Achim Reichel & Machines · Echo (1972) +IV (1973) = 2 on 1


A.R. & Machines biography
Producer, composer and musician from Hamburg (Germany), Achim Reichel is a key figure in the explosion of krautrock. Reichel was first a founder member of "The Rattles" at the beginning of the 60's. In 1968 he formed the "Wonderland band" with the drummer Frank Dostal. Late 60's he launched his first solo musical project called A.R and the machines. Musically it provides a supreme sonic musical voyage turned to cycled psychedelic guitar playing with lot of echoes and delay. The first album was published in 1971 in collaboration with Frank Dostal. The album presents an ambitious collection of spacey rock jams featuring a lot of electronic effects and arrangements. This album prefigures "acid" trips of krautrock guitar / minimal electronic explorers like Manuel Gottsching. The guitar freakouts and the weird imagination of the first effort continue to prevail in the following inspired, confused and various Die Grune Reise, A.R. IV, Autovision (generally a mix between guitar soudscapes and psych pop orientated songs). Reichel decided to abandon the project after 5 studio albums. Today A.R and the machines remains a high class standard of hypnotic space-echo guitar inventions.

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Echo · 1972:
1 Einladung (Invitation) 20:25
2 Das Echo der Gegenwart (The echo of the presence) 10:04
3 Das Echo der Zeit (The echo of time) 13:04
4 Das Echo der Zukunft (The echo of the future) 18:00
5 Das Echo der Vergangenheit (The echo of the past) 19:32
Total Time: 81:05

Vocals: Achim Reichel, Klaus Schulze, Matti Klatt
Guitar: Achim Reichel, Helmuth Franke
Clarinet: Norbert Jacobsen
Jew's Harp: Arthur Carstens
Saxophone: Jochen Petersen
Drums: Dicky Tarrach, Lemmy Lembrecht
Percussion: Hans Lampe, Kalle Trapp, Lemmy Lembrecht, Rolf Köhler


IV · 1973:
1 Vita a) cave explorers + birdmen 5:25
2 Vita b) the man in kidleather 10:43
3 Vita c) thin is the skin of ecstasy 5:47
4 Aqua: every raindrop longs for the sea 23:00
Total Time: 44:55

Achim Reichel: Guitar
Helmuth Franke: Guitar
Frank Wulf: Sitar
Hans Hartmann: Double Bass (still active with live concerts every week in Berlin)
Claus-Robert Kruse: Electric Piano
Jochen Petersen: Soprano Saxophone, Flute
Hans Boche: Drums
Matti Klatt: Percussion
Olaf Casalich: Percussion
Conny Plank: Engineer


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Anonymous said...

Never heard of him before and am totally impressed by his breadth of vision. Some of it sounds very contemporary esp his use of loops. Unfortunately judging by his YOUTUBE clips he's in a different head space now. There must have been something in the water in Germany in the 70s with all those great Krautrock bands...
Been playing the albums all weekend. Thank you!
Anything similar you would recommend?
Goma Soma

progger ears said...

@ Goma Soma,

Here below a link of simulary music-artists:

progger ears said...

@Goma Soma,
and take a listen here (a full album by the band Igra Staklenih Perli ;

Anonymous said...

Password doesn't work for me... Incredible albums

progger ears said...

Copy & past the password is the best way to do man ;-)