They were of German-Swiss extraction with bassist and guitarist Terry Stevens being the only foreigner in the band, coming form England. They were regarded as the Swiss version of the "Groundhogs" due to their first album.
However, from their 2nd album "Swamp" they started to introduce a psychedelic sound to their music, a sound which is very much dominant on "Invisible World Revealed". In that album they make use of Mellotron, organ, harmonica and flute all backed up by an acoustic guitar which give the album an exotic and stoned feeling to it. The eastern and Indian influences in this album are present through the sitar and tabla in the 15 minutes suite "Odyssey In Om".
The alleged 'bonus' of three tracks at the end don't improve matters either. They're just long jams that go on interminably. I'm afraid I find this kind of music mind numbingly dull and if I'm honest it barely deserves two stars, although I'm sure it will appeal to some prog fans.
The only positive thing I can recommend about this is that it has a classic early 70's feel to it and is indeed very well produced. Review by philippe Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. Review by Mellotron Storm Prog Reviewer. Possibly a first. Percussion to start with as sitar joins in. Then the sitar stop after 4 minutes as it turns spacey with lots of reserved flute. Harmonica then takes over followed by some heavy guitar around 6 minutes with drums.
Great sound. Mellotron with a calm 9 minutes in as spoken vocals arrive. The guitar comes ripping in a minute later. Nice bass too and harmonica. Mellotron and spoken words are back 11 minutes in then it kicks back in. Settles again 13 minutes in with harmonica.
More psychedelia before the guitar comes crashing in to end it with mellotron. Vocals a minute in with harmonica. More mellotron after 2 minutes as drums pound away. Themes are repeated.
I like the intro with both acoustic and electric guitars playing with drums. A nice heavy sound 2 minutes in then harmonica and drums take over. Vocals also join in. A beautiful and pleasant sound 6 minutes in. Flute 9 minutes in and then we get strummed guitar as the electric guitar grinds away.
Guitar then lights it up followed by vocals and harmonica. This has really grown on me a lot. From not liking it at first to really appreciating just about everything about it. Fans of Krautrock should check this out and be patient. If that weren't enough, imagine yet another experiment where Indian music that sounds as authentic as you'll hear in the 'pop music' world suddenly bursts into a hard rock groove that will have you feeling like you've entered some dance contest on Saturn and you've encountered yet another of element of this album that brings to it an originality that is almost peerless.
This sounds like nothing else anybody has ever accomplished, and despite another great effort after this, even Krokodil themselves would never quite touch it again. The original vinyl goes for megabucks, and I have never heard it. Second Battle has released this with some absolutely sensational bonus tracks that really feature the band improvising beautifully within the 'jam' mode, but be advised that the Second Battle CD is heavily compressed like most of the other releases they did from the late nineties, so tracking down the Germanofon pirate CD is not a bad idea if you want to hear this album with its dynamics more intact.
Absolutely brilliant. The band quickly improves their sound on the next track "Light of Day" with what sounds like both a piano and organ, plus some sitar, flute, violin and harmonica set to a hazy vocal track in English no less. Like I said, this one sounds closer to progressive folk than Krautrock as far as I'm concerned.
However, from their 2nd album Swamp they started to introduce a psychedelic sound to their music, a sound which is very much dominant on Invisible World Revealed. In that album they make use of mellotron, organ, harmonica and flute all backed up by an acoustic guitar which give the album an exotic and stoned feeling to it.
The eastern and Indian influences in this album are present through the sitar and tabla in the 15 minutes suite Odyssey In Om. The blues here gives way to the psychedelics, ethnic sounds and vocal harmonies, but it is still there. Getting up For The Morning continues the same style in a new label, Bacillus but they became more succinct in their approach to composition and it was more of a song oriented album than its predecessor.An Invisible World Revealed (Remastered ) Krokodil The Psychedelic Tapes (Remastered ) Krokodil Nachash Krokodil; Swamp (Reissued ) Krokodil Limbo (CDS) Krokodil Getting Up For The Morning (Reissued ) Krokodil The First Recordings Krokodil; Krokodil Solo (With Dude Durst) (Remastered ) Krokodil Sweat And Swim (Vinyl) Krokodil.