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LP (Item 35671) MPS (Germany), 1977 — Condition: Near Mint-

Funky fusion from guitarist Volker Kriegel – working here on a mid 70s session for MPS – not as totally far out as his earlier sessions for the label, but in a way that makes up for the difference with plenty of funk! Kriegel's sound is wonderful – clean, but never smooth – a well-played mix of acoustic and electric, with even a bit of sitar at times too – in a combo that also features Ack Van Rooyen on trumpet, Alan Skidmore on tenor, and Thomas Bettermann and Wolfgang Dauner on keyboards – instruments that really help shape the electric vibe of the set! Things are never too trippy, nor too jamming – and there's a warmth here that's usually missing from other MPS records of this nature. Titles include "Spiral Crackers", "Funk You Very Much", "Und Schon Ist Die Fahrt", and "Dora B".  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Cover has very light wear, but is nice overall.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.



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