Artist: Gila Title: Night Works Year Of Release: 1999 (1972) Label: Garden Of Delights [CD 035] Genre: Krautrock, Progressive Rock Quality: APE (image+.cue+.log,scans) Total Time: 42:52 Total Size: 236 MB
Night Works (Recorded 1972) (1999). This disc offers the only known recording of the first version of Gila, a group that gigged constantly to build a considerable reputation as a formidable live act. Taken from a live Cologne radio broadcast from February 26, 1972 (a few months before the group's demise), Night Works is all that one could hope for, long space rock acid jamming and much better fidelity than one would get from a recording by an audience member. Swirling organ tones and acid guitar burnouts surge out of the throbbing rhythm section. In particular, "Viva Arabica" stands out as the group locks into a single groove that intensifies until the guitar finally rips loose on Middle Eastern-tinged riffing, soon followed by the organ. "The Gila Symphony" begins with a massively cosmic wash of feedback noise, before launching into another upbeat space rock jam somewhere between early Guru Guru and Golem. Like the first album, vocals are kept to a minimum to let the group stretch out instrumentally. The last track's volume appears to have been turned down by a radio engineer as if it were the end of the broadcast time; it's a pity that more wasn't recorded so that listeners would have an even longer live document of this group.
01. Around Midnight 02. Braintwist 03. Trampelpfad 04. Viva Arabica 05. The Gila Symphony 06. Communication II 07. The Needle
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