ELLUFFANT - Release Concert

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Band/Record: Ellufant - Release Concert

Label/Matrix: NL 1972  re-ssiue on white label (quality pressing!)

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX+

Extra Info: Fantastic Album !!  Early Dutch undergound experimental (homemade) organ & drums psych jam ... obscure & great !! 

~~ Originally released in 1972 in a tiny press of 150 copies.  This reissue dats back from around 1995 with a pressing of 500 copies only. 

Ellufant's Release Concert has to be one of the weirdest Dutch obscurities, belonging less to the symphonic-influenced group of bands that would come later in the 70s and more to the psychedelic underground where bands like Ahora Mazda, Dennis and Ame Son reside.

Ellufant's Release Concert has to be one of the weirdest Dutch obscurities, belonging less to the symphonic-influenced group of bands that would come later in the 70s and more to the psychedelic underground where bands like Ahora Mazda, Dennis and Ame Son reside.

Why was this record released? Release, a dutch foundation and social workers organisation which was trying to find alternative ways of helping young people with various problems, needed money and decided to organise a benefit concert in the Rotterdam Youth Center 'De Ruimte' in April 1972. They taped the concert by Dutch experimental band Ellufant or Abandoned Elephant or 11 phant, as they were also known as and pressed approx 150 copies of the album to sell in aid of the foundation.

What about the music? Ellufant was a two man band from Rotterdam, the Netherlands; keyboard player Ernst Kersting and percussionist Cees P. de Visser. Kersting used a modified keyboard, which he calls a V.S.K. Electronics organ on the sleeve. The music is dark, haunting underground improv sometimes comparable to early Pink Floyd, at other times sounding like german bands e.g. Can or even like electronic experimental music.

Not bad sound quality either for what is basically a private press on a shop label (Diskothiel was a record shop in Rotterdam).

The Dutch equivalent of Hardin & York or Sixty Nine, this was an organ-and-drums duo. 150 copies of their album were issued and sold at gigs in order to support an organisation helping drug addicts. Included were two tracks of long live improvisations with good use of wah-wah and other pedals, resulting in a sound resembling early Mike Ratledge. Listening to the album will transport you back to the heyday of the Dutch underground. It's quite a good live performance. The album is better than you might expect in the circumstances.

€60,00