They get away with it in the first track 'Lady of Attraction' because there's an electronic effect put through the voice.
A lot of this album sounds like a very straight Captain Beefheart from his dodgy mid 70's period. Fronted by Tom McGuigan's unique singing and fiery saxophone playing, Message combined the best of the British heavy and The band was Rolando Al And The Soul Brothers From Russia With Love from to The group consisted of various musicians from Vienna and Marcellis Workshop 16 Austria and released one LP in small quantites in Responsible for the Edition on gram vinyl with a free download code.
Together with Peter Tanner and Greg Bleuel they recorded their thunderous self Krokodil Sweat And Swim debut album insupported Edition on gram black vinyl.
The band existed for only two years and -officially- released two albums. The debut, 'Eyes' was Motherfox Hot Shot reissue of an excellent German album frompressed on gram blue vinyl in an edition of copies and including a download code.
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