BRAINSTORM "Smile A While"
this record from 1972, Brainstorm, led by future Guru Guru
stalwart Roland Schaeffer, established themselves as one of
Germany’s premier bands. Their complex Krautrock, based
on strange harmonics (thanks to Schaeffer’s enthusiasm
for Jimi Hendrix and the free jazz sounds of John Coltrane
and Pharoah Sanders), and impelled by wild and distorted sax,
flute, and Vox organ, would later put them smack in the middle
of that bible for the intrepid musical adventurer, the revolutionary
music reference guide known as the Nurse With Wound list.
As NWW themselves said, "Categories strain, crack and sometimes
break, under their burden—step out of the space provided."
What better endorsement of Brainstorm could there be? Brainstorm
took only fifteen days including mixing (during the tragic
1972 Munich Olympics, as it happens), to record their favorite
numbers, all under the direction of a producer little interested
in their music. That’s a great shame, for these recordings
show Brainstorm to be one of the best of the inventive off-beat
bands of the era, along with the likes of Moving Gelatine
Plates (France), Pazop (Belgium), and of course, Soft Machine
and Caravan. Booklet reproduces all original LP gatefold art;
liner-notes tell the band’s history up to the completion
of this album. Includes all the tracks from "Smile A While,"
plus three heavily grooving bonus tracks originally recorded
for SWF radio in 1971 as Fashion Pink.
1. Das Schwein Trügt (4:38)
2. Zwick Zwick (4:38)
3. Watch Time Flow By (1:26)
4. Bosco Biati Weiß Alles (8:56) Part a: Bosco Biati,
b: Weiß, Part c: Alles
5. Snakeskin Tango (2:17)
6. Smile A While (15:31) a) Intro, b) Brainstorm, c) These,
d) Antithese, e) Morning Tune, f) Smile A While
7. You Are What’s Gonna Make It Last (3:28)
8. Don’t Forget (0:23);
9. Thesen & Antithesen (13:58)
10. Einzug Der Elefanten (4:06)
11. You Knock Me Out (3:03)