Not as celebrated as many of their Krautrock brethren, Guru Guru is just as hard hitting, though they wander a bit further into prog’s waters than probably a few self-serious collectors might be comfortable with. Screw that nerdism though. The band boasted Cluster members Mani Neumeier and Hans-Joachim Roedelius in various lineups and ran in the same circles as Amon Düül and Can so they certainly have their credentials in order. Their debut UFO is usually the record that pops into conversation, if any mention at all is made, but their sophomore LP, Hinten, is an equal monster. Two tracks per side doused in feedback screeches, ghostly murmurs and punctured with the Neumeier’s precision drumming, the album is worth more than a few spins on the table for the heads out there. And don’t let the b-side stomper “Bo Diddley fool ya, there’s not really a glut of the Diddly beat to be found but it’s an exercise in psych weirdness on par with the excess of the rest of the album’s psychedelic storm. This one hadn’t been back on vinyl since its ’71 release but was reissued in 2014 in a small run and now, thankfully, has a repress to refill the shelves.
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