Galactic Supermarket cover

Galactic Supermarket


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

Wapassou cover


Solar Motel cover

Solar Motel

Chris Forsyth
Maggot Brain cover

Maggot Brain

Rastakraut Pasta cover

Rastakraut Pasta

Dieter Moebius, Conny Plank
Quattro cover


Tanz Mein Herz
Trips Und Träume cover

Trips Und Träume

Witthüser & Westrupp
After the Heat cover

After the Heat

Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Opal cover


Phallus Dei cover

Phallus Dei

Amon Düül II