Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Label: Aztec Records
Distribution: Rocket Distribution
Welcome to Monster Planet, Steve Maxwell Von Braund's 1975 classic of Australian proto-electronica, a big blast of Kosmische dust, Korgs working overtime… Arguably the first fully electronic Australian album, Monster Planet is a solo recording from one half of the infamous Australian electronic duo, Cybotron.
Von Braund recorded this pre-Cybotron album upon his 1973 return to Australia after soaking up the sounds of psychedelic 60s London where he mingled with Hawkwind,The Soft Machine and Graham Bond. Circling between that classic Krautrock motorik beat, and a different, almost jazz-y kind of fluidity, Von Braund combined his London experience with his love of German Head music such as Amon Duul, Popol Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel, to create a mutant electronic masterpiece. Praised by Tangerine Dream, and lauded by legions of Krautrock collectors, Monster Planet is an early example of visionary Australian experimentation.
Also featuring Jim Keyes (Masters Apprentices) on vocals and Gil Matthews from The Aztecs (and many others) in the mix, this incredibly rare classic Australian cult item is lovingly reissued by the Aztec label with an extensive and informative booklet, as well as a bonus audio interview with Von Braund and a single edit cut of the title track.
Beautifully re-mastered sound by the ever-reliable Gil Matthews, the audio quality is indeed impressive with sonic dynamics that reveal the full spectrum of sound on offer. Packaged in a Deluxe 6 panel digi-pak, featuring a 20 page booklet with with rare photos and liner notes by noted Australian Rock author Ian McFarlane.