Cromagnon ‎– Cromagnon

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Caledonia 3:42
Ritual Feast Of The Libido 3:25
Organic Sundown 7:13
Fantasy 7:15
Crow Of The Black Tree 9:45
Genitalia 2:42
Toth, Scribe I 10:33
First World Of Bronze 2:32

Versions (15)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2001 Cromagnon Cromagnon(LP, Album) ESP Disk 2001 US 1969 Sell This Version
2001 Cromagnon Cromagnon(LP, Album, RE) ESP Disk 2001 US 1969 Sell This Version
ESP 2001-2 Cromagnon Cave Rock(CD, Album, RE) ESP Disk, ZYX Music ESP 2001-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
GET1023, ESP-2001, ESP2001, ESP · DISK 2001 Cromagnon Orgasm(LP, Album, RE) Get Back, Get Back, Get Back, Get Back GET1023, ESP-2001, ESP2001, ESP · DISK 2001 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
ESP CD 2001 Cromagnon Orgasm(CD, Album, RE, RM) ESP Disk, Calibre (3) ESP CD 2001 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
ESP 2001-2 Cromagnon Cave Rock(CD) ESP Disk ESP 2001-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
ESP 2001 Cromagnon Orgasm(CD, Album, RE) ESP Disk ESP 2001 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
ESP 2001 Cromagnon Cave Rock(CD, Album, RE, RM) ESP Disk ESP 2001 US 2009 Sell This Version
JPR7106, none Cromagnon Cave Rock(LP, Album, RE, RM) Jackpot Records (3), ESP-Disk' JPR7106, none US 2010 Sell This Version
ESP 2001 Cromagnon Cave Rock(CD, Album, RE, RM) ESP Disk ESP 2001 US 2012 Sell This Version
ESPDISK 2001LP Cromagnon Cave Rock(LP, Album, RE, RM) ESP Disk ESPDISK 2001LP US 2013 Sell This Version
ROTOR0039 Cromagnon Orgasm(LP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RM) Rotorelief ROTOR0039 France 2015 Sell This Version
ROTOR0039 Cromagnon Orgasm(LP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RM, sil) Rotorelief ROTOR0039 France 2015 Sell This Version
ROTOR0039 Cromagnon Orgasm(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Pic, RM, S/Edition, pic) Rotorelief ROTOR0039 France 2015 Sell This Version
ESP 2001-2 Cromagnon Cave Rock(CD, Album, RE) ESP Disk, ZYX Music ESP 2001-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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September 21, 2017
referencing Cave Rock, CD, Album, RE, RM, ESP 2001
Just asked my girlfriend what year she thought this album was made .... she hazarded 1988, thinking of Test Dept., Laibach, Meat Beat Manifesto etc. It's from 1969 though - amazing. Truly awesome and uncategorisable album of wigged-out freak-ups. Totally unique, bizarre and strange. No commercial potential whatsoever but extremely gripping and exciting to listen to. Look how many different versions have been released - someone must want it.

The first track Caledonia kicks off with some synth blurts and the sound of off-centre caterwauling. It then kicks into a big House type beat (hence the MBM, Laibach etc guesses from my missus) with .... yes, bagpipes and a heavy shouted vocal that just keeps on coming. Those bagpipes are a masterstroke. Totally unexpected.
The next track Ritual Feast Of the Libido sounds like Cromagnon man gettin' down in his cave with some good friends 'round the campfire - maybe sharing a mammoth steak.
The party really gets going with Organic Sundown. Lots of percussion and more shouting and screaming albeit slightly more conventional sounding than the previous track (conventional in the most extreme sense possible).
Track four Fantasy starts up almost like the Beach Boys with some bah-bah-bahs before descending into more vocal bleating, chuckling, droning and more general chaos.

Side two (on the vinyl version) has Crow Of The Black Tree... a folky strummed acoustic guitar which ably grounds the song as powerful timpani drums and soaring vocals decimate the landscape. This one goes on for nearly 10 minutes so strap yourself in.
Short track of strangled vocals and crooning follows .... titled Genitalia. Like the whole album it's ahead of its time.
Another mighty 10 minute track comes next, Toth, Scribe I. This starts low-key with whistling like birdsong and the introduction of electronic drones which build to explosions and heavily distorted drums. Powerful stuff... especially when the battle trumpets kick in.
The lone horn seems to signal the end of the world.
It can't be the end though as then we get the 2:47 of First World Of Bronze. Poetic pronouncements, harmony vocals and acid guitar bring this primitive yet soulful album to a relatively peaceful conclusion.

Kudos for ESP for putting this one out. If you like The Godz or The Fugs you'll probably dig this. An album completely out-there and totally unfettered by the lure of the market.