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The first of Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser’s exploitive cosmic space rock albums is also the best, and certainly kicks the seat out of the many jam bands that arose in the ’90s. Unlike most “super groups” who collapse under the weight of their own hubris, the Cosmic Jokers, who were never really a proper group anyway, almost improve upon the sound of their precursors, namely Manuel Göttsching and Klaus Schulze from acid-jam-supreme Ash Ra Tempel, and Jurgen Dollase and Harald Grosskopf from blitzkrieg psychedelic Wallenstein. Structurally, the record is similar to those vintage Ash Ra Tempel albums, with two sidelong suites, the first side representing the peak of the acid freakout and the second side more relaxed, acting as the chill out later in the trip. Thus, the first side, “&Galactic Joke,” has more emphasis on Gottsching’s freaked-out guitar, as the music slowly builds to full phased-out fury and then subsides and builds again. The flip side, “Cosmic Joke,” is mellower, though no less improvised as it travels with Schulze’s keyboard washes at the forefront into deepest space on a similarly slow ebb and flow. The effects are laid on much thicker than on a normal Ash Ra effort, especially on this second track, enhancing the sci-fi aspects as the mixing board of Dieter Dierks adds another dimension to the sound. Unlike later Cosmic Jokers records, where vocals were added in, this album is completely instrumental, letting the music stand by itself.

-Rolf Semprebon, allmusic.com

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Cosmic Jokers-COSMIC JOKERS (1974)
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One Comment

  1. Thanks for any "Cosmic Jokers" albums. They're a seminal Krautrock band and deserve to be heard.


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