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3.45 | 30 ratings | 2 reviews | 10% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Get Your Personality Together (3:03)
2. Light of Day (5:18)
3. Sunlights Beautiful Daughter (5:45)
4. Tell Me What You Want (Tell Tale) (3:00)
5. Blue Flashing Circle (3:30)
6. Snow White and Blue (4:09)
7. Human Bondage (8:55)

Total Time 33:40

Bonus tracks on 1999 CD release:
8. Gipsy Man (3:46)
9. That's What I Do (2:55)
10. Stehaufmädchen (Trailer) (2:08)

Line-up / Musicians

- Walty Anselmo / lead & acoustic guitars, sitar, bass, vocals
- Hardy Hepp / violin, piano, organ, vocals
- Mojo Weideli / harmonica, flute, percussion
- Terry Stevens / bass, guitar, vocals
- Düde Dürst / drums & percussion, vibes, vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Düde Dürst

LP Liberty ‎- LBS 83 417 I (1970, Germany)
LP Krokodil Records ‎- LP-01 2016 (2015, Switzerland)

CD Second Battle ‎- SB 053 (1999, Germany) With 3 bonus tracks from 1969

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KROKODIL Swamp ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by ClemofNazareth
3 stars I first picked this up because I thought it was a folk album, even though the band is better known for being a heavy psych outfit. That's not all that unusual though, except that it seems like Krokodil became more psychedelic as they matured instead of more folksy, which is a bit unusual compared to similar bands in that era.

This record opens with a sort of stoned/bored monotone vocal track set to a fairly nondescript musical track, not a very auspicious beginning really but a bit misleading. The band quickly improves their sound on the next track "Light of Day" with what sounds like both a piano and organ, plus some sitar, flute, violin and harmonica set to a hazy vocal track (in English no less). Like I said, this one sounds closer to progressive folk than Krautrock as far as I'm concerned. This impression is further strengthened by the easygoing "Sunlight's Beautiful Daughter" with its languid male vocal harmonies, soft harmonica and simple beat. This is actually one of the better tracks on an overall solid album even if it does sound every bit as dated as it actually is.

Same goes for "Tell Me What You Want" which sounds more like a post-Beat late sixties band in transition. Come to think of it, that's probably what these guys were at the time. Not unlike the first couple of Moody Blues albums except for the harmonica.

The next couple of tracks ("Blue Flashing Circle", "Snow White & Blue") have a Byrds-like soft psych folk vibe to them that is endearing even if it isn't very progressive or original. Makes me want to paint a peace sign on my shirt and go pick flowers in the park. Nice stuff but again - very dated.

"Human Bondage" is the longest and most unusual track on the album. I'm reminded of Van Morrison by not only the vocals but also the introspective and 'wizened old sage' tone of the lyrics. The plain piano and quiet semi-falsetto backing vocals also sound like some of the stuff Van Morrison did in the early seventies. The piano and flute dominate musically here, and again I'm having as tough time understanding how this is a Krautrock record.

The CD reissue has three bonus tracks that are a bit rougher than the rest of the album, and also show a stronger blues-rock influence than the original works. These are okay tunes, I just don't quite get why they were included here.

Krautrock is not a genre I know much about or load up my collection with, but since I don't really see these guys in the same light as other Kraut bands I've heard, I don't mind saying that this is a very decent progressive folk album from the early seventies. Not a masterpiece for sure, but easily a high three star effort. Recommended to people who like early seventies electric folk bands with just small hints of psychedelic influences.


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4 stars There is not much information of this album´s time about Krokodil in the internet. To me it seems there was not much happening in Krokodil´s career. The band line-up and producer were the same as in first album. They recorded also this in Munchen, but in the different studio. Although they were ... (read more)

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