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Main » 2008 » July » 8 » Cosmic Kangaroos - 1998 - ...Improvise!
Cosmic Kangaroos - 1998 - ...Improvise!

With the first notes you're in Height-Asbury in a hot noon of the summer of 1968, listening to an acid jam. Then, your curiosity makes you look at the back cover for info and you realize that the jam is not from '68, but from '98 and the band is not from San Francisco, but from Germany!
This Essen trio released and EP in 1987 and 3 albums from 1993 to 1998, all in very limited quantities (Improvise released in 300 vinyl copies) and gained the title of "West Coasters of Ruhr".
Most of you may recall the name from the Delerium label compilations from the 90s (CK were in two of them).

Cosmic Kangaroos were Mechy, Kermit and Groucho Kangaroo, and in their first release, a 4-track EP from 1987, they started their trip in West Coast acid/psych, although there were still traces of garage sounds. 10 years later we find them in this LP, with two side-long tracks, to fly in acid heaven, trying to reach Jerry Garcia and John Cippolina. Their music in Improvise is, as the title states, long instrumental jams, containing everything was heard in California in the late 60s-early 70s, and, if you're in the right mood, could be very trippy.

Side A : Journey To The Center of You Pouch (20:05)
Side B : Careful Walk in a Box/Jammin' Towards The Egyptian Border (19:57)

from liner notes:
We've been travelling ... for a long time now ,,,exploring sound galaxies ... exploring spaces ... exploring structures ... harmonic nebulas ... and black holes full of fuzz! ...
Both pieces were recorded live onto 2-track at Purple Turtle Studios in 1998 and were digitally treated afterwards by Kermit Kangaroo (inspired by Dirk Osterwind)...

The only trace I found is that Cosmic Kangaroos drummer, Peter Ellen, was later in Ship of Ara, with Stefan Schlensag (ex-Hipsters). I'm sure that the other two Kangaroos are not retired.

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