Recorded: March 1971, Hamburg|
- Amboss [19:40]
- Traummaschine [25:24]
Performed by: Manuel Göttsching; Hartmut Enke; Klaus Schulze .
Original, Experimental, Cosmic, Chaotic, Art music. Open minded space cadets should hunt this down.
2003. Nathan / New Zealand
Timeless classic slice of Berlin-school era psychedelic swirling electric and electronic haze. Devoid of any sense of commercialism or stale repetitive rhythms, I hear something new every time I play this 30+ year old release.
Fantastic contrast between the two sides, the frenzied Amboss reaching soul-invigorating climaxes with Göttsching's brilliant middle-easternesque guitar drones. Traummaschine on side two poses as a study in the silence between the notes as much as the music itself by frequently fading into near blackness at times.
Yin and Yang. Indispensable.
2004. John M. Koons / USA
The career of Ash Ra Tempel begins with sorrowful, slow, quiet and soft drones, which rise slowly and peacefully, full with yearning. As they reach out from the stagnant basic tune, drums start to escalate with primitive patterns, and soon the calm space starts to resemble the instrumental part of Jimi Hendrix Experience’s song "I Don’t Live Today".
This is not the most successful of their improvisations, but maybe they were still learning here, and the jam has very good parts in it still. Especially in the end of "Amboss" Manuel GÖttsching truly shines along with Klaus Schulze!
The second song "Traummaschine" begins with Tangerine Dream like surreal and ethereal wall of sounds, a large calm space has also probably some Mellotron choirs in it, which paint an aural fresco of pure harmony. There are very delicate movements here, and it’s a beautiful contrast to their chaotic and atavistic rock element, as these two opposing styles create wonderful and imaginative patterns as they clash. Later a surrealistic, mysterious rock improvisation arises. This is not as aggressive voyage as the first side of this LP, and after about ten minutes the sounds slowly fade back to the void where they came.
Overall this is quite similar album as their forthcoming "Join Inn" record, as they both have only two tracks filling both sides of the album. Also in both cases the first song is more aggressive beatnik rock improvisation, and the second one is an ethereal realm of sounds.
This is a very good album, but "Join Inn" is still much better!