Haboob – Haboob (1971) (HörZu Black Label / Reprise Records REP 3400)

Haboob – Haboob
1971 Hör Zu Black Label / Reprise Records REP 3400
Made in Germany

This is a rather difficult-to-describe rarity from a group that only made a single record, a trio of ex-pat Americans living in Germany. The driving force is James Jackson who rocks out on Farfisa, Choir Organ, and Hohner Piano. George Green, who also played in the Munich ‘drum orchestra’ band Niagara, gives a drum solo that is actually interesting (I appreciate drum solos in a live setting, when I’m there, but usually find them tedious on records.

A1 Israfil 9:45
A2 Blues For Willi Pee 3:52
A3 Sooloo 5:11
B1 Morning Prayer 5:11
B2 Keep On Pushing 4:42
B3 Soldier Boy 3:44
B4 Time To Be 3:46

Record Company – Kinney Music GmbH
Pressed By – Teldec-Press GmbH

Drums, Percussion, Vocals – George Green
Guitar, Vocals – William D. Powell
Organ [Farfisa], Piano [Hohner], Vocals, Organ [Choir-organ] – James Jackson
Producer – Olaf Kübler
Written-By – James Jackson (tracks: A1 to B2, B4)

Design, Cover, Photography By – F.-U. Rogner

Engineer – Peter Kramper

Frontcover-wording bottom right:
George Green, William D. Powell, James Jackson

A Product of Kinney Music GmbH, 2 Hamburg 76, Gustav-Freytag Straße 13 Made in Germany
Below the enigeer-credit “Bavaria Studio” is denoted.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Rights Society: GEMA
Matrix / Runout (A stamped): 71005 – A
Matrix / Runout (B stamped): 71005 – B II
Matrix / Runout (Runout-info both sides): Manufactured in Germany

(continued)… Actually it is not technically a solo (and the track title is “Sooloo”), since it accompanied by some electronically-generated ambience from the other musicians. There are vocals on this record, all of them pretty heavily modulated (run through a Leslie cabinet or otherwise distorted) and generally atonal. While there are lots of groups and records that seemed to have acquired the “Krautrock” badge of honor purely by dint of having been in Germany in the early 70s, these Yankee musicians’ blend of experimentalism, progressive rock-jazz-psychedelic fusion actually fits the zeitgeist pretty well.



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