Friday, August 26, 2011

Murphy Blend - First Loss (1970 german heavy psych-/krautrock, 1991 Kuckuck reissue - MP3 320K and FLAC)

Re-issued on CD by Kuckuck (Munich-based as were label-mate Ihre Kinder and especially Out Of Focus and other label monster Amon Duul II) arranged by Ohrwaschl. A numbered edition of 1,000 copies, this album is a gem in the heavy progressive vein, mixing some classical influences with their hard rock, mostly through their organ-player Uhlig - the prime composer of the group.

A very naive but poetic drawing on the cover is intriguing us right off the bat, and the music inside is definitely at the height of the hopes raised. First Loss was recorded in Union Studio, Munich during October and December 1970, produced by Jonas Porst (the manager of Ihre Kinder!) and engineered by Thomas Klemt.

Murphy Blend revealed a fine blend in which Uhlig utilised his keyboards to incorporate classical themes into their heavy progressive music. He had studied classical music for three years in Berlin.

The songs were melodic, textured by heavy guitar and organ riffs. The album contained six proper tracks (mostly written by Uhlig) and the shortest German song of all time: the 3/10 of a second long "Happiness"!

It's impossible to name highlights as all material is truly great! Sadly Murphy Blend disbanded soon after recording this album. Andreas Scholz went on the heavy progressive Blackwater Park in 1971. Wolf-Rudiger Uhlig guested on Frumpy's third album By The Way in 1972.

Murphy Blend - Speed Is Coming Back:

Track list:

01. At First (4:38)

02. Speed is Coming Back (6:03)

03. Past Has Gone (7:37)

04. Pradudium-Use Your Feet (5:39)

05. Firt Loss (7:52)

06. Funny Guys (3:50)

07. Happiness (0:03)

Murphy Blend:

*Wolf-Rodiger Uhlig - organ, cembalo, grand piano, vocals

*Wolfgang Rumler - guitar, vocals

*Andreas Scholz - bass

*Achim Schmidt - drums

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