Next to Embryo, Kraan are among those German groups who include psychedelic, sometimes ethnic elements to their distinctive, innovative jazz rock. At the beginning of their career, started in 1970, Kraan free form jazz rock was really into jam sessions, totally improvised, mainly instrumental (featuring sax sections and many guitar/bass solos). Their self title album was experimented with ethnic, psychedelic/acid tastes and discreet electronic manipulations. Since their debut album and with their two following "Wintrup", "Andy Nogger" the band has demonstrated with interest, dynamism and humour how can we make fusion/jazz with addition of influences from everywhere…
Kraan are one of those bands who simply know how to create great tunes. These guys make feel good, uplifting music. This was recorded at the drummer's farm which must have brought back some memories of 30 years earlier when they all lived out in the country on a farm and practised up to seven hours a day. If you don’t have an "analytical" approach toward music in the sense that you try to detect its construction principles, but rather give it a listen to enjoy without an theoretical "supra-construction", you won't be disappointed either.
After being away from the scene for many years, German progressive rock band Kraan have returned with this fantastic live album, covering many of the classic tracks that were fan favorites back in the 70's. The perennial line-up of Hellmut Hattler on bass/vocals, Peter Wolbrandt on guitars/vocals, Ingo Bischoff on keyboards, and Jan Pride on drums are all here, and display all the tight interplay and rhythmic ferocity that they were famous for decades ago.
Revisited Records has been remastering and reissuing some of the Kraan catalog, and this 1988 live set from one of the premier German progressive fusion bands gets the royal treatment. Live 88 was recorded after the band had disbanded then got back together again, so overall this period was not looked at by the fans as one of Kraan's best, but there is some spirited and quality grooves happening here. This reissue sounds fantastic, the players are inspired, the crowd is hot, and Revisited Records has put together a nice digipak with lots of commentary & photographs. The bonus track is an impressive version of "Ausflug", which was recorded live at the Theaterfabrik in Munich, on October 5th 1987.
It's hard to say exactly why Another Live works better than either Todd Rundgren's Utopia or Initiation, Rundgren's two previous excursions into synth-heavy prog-rock. It's not that the music is more energetic or focused, since it isn't. Neither is the music more challenging or ambitious – it's simply better. It's true that the second half is devoted to covers (West Side Story's "Something's Coming," the Move's "Do Ya") or Rundgren classics ("Heavy Metal Kids," "Just One Victory"), all of which are more song-oriented than anything on the first half, or anything on either TR's Utopia or Initiation…
Uriah Heep's by-the-books progressive heavy metal made the British band one of the most popular hard rock groups of the early '70s. Formed by vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box in the late '60s, the group went through an astonishing number of members over the next two decades nearly 30 different musicians passed through the band over the years.
Recorded Live March 8 & 9, 1974 At The Auditorium Theatre In Chicago.
Cardboard sleeve reissue. Features SHM-CD format and new remastering. This album marks the first release of a live performance by Soft Machine's "Bundles" lineup, featuring a young Allan Holdsworth on guitar. The concert was originally recorded in January of 1975, and consists primarily of the Bundles album material (which was already recorded, but still unreleased at the time). Chocked full of magical moments, this CD contains over 78 minutes of incredible music.