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Human Being - Live at the Zodiac - Berlin 1968 (2009)


Human Being were a collective featuring Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Boris Schaak and other untrained 'non-musicians' who performed live regularly at West Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, one of the crucibles of what would soon become known as 'kosmische' or 'krautrock' (early line ups of Tangerine Dream, Agitation Free also played at the club, along with Conrad Schnitzler and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Kluster).

It was recorded in 1968 live before the first Can and Tangerine Dream albums came out. In this bewitching 56-minute soundscape, you can trace the DNA of those future genres, guitar drones, minmalism, electronically manipulated and distorted acoustic instruments, and other radical sounds effects. And yet it really flows too, and has a soul.

It's unavailability these past 40 years has distorted every account to date of the West German 1970s scene, and it's great this historic document is finally out and superbly packaged too, with archive photos and extensive liner notes. (Sowiesoso)

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