Bremen 1972

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Eiliff was another of those barely known Krautrock bands that turned fusion on its head with a highly original mix of jazz and rock. They only released a pair of albums during their existence in the early '70s, which are now difficult to find even on CD. This set offers a track from each of those albums, with the side-long "Suite" from the eponymous debut now stretched out to over half an hour. These pieces are completely instrumental, with powerful drum and bass grooves providing the framework while sax, organ, and some wild guitar go into extensive soloing. The band moves effortlessly from fast-paced riffs full of energy to far more spacy free-form sections, especially on "Suite." If anything, it's less quirky than the two studio albums, and closer to the jazz-rock of groups like Soft Machine at that time, though with more energy. Like other albums recorded by Radio Bremen, the sound quality is excellent as well.

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