Coupla Prog – Death is a Great Gambler (1970-72) (@256)
01 Mar 2008
(Review from progarchives.com, longhairmusic.de)
“Death Is A Great Gambler” is a refined, ecclectic album dominated by Hammond organs, solid guitar rythms and frantic technical drums — a more accessible and less obscure side of krautrock. The music alternates conventional, melodic & energic psych pop songs (closed to the 60′s British psych scene) with “lysergic” epics under an hippie’s attitude and musical aesthetism.
The highlight is probably the moody and mysterious “Tochter Im Delirium – Daughter’s Delirium” : an “acid” rock trip with haunted, furious Hammond organs, obsessional & menacing guitar chords, bizarre sound manipulations and bass wha wha effects.
This album is for those who are into the krautrock / space-psychedelic rock — an excellent listening with good weed.
Unfortunately this wraps up all the group’s recordings. Coupla Prog’s disbandment was a drawn out affair. Periods without a practice room, various members moving out of the area, musical differences, stagnation and eventually a lack of motivation were the reasons for the band to call it a day in early 1976.
After the disbandment of Coupla Prog founder members Reiner Niketta and Wolfgang Schindhelm remained in the music business. Reiner Niketta stopped performing but in his academic carrier he has penned many works on music psychology and education not uninfluenced by his many years of experience. Wolfgang Schindhelm crossed over to Jazz and remains active in this direction to the present day.
- Hubert Donauer / drums
- Rolf Peters / guitar, vocals
- Reiner Niketta / bass, organ, piano, vocals
- Wolfgang Schindhelm / organ, piano, vocals
- Reinhold Hirt / drums
- Walter Kummich / guitar
01. Chandra (6.30)
02. That’s The Way It Goes (4.12)
03. Tochter Im Delirium – Daughter’s Delirium (9.15)
04. Death Is A Great Gambler But If I Win, Finally I Can Die (18.34)
05. Your Time Has Come (4.25)
06. Season Of The Witch (13.47)
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about 5 years ago - 3 comments
(Review from longhairmusic.de, progarchives) On the 16.07.1970 Coupla Prog entered the radio studio to record their own opera “Edmundo Lopez”. The session would be a challenge as the piece was not just a bunch of songs mixed into each other but a continuous 60-minute opus with 11 different parts. As this was just a basic…
about 5 years ago - 10 comments
(Review from progarchives.com, longhairmusic.de) Coupla Prog from Baden-Baden/Germany is known for a melange of kraut and heavy bluesrock, full of suspense, theatrical in parts, with a derivative sense of professionality. The new band name results from a shortened version of “A Couple Of Progs”. Though they were active between 1969-1975; the band’s complete material is…