Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Staff Carpenborg and the Electric Corona-· Fantastic Party,LP,1970,Germany


Don't be fooled by the sleeve!It seems to be just another "family party" record of James Last,BUT,after 10 secs of hearing it you will find out a proto-kraut monster!In the vain of early CAN,Soft Machine,Faust with free jazzish-avantgarde hints,all hidden under a psychedelic rythmic veil!Distorted crazed out guitars,swirling organ-moog sounds,hypnotic vocals.A must-have!
"Listening to this record the very first time we thought that the history of Krautrock has to be rewritten. While this may have been some kind of over-enthusiastic, spontaneous reaction, it seems to be about time to share one of the last great Kraut secrets with the rest of the world. After more than a decade of countless re-releases in this field (and quite a couple of stinkers among them) you might be tempted to believe that there can hardly be any more undiscovered jewels out there which are worth your attention. But wait: some of the real stuff refused to catch your eye and ear because you wouldn't expect to look for it on conservative labels notorious for classical music only (e.g. 'Wired' on Deutsche Grammophon), in avantgarde-jazz surroundings (e.g. the first 'Et Cetera' Album) or like in this case hidden in an inconceivably disgusting cover on a cheapo label like Maritim, usually known for James Last impersonators and Humba-Tδtδrδ Bierzeltmuzak. The Electric Corona's Fantastic Party was their strangest and most outrageous attempt to cash in with one of such party records in 1970. And while the average customer of that kind of crap has probably lost all his friends and the party was over soon as the needle hit the grooves, these weird sounds make perfect sense for more sophisticated party animals who could imagine to have a hell of a good time while Hapshash & The Coloured Coat are jamming with Can (or whatever your own associations may be. The heavy noodling of Staff Carpenborg defies description because nothing else really sounds like it.) This forgotten and overlooked artefact of Teutonic freakness would be regarded as a Krautrock classic nowadays had it been released on Ohr, Brain or Pilz."
From Forced exposure review
All right, we'll admit that we were a bit doubtful about this at first, just from reading the hypesheet/liner notes, which claim, in part, that this is one of the "last great Kraut secrets" and because of its discovery, "the history of Krautrock has to be rewritten". And we're still not entirely sure if the person who wrote that was actually joking or not. But, while this is definitely not some undiscovered classic on the order of a Can, Faust or Neu! (or even the more obscure likes of Siloah, Kalacakra, Necronomicon, etc.) it IS pretty cool. And weird. Especially weird. Imagine Reynols or Yahowha 13 gone lounge, trying to entertain a bunch of jet-setters at some hip, swinging '60s party... It's called Fantastic Party after all and that's what it was meant as, a party record! Some cheesy German record label in 1970 put this together, presumably paying (with drugs?) a bunch of studio musicians to create a one-off psychedelic exploitation album by a nonexistent "band". A dime a dozen back then, maybe, but these guys really really went for it. It is pretty darn tripped out. Groovy but really off kilter and demented. Maybe we'd compare it to the children's songbook funk of Stark Reality, if you've heard the reissue of that. Or some totally dosed jazz combo doing porno music. Good times. Yup, it's got stinging fuzz guitar solos, flute warbling, hiccuping percussion, damaged "singing", bizarro titles... this has LSD written all over it. If you went to this "fantastic party" you'd know that Peter Fonda would be there for sure. And go-go dancers with dayglo body paint. And Timothy Leary, and midgets, and people who look like extras from a Terry Southern penned movie .
from Aquarius recs review
get it here

11 comments:

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Wow, what a bizarre and surprising record!

It reminds me (the marketing, not the music) of the 101 Strings wonderfully anomalous "Astro Sounds" album.

I never would have heard this were it not for this blog.

wieL said...

What a great find!
In another sleeve it would be an more widely known psych classic.

Anonymous said...

Great post, very thanks!
This album is a big surprise for me!

Yarro

Snedvig said...

At first I thought this one had to be a fake, but no ... maybe you can fake a Cluster-style electronics album if you have the right synth, but this just has to be real; no way this could be recorded at any time except the early seventies anywhere except Germany. From the mixing to the playing, there are just too many things the pranksters would have to get right.

A crazy, awesome album. If they'd only used a more genre-correct sleeve design, it would have been THE party album for krautrockers, this is more fun than the Cosmic Jokers!

buck said...

loving it

thanks a lot

the big B said...

Thanks bro!! was looking for this one for some time! has some mean psyche beats! saves me some serious bread here!!

Anonymous said...

UTTERLY INCREDIBLE!
Just when I thought every interesting Deutsche freakplatter had been unearthed, this comes along!!!
Genius cover too - perfect compliment to the sounds. 100% LSD dementia!
It's just been reissued on vinyl, so I've rushed off to buy that.
G E N I U S ! ! ! !

Mr. Trashe said...

Thanks a lot, for this gem, this band rules, sound very wierd

deliciuos!!!!

Mr Trashe
http://trashsistors.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

it just doesn't stop. seriously, where are you finding all this?!?
thanks a million.
i'm in awe

Apani said...

Thank you for this!

Klaus Radiolux said...

That's weird. Is it really 1970 ? I wonder if Staff Carpenborg could be some well known german band in disguise. What about Can ? They did several exploitation movie soundtracks in their early days. A track like "Shummy Poor Clessford Idea In Troody Taprest Noodles" and its fantastic guitar could easily have been included in Unlimited Edition, for instance.