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Gila

Gila was an early-'70s Krautrock group that may not have been as well-known as Ash Ra Tempel or Amon Düül II, but with an eponymous first release created a work that ranks with the classics of the cosmic space rock genre. The group emerged from a political commune in Stuttgart in southwest Germany in early 1969 where it was a multimedia project that combined music with film, slides, and poems. The original group consisted of two Germans, Fritz Scheyhing on Mellotron and organ and Wolf Conrad "Conny" Veit on guitar and vocals, as well as Walter Wiederkehr from Switzerland on bass and Daniel Alluno from Bordeaux, France, on drums. Stuttgart, with its university and arts academy, was a fertile place with many rock festivals and parties, especially at the end of the '60s, and Gila had no problem finding gigs, though the group did have to shorten its name from the original Gila F**k because the vice squad kept showing up wherever they played. By 1971, the band had gained local fame with a creative blend of Pink Floyd-inspired space rock with long psychedelic jams and in June of that year, they entered the studios of Dieter Dierks to record their first album. The eponymous record, often referred to by the title Free Electric Sound, was released later that year by the BASF label. The group broke up the next year and Alluno soon went on to Sameti while Veit joined Popol Vuh, at which time they started doing the soundtracks for Werner Herzog films. By 1974, Veit was ready to re-form Gila, this time enlisting Popol Vuh bandmates Florian Fricke on keyboards and Daniel Fichelscher on drums, as well as vocalist Sabine Merbach. The group's sound was very different, dispensing with the wild acid jams for mellower acoustic rock. Given their pedigree, the new group sounded almost like Popol Vuh at the time, though performing Veit's compositions rather than Fricke's. Whereas the early Gila constantly performed live, this new version of the group was mostly studio-only, with just one live appearance on a television cultural show. Again in Dierks' studio, they recorded the album Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee in the summer of 1973. As the title suggests, this was a concept album about the genocide of Native Americans and later that year, it was released by Warner. After Veit toured France with Amon Düül II in the winter of 1973-1974, the second Gila broke up in the middle of 1974 as Fricke and Fichelscher focused much more on Popol Vuh and Veit briefly joined Guru Guru before he moved on to other groups and eventually became a freelance painter. Though most of the first Gila's live shows went unrecorded, in 1999 Garden of Delights released Night Works, a Cologne concert from early 1972 that had aired live on the radio. ~ Rolf Semprebon
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Selected Discography

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Track List: GENKIDAMA

1. Tuff Whisper

2. SnoPack

3. Don't Chirp

4. Jetski Moment

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Track List: Humoristas Españoles

2. Aqui Gila

3. Un Piso Tranquilo

4. Gila Y El Turismo

5. Antes Y Despues De Casados

6. Gila Comparando

7. Gila Paleto

8. Gila Y Su Primo

9. ¿Es El Enemigo?

10. A Duro La Pregunta

12. Gila Y La Vida

13. Gila Chismoso

14. La Operacion De Riñon

15. Gila Suicida

16. Gila Llama Al Maestro

18. Gila Bombero

19. Gila Llama Al Inventor

21. Gila En El Telefono Publico

23. Gila En La Guerra

25. Gila Detective

26. Gila Y El Satelite

27. Gila Y La Cirugia Plastica

29. Gila Y Su Familia

31. Africa Y Sus Leopoldos

33. Discurso Deportivo

34. El Patoso

36. Emsayo Para Un Festival

37. Esos Pelmazos

38. Gila Llama A Teresa

39. Gila Charlatan

41. Gila Distraido

42. Gila Ladron

43. Gila Llama A Pepe

50. Gila Violinista

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Track List: El Humor De Gila

1. Aqui Gila

2. Un Piso Tranquilo

3. Gila Y El Turismo

4. Antes Y Despues De Casados

5. Gila Comparando

6. Gila Paleto

7. Gila Y Su Primo

8. ¿es El Enemigo?

9. A Duro La Pregunta

10. Gila Y La Vida

11. Gila Chismoso

12. La Operacion De Riñon

13. Gila Suicida

14. Gila Llama Al Maestro

15. Gila Bombero

16. Gila Llama Al Inventor

17. Gila En El Telefono Publico

18. Gila En La Guerra

19. Gila Detective

20. Gila Y El Satelite

21. Gila Y La Cirugia Plastica

22. Gila Violinista

23. Gila Y Su Familia

24. Africa Y Sus Leopoldos

25. Discurso Deportivo

26. El Patoso

27. Emsayo Para Un Festival

28. Esos Pelmazos

29. Gila Llama A Teresa

30. Gila Charlatan

31. Gila Distraido

32. Gila Ladron

33. Gila Llama A Pepe

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Track List: El Humor en España

1. Gila y la Vida

2. Gila Chismoso

4. Gila Paleto

5. Gila y el Turismo

6. Gila Bombero

7. Antes y Despues de Casados

9. Gila Comparando

10. Gila y Su Primo

12. A Duro la Pregunta

13. Aqui Gila

14. Un Piso Tranquilo

15. La Operacion de Riñon

17. Gila Suicida

18. ¿es el Enemigo?

20. Gila Llama al Maestro

21. Gila Llama al Inventor

22. Gila en el Telefono Publico

24. Gila en la Guerra

26. Gila Detective

28. El Patoso

30. Gila y la Cirugia Plastica

31. Gila Violinista

32. Gila y Su Familia

34. Africa y Sus Leopoldos

35. Gila Distraido

36. Gila Llama a Pepe

38. Esos Pelmazos

40. Gila Ladron

42. Discurso Deportivo

44. Emsayo para un Festival

46. Gila Llama a Teresa

50. Gila Charlatan

54. Gila y el Satelite

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