|A.R. & Machines|
Years: 1971 - 1976
Styles: Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock
Achim Reichel - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Bells, Congas, Guitar, Harmonica, Lead vocals, Maracas, Percussion, Tambourine, Tom Tom Drums, Vocals (in band: 1971 - 1976)
Frank Wulff - Recorder, Sitar
Jochen Petersen - Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone
Manfred Rürup - Clavinet, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Organ
Helmut Franke - Guitar, Slide guitar
Pete Becker - Drums, Siren
Frank Dostal - Drums, Siren
Rolf Kohler - Bass Guitar
Hans Hartmann - Bass Guitar, Double bass
Lemmie Lembrecht - Drums, Maracas, Percussion, Tambourine
Hans Boche - Drums
Okko Bekker - Percussion, Sitar, Tabla
Olaf Casalich - Glockenspiel, Maracas, Percussion, Tambourine
Dicky Tarrach - Drums
Hans Lampe - Percussion
Kalle Trapp - Percussion
Norbert Jacobsen - Clarinet, Vocals
Klaus Schulz - Vocals
Conny Plank - Vocals
Matti Klatt - Percussion, Vocals
Arthur C. Carstens - Jew's harp
Thomas Kuckuck - Drum Machine
Karl Georg Steffan - Bass Guitar
Claus-Robert Kruse - Electric piano, Mellotron, Organ
Peter Franken - Drums, Vibraphone
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 60s. In 1968 he formed Wonderland with Frank Dostal.
Achim Reichel launched his first solo musical project called A.R. & Machines. Musically it provides a supreme sonic musical voyage turned to cycled psychedelic guitar playing with lot of echoes and delay. The first album, "Die Grüne Reise", 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.
The guitar freakouts and the weird imagination of the first effort continue to prevail in the following inspired, confused and various "Echo", "A.R. 3", "A.R. IV" and "Autovision" from 1974 (generally a mix between guitar soudscapes and psych pop orientated songs). Reichel decided to abandon the project after 5 studio albums.
Today A.R. & Machines remains a high class standard of hypnotic space-echo guitar inventions.
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