Robert Fripp and Brian Eno paired up for this recording more than a year prior to its release. At the time, Eno was still in Roxy Music (but soon on his way to a solo career), while Fripp was busy recruiting for King Crimson. Recorded in Eno's front room, the album's centerpiece is "The Heavenly Music Corporation;" it's Fripp's guitar feed looped-back through two tape recorders. The result? You guessed it: heavenly music.
Agitation Free remained busy after recording their debut album, appearing in the cultural program for the 1972 Munich Olympics as well as touring France for a few months in 1973. Guitarist Stefan Diez deputized for their second album, titled 2nd; it also saw release on the Music Factory label. "First Communication" opens the album. With its guitars in unison, it offers a sound that has more similarities with the improvisations of American Southern rock than with the German krautrock of the day! Never mind though—the ensuing "Dialogue and Random" is pure electronic bliss.
Jethro Tull headed off to Michel Magne's famous Château d'Hérouville studio in France to record the follow-up to the previous year's Thick As A Brick. Unfortunately, the sessions were abandoned, and the band returned to England without a record. (The sessions were ultimately released on CD in 1993 as Nightcap.) Reconstituted in London, Tull started anew and recorded another album-length epic, this time centering on the altogether heavier topic of life and death. Though a concise edit (#8) was found for a single, A Passion Play is best taken whole.
Following the departure of Darryl Way and Francis Monkman, Sonja Kristina and Mike Wedgwood regrouped as Curved Air and recruited two young prodigies: guitarist Kirby Gregory and keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson. Along with drummer Jim Russell, they made their debut on the 1973 album Air Cut. "The Purple Speed Queen" kicks off the album, propelled by Jobson's heavy organ and Gregory's up-in-the-mix guitar runs. "Elfin Boy" is a stark contrast: a gentle folk number with Kristina's voice to the fore.
Hailing from Milan, Alphataurus was another of the many Italian groups that seemingly came out of nowhere during the boom of Rock progressivo Italiano in the early 70s. Consisting of keyboardist and composer Pietro Pellegrini, guitarist Guido Wasserman, bassist Alfonso Oliva, drummer Giorgio Santandrea and vocalist Michele Bavaro, the band formed in 1970, played some festivals over the ensuing years, which eventually earned a recording contract with Vittorio and Antonio De Scalzi’s Magma label.