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21 Nov 2016

Eiliff “Eiliff”1971 killer…! Germany Prog Rock,Jazz Rock Kraut Rock

Eiliff  “Eiliff”1971  killer…! Germany Prog Rock,Jazz Rock Kraut Rock
A true classic from Germany’s early ‘70s kraut scene sees its first ever vinyl reissue! Eiliff’s eponymous album, originally out in 1971 on the Philips label, combines the progressivism of UK bands à la King Crimson, Soft Machine and Van Der Graaf Generator with the atmospheres of German groups s.a. Guru Guru, Nine Days Wonder and Alcatraz. The LP was produced by Rainer Goltermann and engineered by Connie Plank. This reissue comes with remastered sound from the original tapes and includes an informative booklet that includes notes from keyboardist Rainer Brüninghaus. …. 

EILIFF were an early 70s prog band who released two albums before breaking up. “Eiliff” is their 1971 debut. The band seemed quite influenced by early Frank ZAPPA, SOFT MACHINE, and VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR. Listeners are quickly treated to countless complex, yet gritty, sections on each of the 4 tracks. There is an emphasis on sax and electric piano interplay, but the album also features excellent guitar work (although some solos border on noodling). Most of the vocals reminded me of the MOTHERS OF INVENTION. They tend to be dissonant, somewhat sloppy, yet charming. Overall, this is great stuff if you enjoy early 70s prog. If I were to point out a flaw it would have to be that EILIFF had the tendency to sound exactly like their influences. So, the ZAPPA-influenced sections sound exactly like ZAPPA, the SOFT MACHUNE-influenced sections sound like long-lost SOFT MACHINE recordings, etc. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, because it sounds like EILIFF did quite a bit of research and they did it correctly, but if you’re looking for originality maybe you won’t find it. Fans of SUPERSISTER, and MATCHING MOLE should definitely check “Eiliff” out….by Steve Hegede …….. 

4.25 stars! what do you get when you mix zappa (hot rats), the dead (live), van der graaf generator, black sabbath and ravi shankar? why german band eiliff! Seriously these guys are a mix of a lot of different styles and pull of a totally unique sound, like nothing before it..and really nothing of this sort ever came after it..its that unique!!! These guys are very jazzy with a hard rock intensity and jam in that style with the sitar thrown in here and there. This is very precise playing. The closest krautrock band is Kraan (also jazz oriented K.R.) but that is still miles away. The guitar solos may boarder on noodling at times but the amazing sax playing by Kalveram constanlly throws this music in different directions and changes the atomphemere many times over so nothing is to repetitive. Exp. this album for yourself, please. fans of zappa (and fusion), jam bands, hard rock band and ethnic bands should give this a try,….by Carl floyd fan ….. 

As the information pertaining to this vintage band is very limited, I can only share the music of this album. Thanks to Lise (HIBOU) who has written a brief introduction about the band. When I look at the CD sleeve, this CD version was released under World Wide Records in 1994. My entry gate to enjoy this album is through my liking to SOFT MACHINE even though the music is not exactly the same. I am really impressed with the music and musicianship of Eiliff. It can be categorized as Canterbury especially with its intense jazz components and progressive style. 
“Byrd-Night Of The Seventh Day” (5:05) starts with acoustic guitar fills followed by string section in ambient mood which then fades out to a musical break followed by vintage singing style in Canterbury fashion with great keyboard works. The overall sound is so vintage and it reminds me to COLOSSEUM, SOFT MACHINE, GONG. Those of you who love jazz rock fusion would love this opening track The Hammond organ solo in the middle of the track is stunning and it truly reminds me to the old days of rock music, but this time is played in jazz. “Gammeloni” (6:43) continues with a more upbeat style but still maintaining Canterbury style. It reminds me to the music of KHAN. The sax work is really stunning, accompanied by tight bass lines. Throughout this track Herbert J. Kalveram provides his intense saxophone work. Great solo! 

“Uzzek Of Rigel IV” (10:53) kicks off beautifully with a combination of energetic vocal, saxophone, guitar, bass and drums in complex arrangements. Those who love ZAPPA would enjoy this music. The peak of the album is, of course, the concluding track “Suite” which consumes 20 minutes plus duration. In terms of song structure, it has curved shape where there are changes in style and tempo from one segment to another. This great song features sitar solo in improvisations style. 

I personally love this album and I highly recommend those of you who have strong passion with Canterbury must have this album. The other thing I love about this album is the recording quality that sounds really analog, really vintage even though remastered digitally. Keep on proggin’ ..! 

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW… by Gatot ……… 

This is one of those albums you could file under Krautrock or Jazz / Rock. This is a strange album though with some avant leanings. These guys seem to be blazing their own trail. 
“Bird-Night Of The Seventh Day” opens with gentle guitar and sax but then the music stops. Vocals come in and they definetly sound different (haha). Organ follows. I really like the sax and organ to end it. “Gammeloni” features some crazy sax before 2 minutes and the bass is prominant. The guitar after 5 minutes is great then we get some dissonant sax when the guitar stops. It seems to speed up some late. “Uzzek Of Rigel IV” opens with those attractive (wink) sounding vocals as sax, drums and organ support in this uptempo intro. A bass solo then vocals return. It settles some after 2 minutes.The guitar before 4 ½ minutes goes on and on. This is the highlight of the whole album for me. 

“Suite” is the 20 ½ minute closer. It’s raw and aggressive early with some fuzz. Sax comes in. Guitar and piano follow. Bass is prominant before 2 minutes. A change after 3 ½ minutes. It’s still fairly aggressive it just sounds different. A change after 8 ½ minutes as it settles with organ. Sitar a minute later. It kicks back in around 11 ½ minutes in. Settles some 15 ½ minutes in. Big finish. 

This album has it’s fans and i’m one of them, and I really appreciate the way these guys play….. by Mellotron Storm ……… 

Humor-infused jazzy krautrock of the highest order. Echoes of Crimson but more lighthearted. “Bird-Night” effectively sets the scene and the epic suite that concludes the album manages to be exciting for each and every one of its 20 minutes…by…hellaguru ….. 

Eiliff’s debut album is one of my personal favourite krautrock albums. It’s an absolutely fantastic blend of jazz-rock and prog with a touch of psychedelia. The guitarwork is brilliant and the sax playing kicks ass as well. There are also some cool sitar parts which I love. Just four songs on this LP but I enjoy them all. The massive 20 minutes long “Suite” which fills the whole B-side is one of the best krautrock songs ever. The other songs are really strong too and there’s nothing to complain about on this record. 

This album is pretty damn close to five stars. However 4,5 stars might still be more accurate. A must-listen for every krautrock fan out there and highly recommended for everyone who enjoy jazzy prog rock. Just fantastic….by..CooperBolan……. 

Line-up / Musicians 

- Bill Brown / bass 
- Rainer Brüninghaus / keyboards 
- Herbert J. Kalveram / saxophone 
- Detlev Landmann / drums 
- Houschäng Nejadepour / guitar, sitar 

A1 Byrd-Night Of The Seventh Day 5:02 
A2 Gammeloni 6:43 
A3 Uzzek Of Rigel IV 10:54 
B Suite

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