ALBUM EXTREMAMENTE RARO DESSE POWER TRIO ALEMÃO FUNDADO EM 1971 POR "OLIVER PETRY" (ORGAN AND VOCALS), "DIRK FLECK" (BASS) E "BRAUNE RÜDIGER" (DRUMS), TODOS EX-INTEGRANTES DA BANDA DE COVERS CHAMADA "THE FUTURES"!! EM POUCO TEMPO O POTENCIAL MUSICAL DA CANNABIS INDIA GANHAVA REPERCUSSÃO NA ALEMANHA, ONDE FIZERAM MUITOS SHOWS EM CLUBES, BARES E FESTIVAIS DE MUSICAS. TOCANDO AO LADO DE BANDAS COMO KIN PIN MEH, BEGGARS OPERA E EILIFF!!
O DISCO FOI GRAVADO NOS ESTUDIOS DA RADIO SWF ALEMÃ, PRESERVADO POR MUITO TEMPO NOS PORÕES DO ESTÚDIO E FINALMENTE LANÇADO EM CD EM 2009!! OLIVER PETRY ERA UM PRODÍGIO DO PIANO E UM DEVOTO DE KEITH EMERSON!! A BANDA TEVE VIDA CURTA, MAS NOS DEIXOU ESSA JAM SESSION ONDE FAZIAM UM CLASSICO-PROGRESSIVO INSTRUMENTAL COM GRANDES SUITES, INCLUINDO UMA VERSÃO DA 9º SINFONIA DE BEETHOVEN!!
"Outra pérola esquecida dos cofres da emissora SWF, na Alemanha. Cannabis India foi fundada em 1971 na região de Düsseldorf e mostrava o seu talento tocando suas próprias composições, influenciado por grupos como The Nice ou Emerson, Lake & Palmer. O lídera da banda, o pianista Oliver Petry estudou piano desde os sete anos de idade. Quando ele ouviu Keith Emerson, pela primeira vez ele mudou de instrumento e começou a tocar organ com grande entusiasmo. Juntamente com o baterista Rüdiger Braune e o furioso baixista Dirk Fleck, Cannabis Índia executava suas peças com uma velocidade infernal, mas também com um bom senso de drama. Cerca de 12 minutos da épico faixa "Lapis" e 11 minutos da 9ª de Beethoven mostram a força musicas da banda. O CD vem com 2 faixas bônus da banda Universo, pós-Cannabis India. O Album foi remasterizado digitalmente a partir da Master Tapes originais."
Cannabis India was founded in 1971 by Oliver Petry (organ, vocals), Dirk Fleck (bass) and Rüdiger Braune (drums), all of them former members of the cover band The Futures. Burckhard Eick, former keyboarder with The Futures, became their manager. In next to no time they managed to come up with a repertoire suitable for gigs, consisting of exclusively own compositions in the style of classical-rock. Playing like a lost basement recording of ELP circa 1971, this high-energy power trio pumped out shameless ersatz classical rock and recorded one brief set in 1973 at Germany's Sudwestfunk radio facilities, preserved and finally released in 2009 on Long Hair. Cannabis India was loosely part of Dusseldorf's Wuppertal scene and was led by child piano prodigy (and Keith Emerson devotee) Oliver Petry, backed by the fierce performance of drummer Rudiger Braune and noted bassist Dirk Fleck.
The band had a brief career but developed a reputation locally as a strong live act, and that immediacy comes pouring through on SWF Session 1973, an all-instrumental sample of four cuts including a version of Beethoven's 9th. We're battered open by Petry's machine gun riffing for 'Hand of the King': mean, dynamic, and very cool, Rudiger Braune Keith Mooning his way through it all and the masterful intonation of Dirk Fleck's Fender bass. Many good changes in this 7+ minute chunk of fugue flash, followed by doubly-long 'Lapis' where the Tarkus quotes are most present. Though frankly, CI was probably doing the sort of pure instrumental organ rock that many ELP fans quietly wished their favorite band would indulge more in. No deep lyrics, gonzo improvisations or lovelorn ballads here, just three hungry players with a taste for this new sound in popular music. 'Revolver' is a Gothic dungeon in the great North German school tradition, and the massive 'Beethoven's 9th' is a very fine interpretation.
- Oliver Petry - organ, Moog synthesizer, vocals
- Dirk Fleck - Fender bass
- Rüdiger Braune - drums
- Detlev Krause - guitar
- Detlev Dalitz - bass
- Bernd Frielingsdorf - drums
1. Hand of the King (7:26)
2. Lapis (11:54)
3. Revolver (4:18)
4. Beethoven's 9th (10:52)
5. Mirror (3:37)
6. The Hunt (5:18)