Agitation Free

Live 74: At the Cliffs of River Rhine

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Live 74: At the Cliffs of River Rhine Review

by Stephen May

A 38-minute concert recorded for radio in Cologne, Germany, on February 2, 1974, LIVE '74: AT THE CLIFFS OF RIVER RHINE arguably represents the apex of Agitation Free's trademark "cosmic" instrumental space-improv explorations, showcasing the virtuosity of guitarists Lutz Ulbrich and Gustav Lutjens, keyboard player Michael Hoenig, drummer Burghard Rauch, and bassist Michael Gunter. Thirteen-minute opener "Through the Moods" is unavailable elsewhere; the remaining cuts, which sounded great on 1973 psych-rock landmark 2ND, are positively electric, making this recording an indispensible part of Agitation Free's discography.

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