Tuesday, July 29, 2008

GROUP 1850-LIVE, LP, 1974 (RECORDED: 1969), NETHERLANDS





Though I tend to think of their 1967 debut release "Agemo's Trip To Mother Earth" as being this Dutch psych unit's piece de resistance (and one of the finest psych albums of the whole era, for my money), this live album from two years hence is a thoroughly heady experience in it's own right. Recorded in the immediate wake of their follow-up missive "Paradise Now" and featuring substantially altered versions of two of the tracks that appeared therein, "Live" roils with a wild and infectious kinetic energy. If Agemo's Trip To Mother Earth was informed by Piper-era Floyd, the following few years found them reformatting their palette toward the more beefy and overtly rockist; both "Paradise Now" and "Live" at times flying a similar flag to that wielded by Guru Guru in their heyday, with brief roundelays into almost Santana-ish territory at times. That said, the glorious 15+ minute "Veradering" exits the aforesaid continuum entirely, free floating into the kosmiche ether on a tide of shuddering electronic waves and abstract guitar energy in a way that precedes and virtually surpasses much krautrock.

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5 comments:

kingpossum said...

Awesome post, vdo! The grandiosity of this music is terrific, a trait shared by a lot of Dutch prog but never more potently so than here, perhaps.

pjdorsey said...

this was a very welcome surprise! Paradise Now is one of my favorite albums and i never knew a live album existed from that era. thanks so much for posting

hawkydorky said...

Thanks very much for sharing this great album which I used to have but was stupid enough to sell. Contrary to popular believe (even Dutch music encyclopedias state this), this was recorded in 1973, only Verandering (Dutch for Change)was recorded in 1969.

chino said...

Really much appreciated!

Blacksmith lion said...

one more...

thank you.