Subject Esq. ‎– Subject Esq.

Ohrwaschl Records ‎– 3100 402
CD, Album, Reissue

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1 Alone
Written-By – S Wissnet*
2 Giantania
Written-By – M Hofmann*
3 What Is Love
Written-By – A Pittwohn*
4 5:13
Written-By – P Stadler*
5 Mammon
Written-By – M Hofmann*
6 Durance Is Waiting
Written-By – A Pittwohn*
7 Giantania Improvisations
Written-By – Pittwohn*, Hofmann*, Wissnet*
8 Untitled
Written-By – Hofmann*, Wissnet*

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Tracks 1 to 6 recorded at Union Studios, Munich, Febr/March 1972.
Bonus tracks 7 & 8 recorded on 2 track tape live in München 1971, Pfarrsaal Tölzerstrasse.

The bonus track timings are incorrect on the photocopy insert with this CD: 7 = 18:55 and 8 = 10:00.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: MAGNA GERMANY 3100 402 [A]1

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
S 64 998 Subject Esq. Subject Esq.(LP, Album) Epic S 64 998 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
ADASD 07172 Subject Esq. Subject Esq.(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ADA Sound Ltd. ADASD 07172 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
3100 402 Subject Esq. Subject Esq.(CD, Album, RE) Ohrwaschl Records 3100 402 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
OW 010 Subject Esq. Subject Esq.(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Ohrwaschl Records OW 010 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
OW 10-LP, GTR 651-1 Subject Esq. Subject Esq.(LP, Album, RE) Ohrwaschl Records, Green Tree Records OW 10-LP, GTR 651-1 Germany 2003 Sell This Version


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February 25, 2014
Although a lesser known album of the Krautrock era, I'm not surprised Ohrwaschl took the initiative to reissue this. After all there was a connection with the superb Out Of Focus (whom Ohrwaschl have been especially partial to in their reissue programme), and also Subject Esq did later transmute into the internationally known and collectable Sahara (whose albums both got released in the USA, and their classic SUNRISE was released in the UK on Dawn). But what is surprising is the length of this CD - yes, there's bonus material here! 29 minutes worth of live recordings recorded shortly before the LP. So, compared to many such reissues, this is actually pretty good value.
So, what were Subject Esq like? Well, their style was very complex blending rock fusion in the manner of early Colosseum, Alquin, Thirsty Moon, Out Of Focus, et al, with distinctly keyboard progressive sounds like Camel, Jody Grind, blended with jazz-rock, folk and blues elements, sometimes bordering on the Canterbury type sound and then at other times the vocal harmonies even recall the Moody Blues. Yet, somehow amidst this seeming hotchpotch of styles that juxtapose and blend, there's a distinctive Subject Esq sound that comes through. Fans of Sahara will instantly recognise the rhythmic structures, song styling and distinctive compositional complexities. What may surprise is such complex music being carried off with such energy, so many solos, changes, lengthy instrumentals, and such great songs too!
Now, after such a classic album as this, could one want more? Well, even though the live material included is of variable quality, the two "songs" presented offer an insight into how their sound developed, and what they were like in a more improvisatory live situation. Okay, someone pisses about with the echo machine a couple of times which is a bit annoying, but apart from that it's a superb document for progressive rock fans to relish.
From my review in Audion #21, published in May 1992