Sunday, October 14, 2012

The portals of discovery

This is one of the rarest of Krautrock albums, with original LP's easily fetching 500 euro on the second hand market. Entschenkopf only made this one album in 1974 before their break-up, and no more than 1000 pieces were pressed. It did not stop the rumours going throughout the seventies that this was an absolute gem of a record, one of the best in the genre. Well, last year the long lost master tapes were discovered in the archives of the record company, and with this CD release, we can finally judge for ourselves. You know what? It is a masterpiece. The original A-side has three excellent songs, each lasting around 6 minutes, with a more psychedelic sound than most of their Krautrock contemporaries. The B-side contained the 20 minutes title track, an incredible space jam interspersed with beautiful melodic vocal lines. An essential addition to any rock collection.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Entschenkopf.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by James Joyce: Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Aries, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Gargoyles Normal Black 65 and Corleone Due Gold metallic 75, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.