Xhol - Hau-Ruk. 1971 Germany

Here we find Xhol, as my imagination will have it mind you, in some smoky club in Hamburg, preferably on the Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli District. Organ and electric sax rule the roost here and no one gets to leave the club until they start seeing inanimate objects move. Psychedelic jazz blues is where it's at brudda'. The Garden of Delights CD is the way to go here since it introduces to the 20 minute bonus track 'Suden twi Westen'. This track was recorded in 1974 with Hansi Fisher (of Embryo) on flute and future Missus Beastly bassist Norman Domling. It's quite possibly the best piece Xhol ever did (and that's saying something!) and I didn't realize that Xhol were still active this late in the game. Highly recommended.

Personal collection
CD: 2002 Garden of Delights

My introduction to this album was the Ohr original that I found at a record show in the early 90s. I sold that when the CD came out, a move I wouldn't do today, but it's not the end of the world either. Hau-Ruk is the 3rd studio album recorded by Xhol, but the second to be released. Considering that the CD, in addition to the usual great liner notes and photos that GoD provides, also contains an excellent 20 minute track from 1974 - this will most likely always be the definitive version.

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