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Auricle AMCDR 245 43'52" CDR £7.00 + p&p
More Fact Than Figure 4'33"
2. A Way Of Life 4'45"
3. Tangerine Rabbit Jam 4'12"
4. Night Scenes 5'43"
5. Walkabout 24'29"
dates from two proto Djam Karet incarnations, when they went under the names
Kafka's Breakfast and Happy Cancer. These 4 tracks originally appeared on a
cassette as the A side of Happy Cancer's "McMusic For The McMasses"
(HC001) from 1982. Recorded by Rick Cucuzza (1982)
Note: tracks 3 & 4 also appear on the LP & CD issues of
"The Ritual Continues" as different mixes from the 8 track studio
Andy Frankel: drums, keyboards, vibes.
John Glass: electric guitar.
Mike Henderson: 6 & 12 string electric guitars.
Chuck Oken Jr.: drums, keyboards, acoustic 12-string guitar,
Henry Osborne: bass guitar.
A live improvisational 8-track recording (no overdubs!) left over from
"The Ritual Continues" sessions, circa early 1987. Mixed down in
September 1988 by Rychard Cox and Djam Karet for this release.
Gayle Ellett: guitar.
Andy Frankel: African percussion.
Mike Henderson: 6 & 12 string guitars.
Chuck Oken Jr.: drums.
Henry Osborne: bass guitar.
Original cassette review...
One of the finest of 1980s progressives, a Californian
instrumental band who blend the best of Euro styles, with the psychedelic air
of Quicksilver, Man, or the intensive fusion of Mahavishnu Orchestra. The
resultant music will delight the guitar fan as well as the adventurous rock
listener. "Kafka's Breakfast" is a reissue of their debut demo
cassette, plus the bonus 24 minute space trip "Walkabout", a live
recording that ventures on to and beyond the realms of classic Pink Floyd and
Ash Ra Tempel. Gong and Ozric Tentacles fans may well delight at it too!
Those that like this may also enjoy our releases by Moore/Myers or Tangle Edge.
Although quite “well-known” and revered by
fans nowadays, at least in prog and psychedelic music circles, back in the
mid 1980s such music was the most unfashionable and poo-pooed of all genres,
admired by only the few that tried (dared) to keep such music alive. In the
UK that was ourselves (via our fledgling “Euro Rock” distribution and Audion
magazine) and Andy G. of Lotus Records. So, in spite of having “No Commercial
Potential” Djam Karet blossomed, became “slightly famous” and have kept going
on and off, more or less ever since, with a discography of 20 releases, plus
sundry other archive specials and various artists appearances.
Originally released on cassette by Auricle in the 1980s this
reissue has been remastered and tweaked for the best possible sound from the
original master supplied by Chuck Oken in 1988. As the multi-track masters
are lost and the master copy in Chuck’s possession had become faded and
stretched, it was lucky that Auricle master was fine. It had been backed-up
to digital (as with all Auricle tapes) back in 2009. The digital transfer and
mastering was done by Auricle's Alan Freeman, and completed much later (in
December 2016) with assistance and advice from Djam Karet's Gayle Ellett.
Originally a cassette (various editions) - 150 copies approx -
First CDR edition - 60 numbered copies - released 1/3/2017.
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