Thursday, May 14, 2015

Soul Caravan - 1967 - Get in High

Soul Caravan 
Get in High

01. So much soul (3:09)
02. Hey, hey, hey, what is this you are doing baby (2:35)
03. Memories (3:30)
04. Booking up (2:31)
05. Get in high / Shotgun (5:50)
06. Hold on, baby (2:24)
07. African song (4:05)
08. Just a fantasy (4:14)
09. Land of 1000 dances (4:10)
10. She is my baby (2:56)
11. Psychedelic soul (5:13)

- James Rhodes / vocals
- Ronnie Swinson / vocals
- Tim Belbe / saxophone
- Hansi Fischer / saxophone
- Klaus Briest / bass
- Werner Funk / guitar
- Skip van Wyck / drums

Before Tangerine Dream, before Embryo, before Kraftwerk, before even the Ohr label, Xhol Caravan released what may be the first album to rightly own the name Krautrock. The band started as a straightforward soul group, Soul Caravan, and bastardized the name for the new direction the group was heading. Early innovators of the creative German sound, and borrowing heavily from that country’s love of jazz, Xhol Caravan would always be a historical footnote. Sadly the band disbanded before it could be granted legendary status

XHOL was one of the first bands who participated at the send of the 60s to the launch of the Krautrock movement in Germany. Nevertheless their music cannot be categorised. Their roots came from rhythm'n blues with soul tendencies. With their second album "electrip" they rapidly found their own style which can be considered as an original fusion of free jazz, psychedelic rock and electronic experimentations. Very dynamic their jazz rock can sometimes be compared with the spirit of the psychedelic soul developed by SOFT MACHINE. However the unusual use of electric instruments and electronic manipulations made XHOL absolutely unique. After "Electric", the band carries on their musical adventure with two great and totally free jazz rock albums. Dominated by endless, electric and cool improvisations "Hau Ruk" is a must for fusion and jazz lovers. Their last studio album "Motherf**kers GmbH" recorded in 1972 is a monument. All the compositions have their own feelings, sometimes delivering captivating and powerful blues, kraut, and jazz elements. However this album put the stress on a second fascinating side of XHOL's musical universe: experimental organ works and psych/ folk interludes. This last album is nearer to Krautrock mesmerizing musical themes, more twisted, spacey and devoted to avant-garde. XHOL's influence on a bench of german prog bands and on the adepts of free rock music in general is undeniable.



  2. Thank you for the music.

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  4. This one sounds like late 60s Stax release - pretty black. Cool! Thanks!!