Ash Ra Tempel — Join Inn
(MG.ART 114, 1973/2011, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 2016-07-28
McLatchey's Second Tier
In many ways Join Inn could be seen as the first Ash Ra Tempel Mk II. It too had a side of intense psychedelic rock and a side bliss-out, all apparently created during the recording of Walter Wegmuller's brilliant Tarot. In fact "Freak n' Roll" is perfectly named, and although it was recorded a couple years later that sense of wild abandon and over the top acid intensity seems to have been polished a little. Nonetheless it still has the period feel of having no limits or self consciousness and it rocks hard. On the other hand "Jenseits" may have really benefitted from the experience of the musicians. It is a psychedelic soundworld of cosmic beauty with Rosi Muller's vocals floating ethereally on top and just like so many of the other albums on the same label at the time like Tarot itself, Cosmic Jokers, Galactic Supermarket and the like, it was created by a lot of studio effects and wizardry. It also followed Ash Ra Tempel's perhaps less successful but relatively more famous collaboration with Timothy Leary, which had to have been a massive influence on the proceedings. It's interesting to think that two or three years after the psychedelic movement had calmed down in the US and Britain that is was alive and well in mainland Europe.
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