1. 1st Movement: Two Keyboards [8:18]
  2. 2nd Movement: Six Voices [8:42]
  3. 3rd Movement: Four Guitars [10:29]
  4. 4th Movement: Twelve Samples [13:50]
  5. Dessert: Eight Tracks [4:28]
Recorded: May 1988 - Spring 1989, Berlin.

Performed by:
Manuel Göttsching - guitar, keyboards
Lutz Ulbrich - guitar, keyboards. This time the new ASHRA experiments with the complexity of the concentrated use of certain instruments per song, as in using only two keyboards for one song, only six voices for another, or only 12 samples for another. The powerful result is a startling, yet faintly familiar sound made up of arid keyboards, charming crystalline sequences and finally, the resounding bent-sustain guitar notes that ASHRA fans have grown to worship. [...] More than simply satisfying, this release is a breathtaking growth for the band, expanding the group's root talent into new regions.

1991. M. Howarth / Reflex magazine Es ist stark impressionistische, durch Gitarren, elektronische Keyboards und gesampelte Beduinenstimmen in fünf Teilen vermittelte Musik zwischen Minimalismus, Ethno-Weltmusik und (einem Hauch) New Age.

1990. HJG Multi layered guitars, keyboards, and sampled sounds produce a mesmerizing effect. [...] these guys still got it. A beautiful package that contains a history of the group, a family tree, as well as thoughts from Goettsching himself.

1990. The Laser's Edge This cd does not immediately dive into the ricocheting guitar layers that gave Ashra its reputation as one of the European electronic mainstays of the Seventies. This time Ashra (Manuel Gottsching and Lutz Ulbrich) experiment with the complexity of the concentrated use of certain instruments per song, as in using only two keyboards for one song, only six voices for another, or only 12 samples for another.
The powerful result is a startling, yet faintly familiar sound made up of layers of arid keyboards, charming crystalline sequences and finally, the resounding bent-sustain guitar notes that Ashra fans have grown to worship. Historically, the music reworks Ashra's June 4, 1988 concert for the Berlin "E88" festivities. The concert's extensive spoken-word portions have been omitted to make the music more suitable for release. Gottsching and Ulbrich have retained the gig's liveliness by avoiding the use of studio facilities in reworking the music. The melodies are vibrant and surging while tinged with an atmosphere of leisure and large open spaces.
More than simply satisfying, this release is a breathtaking growth for the band, expanding the group's root talent into new regions.

Matt Howarth / Soniccuriosity