1. Latin sirens face the wall
  2. Splendored skies and angels [6:21]
  3. French Sky Lines Suite
Recorded and engineered by KLAUS SCHULZE. This is a re-release from an LP of 1979. Of course the thing which attracts the eye most is the name of Klaus Schulze on the cover: he was in the production-seat. Well, he did that more in those days (especially on the IC-albums) but this music also sounds so much like his that evil tongues even thought, it was him playing. The cover says an American guy named Graig Wuest plays all the synths (and a lot of them!). He came to Germany to make electronic music and with his group Earthstar he made several albums during the period at the end of the seventies/early eighties and this one is the best. The music on the first track "Latin Sirens Face The Wall", divided into three parts, is very Schulze throught the typical rich multi-Mellotronvoices, the sequencerlines and the Moogsolos. The other two pieces "Splendored Skies And Angels" and "French Sky Lines Suite", which also consists of three parts, are somewhat more laid-back but also have the same atmosphere. Sometimes it sounds a bit like the album "Cycles" of Wolfgang Bock (also a Schulze-protégé) and the more symphonic music of the Italian Sangiuliano (remember his legendary album "Take Off"?).

1999. © Paul Rijkens A re-issue from the Sky label in 1979, this is the long-awaited appearance of what has become a synthesizer music classic. Earthstar was basically Craig Wuest, who on the band's first, very limited edition album "Salterbarty Tales" played a lot of acoustic piano and a few simple synth parts.
For "French Skyline" however the band decamped to France via Klaus Schulze's studio in Hambuhren, and as a result the American influence is overlaid with a very large dose of Teutonic romanticism. The opening side-long "Latin Sirens Face The Wall" starts with vast Mellotron choirs, ring modulated clangs and a filtered sequence typical of late '70's Schulze. Then it's on to a phasey MiniMoog lead over hissing electronic drums before the piece dissolves into more Mellotronics - it all sounds more like Klaus Schulze than Klaus Schulze does.
"Splendored Skies and Angels" is more romantic, like one of Schulze's pieces from the "Go" albums, while the four-part, side-long "French Skylines Suite" is more abstract, the sequencers running almost randomly under highly processed flute and violin parts, and into a long Elka Rhapsody harpsichord-like solo.
The overall sound of the album is soaked in echo and reverb, so it's all a little abstract, but if you wish there was just one more Klaus Schulze album to be had from the late 1970's, this is more or less it...
Rating: **** Four Stars - an excellent album of its kind

1999 Mark Jenkins E-Mix magazine