DeLuxe Edition incl. Bonus Track & enhanced booklet with new photos & liner notes
"X" is one mighty and truly legendary studio album from September 1978. On these 6 tracks that were dedicated to Nietzsche, Trakl, Herbert, Bach, Kleist and Ludwig II, Klaus Schulze made clear that he was the master of synthesizer music, after one German magazine counted Schulze second to Michael Rother, in the list of the most popular German musicians.|
- Friedrich Nietzsche [24:50]
- Georg Trakl [26:04]
- Frank Herbert [10:51]
- Friedemann Bach [18:00]
- Ludwig II von Bayern [28:39]
- Heinrich von Kleist [29:32]
- Objet d'Louis [21:32]
This re-release of THE classic Klaus Schulze album has some little differences from the formerly available CD version. The former CD version of "X" had the sound altered (not to everybody's delight) and some tracks were a bit shorter than on the original vinyl album. Therefore, the music used for this re-release has been more carefully transferred to digital equipment from the original analogue master tapes. As a twenty-one minute bonus track, there is a remarkable concert version of 'Ludwig' called "Objet D'Louis", played in September 1978 during a concert by KS together with a classical orchestra.
The line-up for the "X" album was : Klaus Schulze (Big Moog, PPG Synthesizer and Sequencer, Mini Moogs, ARP Odyssey, Korg Poly Synthi, Poly Moog, EMS Synthi A, Mellotron, Tom Toms on "Friedemann Bach", Tom Toms and a cymbal on "Heinrich Von Kleist"), Harald Grosskopf (drums), Wolfgang Tiepold (Cello on "Heinrich Von Kleist") and B. Dragic (solo violin on "Friedemann Bach").
This is an absolute MUST HAVE for Schulze fans. Possibly his greatest ever album, fully restored as per the Brain vinyl! There is also an interesting bonus track - a live orchestral / synth collaboration which contains elements of "Ludwig II". The big surprise here is that the short (5 mins) but wonderful track "Georg Trakl" has been expanded to a 26' epic. Superb stuff (it becomes a bit like "Heart" from the 1980 live album, but just buy it - you will not be disappointed.
This 2CD set is sincerely recommended for anybody who would like to get into the strange but delightful world of Herr S. Be warned, however, that you must invest effort in some repeated listening to fully connect with this demanding / rewarding music.
Finally may I take this opportunity to most warmly congratulate the people responsible for the current series of Schulze re-issues.
Perfect sound, superb bonus material & beautiful packaging & booklets. 10/10!!
2005. Mark Stevenson / Scotland
"X" (or Ten) was the 10th solo release from the pioneering German synthesist Klaus Schulze. Originally released in 1978, "X" has since gone on to become a classic of electronic music. Its mix of orchestral elements, with hypnotic sequencers and progressive rhythms still sends shivers up the spine 27 years later.
"X" was an extremely long album for its time - a double album with each side containing close to 30 minutes of music each. It was also a conceptual effort with each piece of music being named after a specific author of whom Schulze admired. The original LP also included a booklet loaded with historic photos of Schulze's first 10 years as well as an essay (printed in German) by Schulze and his manager/publicist Klaus Mueller.
Since the introduction of the CD, the "X" album has existed in what is pretty much an inferior fashion being mastered from second generation tapes with rather tinny sound quality and several seconds of music edited off the ends of the original tracks. Now in 2005, that has all changed with the newly remastered reissue.
All six of the original album tracks were remastered from the original master tapes with newly restored clarity and sound quality. Additionally, two of the tracks ("Frederich Nietzsche" and "Georg Trakl") are presented here in their full-length versions as opposed to the truncated versions which appeared on the original album (the full version of "Trakl" had only been previously released on the mammoth limited edition CD set "The Ultimate Edition" while "Nietzsche" is presented here in its full version for the first time ever).
To top it off, the reissue concludes with an historic bonus track, "Objet D'Louis" which is a live version of the classic orchestral masterwork "Ludwig II Von Bayern" performed with a full string orchestra. While the sound quality of the bonus track is not up to standard, its musical quality definitely is. This was one of the very few times Klaus had performed live with a full orchestra and to have a recording of this in any form of quality is definitely a treasure.
The CD booklet includes new liner notes from Klaus Schulze himself as well as reproductions of some of the photos included in the original LP booklet. The original German essays are also reproduced (unfortunately without any English translation).
Hands down, this is some excellent synth music from one its leading pioneers.
Having it finally reissued with amazing sound quality is simply like having a new album all over again.
2005. Louie G. Bourland / USA
If you should buy only a single package of KS music releases, go for this.
This is one of the best things KS ever did. At least to me and the other reviewers and many KS fans I know. Not a single KS fan it hating this CD. At least I never heard about one doing so.
So this is a must-have !
As far as content and packaging are concerned, this is the way all classic cds deserve to be reissued Ė beautifully recreated cover art faithful to the original, full of period photos of the artist. A booklet with detailed liner notes, including brand new interviews exclusively for these reissues. Handsome digipak packaging. And each disc has bonus or extended tracks to fill them up as much as possible. Between Dreams and Le Moulin De Daudet, most of the rare Alesis Andromeda synthesizer promotional cd Ion is included, although "Constellation Andromeda" on Dreams runs just under 24 minutes instead of 41 as on the original. Still, this is a good way for people to get these rare recordings at normal cd prices. The bonus recordings on X and Mirage are more along the lines of recordings that have appeared on box sets such as The Historic Edition, bootleg quality but listenable. In fact, I had joked when "In Cosa Crede Chi Non Crede?" appeared on the Trailer cd as an "excerpt," no doubt the full version would appear on the Mega Ultimate Super Jubilee Edition. Well, here it is on Mirage in its full length of nearly 20 minutes. While the recording quality is slightly subpar, the musical quality is excellent, and it fits perfectly here, being of the same character and recorded around the same time.
"Objet DíLouis" on X is perhaps a bit more disposable, being an alternate live version of "Ludwig II Von Bayern", with easily the poorest sound quality of the bunch. X also includes an extended version of "Georg Trakl", running just a couple minutes shorter than the 28-minute one that appeared as "Discover Trakl" on Box 5 of The Ultimate Edition. It sounds like it may be a somewhat different mix as well.
And "Friedrich Nietzsche" has an extra 35 seconds or so.
The previously referenced Ion bonus tracks, being much more recent, do not suffer from any deficit in sound quality, and the music is excellent. "Constellation Andromeda" is classic Schulze, with a steady thumping beat, warm synth pads and vintage sequencing. For a twist, "The Ion Perspective" has a considerable dose of synth sax. The electronic textures are smooth as well, giving it a bit of a jazz or lounge flavor. It works surprisingly well, and itís good to know Klaus continues to stretch musically from time to time, when he could just as easily rest on his laurels.
Unfortunately, while the bonus tracks will make collectors want to own these, the original material is marred, sometimes quite badly, by defects in remastering. Mirage suffers from a complete drop out at the 2:58 mark, and many other pops and clicks along the way. X does not fare much better, with noticeable static 13 seconds into "Frank Herbert", and considerable pops and clicks in the right channel all the way through "Friedemann Bach". I applaud Inside Out records for making these new discs with bonus material available. However, aberrations such as these are inexcusable, and must be rectified before further reissues are made available.
My understanding is that corrected copies of Mirage are now available. Hopefully the label will make good on any defective copies, and we can look forward to more carefully done reissues for future releases.
Phil Derby / Electroambient Space