Sweat And Swim

Sweat And Swim

Sweat And Swim

Sweat And Swim:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! OK, this album MAY be anywhere from two stars, to three and a half. It's hard to judge, and personally, I'm looking at it thru the lense of every album this band put out previous to this one, which was their last album. Apparently, the big bucks that bands like HUMBLE PIE were pulling in from the states, tempted KROKODIL to change their style enough, to hopefully cash in themselves. On the other hand, the band had to change to be relevant, and it's not like this music is done poorly, or is way out of touch with the rock esthetic of the day. Most musicans had come back down to earth, after the heady, stratospheric days of psychedelia. The sitar days, and Hippie ways, were a dream worn out for the most part by 1973. There is a small touch of their freaky past, and even a little bit of the sitar/flute sounds swirling around, in the ambient opening parts of the side long epic song LINGER. But Prog, and Hard rockin' blooze music had conquered the day, and that is by far the majority of songs you have here. SWEAT AND SWIM is a double album, and most of the songs run a little bit on the LONG side. Synth sounds, possibly a moog, dominate Krokodil's "progressive" numbers. (Like the song SKYLAB.) The other songs often sound interchangable with SAVOY BROWN, or HUMBLE PIE. (except this band NEVER got into the big brass sound, and kept their classic harmonica sound on many..most in fact, of these numbers.) Their prog sound at this point, might best be seen as a distilation of YES, SPOOKY TOOTH, and URIAL HEEP. The band still were creative and entertaining, but nowhere near as often, as they had been. SWEAT AND SWIM's shortest song is this 4 minute acoustic guitar and violin folk number, BILLY DEE, (about a junkie, of course.) Folk was a style always found on Krokodil's albums, but of the surreal, freak out variety like Donovan's heyday. BILLY DEE could easy be re-titled NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE PART 2. Were slow folk songs about heroin de riguer for this time? Maybe. I suppose the sad thing for me, is to know that this band could have achieved so much more than they did. Their singers were fantastic, they had great chops on a wide variety of instruments, and could compose songs and lyrics of a high quality. So, why end the band on a derivitive BLOOZE note? I suppose the band were forced to kowtow to the "MUSIC BUSINESS", which had elipsed the freedom of the "HIPPIE MUSIC REVOLUTION" of 1968. Money motivated the 1973 scene, and not communal living--drug addiction replaced conscousness expansion. Krokodil couldn't have been able to go ALL PROG the way some bands in the German Lands did. They simply were connectioned too strongly to the Blues. At the same time, I don't know if they were able to go anywhere further, that would have been truly unique, with their blues vision. Maybe this was the last musical statement, the band felt obliged to release to the public. Altho I do own this album, it's one which I almost never play. I have a couple of songs I like, but that's not saying much, when you have a double album of material to chose from. Personally, the whole esthetic behind 16-20 minute long songs, doesnt much interest me. If you want to do an extended song, it should have a bit of structure, and not sound as tho you are meadering around, looking for a few good melodic sparks to pull the song forward. PINK FLOYD pulled it off with ECHOS, and the Grateful Dead with DARK STAR, but this band really arent at their level. As I listen to the album, and write this, I can honestly say, that the album is well produced, and isnt a total drag. Even tho the band's sound seems more commercial here, its still far more original, than many bands are today. If you enjoy the early 70s extended blues sound, along with that whole progressive JAM SOUND, you would enjoy this CD. Personally, I still would recommend someone new to this band, to hear SWAMP, or even GETTING UP FOR THE MORNING as a first pick. PLease, dont think I'm saying that this CD is for completists only. Its just the least interesting album they did, to my ears.max 42% off,max 79% off,max 48% offSweat And Swim
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Sweat And Swim

Sweat And Swim:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! OK, this album MAY be anywhere from two stars, to three and a half. It's hard to judge, and personally, I'm looking at it thru the lense of every album this band put out previous to this one, which was their last album. Apparently, the big bucks that bands like HUMBLE PIE were pulling in from the states, tempted KROKODIL to change their style enough, to hopefully cash in themselves. On the other hand, the band had to change to be relevant, and it's not like this music is done poorly, or is way out of touch with the rock esthetic of the day. Most musicans had come back down to earth, after the heady, stratospheric days of psychedelia. The sitar days, and Hippie ways, were a dream worn out for the most part by 1973. There is a small touch of their freaky past, and even a little bit of the sitar/flute sounds swirling around, in the ambient opening parts of the side long epic song LINGER. But Prog, and Hard rockin' blooze music had conquered the day, and that is by far the majority of songs you have here. SWEAT AND SWIM is a double album, and most of the songs run a little bit on the LONG side. Synth sounds, possibly a moog, dominate Krokodil's "progressive" numbers. (Like the song SKYLAB.) The other songs often sound interchangable with SAVOY BROWN, or HUMBLE PIE. (except this band NEVER got into the big brass sound, and kept their classic harmonica sound on many..most in fact, of these numbers.) Their prog sound at this point, might best be seen as a distilation of YES, SPOOKY TOOTH, and URIAL HEEP. The band still were creative and entertaining, but nowhere near as often, as they had been. SWEAT AND SWIM's shortest song is this 4 minute acoustic guitar and violin folk number, BILLY DEE, (about a junkie, of course.) Folk was a style always found on Krokodil's albums, but of the surreal, freak out variety like Donovan's heyday. BILLY DEE could easy be re-titled NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE PART 2. Were slow folk songs about heroin de riguer for this time? Maybe. I suppose the sad thing for me, is to know that this band could have achieved so much more than they did. Their singers were fantastic, they had great chops on a wide variety of instruments, and could compose songs and lyrics of a high quality. So, why end the band on a derivitive BLOOZE note? I suppose the band were forced to kowtow to the "MUSIC BUSINESS", which had elipsed the freedom of the "HIPPIE MUSIC REVOLUTION" of 1968. Money motivated the 1973 scene, and not communal living--drug addiction replaced conscousness expansion. Krokodil couldn't have been able to go ALL PROG the way some bands in the German Lands did. They simply were connectioned too strongly to the Blues. At the same time, I don't know if they were able to go anywhere further, that would have been truly unique, with their blues vision. Maybe this was the last musical statement, the band felt obliged to release to the public. Altho I do own this album, it's one which I almost never play. I have a couple of songs I like, but that's not saying much, when you have a double album of material to chose from. Personally, the whole esthetic behind 16-20 minute long songs, doesnt much interest me. If you want to do an extended song, it should have a bit of structure, and not sound as tho you are meadering around, looking for a few good melodic sparks to pull the song forward. PINK FLOYD pulled it off with ECHOS, and the Grateful Dead with DARK STAR, but this band really arent at their level. As I listen to the album, and write this, I can honestly say, that the album is well produced, and isnt a total drag. Even tho the band's sound seems more commercial here, its still far more original, than many bands are today. If you enjoy the early 70s extended blues sound, along with that whole progressive JAM SOUND, you would enjoy this CD. Personally, I still would recommend someone new to this band, to hear SWAMP, or even GETTING UP FOR THE MORNING as a first pick. PLease, dont think I'm saying that this CD is for completists only. Its just the least interesting album they did, to my ears.max 42% off,max 79% off,max 48% offSweat And Swim