Mental Experience presents a reissue of Golem's Orion Awakes. The album was recorded and produced circa 1976 by Toby Robinson aka Genius P. Orridge, while he worked as second engineer at the famous Dierks Studio in Cologne. Memories from those hazy times are sketchy, but all evidence leads you to believe that the musicians featured here were well-known names from the kraut scene working under pseudonyms, recording 100% underground, non-commercial music under Toby's guidance, just for fun.
Apparently, Orion Awakes was released as a very limited hand-made pressing housed in a silver foil sleeve on the Pyramid label, which was run by Toby and his friend Robin Page, the Fluxus artist. No original copies have ever been found. The fascinating liner notes by kraut expert Alan Freeman talk about seeing an original copy of Orion Awakes at a record shop in Germany many years ago and he also sheds some light on who could be the real musicians involved, as well as discussing the controversial story of the Pyramid label and the accusations of Golem being a manufactured '90s "fake" instead of a real vintage '70s recording.
Featuring plenty of Hammond organ, analog synths, ripping guitar, effects, and trippy jams, Orion Awakes is a glorious blend of space-rock, kraut and psychedelia, courtesy of the mysterious Golem. Recommended for fans of Gila, Mythos, Guru Guru, Cosmic Jokers, Novalis, Neu!, Hawkwind, Brainticket, My Solid Ground and Pink Floyd. 24-bit domain remaster from the original tapes; housed in a silver foil sleeve; insert with liner notes by Alan Freeman; download coupon.