- McChurch Soundroom – Delusion
- BASF / Pilz 20 21103-7 in 1972
- Ohrwaschl OWLP 014 (2000?)
This album is pricewise a killer, NM copies easily get US$600 to 700 with exceptional copies hitting the four digit figures area on occasion. Re-issues on the other hand are available for around US$30 to US$50 on a regular basis.
McChurch Soundroom was not a German band, the boys were from Basel / Switzerland instead. The line-up for there debut (and their only release) was:
- Sandy McChurch [Sandro Chiesa] (vocals, flute)
Heiner Althaus (guitar)
Alain Veltin (organ)
Kurt Hafen (bass)
Norbert "Nobbi" Jud (drums)
The first track “Delusion” starts as an acoustic song which could have been done by Jethro Tull (and this not only because of the flute, the voice of Sandro reminds of Ian Anderson on occasion). As the song progresses it adopts a bluesy undertone driven by electric guitar and the Hammond organ and gets more progressive (a friend of mine mentioned once that this sounds a bit like Yes). Finally the boys jam like mad and towards the end the songs turns acoustic again. The second track “Dream of a drummer” (btw the longest with 9:24 minutes) has got some nice guitar riffs but it also “features” one of those useless drum solos which I think was the naming factor for the song. It is instrumental and mainly driven by guitar and bass. “Time is flying” opens again with drums and then guitar, organ and flute take their turns. The instruments pick up the themes and are supported by some vocals. The first track on side B “What are you doin” is an anti-drug song (who really believes that message on an early Kraurock album??) – nevertheless this song is in my eyes the best one on the entire album. It starts with the organ which creates some dark mood (in the vein of Black Sabbath?). Vocals join in and are followed by the flute. Guitar is driving it further before the organ takes over again. The last two tracks “Trouble Part I” and “Trouble Part II” could have been easily one song but the band split it into two. Both tracks are pure instrumentals and are dominated by flute and organ – here we find some kind of Jazz influence.
The band has been influenced by Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and UFO just to name a few and is one of the Krautrock milestones in my eyes. Producer for this album was Conny Plank btw.