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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Made in Germany Music
  • ASIN: B001FT9VWS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ruhige Nervosität
2. Gemäßigter Aufbruch
3. ... und Mittelspiel
4. Ansatz
5. Damen-Eleganza
6. Ehrenvoller Kampf
7. Hoheit weicht (nicht ohne Schwung...)
8. ... und Souveränität
9. Remis

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2012 Release. This album (recorded in 1981 and released in 1984) by the Ash Ra Tempel guitarist consists of a minimalistic hour-long progressive electronic track that is subdivided into single tracks according to the stage of the song. The second half of the record is notable for G

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Makes me want to dance every time I hear it!
J. F. Hubbard II
Everybody thinks that J.M. Jarre was a godfather of the electronic music.
Lukasz T Sulejewski
In short E2-E4 is a wonderous work of musical accomplishment.
77Jim

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on May 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After many years performing with Ash Ra Tempel (who later became Ashra), Manuel Gottsching released "E2-E4", his first album under his own name. Recorded in 1981 and released three years later, "E2-E4" paved the way for what was to become known as 'techno' or 'trance' music. Although there are nine track titles listed, the album is essentially one single uninterrupted piece of music which is close to an hour long. The music was also recorded live in one take with no overdubs. The first half of the album consists mostly of a subtle rhythmic sequencer pattern along with a rhythm machine. As the piece unfolds, so do the variations of this sequence. At about the half-hour mark, Manuel brings in a stellar electric guitar lead which sounds like a cross between George Benson or maybe a mellow Eric Clapton. He continues with the guitar playing while alternating between his electronics and sequencers providing further variations on the repetitive chord structure heard throughout the piece. Towards the end, the guitar fades out, the rhythm pattern echoes into silence and finally this long piece comes to its end. I highly recommend this album not just to the old-school electronic music buffs (ie: people who like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze et.al) but also to fans of todays techno/trance/chillout/etc music. This is definitely music that is ahead of its time and has been a blueprint for dance artists both old and new. It's not only great music to dance to. It's also great music to sit back and relax to as well. A classic in every way, shape and form.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By 77Jim on August 2, 2006
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Listening to this album makes an hour go by in what seems like minutes. In short E2-E4 is a wonderous work of musical accomplishment. I am glad to have stumbled upon this album (ultimately by reading Amazon lists from various Tangerine Dream fans) I was curious and looking for something new and exciting. The simple but attractive cover design also triggered some curiousity in me I must admit. Something drew me to this album and I am thankful.

Do not let the words "electronic" and "avante garde" scare you off. There is melody and bliss to be found in abundance here. The album is worth the ticket price. I feel it is my duty to pass along this torch of greatness. Share this one. It's a keeper!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on June 24, 2006
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At the turn of Sixties and intensely through the first half of the Seventies, German Rock and Electronica influenced music all over the Western World. CAN, or Kraftwerk or even Ash Ra Tempel-- Gottsching's group--influenced different but important artists here, from Talking Heads to Anthony Kiedis, David Bowie or even Johnny Rotten.

Gottsching's second solo album--"E2-E4"--leaves behind the brand of Space Rock he helped invent for a crisp but extremely poetic dialogue between his guitar and Electronica. More human than Kraftwerk, Gottsching travels similar but less paved landscapes than the classic Autobhan.

Along with Michael Strother and CAN's Michael Karoli, one of the best guitar players of Rock and Electronica to ever come out from Germany. This album is a classic, a classic that remains adventurous even after almost thirty years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on February 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This release is an essential purchase for anyone who wants to know where the current wave of electronic dance music comes from. Back in 1981, when Gottsching created this, dance music pioneers in NYC and Detroit picked up on this hour-long work and would mix in and out of constantly to organize their sets. You _still_ hear this thing, in fact...most recently in the guise of an inferior but well-known track called "Sueno Latino" from a few years ago that was a wholesale bite of this work. Many have speculated, in fact, that had this track not existed, the explosion of equally-important dance music from the Detroit scene in the late 80's (the one that led to techno heading to Europe for that important summer back in 1987) might not have occurred. As equally important as works like Kraftwerk's "Trans-europe Express", and even more trancey and certainly more fun that that great and seminal Teutonic work. Critically important!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Paloy on March 29, 2001
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One of the first major attempts at ambiance/techno with an emphasis on being vertical rather than horizontal. While all music tends to be constructed with rhythms and beats measured in a timescale manner (hence horizontal timeline), Manuel Goettsching has attempted to create vertical music. The result is a focus on texture, layers of sound and richness of ideas. Possibly on par with Thursday Afternoon by Brian Eno. As a good subtext, the metaphor of a chess game being played out in all of it's quiet intensity and emotional peaks and valleys is quite fitting. Perhaps another good analogy would be the Kind of Blue sessions that Miles Davis recorded, where the emphasis was on texture, sound and melody, versus trite patterns and tired old ideas that only give the impression of being innovative. Worth a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
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Rumor has it Larry Levan used to play long sections of the 50+ minute masterpiece to open his legendary sets at the Paradise Garage. A truly wonderful piece of music: with it's subtle yet moving rythyms, Gottsching's genuine understanding of the virtues of repitition, and absolutely gorgeous melodies, e2-e4 is easily one of the greatest pieces of music ever recorded. Ineptly remixed countless times since (famously by Carl Craig), it's endurance is testament to the prescience of it's author. A seminal piece of music for fans of academic electronic music as well as dance music cognoscenti. A stunning, mesmerizing work of music.
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