LP - Niagara - S.U.B - Reissue
Rhythm master Klaus Weiss knew he had a good thing going with Niagara (1970). The first album was a gathering of every outstanding drummer and percussionist he could get hold of and despite the fact that there were only rhythm instruments, it became quite a memorable and unique record. Now for the second album S.U.B. (1972) he felt he had to go other ways. He recorded with a complete rock outfit plus a few brass instruments. S.U.B. has a tightly woven web of rhythms from drums and percussions, as the solid and ever pulsating base with a laid-back but really present bass guitar adding more depth and power to the beats. Clean rhythm guitars with a nifty wah-wah effect add an extra kick. From time to time the guitars fire off a memorable steaming riff on top of the rhythm pulse and the horns answer the call for arms. You really have to look at the back cover to find out that this is a German outfit instead of one of these utterly hot-and-hip U.S. funk rock cult bands of the '70s. Niagara aka Klaus Weiss, waive the vocals so it is an instrumental record you face with S.U.B., but this band goes so wild in some of the compositions, that you will be left breathless and on your knees by all these simmering performances. Each musician participating in this project is a professional, but they all let the music erupt into a climax of sound you can only achieve, when you put your whole heart and soul into it. S.U.B. is a masterpiece of funky and utterly unleashed rock music from the early '70s.