Formed in 1967 as Agitation, this Berlin group was integral to the scene that also birthed Tangerine Dream. But unlike Tangerine Dream, they had to wait until 1972 to release their debut album (Malesch).
Recording of the LP followed a tour of Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Greece and the striking cover shows five long-hairs lounging amid the rubble at the base of an Egyptian pyramid beneath some Arabic script.
Returning to Germany filled with eastern modality, they headily mixed early Floyd vibes with middle eastern voices and song, along with market square percussion and piercing guitar.
Their less eastern-slanted second album was titled, simply, 2nd.
Agitation Free were unfortunately destined to ultimately be a Kraütrock footnote.
Lutz Ludwig Kramer