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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Deaf (Shiver)“Alpha” 1969- 72 -1994 Swiss Psych Space Prog unreleased


Deaf (Shiver)“Alpha” 1969- 72 -1994 Swiss Psych Space Prog unreleased
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Swiss Kraut Rock group, formed by ex-The Shiver members and featuring also future Island Güge Jürg Meier on drums.An archival record with three mid-length tracks and one monster Kraut psychedelia, which clocks at over 22 minutes.First LP side is uneven with too much bluesy acrobatics of little interest, still the opening “No time” is pretty cool with hard, psychedelic guitar and organ experiments and lots of flute.The grand Kraut Rock suite evolves from Classical-influenced adaptions into jamming/ultra psychedelic exercises with minimal passages and fiery grooves.Band existed between 69’ and 72’ and occupied future Krokus singer Mark Storace during its last months….by…apps79….~


Deaf group was formed as a result of the collapse of the Shiver in 1969, was founded by guitarist and vocalist Dany Rühle and keyboardist Jalea M. Pastorini. In 1971, Dany Rühle leaves the Deaf for what would create art - a group with Benjamin Jäger (ex-Toad) in Iceland, and accordingly in 1972 Deaf cease to exist, and not releasing plate. Recording made ​​in 1970 - 72 years saw published only in 1994 in Switzerland. (so perhaps sometimes confused group home) The recording quality is not very good, but this is more than compensated by the quality of the material……….~

DEAF were an extremely obscure Swiss Krautrock outfit around 1970 and we can hear their “real” soundscape only from their one and only compilation “Alpha” including the longest album-titled suite and three live sessions. Of the whole album, such a mixture of heavy & peppery guitar-based kick and drunken keyboard walk can notify us some fragrance of Krautrock. 
From the beginning “No Time” we can be knocked out by freak out flute, percussive rhythm section, simple and persistently fluctuate bass, and sometimes familiar sometimes heavy attacking Samuraish rock ensemble. Against clear heavy rock texture, obscure voices (like this band’s history … cannot understand what they said) are there. In the latter half, eerie keyboards catecholamine intermittently follows drumming solo. A mysterious and interesting stuff. The second “Run You Off The Hill” can shoot into our brain dreamy drowsy bluesy heavy missiles from Swiss Deaf-y launcher. Basically a simple blues number, but simultaneously with groovy keyboard-based glimmering psychedelia. In “The Galactic Pack Of Kari” a warped flute and a greasy acoustic guitar can be very active and aggressive over the percussive rhythm stage especially in the middle part. Definitely not a single poppy ballad but delightful tragedy theme we can hear alright? 

The last Ravel’s Boléro-based extreme suite “Alpha”, one of their few and rare studio sessions, should be absolutely beyond expression. Calm and gracious falsetto chorus with exotic, ethnic woody-moody percussive melodies by flute and clarinet solos, plus a bit weird shouts, not entirely united and polished but slightly scattered into each of instrumental pieces. Nutty and dry-fruity merged organ sounds themselves can remind us some Kraut-ish keyboard-based soundshower. Quirky percussion and a bass solo with spacey synthesizer-elevated tribal jamming ensemble is not fundamentally honest at all but a bit whacked-out with merry-go-rounder flute sounds and complex, flexible drumming. Certainly shoegazey garagey made-on-trip sounds follow the whackey bloody footprints by struggle between a guitar and a synthesizer. Maybe they cannot be too soft nor too heavy in the last part. Well-balanced bluesy boogie fever can rush into confusion world. We cannot realize and well-read where and how this longest suite goes until the very last, and just after listening to it, no fresh air nor comfort but something missing (maybe DEAF themselves I do consider!) should be left around us surely…. by DamoXt7942 ....~

The Swiss import LP reissue of Alpha brings one of the most interesting, obscure German progressive albums of the early ‘70s back into print, with all its excitement and intrigue intact. Side one, recorded live between 1970 and 1972, offers some of the wickedest, most chaotic Krautrock moments ever, aside from the one rather conventional (and, by comparison to the rest of the music, rather blasé) blues-based rock number. “No Time” is built out of hypnotic, tribal Can-like beats and free jazz freakouts, while the highly melodic prog keyboards keep the song moving forward. The vocals on “The Galactic Pack of Fönds Kari” are virtually indecipherable (not unlike Damo Suzuki’s with Can), but the song speaks volumes on its own, with jump cuts between pop melodic moments and a section stripped to minimalistic Middle Eastern flair. The mammoth title track that takes up the whole second side of the LP (appropriately labeled “The Psychedelic Journey”) is where the band turns especially ambitious. At an astounding 22 and a half minutes, the track does its inspiration – Ravel’s Bolero – proud. It is psychedelic in the true sense of the word, conjuring up an imminently strange wind. The jam sets and maintains an acid-inoculated tone that meanders through demonic medieval chants, exotic Arabic rhythms, strains of organ exorcised from a dark Christian fugue, harnessed feedback, Renaissance orchestration, some progressive Brit-folk strumming, spacy sound effects, and accelerated circus music. Although it does occasionally drift out of focus and is virtually without melody or motif, the song is surprisingly deliberate. By creating a wealth of space, it even provides a sort of disorienting, long-form narrative that a lot of music passing for psychedelia never manages. Since Alpha was only pressed in a limited run the first time around, even most devotees of Krautrock have probably never heard this music. Needless to say, if you can find the 1994 Black Rills reprint, it’s well worth it…… by Stanton Swihart…….~

The Swiss import LP reissue of Alpha brings one of the most interesting, obscure German progressive-bluesy-psych albums of the early '70s back into print, with all its excitement and intrigue intact. Side one, recorded live between 1970 and 1972, offers some of the wickedest, most chaotic Krautrock moments ever, aside from the one rather conventional (and, by comparison to the rest of the music, rather blasé) blues-based rock number. “No Time” is built out of hypnotic, tribal Can-like beats and free jazz freakouts, while the highly melodic prog keyboards keep the song moving forward…..~

A few years back I was lucky enough to get a mint copy of the 1994 LP issue from Black Rills Records, and last year I had it professionally transferred to CDR. Aside from one small private forum this is the first time that a quality lossless version has ever appeared on the internet - this is a special gift to my visitors, some of whom have followed this blog for almost five years! I’d still like to keep this kind of rare so I’ll delete this post in one week. ….~
DEAF were an extremely obscure Swiss Krautrock outfit around 1970. One and only compilation “Alpha” including the longest album-titled suite and three live sessions. With a mixture of heavy & peppery guitar-based kick and drunken keyboard work. 
Originally recorded 1969-72 in Switzerland but unreleased. A great and very rare album. This is the original on Black Rills 9401. Limited to 500 copies. …~\



record manufactured in the U.S.A. 
jacket printed in Canada

Credits 
Bass – Bert Buchmann 
Drums, Percussion – Güge* 
Flute, Vocals – Jack R. Conrad 
Guitar, Vocals – Dany Rühle 
Organ, Piano – Jelly M. Pastorini*

Tracklist 
A1 No Time 9:43 
A2 Run You Off The Hill 6:39 
A3 The Galactic Pack Of Fönds Kari 8:18 
B Alpha 22:34 

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