Tuesday, June 26, 2018

MISSUS BEASTLY – Nara Asst Incense (OPP World Wide – OPP 5-32 / LP-1970)




Label: OPP World Wide – OPP 5-32
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Partially Unofficial / Country :Germany / Released: 1970
Style: Blues Rock, Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
Recorded at January 1970 by CPM Studio, Germany.
Design – Woody Maus Art Studio
Coverphoto's by – Umbo and From
Produced by – Henry From Group Int.
Matrix / Runout (A digits stamped, literals etched): OPP 5-32 A
Matrix / Runout (B digits stamped, literals etched): OPP 5-32 B

Note:
This is Unlicensed release of the initially private CPM release from the same year with different artwork and slighty different tracklisting. Laminated front cover.Wrongly printed the name of bassist Petja Hofman. (writes Petj, the letter "a" is omitted).
Original released: CPM ‎– LP S 002
Reissue / Garden Of Delights ‎– LP 012 (Limited Edition of 1.000 copies)

A1 -  XOX .............................................................................................................. 1:26
A2 - Uncle Sam ..................................................................................................... 5:39
A3 - Mean Woman (Woody Mouse) ...................................................................... 7:57
A4 - Decision ......................................................................................................... 2:55
B1 - Aphrodisiakum ............................................................................................... 8:56
B2 - Shame On You ............................................................................................... 8:57
B3 - Chinese love Song ......................................................................................... 1:01

Line-up / Musicians:
Atzen Wehmeyer / guitar, vocals
Wolfgang Nickel / keyboards
Petja Hofman / bass, vocals
Lutz Oldemeier / drums, percussion

Guests:
Hansi Fischer / flute
Chris Karrer / guitar
John Weinzierl / guitar
Dieter Serfas / drums


The first two LPs of Missus Beastly did not have a title, a circumstance causing considerable confusion. The first one appeared on CPM in 1970, the second on Nova in 1974.
On September 2nd, 1974, shortly after putting out their second LP, Missus Beastly had a gig in the Bremen Post-Aula. The concert was broadcast by Radio Bremen in their program "Jazz live". Luckily, the master tape was kept by the station over the decades and was made available for the CD/LP release. The three long tracks are not to be heard on any Missus Beastly LP. Keyboarder Dieter Miekautsch had meanwhile left the group; instead, the great guitarist Eddy Marron – well-known for playing with Vita Nova and Dzyan and his long-standing co-operation with Peter Giger – had joined them.

"Missus Beastly" from Herford were among the most famous German psychedelic and jazz-rock bands, with the most confusing history of all of them.
Formed circa 1968 in Herford near Munich, the history of Missus Beastly is confused to the extreme! Apparently the reason for such confusion is three-fold: because of their manager, constant line-up changes, and that being born in the psychedelic era they were obviously all pretty spaced! The original band were among the most underground and psychedelic of German bands.

MISSUS BEASTLY 's/t' LP-1970
The re-issuance was made the same year, (Partially Unofficial) on the label OPP World Wide (OPP 5-32) under the name "Nara Asst Incense" with the same tracks in a different order and with a totally new cover artwork.

 Original released: CPM ‎– LP S 002

This is the (first) nameless album of MISSUS BEASTLY - a band from my little hometown Herford. When they produced it in 1970 I was 14 years old - a litte bit too young to follow up the first steps of the band. Later I had closer contact to guitarist Atzen Wehmeyer for some time - but not related to music primarily. We worked together in a social project for children and he had formed another band named EINHORN in the meanwhile after he left MISSUS BEASTLY. So to review this album is something special for me because reminding a lot of experiences from that time.
They had chosen a psychedelic painting for the cover which was absolutely reflecting the music they played at that time. Their gigs often worked like happenings though, differing to what normally would be considered as a concert. They simply played what came into their minds in an intensive stirring mood - breaking all rules - and that finally caused the band's special reputation and success. They had been invited to play at two important german music events - at Burg Waldeck Festival and the Essener Pop & Blues-Festival. It is also known that someday the audience catcalled the main group THE MOVE at the Herford Jaguar-Club because they wanted to hear more from their favourite band.

It is fairly applicable to say that this is krautrock. MISSUS BEASTLY offers a blend of different music styles based on the blues - sometimes psychedelic coloured, sometimes jazz influenced and decorated with some weird insertions. The song material was worked out by accident in the same way as the gigs happened. It didn't match with what the band played live. Some of the songs never were presented on a stage. Hansi Fischer, the flute player of XHOL CARAVAN, appears on one song and the sessions were additionally supported by the AMON DÜÜL II members Dieter Serfas, Chris Karrer und John Weinzierl...




...The short opener XOX is presented in a weird krautrocked mood - a short jam with distorted organ and guitar later fading into a backward spoken word part contributed by Atzen Wehmeyer. The textual content is harsh as it was usual at that time and defends the hippie subculture. Uncle Sam follows as a more blues inspired song - composed by Petja Hofman when the soundman was justifying the microphones! Vocals are rare and then the band jams once more in free form returning back to the main theme at the end.

Shame On You comes much more hippiesque first with acoustic guitar, percussion and flute. And then the band suddenly switches to a jazzy atmosphere whereas Wolfgang Nickel and Atzen Wehmeyer are swirling around nicely with their instruments. Another song which was composed spontaneously during the recordings was Decision - heavy rocking this time and one of the most accessible songs of the album. Chinese Love Song belongs to the highlights by all means because very weird - the vocals are a pun somewhat with rhyming words in german and this could be used at Halloween for eample - to frighten a lot of people without any problem. The deep bluesy Mean Woman and the instrumental and more grooving Aphrodisiakum are finally usual proper played songs with some improvised portions here and there.

Generally MISSUS BEASTLY is associated with jazz rock/fusion. And considering the whole discography this suits by the way. But this band has an eventful history with some changes and a lot of musicians. And they started with a krautrock album as many other german bands did in the same way. Definitely recommendable if you are searching for early german output reflecting the transition from the 60s to the 70s with a special spirit of optimism and pleasure to experimentalize.

(Review by Rivertree / Prog Reviewer)



If you find it, buy this album!

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