The Cosmic Jokers – The Cosmic Jokers

14 Jul

The Cosmic Jokers - The Cosmic Jokers DS503p front

Another of those European quad albums that were mixed for effect and feel, although it has its moments where your left with no doubt it’s a true quad mix. I suspect the effect would be greatly minimised if decoded by any other means.

The Cosmic Jokers are: Dieter Dierks, Jurgen Dollase, Manuel Gottsching, Harald Grobkopt & Klaus Schulze

Allmusic

Release: DS503p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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3 Responses to “The Cosmic Jokers – The Cosmic Jokers”

  1. atq August 11, 2016 at 14:15 #

    Reminds me of a cross between Floyd and Hawkwind at their noodliest. The mix relies on a lot of reverb but is still fun. The nature of the music and the mix make it difficult to pronounce on the decode with much authority, but when, for example, the drum kit moves from speaker to speaker, it seems to work pretty well. I can see from earlier comments that we all agree that it’s not necessarily what we look for in a quad mix, but that it still ‘works’. I think you are right, OD, that a mediocre decode would not serve this well. I’m grateful to hear this in all its quad glory.

  2. Owen Smith July 23, 2015 at 18:19 #

    Oh wow, groovy man. This feels like an extended early Pink Floyd instrumental that just runs for the entire length of the album. It’s a true quad mix but very cleverly done, it builds images and a mood rather than saying “horn in the rear left alert!”. Someone put a lot of work into this mix and it comes off rather well but you have to relax and listen. Great release OD and well decoded by Phoenix. Now where is that incense burner?

  3. forthosewithfourears July 18, 2015 at 10:52 #

    Heard this around release time via a friend’s import I seem to recall. At the time I thought it a bit too loose – but having mellowed with age I am now enjoying it much more. The quad mix works fine – a sound impression rather than ‘four in the corners’ instrument placement. After all, not knowing exactly what was going on was the whole point then, wasn’t it ?? 🙂

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