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The Art of German Psychedelic Period 1970 - 74  (10 CD/Book  Box Set)


The Art of German Psychedelic Period 1970 - 74 (10 CD/Book Box Set)

by A.R. & Machines

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The complete collection of Achim Reichel’s innovative avant-garde project in the early 1970s. 
The lavishly designed 10 CD box-set includes all five studio albums and almost five hours of rare and unreleased music, a new remix-album – Virtual Journey – as well as a hardcover book with the artist’s own liner notes. 
A lucky accident was the catalyst. In Hamburg in the early 70s, while playing with his new Akai X330D tape machine, Achim Reichel discovered he could build soundscapes of guitar echoes and add even more simultaneously. He spent hours in his room with headphones on, growing his orchestra of guitars. A.R. & Machines recorded five studio albums. Their debut, “Die grüne Reise”, – The Green Journey – was released in 1971 on tape cassette and vinyl, and was met with complete confusion, even from the music press, who had no genre-drawer to stick it into, and is a lasting Krautrock monument captured on tape. The cosmic vibrations – overlapping guitar licks, distorting and edgy, supported with live percussion and futuristic electronic sounds – moved Brian Eno to such an extent that he named his solo-album “Another Green World” after it. 
The A.R. & Machines “The Art Of German Psychedelic (1970-74)” contains all five studio albums from 1971 to 1974: Die grüne Reise, Echo, A.R.3, A.R.4, and Autovision. 
Fifty years after they were released, then taken from sale by Achim Reichel before he set off on his solo career, the albums are the ultimate insight into one of Krautrock’s most mysterious artists. Alongside the albums are two live CDs, Live in Köln and Live in Krefeld, the former recorded for radio and rescued from the tape bin by Achim Reichel in April 1973, and the latter recorded by an avid fan at the German Rock Festival in September 1973. Three bonus CDs filled with previously unreleased material from Reichel’s tape archive complete the set. 
In Virtual Journey – produced exclusively for the box-set – Achim Reichel uncovers old demos recorded in the 70s by his younger self and pieces them together with modern audio software. The A.R. & Machines project hereby takes a step into the modern world. Remixes 96 is a collection of A.R. & Machines remixes from 1996, made by Reichel during the peak of his solo career and kept away until now. Last but not least, “Warm-up in a Birdcage” (Bonus A.R.4) is an improvised jam by the musicians on A.R.4 who were unaware that the producer-legend Conny Plank was actually running the tapes as they played. The 10 CDs are digitally remastered and accompanied by a written autobiographical history – The A.R. & Machines story – brimming with anecdotes about Reichel’s wild Hamburg years and the Krautrock scene. The bonus material comes with notes also penned by Reichel himself, setting the context for the rare material. On the 15th of September 2017, A.R. & Machines will play their first concert in 40 years in the already sold-out Hamburg Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Disc: 1

  1. Station 1 - Globus
  2. Station 1 - In The Same Boat / Im selben Boot
  3. Station 2 - Beautiful Babylon / Schönes Babylon
  4. Station 2 - I'll Be Your Singer - You'll Be My Song / Ich bin dein Sänger, Du bist mein Lied
  5. Station 3 - Body
  6. Station 3 - A Book's Blues
  7. Station 4 - As If I Had Seen All This Before / Als hätte ich das alles schon 'mal gesehen
  8. Cosmic Vibration (An Afternoon Concert) / (ein Nachmittags-Konzert)
  9. Come on, People
  10. Truth and Probability (A Lexicon of Self Knowledge) / Wahrheit und Wahrscheinlichkeit (ein Lexikon zur Selbsterkenntnis)


Disc: 2

  1. Invitation / Einladung
  2. To New Adventures / Zu neuen Abenteuern
  3. In the Magic Forest of the 7 Senses / Im Zauberwald der sieben Sinne
  4. In the Labyrinth of the Mind / Im Irrgarten des Geistes
  5. At the Waltz of the Inclinations / Beim Walzer der Triebe
  6. Under the Black-Green-Red Banner / Unter dem schwarz-grün-roten Banner
  7. International Anthem / Internationalhymne
  8. Awakening on the Shore / Erwachen am Ufer
  9. In Front of the House at the Foot of the Growing Mountain / Vor dem Haus am Fuße des wachsenden Berg
  10. Signals / Signale
  11. Knowledge is Spring in Autumn / Wissen ist Frühling im Herbst
  12. Iron-Laura with the Lyra / Eisen-Laura mit der Lyra
  13. I Am Astonished / Ich staune
  14. On the Sledge / Auf dem Schlitten
  15. To the Echo of Time / Ins Echo der Zeit
  16. Down the Rainbows / Regenbögen hinab
  17. Through Feelable, Measurable Nothing / Durch fühlbares, meßbares Nichts
  18. Eternal Farewell on Lilac Ardour / Ewiger Abschied auf Lila Glut
  19. Suspicions / Ahnungen
  20. At The Dance of the Electrical Winds / Beim Tanz der elektrischen Winde
  21. Berfore the Birth of the New Dimension / Vor der Geburt der neuen Dimension
  22. Interstellar Communications / Interstellare Kommunikationen
  23. The Opening of the Big Gate / Das Öffnen des großen Tores
  24. The Dream of Balance / Der Traum vom Gleichgewicht
  25. Memories of the Day After Tomorrow / Erinnerungen an Übermorgen
  26. Ad Libido
  27. Ego Lego
  28. Burns like a Light at the End of the Tunnel / Brennt wie ein Licht am Ende des Tunnels


Disc: 3

  1. Why Peter Is Only on Holiday / Warum Peter nur noch Ferien macht
  2. Tarzan's Advertures in the Summer Sale Tarzans / Abenteuer im Sommerschlussverkauf
  3. 10 Years Life Imprisonment / 10 Jahre Lebenslänglich
  4. The Frost-Giants Daughter / Die Tochter des Frostriesen
  5. The Owners of The World / Die Eigentümer der Welt
  6. Today It Is Warmer Than Outside / Heute ist es wärmer als draussen
  7. In German We Call It Conscience-Bites W/ Auf Deutsch heisst das Gewissensbisse
  8. I ... Me Like I ... You / Wie ich mir so ich dir
  9. Everybody Goes to Goa / Alles geht nach Goa


Disc: 4

  1. Cave Explorers and Bird Men / Höhlenforsscher + Vogelmenschen
  2. The Man in Cidleather / Der Mann in Napa
  3. Thin Is the Skin of Ecstasy / Dünn ist die Haut der Ekstase
  4. Every Raindrop Longs for the Sea / Jeder Tropfen träumt vom Meer (H2O)
  5. Warm up in a Birdcage / Aufwärmen im Vogelkäfig (Live im Studio)
  6. Ghost in the Machine / Geist in der Machine (Live im Studio)
  7. The Night Before / Die Nacht davor (Live im Studio)
  8. The Cage is Open / Der Käfig ist geöffnet (Live im Studio)
  9. Remember the Night Before / Erinnerung an die Nacht davor (Live im Studio)


Disc: 5

  1. Iron Horses / Eisenpferde
  2. Bird Dance in the Winds / Tanz der Vögel in den Winden
  3. Three in One / Drei in eins
  4. Turbulences / Turbulenzen
  5. Jay Guru Dev
  6. Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground / Kopf in den Wolken - Beine auf der Erde


Disc: 6

  1. Have a Nice Trip / Gute Reise (Live)
  2. All Included / Alles inklusive (Live)
  3. Recuperation / Erholung (Live)
  4. Ambience / Atmosphäre (Live)
  5. Today Is Tomorrows Yesterday / Heute ist das Gestern von morgen (Live in Krefeld)
  6. Future of the Past / Die Zukunft der Vergangenheit (Live in Krefeld)


Disc: 7

  1. Churchbells on Acid / Domglocken auf Acid
  2. Gentile Prayers / Heidnische Gebete


Disc: 8

  1. Chasing Rainbows / Den Träumen hinterher (Remix 1996)
  2. Esoteric Eric (Remix 1996)
  3. Gone with the Wind / Hinfort mit dem Wind (Remix 1996)
  4. Jay Guru Dev (Remix 1996)
  5. In the Inn of Sixth Sense / In der Herberge zum sechsten Sinn (Remix 1996)
  6. Prickel Pit (Remix 1996)
  7. In the Labyrinth of the Mind / Im Irrgarten des Geistes (Remix 1996)
  8. Saxoflow (Remix 1996)


Disc: 9

  1. Melodia Echolalia / Melodie Echolalie
  2. Lost in a Mirror Maze / Verloren im Spiegelkabinett
  3. Rockingchair on Cloud 7 / Schaukelstuhl auf Wolke 7
  4. Mermaid in a Whiskey Tumbler / Meerjungfrau im Whiskeyglas
  5. Perfect World with Little Bugs / Heile Welt mit kleinen Fehlern
  6. Warm Embrace on Thin Ice / Innige Umarmung auf dünnem Eis
  7. Here is Your Wake up Call / Hier ist dein Weckruf
  8. Zhivago Shankar / Schiwago Shankar
  9. Echo Boogie
  10. The Innovation Shuffle / Innovation Shuffle
  11. Swinging Message / Schwungvolle Botschaft
  12. Awakening Beyond Good and Evil / Erwachen jenseits von gut und böse
  13. Psychedelia Instrumenia
  14. Gentle Growth / Der sanfte Wuchs


Disc: 10

  1. Here is Your Wake up Call / Hier ist dein Weckruf (DJ Aspects)
  2. Swingin' message / Schwungvolle Botschaft (DJ Aspects)
  3. Mermaid in a Whiskeytumbler / Meerjungfrau im Whiskeyglas (DJ Aspects)
  4. Zhivago Shankar / Schiwago Shankar (DJ Aspects)
  5. Rockingchair on Cloud 7 / Schaukelstuhl auf Wolke 7 (DJ Aspects)
  6. Echo Boogie (DJ Aspects)
  7. Perfect World with Little Bugs / Heile Welt mit kleinen Fehlern (DJ Aspects)
  8. Lost in a Mirror Maze / Verloren im Spiegelkabinett (DJ Aspects)