Galactic Supermarket ‎– Galactic Supermarket

Kosmische Musik ‎– KM 58.010
Vinyl, LP, Album, Quadraphonic


A Kinder Des Alls 18:54
B Galactic Supermarket 19:24

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Eine Cosmic Courier Produktion [A Cosmic Courier Production]

Aufgenommen und gemischt im Quadro-Studio in Stommeln [Recorded and mixed at Quadro-Studio in Stommeln]

A Product of Metronome Records GmbH

P. 1974
Made in Germany by Metronome Records GmbH

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): SQST-KM-58.010-A (0664.467 S 1)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): SQST-KM-58.010-B (0664.467 S 2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): SQST-KM-58010-A/0664467 S1 2D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): SQST-KM-58010-B/0664467 S2 1C
  • Rights Society: GEMA

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
14292, CD14292 The Cosmic Jokers Galactic Supermarket(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Spalax, Ohr 14292, CD14292 France 1994 Sell This Version
LP 14192 The Cosmic Jokers Galactic Supermarket(LP, Album, RE) Spalax Music LP 14192 France 1997 Sell This Version
Pld.SQ 6042, TLD SQ 6042 The Cosmic Jokers Galactic Supermarket(LP, Album, Quad) PDU, PDU Pld.SQ 6042, TLD SQ 6042 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
KICP 2802 The Cosmic Jokers Galactic Supermarket(CD, Album, RE) Nexus International KICP 2802 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
840105 Galactic Supermarket Galactic Supermarket(LP, Album, Quad, TP) Cosmic Music (2) 840105 France 1975 Sell This Version


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June 14, 2017
"*...(Starting with a heavy piano/drums groove like John Cale and Terry Riley's "The Protégé" from their classic LP Church of Anthrax, The Cosmic Jokers return to their trip with an un/cosmic dub beginning, melodicas and guitars spinning off all over the place Gille Letmann says a couple of words before the breakdown into Clangerland, a place where goofy synthesizers call to each other over exquisite mellotrons and tinkling spacey grand piano. Again, it's just two huge tracks / this time the ever shifting "Kinder Des Als" and the title track "Galactic Supermarket". The female voices take a while to assimilate after the austerity of the first Cosmic Jokers LP, and the opening track wanders around for a while before ascending to its righteous groove. The women scream "Schnell Schnell!" and the helicopter drums of Harald Grosskopf propel us once more into a hectic frantic major/chord trance out. It's the sheer unbalance that makes this recod such a delight. At times, Klaus Schultze's synthesizer is so loud that it swamps everything in its path. The title track "Galactic Supermarket" begins like one of Van Der Graaf Generator's greatest and most drawn out riffs. A slow 6&4 bass licks over ominous Pawn Hearts style shifting chords. Again, the piece is slow to begin, as though they are searching for harmony but each musician is confused and solitary. Manuel Gottsching freaks out in a fury of wa/guitar madness, forcing the others awake, but this really is a down/in/the/mouth scene and the whole Trip descends further and further inevitable slow burning groove gets itself together and the scene whips itself up into a Shake Appeal Flip Out. The LP takes a little longer to get into than The Cosmic Jokers, but give it time and it's in your head forever. Those piercingly loud Klaus Schultze snythesizers which sound so bizarre the first time_ You'll be waking up with them in your head, whistling them in the street, people will think you've lost your fucking mind. Right On.


November 23, 2015
Just done an update of Spalax CD issues here. Surprised no one has added the original Spalax issue in a card gatefold yet. BTW - complexities about the Spalax listings can be found here: Spalax -


August 8, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
There is so much controversy surrounding the Cosmic Jokers that's it's not even funny. I've heard several conflicting stories. One was these recordings were released behind the backs of those involved and lawsuits ensured, effectively driving Rolf Ulrich Kaiser and his wife Gille Lettman out of Germany. Klaus Schulze was most angered, but then I hear a different story from Manuel Gottsching. He was actually already made aware these recordings were going to be released. Also it turned out while the lawsuits were true and caused his label Kosmische Musik (the successor to Ohr and Pilz) to go under, Kaiser and Gille Lettman (aka Starmaiden) did not flee Germany, instead ended up in seclusion, apparently suffering a similar fate to Syd Barrett (although unlike Barrett, they're still alive, despite rumors to the contrary).

Manuel Göttsching's website includes the Cosmic Jokers albums as very much as part of his discography as is Ash Ra Tempel, Ashra, solo career, and collaborations with other musicians, while Schulze's site considered those albums as nothing more than a joke, "a loose session, not serious".

Anyways, the Cosmic Jokers were basically Klaus Schulze, Manuel Gottsching, and various Ash Ra Tempel and Wallenstein members doing late night jamming. Galactic Supermarket is one of them, and is more rock-oriented than many others. It's no surprise the music bears more than a passing resemblance to Ash Ra Tempel, because of Manuel Gottsching and his guitar playing. Also Jurgen Dollase gives some nice keyboard work, particularly the piano, Farfisa electric piano, synths, and even a little Mellotron. Klaus Schulze were more responsible for the more droning organ and synth end of things, it's pretty obvious when he plays it. This album really blew me away. Too bad Klaus Schulze is so embarrassed of these recordings.

Regardless of what story you've heard, which is correct and not, what matters is the wonderful music that came from it, and Galactic Supermaket is a great example.