Exposé Online banner

Guru Guru / Uli Trepte — Hot on Spot / Inbetween
(Spalax CD14998, 1974/1996, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2016-04-07

Hot on Spot / Inbetween Cover art

McLatchey's Second Tier

Back in the mid 80s, in between the era when all the original German 70s rock came out on vinyl and the reissue era, and when many of these albums started to emerge from legend due to the "Nurse with Wound" list, United Dairies released this package, which was essentially a prime live Guru piece ("Bo Diddley") paired with the demos of a never released Uli Trepte solo album (Trepte was of course the bassist on the early Guru Guru albums). Guru were just as incendiary live as on their albums and weren't documented originally at the time, so it was a rare treat. Trepte's solo music was quite the revelation as well, especially backed up by Embryo stalwarts Christian Burchard and Roman Bunka. Since this original release, the material has been reissued at least twice. As Live & Unreleased an added 23 1/2 minute version of "Der LSD Marsch" has been added to only sweeten the pot. All of this music is as good as it gets and while over the years Garden of Delights and Cleopatra have released other good early Guru Guru material, I think the big pieces on this might be the very best representation of the era.


Filed under: Reissues, 1996 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Mani Neumeier, Guru Guru, Ax Genrich, Uli Trepte

Latest news

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Knitting by Twilight - Riding the Way Back – The Knitting by Twilight crew have been busy lately, with their last album out in 2008 and the Herd of Mers spin-off release coming late that same year. Though this isn’t a full-length CD — the...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues