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August 21st, 2011

Machine Gun Vinyl Reissue!!

Posted by michael lavorgna in News, Records, Some Records I Really Enjoy

The Peter Brötzmann Octet
Machine Gun

Free jazz lovers take note – Slowboy Records of Düsseldorf, Germany has reissued The Peter Brötzmann Octet’s legendary Machine Gun (1968) on LP in a limited run of 500. Here’s what I had to say about this record and here’s what Volcanic Tongue has to say about this reissue:

Beautiful deluxe reissue on heavy vinyl with 3 colour silkscreened tip-on sleeves of this seminal Central European free jazz blow-out from 1968, only Brotzmann’s second album as leader and still one of the founding documents of European improvisation. A parallel to John Coltrane’s epochal Ascension, Machine Gun combines ferociously aggressive ensemble playing that mimic the sounds of artillery with some incredible break-out soloing from Evan Parker, Fred Van Hove, Willem Breuker and Brotzmann. In between the walls of sheet metal there are occasional big band vamps that function as transports to earlier big band traditions as the group simultaneously honour and raze jazz tradition. The line-up is phenomenal, with the horns of Parker, Breuker and Brotzmann going up against two drummers – Han Bennink and Sven Johansson – two bassists – Peter Kowald and Buschi Niebergall – and pianist Fred Van Hove. Still one of the greatest free jazz sides ever recorded and central to any collection of free jazz. Can’t recommend this enough and this edition *sounds* better than ever. Edition of 500 copies and already sold out at source.

The original LP on FMP is hard to come by and not cheap (think $75 and up) and the CDs can run $25 and up so this looks like a sound investment. Run don’t walk…

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  1. Simon Wilson said,

    on August 21st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    This record still scares me! Right up there with Evan Parker’s The Topography of the Lungs.

  2. greg said,

    on August 21st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Actually, the FMP is also a reissue. Getting an original mint condition copy on the Bro label would require you to take out a new mortgage on your house. Or access to a working magick wand. Probably both.

    But, in one format or another, it’s been in print pretty much continually since its release. There’s still a LOT of Brotzmann LPs from the 70s that have been OOP since their release that I’d love to have the chance to get. (Atavistic put out a few on CD, but their deal with FMP seems to have vanished into thin air) And a quarter of a century’s worth of CD-only albums that would be welcomed on vinyl for the first time.

    Brotzmann himself seem to be a vinyl fan, and the release of ‘Still Quite Popular After All These Years’ and ‘The Ink Is Gone’ (spectacularly packaged and immaculate pressings both) got my hopes up for further in the same vein, but it’s been CDs only ever since. Ah, well. Hopefully if this reissue sells well enough, it’ll help finance reissues of the segments of his back catalog that have been neglected. (Heck, I’ve had ‘Outspan 2′ for decades now, but I’ve never been able to get the first part. And I’m tired of losing eBay bids for ‘Free Jazz Und Kinder’!)

  3. on August 21st, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    My mistake – I wonder how many copies Bro printed?

    There is this relatively new (2010) Full Blast/Brotzman release on vinyl –

  4. thad said,

    on August 21st, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    brutal record.

  5. brus said,

    on August 22nd, 2011 at 2:38 am

    allready sold out at source… please tell me that’s not true. i need a copy :/

  6. billstry said,

    on August 23rd, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    First, thanks for the heads up this. This is an incredible opportunity. I placed my order with the “tongue” but no confirmation yet has me worried. I feel Greg’s pain. I’ve been trolling the World Wide Web and the dust bins of vinyl stores worldwide to score Brotz on vinyl. I’ve been lucky to get score some rare FMPs “The End”, “Solo FMP 0360” and the after fore mentioned “Ein Halber Hund Kann”. The two former I got in Tokyo and the later in a local record store in Northern Virginia. I almost had cardiac arrest when I saw it in the bins next to George Benson. To get a sense of the full Brotzmann vinyl landscape this is my experience:
    1. FMPs are costly and if you come upon them at or around $40 grab them
    2. There are four Last Exit discs which vary in quality that are obtainable with a little effort. The self-titled one on the Enemy Label that is the one to have.
    3. The two vinyl duo releases on Bro records are limited edition and still available from the Eremite site are worth owning.
    4. The OKKA releases are spotty and some are rare. “Fragments” with Sharrock and Brotz has crummy sound and marginal performance. “Crumbling Brains” and “Stone Water” easier to score and are good not very good. “The Atlanta Concert” with Drake and Hopkins is very good and rare (read expensive is you want it)
    5. There are other one off releases like “Two Lightboxes” on Lotus Music and a 10” on Olof Music called “Useable Past” from a performance of a trio (Kowald and Johansson) before the Machine Gun Sessions (1967)

  7. on August 24th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    The record that changed my life. I place my order. Michael thank you for information. I hope one day we will see Last Exit, Sonore and many more Bröztmann LP’s ..

    Also i want to inform you about an album from Peter Brötzmann and KonstruKt called Dolunay (in Turkish Full Moon) KonstruKt is an avant-garde band from Turkey and they are very young. I hope this album is available in CD Baby.

    For a video from live performance in Istanbul follow the link (in Turkish)

    Best regards from Turkey..

  8. Anthony said,

    on August 26th, 2011 at 8:22 am


    first thanks for the link. I live in Germany but was not aware of Slowboy Records. I will go back to this site from now on.
    Just to confirm for those of you who want this bad, there are still copies available. I got mine at the beginning of this week but had to call Herke Ziegler from SLowboy because I couldn’t find it on his website. I think he is now updating his shop as the copies get sold.
    Good Luck.

  9. on August 26th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for all of the great information on this guys and sorry for the lapse in attention. I will explain the circumstances surrounding same soon.

    Great to know there are still copies available!!

  10. Kenji said,

    on September 2nd, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I ordered the LP from the Slowboy site last nite.
    This order is pending.
    They sent a confirmation email, but PayPal payment details will be sent by them later (they said before 24 hours).
    My order was #152 so I think there is still stock (but maybe hurry!)
    I’m excited to see Peter’s show here in Tokyo (at Pit Inn) next month. Guests are Jim O’Rourke (guitar) and Michiyo Yagi (21 and 17 strings koto). Peter’s regular band has Fred Lonberg

  11. Kenji said,

    on September 2nd, 2011 at 2:53 am

    [Continued from last message...]

    Peter’s regular band has Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)…

  12. on September 2nd, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thank for the update Kenji!

  13. Kenji said,

    on September 2nd, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    You’re welcome, Michael!

    More than 24 hours passed and I didn’t receive the email about paypal payment yet…
    I hope it’s OK…

  14. on January 1st, 2012 at 5:28 am

    [...] of who knows what. I’ve been looking for this for years, and finally the label Slowboy reissued it this year, with an incredible thick sleeve and three-color silkscreen cover. Brotzmann is capable of making [...]

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