Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Beaver and Krause - Electronic Funk(1969)

Get it here!
I've been scouring the web looking for this one for a long while. I saw this album way back on a moog albums listing when I was so new to the genre I didn't even recognize the signifigance of the artists who made this. Even when I did, this was still so hard to find and I was sidetracked by tons of other albums to locate and check out. Really prominent contributers to the early electronic music scene, and some of the pioneers of krautrock. I've sifted through quite of a few of the duo's albums and some of the many side projects mainly from Paul Beaver. What really had me flying back to this album was my hearing in a really lively moog discussion that this album was very similar in style to the Garson Ataraxia and Plantasia albums. I've heard this before, and all I've gotten was typical 60/70's rock with some light electronic instruments. Still worth the search to find more of what I consider outright godliness. Search all the different blogs and random sites and had no luck, while Soulseek works great, I had all but given up on trying more specific stuff like this. After managing to find this on Soulseek after all, almost hidden, I think I need to give the devs some feedback about their search method. I could search "Beaver and Krause" and different variations 100 times and almost nothing would come up, then I search "ragnarok" and their album pops up. Nothing seemed odd about the listing, everything was labeled just right, artist, album name folder, etc. but Beaver and Krause just would not come up.

Anyway, I finally got the dang album! As soon as I heard it, my first impression was somewhat surprised, but not really blown away. This album is some of everything as far as classic electronic goes. You have the weird random noise tracks, full blown vocal tracks with back up synths, cool spoken word tracks reminiscent of the Wozard of Iz in the track "Dr. Fox". Finally though, we have the tracks that really must have inspired the post I originally read. There's some tracks on here that are just excellent and really are very much in the spirit of the Garson albums. Not surprising, since I've read Paul Beaver did work on Mort's many albums. I get the feeling this may be a random compilation album, which makes me wonder the really beautiful tracks like "as I hear it" and "fountains of the dept of water & power" are from their own great albums. If I find out such, I certainly will post it. These guys have made dozens of albums together and apart I've heard, stay tuned!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Get it here!
Electronic Hair Pieces, as I sort of complained about a little in the previous post, these moog pop covers are still extremely good. Here's a full blown cover of the classic rock album hair, it seems to be one of dozens that were made by various synth artist back in the day. Mort's covers are insanely good, some are so out there they almost become totally different songs in the most awesome way, but you can say that about almost all these Hair tribute albums floating around.