April 30, 2010 Playlist

"UFO 2 Flying (One Hour Space Rock)" by UFO (1971)
UFO  "UFO 2 Flying (One Hour Space Rock)"  1971 (UK)
A mysterious unidentified flying object flew over Wisconsin on April 14!  (I saw the flash of light out the window that night . . . )  It turned out to be "merely" a (particularly spectacular) meteor, and that inspired me to pull out this classic slab of heavy psych for this week's CAOTW.  UFO played a neanderthal version of Zeppelin-inspired heavy blues rock on their debut album, but for their second long player they stretched out with a pair of epic 20 minute tracks to produce "one hour space rock."  Rather than virtuostic muso wankery, the band's "space rock" has a primitive/minimalist approach reminiscent of heavier "kraut" groups like Ash Ra Tempel or NEU!, only more crudely recorded and played with the idiot gusto of The Stooges.
Here's UFO as naked sweaty barbarians playing the single from this album, "Prince Kajuku".  And here's another psychedelic clodhopper by the original lineup, "Boogie" (1970).  Later on the band added guitarist Michael Schenker (ex-Scorpions) and went in a much more "heavy metal" direction: "Rock Bottom" (1975).  And just for fun, here's a groovy ancient clip of Schenker with Scorpions (1972).
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Kraftwerk Kohoutek – Kometenmelodie (version 1) A-side 7" single 1973 Germany
Guru Guru UFO UFO 1970 Germany
Peter Hammill The Comet, The Course, The Tail In Camera 1974 UK
UFO Silver Bird UFO 2 - Flying (One Hour Space Rock)
1971 UK
UFO Star Storm UFO 2 - Flying (One Hour Space Rock)
1971 UK
Public Image Ltd. Albatross Metal Box (Second Edition) 1979 UK
Public Image Ltd. Home Album 1985 UK
Eddy Current Suppression Ring
Second Guessing Rush To Relax (N) 2010 (Goner/Revolver) Australia
Wooden Shjips
Loose Lips Vol. 2 (N - compilation of singles & rare tracks) 2007 (2010 Sick Thirst/Revolver) USA
Black Sabbath The Wizard Black Sabbath 1970 UK
Jex Thoth When The Raven Calls (Bobb Trimble) Jex Thoth 2008 USA
Sabbath Assembly
Judge Of Mankind Restored To One (N) 2010 (AJNA/Feral House) USA
Original Cast Recording Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord Godspell 1973 USA
Original Cast Recording The Crucifixion Jesus Christ Superstar 1970 UK
Bobby Conn Axis '67 (part 1) Bobby Conn 1997 USA
Sun Ra & His Arkestra Space Probe Space Probe (A Tonal View Of Times Tomorrow Vol. 1) rec. 1970?,
rel. 1974
Hawkwind The Black Corridor
   / Space Is Deep
Space Ritual 1973 UK
Yes The Ancient - Giants Under The Sun Tales From Topographic Oceans 1974 UK
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