Saturday, February 04, 2012

Forest - We Are Just Watching Time (Germany 1981)

Now look at that incredible cover, a drawing credited to Gabriel Herschdoerfer. I believe this is meant to be the controls of a nuclear power plant, based on the fact this is the year 1981. (Or it could be a wayne's world fantasy basement of a tv and stereo system on the wall, who knows.) In this year Ronald Reagan declared it's 'morning again in America' (I love the irony of those words) not realizing, with the hindsight we have today, that it really was the evening setting sun, with a last burst of colour and clarity closing in on the american dream in advance of a coming nightfall that we are just stumbling into now. This was the american century-- the century that oil built, just as this will be the century that oil destroys.

And yet, what a load of hope there was back then for the future, before aids, before the tylenol cyanide murders, before wall street masters of the universe, then the savings and loans scandals, before the moral majority, before global warming broke big, before Iran-Contra, Nicaragua, the Sandinistas, before the Berlin Wall fell, before apple and home computers, before the first Bush and the Iraqi wars, long long before napster ...

Here's a really rare private pressing from Germany with some really nice rough hardish rock, just a few touches of raw punkness, referring to Iggy Pop or presaging the proto-alternative of the northeast late eighties, powered by the twin guitars of songwriters Bodo Gross and Manfred Mletzko. Germany was truly an inexhaustible mine of good rock and jazz in the seventies. Will we ever get to the bottom of it? I really doubt it, for social rather than any other reasons...

8th of March:


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13 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

http://flameupload.com/files/14QSSQE9/Forest%20mp3.rar

isabelbc said...

WOW Tristan!!!
you're doing my year start very well! so many rarities from my wishlist are coming! this is another! thank you very much!!!!
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Anonymous said...

wunderbar! please keep churning out this ultrarare german privates...

Anonymous said...

excellent!!! thank you so much!

Philipp said...

Sounds good. But no chance for lossless?

stephen crewdson said...

thanks - steve.

Paisley Panties said...

Actually, the term "morning in America" was coined for Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign, not in 1981

PHSStudiosRJ said...

Fantastic Tristan!!!

Many thanks for sharing

Tristan Stefan said...

paisley panties, that's some deep history you're channeling for us... sorry! as I said, I just love that expression... what do you think?

Tristan Stefan said...

http://flameupload.com/files/0ZWRMBDK/fwajwt1.rar
http://flameupload.com/files/KMIMDAZA/fwajwt2.rar
here's your furshlugginer lossless flacs guys
.... jes kiddin

Philipp said...

Hello Tristan Stefan, you're the G-R-E-A-T-E-S-T !!!! Thanks a lot for FLAC!

aceha1 said...

Love this album you posted!! One thing that is killing me though: In the song The Message, what in the world are the lyrics he's singing just before the song really kicks in? Does anybody know? I searched for the lyrics and no luck!

Please help!!

Keep up the good work!

aceha1 said...

Well, in any case, thanks for the share! Here's a remix I did with the sample from Forest!!

http://soundcloud.com/ace-ha/lifes-a-bitch-ace-ha-remix

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