Galactic Supermarket album cover
Galactic Supermarket

Cosmic Jokers

1974
Nexus International

Maybe bassist Dieter Dierks sounds so good on these albums because he engineered and mixed them in cahoots with Rolf Kaiser. For all the bullshit surrounding the generation of these commercial releases, the Cosmic Jokers tapes are really special stuff. Schulze here is finding pockets of the analog synthesizer that none of his very able peers could find. Göttsching was as good as Rother in pulling things out of the guitar that had no precedent in terms of style or trend, and the vocalists all seem to have no idea what pop vocalists are supposed to do, all to the good. An actual cosmic swirl and a sort of benchmark of non-reggae dub?

Sasha Frere-Jones

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