Cosmic Jokers

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Originally, this was not a Cosmic Jokers album, but rather a sampler to promote various releases from Kosmische Musik, the record label ran by Jokers mastermind Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser. With a track taken from each of the other four Cosmic Jokers releases, as well as from Ash Ra Tempel's Starring Rosi and Seven-Up, Wallenstein's Cosmic Century, and Walter Wegmüller's Tarot, which all included some members of the Jokers, it's not too far off to consider this with other Cosmic Jokers releases. Also, the Jokers were never more than an exploitation scheme by Kaiser anyway, and this album, with Kaiser and Gille Lettmann beaming from the center photo of the cover like commanders of spaceship surrounded by the satellite photos of their musicians/crewmen, smacked even more of exploitation than usual. The album opens with an excerpt from the first Cosmic Jokers LP, and spoken word from Kaiser and Lettmann is laid on top, as they introduce the cosmic experience. Some tracks are slightly different mixes, with bits of electronic burble and effects added as well. Tracks on each side are segued together for continuous sound, which works OK until the Wallenstein piece, "The Cosmic Couriers Meet South Philly Willy." This pompous piece of instrumental prog rock, the only track without Manuel Göttsching, is far too conventional and structured to fit beside the more free-form cuts. Otherwise there's the usual strange effects and pulsing space rock, though since all of this is available elsewhere in slightly different form, this one is for Krautrock completists only.

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