Recorded and mixed at Studio 70, Munich in July 1973|
- First Communication [8:11]
- Dialogue and Random [1:51]
- Laila, Part 1 [1:41]
- Laila, Part 2 [6:46]
- In The Silence Of The Morning Sunrise [6:37]
- A Quiet Walk [9:17]
- Two - Not Of The Same Kind
- Haunted Island [7:11]
- Laila '74 [7:42]
Bonus track recorded live in Moers, Germany, February 16, 1972
All titles composed, arranged and performed by Agitation Free
Stefan Diez - guitar
Michael Gunther - bass
Michael Hoenig - synthesyzer, keyboard
Burghard Rausch - drum, percussion, vocoder, mellotron
Lutz Ulbricht - guitar, bouzouki
Gustl Lutjens - guitar
Second is another classic album from Agitation Free, one of the leading lights of the Krautrock movement in Germany.
As opposed to Malesch, Second shows some slight change in direction for the band. It becomes readily apparent on the first track that the band's sound is slightly jazzier and the melodies are a little tighter and stonger. The guitar duels between Ulbrich and Diez are utterly gorgeous, and the melodies absolutely shimmer throughout the album.
The only misstep is probably Hoenig's "Dialogue & Random", an experimental piece that is just random electronic blips for a couple minutes.
The two-part "Laila" piece is definitely a highlight, featuring a jazzy, almost funky bass groove from Michel Gunter to underpin the exquisite guitar explorations. "In the Silence of the Morning" uses another addictive bass motif to accentuate its hypnotic structure. "Haunted Island" is initially a little cheesy, being that it features some spoken work poetry (with heavy voice alteration), but eventually develops into another excellent track, with their trademark subtle guitar solos and gorgeous keyboard textures. Overall I'd say this album loses some of the mystical feel that Malesch had, due to the abscence of the Arabic percussive textures and melodies, although motifs of that kind do crop up at points. On the whole it seems to take a slightly more conventional path, and the incorporation of jazzy and near-Canterbury like passages is definitely effective.
Personally I probably prefer the more exotic feel of Malesch, but Second is definitely a fundamental Krautrock album.
2001. Greg Northrup