Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Alcatraz - Vampire State Building (1971)

Other than the cleverly named album title, this is a very good Early krautrock album that has a very Prog-rock edge to it. As far as I know this is the only album by this band. And its a fantatsic mix of long Prog jams and jazzy Kraut-rock style beats.There's plenty of progressively building music here, usually starting very jazzy with the accompaniment of flute which then turn into banging guitar-laden prog rock pieces. Simple Head-phone mind also reminds me of a blaxploitation soundtrack which shows the range in styles on just the one album here.There's massive similarities to The Mars Volta Here (what havent they ripped off??). The vocals sound watery and trippy on Your Chance of a lifetime and there is an epic Prog drum solo on the upbeat title track.If you're after a good Jazz fusion prog/kraut album, give this a go, chances are you'll dig it.
Track Listing...
1Simple Headphone Mind (11:56)
2Your Chance Of A Lifetime (5:05)
3Where The Wild Things Are (3:03)
4Vampire State Building (13:10)
5Piss Off (3:16)

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