Summer of 1976. The young German left found itself in a state of shock: Ulrike Meinhof, co-founder of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, had hanged herself in her cell at Stuttgart-Stammheim prison on 9 may. A temporary low-point in a political drama which ruled germany in the 1970s and also left its mark on culture and rock music…
The entire November 22nd, 1975 concert at l'Eveche (Hotel Nelson, Old Montreal) takes up the bulk of this release. Most of the recordings from this concert have remained unreleased ever since CKVL-FM simultaneously broadcast the show on air. Two more pieces appear as bonus tracks from a previous CKVL-FM live broadcast from January 6th, 1974.
This is a relatively unknown project of the intergalatic jams by guitar wizard Ax Genrich and groove monster Mani Neumeier known from Guru Guru along with the space bassist Dave Schmidt. This album, limited to 600 copies, contains some live recordings from the year 2005 with extraordinary space kraut jams in the vein of Guru Guru and Ashra.
Woodpecker's Dream, which pre-dates New Age Music and Sunrise is Everywhere, which set the stage for the more jazzier direction the band would follow. The bonus track From Another World was recorded live in 1974 at the Underground in Bonn. Mani Und Seine Freunde also features guitarist Klaus Walz from the legendary band, Epitaph. Mani Und Seine Freunde is released as deluxe edition digipak with enhanced booklet and has been digitally remastered by Eroc. Guru Guru are/were one of the wildest and most imaginative bands to emerge from the 1970`s Krautrock scene and gave definition to the term. Fuelled by a combination of LSD and loud raunchy experimental music, which may seem to be unstructured, it indeed incorporated many styles, from jazz to pop. These influences became more and more evident as the band’s career progressed.