Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Psychedelic Underground 8
(Garden of Delights CD 080, 1975/2003, CD)

Various Artists — Psychedelic Underground 9
(Garden of Delights CD 090, 1975/2003, CD)

Various Artists — Psychedelic Underground 10
(Garden of Delights CD 100, 1975/2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2005-03-01

Psychedelic Underground 8 Cover artPsychedelic Underground 9 Cover artPsychedelic Underground 10 Cover art

One of the fundamental limitations of mining and other industries that rely upon non-renewable resources is that those resources will eventually run out. You would think the same rule would apply to “mining” the recorded music of the past, but the Garden of Delights label has hit upon a startling fact: there was apparently an infinite amount of psychedelic and progressive music recorded in Germany in the 70s. How else to explain the continued resurrection (now over 100 albums) of recordings by Embryo, Agitation Free, Amon Düül II, and their less-known compatriots? After every nine new reissues, GoD compiles a tenth CD, a limited-edition sampler with one track from each of the nine. For those of us on a limited budget who can’t afford to buy every item, these samplers are a good way of deciding which ones match our individual taste and get higher priority. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself liking most everything on the sampler. All are adorned with beautiful cosmic art that suits the music admirably, and their small print runs make them good candidates for appreciation in value (if you’re into that). Of the three in question here, I couldn’t pick a favorite – suffice it to say that if you have been wanting to break into the vast world of German rock but don’t know where to start, you should pick up whatever volume of Psychedelic Underground you can get your hands on. The music tends to fall mainly into three categories: spacey psychedelic jams, blues-based rock (kind of proto-prog), and jazzy fusion, with occasional oddities like Twogether (a keyboard/drums duo a bit like ELP) or Zomby Woof (a frenetic prog workout). I should also note that there are a few bands here and there that are not German, but Austrian or Swiss.


Filed under: Archives, Issue 31, 2003 releases, 1975 recordings, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Brainstorm (1), Guru Guru, Xhol Caravan / Xhol / Soul Caravan, Agitation Free, Amon Düül I / II, Eiliff, Release Music Orchestra, Roland Kovac, Pancake, Various Artists, Think, Michael Hoenig, Opossum, Vinegar, Virus, The Shiver, Lutz "Lüül" Ulbricht

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Barclay James Harvest - Time Honoured Ghosts – After leaving the Harvest label, BJH met up with U.S. Producer Eliot Mazer (Neil Young) who recorded the band in San Francisco in the summer of 1975. The quartet was on the upswing with bassist Les...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues