Released: 2015 By Mig
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Schulze and Gottsching in the wonderful re-release !!
© Chuck van Zyl Host: Star’s End
The German group Ash Ra Tempel has existed, in one form or another, since 1970. Countless musicians have cited this seminal band as having serious implications in the way their music is made. At the core of this unit is Manuel Gottsching, leading Ash Ra Tempel from its roots in spacerock, to cosmicmusic, on to a precursor of techno and more recently to a reunion with co-founder Klaus Schulze.On the Ash Ra Tempel studio album: Friendship”
Phil Derby / Expos Magazine
A companion piece to their live Gin Ros recording, Friendship features nearly 80 minutes of new studio material by Klaus Schulze and Manuel Gttsching. Three long, patient tracks explore atmospheric electronics, percussion, and guitar. The drums sound a bit richer and deeper on Reunion than the material from the companion live CD. Very nice layering of the percussion effectively builds the intensity, ever so gradually, over this 30-minute track. Manuels beautiful searing guitar lead announces itself with a flourish at the nine-minute mark. The symbiotic relationship between Gttsching and Schulze seems particularly apparent on this piece. Pikant bears some resemblance to a similar section on Gin Ros, but where the live version immediately places emphasis on Gttsching, his solo here occurs much later in the piece. Other than the solo, most of the track is again a fairly balanced interplay between the synth, drums, and guitar. A moderate tempo is maintained more or less throughout, which may make some fans itchy for something else to happen, but I found it enjoyable. The 26 minute Friendship closes things out in surprisingly Pink Floyd-ish fashion, with Gttsching doing an impressive David Gilmour lead. The pace here is even more relaxed, focusing almost entirely on the guitar. Drums dont even appear until almost the fourteenth minute. On the whole, the themes are more static here than on Gin Ros, but the accomplished playing of Gttsching, with Schulzes able, restrained accompaniment, still make this a worthy purchase for fans.
2000 Phil Derby / Expos Magazine
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