Xhol Caravan, Electrip Garden of Delights Mistral, Hoefijzerlaan 63 B-8000 Brugge GERMANY Cyberconnection: http://www.forcedexposure.com/labels/garden.of.delights.germany.html
Unlike many of the albums reissued by Garden of Delights, Xhol Caravan are only moderately obscure and actually seem to be quite important in the evolution jazz-rock. This German hippie band is fronted by a dual sax / organ attack and supported by a strong foundation of excitement and goofiness. The album starts with a toilet flushing before bursting into a carnival-like sax organ and melody and then leading, in true jazz format, to the ubiquitous solos. At first the playing is very jazzy, but then it starts building to a sudden stop and reprise of the carnival melody. The organ provides a slight transition to the next melody, which seems to be a variation of some sort on the original carnival theme, a trippy organ solo follows, and we slowly begin seeing the rockier side of the band. The second song begins with a chatter of sped-up voices and takes off into a straight rock rhythm, giving way to some intensely beautiful sax soloing. A percussion solo serves as the bridge for some oddly discordant harmonies before the organ takes its turn, only to be joined by the sax soon after. They climax in a dense palette of sound, ending the piece. I could go on, but I think the reader can decide her or his opinion based on these two descriptions. The rest of the album is equally good, except of course the customary tacked-on pop single attempts which are merely ok (some nice stoned vocals, though). Not for everyone, I would guess, but quite enjoyable and very adventurous and innovative for its time. ~Jon Murphree~
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