Saturday, 17 October 2015

Kraan - Kraan (1972)


The debut album from this German band who released fourteen albums between 1972 and 2010.

Maybe Kraan is still alive. Their latest album has not got good reviews. Their first five albums is regarded as their best albums.

I reviewed their Andy Nogger album, their third album, some years ago and really liked that one. Good prog fusion.

The band is a quartet on this album with a lineup of alto saxophone, guitars, bass, drums and some vocals. A highly dynamic lineup.

The music on this thirty seven minutes long album (seventy minutes on the CD) is space psychedelic jazz with a lot of krautrock influences. It is by all means krautrock they are playing and I would label this as krautrock. The infusion of some German mad humour also makes this a krautrock album. Ditto for some subtle Indian rhythms too.

The five songs are all dynamic. The longest piece here, Head, clocks in at nineteen minutes and is a very good piece of music.

Most of all, the music on this album is very intense and straight in your face. It still has a lot of very good melodies and details too.

I am a bit fascinated by this album and rate it as a very good album. I need to hear more from Kraan.

3.5 points

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