Oh how I bet our Ian wishes he could have been there. Two performances from the approaching legendary Euro-kraut group Causa Sui at release parties for albums in 2013 and 2016. As they rarely play live this is the opportunity to catch them in their element, stretching and twisting their songs out of all recognition.
8/10 Mr Pearls Brain Customer review, 28th April 2017
Why haven't I heard of this lot before? They are right up my street, why wasn't I informed? I understand people might call this stoner rock, but there is a clear work ethic going through the 140 minutes of this set, assembled from 2 live gigs. Stoner would be sloppy and this lot are tight. I would say it's mostly Blue Cheer inspired psychedelic thuggery but with just the right amount of jazz skronk in the right places to avoid becoming tedious. A Love Supreme is particularly fine, but there really isn't a duff track here. The El Paraiso house engineering style is tempered a bit by the fact that it's live, so the sound is perhaps less in yer face than the studio recordings. Another way of hearing the material. The advertising puff says they don't play live very often. I wonder why? They certainly can play live, maybe there isn't that much of an audience in Denmark. Maybe they're too busy churning out El Paraiso releases at a frightening rate.
140 minutes on 3LPs! I love the way they use the whole of the vinyl's capacity. Sound quality is fine. If this was on Warp it'd be on 5 LPs and no mistake. Nice quality box, each LP housed in its own outer sleeve, feel the quality. A winner.
9/10 gbar Customer review, 16th April 2017
I guess you can consider Causa Sui the 'house band' of the always-consistant El Paraiso label, considering that all the members both run, record and produce each release. Their release last year 'Return To Sky' was one of the albums of the year in my opinion, and it's great to hear that they retain that tight immersiveness to the live stage here in this box set, and they've given us the pleasure of bringing us two live shows spread across three discs, one from Jazz House last summer and the Dragens Hule concert from 2013. Highlights include a 13-minute version of "Eternal Flow", that seems to channel the spirit of Popol Vuh, ”Ju-Ju Blues” from the Jazzhouse set sees them at their most Hendrixian and the finale to the box set, an exclusive tribute to John Coltrane with their cover of ”A Love Supreme” featuring Swedish saxophone player Johan Riedenlow and Nicklas Sørensen (of label mates Papir).
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