CD Cloud Cuckooland [5060099502576] (CD 6654996),
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Cloud Cuckooland [5060099502576]

  • 1. Opening - Antiteater
    2. Stunden - Ihre Kinder
    3. See How a White Negro Flies - Out of Focus
    4. Water World - Sam Spence
    5. Paranoia Picknick - Ernst Schultz
    6. 1000 Tips Zum berleben - Sonny Hennig
    7. 10 Finger Blind - Ernst Schultz
    8. Komm Zu Dir - Ihre Kinder
    9. Der Turm - Deuter
    10. Ringo - Sam Spence
    11. Memorn (Der Amerikanische Soldat) - Antiteater
    12. Oh Man - Armaggedon
    13. World as One - Sam Spence
    14. Night Rain - Deuter
    15. XY - Ernst Schultz
    16. Nichts - Lied Des Teufels
    17. Intermezzo - Antiteater
    18. Blue Sunday Morning - Out of Focus
    19. Dice, The - Ihre Kinder
    20. Trauer (La Mandragola) - Antiteater
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 027

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Andy Votel.
    Eckart Rahn was a German musician who, after several years working in radio and music publishing, started his own record label, Kuckuck, from the German word for "Cuckoo." While Rahn's first love was jazz, he distributed a wide variety of music on Kuckuck, and the Finders Keepers compilation Cloud Cuckooland features 20 tracks from the Kuckuck archives, drawn from the label's pioneering progressive rock, Krautrock, and electronic releases. Rahn clearly wasn't afraid of musical eccentricity or adventure -- "10 Finger Blind" by Ernst Schultz is a piece performed primarily on a manual typewriter -- and while nothing here reaches the heady heights of Can or Neu!, there's no arguing that what's here is uniformly well-crafted and produced with intelligent clarity. Sam Spence's Moog synthesizer pieces walk a fine line between embracing the more outr tones of the instrument and an intelligent, melodic approach, and Ihre Kinder (who evolved from the beat-era combo Jonah & the Whales) are the rare progressive rock band who can actually rock out, with tough guitar work and strong melodies. Out of Focus' arty selections fall more into the category of classic Krautrock, while Antiteater's music is moody and deeply atmospheric (some of their pieces here were used in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Deuter's "Der Turm" is a bizarre bit of twisted Easternism, while the artist offers a more gentle and contemplative sound on "Night Rain." Armageddon's "Oh Man" is about as close to boogie as Krautrock gets, and "Nichts" by Lied Des Teufels sounds like a halfway point between prog rock and jazz fusion, suggesting Rahn wasn't straying too far from his roots. Cloud Cuckooland is hardly the last word on Kuckuck and Rahn's adventures in the music business (he later went on to form the new age label Celestial Harmonies, which he still runs today), but it's a well-programmed look into his adventures in the new German rock of the '70s. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "With West Germany's post-war reconstruction as a backdrop, CLOUD CUCKOOLAND represents a sea of possibilities, from Ernst Schultz's spray-gun ambience to Lied Des Teufels' beatnik jazz..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This fabulous selection from the label's '70s output plays like a cohesive album, with all the band connected by the same sense of post-pscyh absurdity as Faust and Can."
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