Golem: Orion Awakes (1976) (2009 Reissue) [APE]

Artist: Golem

Album: Orion Awakes

Genre: Krautrock, Space Rock
Year: 1976
Country: Germany
Label/Catalog: Acme Records / ACLN 1014CD (2009 Reissue)

Format: APE (image+cue+log)

Entre o início e a metade da década de 70, no estúdio de Dieter Dierks, renomado produtor e engenheiro de som alemão, houve uma série de sessões lideradas por Toby Robinson (também conhecido como Mad Twiddler), um dos engenheiros que trabalhavam nesse estúdio, feitas por músicos de bandas bastante conhecidas na cena do krautrock, mas que usaram pseudônimos para evitar problemas de contrato com outras gravadoras. Essas gravações foram lançadas pelo misterioso selo Pyramid e cada álbum continha nomes inventados de bandas e músicos diferentes, ainda que fossem praticamente todos os mesmos. Os álbuns eram prensados de maneira bem rústica e artesanal, sendo que cada um deles teve - segundo algumas fontes - aproximadamente 25 cópias, que eram vendidas em galerias de arte ou até mesmo dadas de presente a amigos e familiares dos próprios músicos.

O Orion Awakes da banda fictícia Golem foi um dos últimos álbuns a serem lançados pela Pyramid, mas ainda há algumas incertezas sobre sua data de lançamento, mas de acordo com o The Crack In The Cosmic Egg, dos irmãos Alan e Steven Freeman, ele foi lançado em 1976. O som desse álbum tem forte alicerces com o space rock e muitas vezes recria a atmosfera dos primórdios do krautrock. Muito desse álbum lembra bandas como Hawkwind, Gila, Ash Ra Tempel, Neu! e mais solos inspirados em Hendrix. Um álbum que infelizmente e propositadamente ficou escondido por muito tempo, mas que quando foi descoberto, causou espanto até mesmo nos ditos 'especialistas' de krautrock!

Between the early and mid 1970s, at Dieter Dierk's studios, a renowned German producer and sound engineer, a serie of sessions took place led by Toby Robinson (also known as Mad Twiddler), one of Dierk's engineers, and made by some musicians of very knowns bands on the krautrock scene, but who used pseudonyms to avoid contractual problems with their record labels. These recordings were released by the misterious Pyramid label and each album featured invented names of bands and musicians, even if most were practically the same. The albums were pressed in a very rustic and handcrafted way, besides each one - according to some sources - had approximately 25 copies, which were sold at art galleries or given away as gifts to the musicians' friends and relatives.

Orion Awake by fictitious band Golem was one of the last releases by Pyramid, but its date of release is still a little uncertain, however according to The Crack In The Cosmic Egg, by the brothers Alan and Steven Freeman, it was released in 1976. This album sound has strong alliances with space rock and recreates the atmosphere from krautrock earliest days. Much of this album might remind you bands like Hawkwind, Gila, Ash Ra Tempel, Neu!, plus some Hendrix-influenced guitar solos. An album that sadly and intentionally remained hidden for a long time, which when was discovered, made even the self-proclaimed krautrock 'experts' freak out!

01 Orion Awakes (7:24)
02 Stellar Launch (7:36)
03 Godhead Dance (6:34)
04 Jupiter & Beyond (14:25)
a) Signal
b) Noise
c) Rebirth
05 The Returning (6:33)

Willi Berghoff - guitars
Manfred Hof - organ, mellotron, synthesizers
Mungo - bass
Joachim Buhne - drums
Rolf Föller - guitar

Originally released as Pyramid 015 in 1976.






  1. Thanks Micose, for the wonderful education here!!

  2. These recordings were made between 1972 and 1974 using studios in and around Cologne. They were originally produced for the Pyramid label and some were released in tiny quantities and mostly sold in art galleries and the like - this is probably why they have remained so obscure, even among 'experts'..... until this release. The 'Mad Twiddler' responsible for their existence also worked with Stockhausen, Can, The Cosmic Jokers and many more. Although memories from that time are beyond repair in many cases the tapes remain to bear witness to this creative and anarchic scene." Much more likely, however, that this music was only in the 90s, to meet the increased demand for obscure Krautrock slices under the local Krautrock boom of the mid-nineties. At least there is no evidence that on "Orion Awakes" find material was actually recorded in the '70s.

    Little is known about the instrumental Krautrock band from the 70s. totally forgotten enigmatic, German, progressive formation of well-known musicians in the recording studio in around Köln after hours - under a pseudonym. As for the music, it's thrilling, intense and jamming guitars and Hammond organ: in short, and amazing improvised free-form trip of impressive magnitude, on par with the music of Krautrock heavyweights like Neu! and Gila. playing a synthesis of style psychedelic Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Hawkwind, and so loved by many, krautrock formation, Ash RaTempel.

    Only five, completely instrumental recordings and also the lack of any, weak moments! Ecclectic, psychedelic epic rock with lot of Hammond organs, heavy drums and jamming guitars.

    This should be a classic of the genre, but that no one had a chance to find that out! The original vinyl was released exclusively for allegedly ... art galleries and is mega rare and simply unknown. Although memories from that time are beyond repair in many cases the tapes remain to bear witness to this creative and anarchic scene space-rock, which certainly deserves to be called a classic of the genre. It is a pity that it is a little forgotten.

  3. There's also this welcome reissue of the Golem album, via excellent archival imprint Lion Productions (and their UK associates Acme Records). This one has a mysterious backstory indeed. We'll briefly try to give you the basics here, though there's lots more info in the liner notes that come with this release... During the mid '90s there was a resurgence of interest in krautrock, when all kinds of long lost kraut classics were being reissued on cd (many via the grey area Germanofon label), and Julian Cope came out with his infamous Krautrocksampler book. Virgin UK got into the act with a series of compilations called Unknown Deutschland. They featured tracks by some totally unknown bands, The Nazgul, Golem, Temple, Galactic Explorers, and others, supposedly originally released as limited edition lps (100 copies? 25?!) by an art gallery associated label called Pyramid, circa '72-'74, amazing archival stuff indeed. But were they fakes? Perhaps '90s recordings, cashing in on the krautrock boom? Some thought so, on account of how nobody had ever seen or heard of these records before. Definitely it seemed likely that all were the work of the same bunch of musicians, recording under different names. Eventually a label called Psi-Fi came out with reissues (?) of some of the individual albums, which hardly settled the question. This, one, by Golem, even deepened the mystery, as someone named "Genius P. Orridge" was credited as producer... Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV fans will find that rather curious. Who knows, maybe a coincidence.
    The controversy has never been definitively settled. But the general consensus is that these recordings do date from Germany in the '70s, maybe more like the late '70s. In any case it's the music that matters, and yeah by that measure there's no doubting that Golem is prime krautrock indeed, sure sounds like it to us! Freeform, all-instrumental, organ and synth heavy space rock for fans of Gila, Guru Guru, Ash Ra Tempel, etc. Five long tracks (including a 14 minute 3 part suite) of superbly spaced out jamming, loose and lysergic, with an edgy, throbbing pulse throughout, and blasts of fuzzed out guitar. Title track "Orion Awakes" starts the trip off right, dark and heavy, "Stellar Launch" also builds up from nervous atmospheres and propulsive motorik rhythms to sheer ecstatic chaos, "Godhead Dance" wah's it up a la Hendrix, "Jupiter & Beyond" (the suite) is suitably far out and freaky, and the repetitive riff rock finale of "The Returning" is a catchy fuzz buzz, almost pop, yet ultra distorted, that reminds us a heck of a lot of AQ garage psych faves The Heads!! Spacemen 3, too. Also could almost be something from one of J. Cope's Braindonor discs too. Booklet essay examines the controversy surrounding this and other recordings first made known to the world via Virgin Records' three disc Unknown Deutschland series of compilations from the 1990’s, including the fact that one "Genius P Orridge is named as producer of the Golem album. It’s clear enough to all that Genius P Orridge is strangely similar to the name Genesis P Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV fame. The fact that the other names on the Golem album jacket lead nowhere only adds to the confusion. In any case, a deep and fascinating record, still fresh despite the years... and meant to be played loud. Packaged with copious liner notes, this edition far superior to the long out of print one on Psi-Fi, though that did have nice silver metallic cover that this doesn't replicate. Here's hoping that Lion next reissues

  4. So, so ... or why not? But could have been. Why would someone bother to invent something and make fake music on the market. Fake music? Well, the music is of course true. Only history to not is true.... in mid-90s, appeared - after all, at Virgin Records - a three-part compilation titled "Unknown Germany: The Krautrock Archive". When these discs accompanying the text quoted above was added. The participating bands mentioned there is inter alia Cozmic Corridors, Galactic Travellers, Golem, Temple, Pyramid, The Nazgûl For Red, Baal, Chronos, spirulina and Astral Army. Were a little later (1996 and 1997) on a label called psi-fi all six of these bands released albums (see also "The Nazgûl"). Originally these were the in mid-70s was released in limited edition of a small record label based in Köln called Pyramid, it said, and was taken at art exhibitions under the people (though usually friends of the musicians). Had been included in the music Dieter Dierks' studio, etc. of known Krautrock sizes and studio musicians, secretly of course, not to offend existing recording contracts. The bands have of course never existed as such. There were unique studio projects that were only subsequently missed a name. So it could well have been yet!

    However, there is still no evidence that this story is some truth. Hardly any of the booklets to place names resulted in a real existing person. To date, not a time-based or near Cologne musician, producer and sound engineer has stepped forward and his involvement in one of the approved projects (not to mention Dieter Dierks). An original LP of Pyramid was never spotted. However, there are rumors that say that the music is only the beginning came to the mid-90s, and that a certain Toby Robinson (presumably the 'Mad Twiddler') and a certain British Neopsychedelik-and space-rock band had something to do with it. But these are of course just rumors.

    In the CD booklet of Lion Productions, a comprehensive text about the authenticity of the music is to be found. The writer seems, however, like the majority of jobs in global Netzt deal with the disc (especially several CD-shipper), to assume that this is really about recordings from the Germany of the 70s is. In the end, he concludes with a quote from at least the Freeman brothers. "Golem comes across as a lost classic of Krautrock without a doubt" But I have serious doubts.

    @ micose: Thank you for sharing! :)

  5. I'm pretty convinced these are for real. Years ago I contacted Reinhard Karwatky - bassist and founder of Dzyan - who is credited on the Galactic Explorers album, and he confirmed that he did play on that album at that time - NOT in the 90's. If that much is true, why not the rest? People say Temple don't sound like they made their music in the mid-70's, but for me having been immersed in German 70's music for a long time, it sounds quite feasible for a 75/76 recording. By the way, the album cover art book Cover Story Volume 2 contains an album cover that I believe is the original cover of the Temple album (different to the cover of the CD reissue), but the book contains no more info and can't find a mention of it anywhere else.

  6. Jay Rama!! Boa noite! No 'link' aparece a mensagem dizendo: "
    This file has been deleted due to inactivity."!!! Por favor, podes re-inserir o arquivo? Aquele abraço e boa semana!

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