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Far Away Trains Passing By


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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B0007LLOVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Knuddlemaus
2. Between Us and Them
3. Passing By
4. Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn
5. Nobody's Home
6. Molfsee
Disc: 2
1. Sunday Evening in Your Street
2. Suddenly the Trees
3. Nothing Happens in June
4. As If You've Never Been Away
5. Crazy For You
6. Wherever You Are

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Infusing the emotional intensity of classical compositions from J.S. Bach or Ludwig Van Beethoven with the electronic warmth of Richard James or Global Communication's more ambient work, Ulrich Schnauss has created a bit of a minor masterpiece with this six track album of unprecedented beauty. Simply put: Far Away Trains Passing By is elegant, simple and beautifully refined ambient techno. These melodies aim straight for the heart and capture it, embracing you in a dance of pure bliss that will have you spinning around the room like a whirling dervish. Domino. 2005.

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Ulrich Schnauss is a German electronic artist who is influenced by forebears like Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk--but unlike retro-space artists, he doesn't sound like he just emerged from their dusty studios after being marooned there for 30 years. Instead, his synthesizers bristle with contemporary electro-rhythms, a bit of New Wave romanticism, and melodies you want to last forever. Schnauss has perfected a balance between quiet yearning and joyful heroism in his music, with sweeping major-chord progressions that are triumphal without being ostentatious, expansive without being pompous. For someone who is so rhythm-centered with crackling snares and electro-glitches, it's ultimately the melodies that draw you in, turned on glistening, bell-like timbres and space-organ sustains. Far Away Trains Passing By is actually his first album, released in Europe in 2001, but it's been out of print and is being issued in the United States for the first time. The reissue comes with a bonus CD that includes six pieces pulled from various Schnauss side projects and tracks that didn't make the original album. Far Away Trains Passing By is electronica with a melancholy soul, and it has lost nothing in the intervening years. --John Diliberto

Customer Reviews

Ulrich to the rescue!
David R. Rodgers
The reason why is that every time I listen to this album I never hear the song the same why twice; ever!!!
B H
I discovered Ulrich on my Pandora channel and fell in love.
Joe Orsak

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dean-Ryan Stone on December 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Man, I'm sorry I missed Ulrich's North American concerts earlier this year. This is one phenomenal album, even better now that it's bundled with some bonus tracks. Schnauss's music is catchy, well-composed and perfect to listen to over and over again. My favourite is track #2 - "Between Us And Them" - which I must have listened to literally hundreds of times over the last two years - it is hands-down THE most instantly likeable tune I've ever heard. "Far Away Trains" is my absolute top pick of "cruise music" - coasting down Arizonan or Californian highways with this guy in your ears is magic. Some tunes are a tiny bit derivative - one can hear more than a passing resemblance between Schnauss' "As If You've Never Been Away" and U2's "With Or Without You" but heck, I like BOTH songs. In summary, simply track #2 alone makes "Far Away Trains" worth purchasing, the other tracks are awesome too and most will grow on you. Do yourself a big favour and get this.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Cooke on July 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, I love music...but my tastes are pretty narrow in the overall scheme of things. I'm a mad electronica and dance music fan, like some more alternative rock, some mainstream...but not much. I also don't write reviews very often (probably more because I go on about other things instead and stay away from the topic at hand...oh well...

But then I came across this gem. My favourite artists are Depeche Mode, UNKLE, d*note, Cinematic Orchestra, Faze Action, Beastie Boys, Slowdive, Ride, etc, etc...I love them all...but this - this is something special. Yes there are aural soundscapes, yes there are gently evoked moods and rhythms (we've read it all before), but this is music that touches your very core. It talks to you and folds you into its melodic conversation. And THAT doesn't happen often. Buy this...and then buy everything else that Mr Schnauss has done. For what it's worth, I don't recommend music often, but this is absolutely beautiful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Wagner on November 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this individual is truly gifted in the art of creating soothing yet moving emotional waves of sound. perfect for driving, hanging out on the beach, skiing, flying, working, love, and background ambience for a dinner or party. Undeniably my favorite artisian in the musical spectrum as of late. Not only is this most recent stateside release ethereral and revered but is first stateside release " A Strangely Isolated Place" is exceptional as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Edwards on September 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
i first found this album whilst sifting through the likes of Boards Of Canada, Leggo Beast, Bonobo and the like, but never before have I come across an album that is so absorbing,a nd so refreshing to listen to.

Perhaps the best way to listen to this album is if you have to travel alone, perhaps fittingly on a train, and just listen to this and stare out of the window, and you'll be as suprised as I was at how much this beautiful music makes your mind wonder.

The only down side to this album is that it doesn't seem to last long enough.

Do yourself a favour and buy this album!!

If you're after similar vibes form different albums, check out 'From Here To G' by Leggo Beast, 'The Campfire Headphase' by Boards Of Canada.

Also try searching myspace for Orka Veer (whose album can be downloaded for for free off of his page), and Low In The Sky.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mr spillsy on June 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Between Us And Them... if you own a car and have to take a motorway/highway/freeway to work, slap this CD in your car stereo and continuously play Between Us And Them. Dont get me wrong, the other tracks are great, its just this one will get you to your destination faster!!! Its real driving music!
A Strangely Isolated Place is weirder but more refined. I have yet to see anyone post a review that compares most of this guys music to U2 and Eno. I think a large percentage of his stuff is based soley around With Or Without You!!! Thats not a bad thing because he takes the best of the U2/Eno sound and polishes it up a bit.
On another website, there was a big discussion regarding the way Ulrich Schnauss puts his music together. Well who gives a monkey's about that. If he can knock good music together sat at his PC in his back bedroom then good on him. If everyone could do it, they would be wouldnt they? Eh?
I look forward to hearing more...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kato on July 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
so much love, one cannot almost believe this is electronic music...i'm a huge fan of Ulrich Schnauss a i believe this album is even more down to his roots than Isolated places.

the best mellow electronic music...

definitely worth your time and money.

simply beatiful music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Beckman on August 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is ambient for grown ups! Like the soundtrack to a Michael Mann movie without the violence, sort of....The perfect album for one of those days off that you occasionally get, but that you haven't really planned (yes, I know, they are rare, but they do exist) Just ripp this straight into your iPod and don't do anything useful for about 85 minutes! If you like this, you should check out [...] for his free MP3s of demos/early versions! His album "A strangely isolated place" is just as good. If ambient with an urban rhythmic twist is your cup of tea, I also recommend the OSA to the movie "Code 46" by Free Association, it's quite magical!
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