phantomband: FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Here is the second of three albums from Phantomband, formed by Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit (who also worked with Jah Wobble amongst others).
Punchy electronic rhythms (sometimes minimal) with a tongue-in-cheek quality, I do find Sheldon Ancel's laconic spoken-word vocalizations amusing, especially "Relax" (a take on relaxation tapes/new age music) & "Dangerous Conversation". This stuff fits snuggly next to Moebius & Plank in my record collection.
an amazon reviewer (whom you may or may not agree with) wrote:
"...features Helmut Zerlett who in his time, has produced some great music on the german ambient label; Recycle Or Die!...projects such as; 9 dream and Baked Beans just to name a few...are undeniably brilliant...though this project, (phantom band) i feel is targeted at the wrong audience, as people who enjoy CAN probably aren't going to get this release at all [well I do!], however if you're from the other side of the genre fence, and have an appreciation for german avant/amb electronica, then the Phantom Band is well worth checking out!"
01 Freedom Of Speech 3:46
02 E.F. 1 4:15
03 Brain Police 4:08
04 No Questions 2:05
05 Relax 4:07
06 Gravity 5:28
07 Trapped Again 1:00
08 Experiments 3:40
09 Dream Machine 5:33
10 Dangerous Conversation 2:12
line-up: Jaki Liebezeit, Olek Gelba, Dominik von Senger, Helmut Zerlett, Sheldon Ancel
[192kbs] (hi-res cover art & label scans included as usual)
1980 Phantomband — LP Sky 048
1981 Phantomband - Freedom Of Speech — Sky 065
1984 Phantom Band - Nowhere — Spoon 17
I understand the first two were re-released together on one CD at some point (1994?) but only "Nowhere" appears to be currently available.
If anyone has the other two I would very much like to hear them...