Friday, December 10, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 33: Heftig Melodien [Germany pt.2]

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Volume 33 of The Day After The Sabbath is a collection of German heavies (with the exception of Novak's Kapell who were Austrian). It differs from Volume 19: "Kraut Rockin" in that it's not specifically intended to include bands that are linked with the 'Krautrock' movement, just great bands! After recording Amon Duul II’s “Yeti”, Dieter Serfas and Christian Shart split to form their own project called Sameti in Munich in 1971, we start with their catchy 'Get Up'. Second track 'Hypodermic Needle / Smile Please' is the AB sides of a great single from a band that had no albums until much later in their career, which is a shame as Novak's Kapelle showed talent with their super-heavy psych. Baumstam are up next, employing great fuzz guitar.

Ash Ra Temple are one of the 'Krautrock' bands here, this track is quite a straight-forward rocking jam compared to their more experimental stuff, and could quite easily be from a stoner rock band of today. Second Life was the original band that members went on from to form 'Tiger B. Smith', who have featured previously here. New Lords seem to have been a short-lived off-shoot from 60s group 'The Lords', another example of a pop band jumping on the early 70s hard rock bandwagon and coming up with something surprisingly good! Proud Flesh are another short-lived albumless band that's hard to find info on, but they certainly produced a few great cuts, heavy for their time.

Finally we have P205, with one of my favourite tracks here. It's long and roughly recorded, but ultimately this gives it an other-worldly and amateurishly endearing charm. It takes you on a doom-laden journey, with emotive touches including a wonderfully forlorn guitar solo around the half-way mark, and some discreetly effective keyboard touches.

01. Sameti - Get Up (1972)
02. Novak's Kapelle - Hypodermic Needle / Smile Please (1968)
03. Baumstam - On Tour (1976)
04. Frame - If (1972)
05. Ash Ra Tempel - Der Vierte Kuss (1970)
06. Armaggedon - Round (1970)
07. Second Life - Raiders Of Night (1971)
08. Excalibur - Don't Look Backwards (1971)
09. New Lords - Country Fever (1971)
10. Proud Flesh - Devil Flight / All In Vain (1971)
11. P205 - Major God (1976)


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  1. Great, thanks a lot! Keep 'em coming.

  2. † Electric Sabbath †December 12, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    I'm Shocked Sameti is so good thanks Rich!!

  3. Thanks † Electric Sabbath †, that is a great track! Quite Different from Amon Duul too.

  4. Can't get enough of these comp'
    Thanks Rich for the excellent work.

  5. A continually superb series of comps. It's always a good day when a new DATS entry goes up.

    Thank you for these. May I say...Awesome!


  6. Another uber-cool one ... Thanks!

  7. This is my favorite one yet! Great blog.

  8. just found your blog. great stuff! thx a lot from germany

  9. That Baumstam is so ridiculously fuzzy, sounds like a high school talent show band from the 70's and a I dig it. "Smile Please" is great, and of course the P205 one is a total 70's doom epic. Really diggin' into some obscurities, man, bringing us some classics!

  10. I can't believe that Ash Ra Tempel's "Der Vierte Kuss" is featured on here, I thought that song was only gonna be available on Rhino's "Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era" which is sadly now out of print

  11. Hi,
    Novak's Kapelle was an Austrian band from Vienna and made 6 albums.,Novaks-Kapelle_683,N.html