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First Album Import, Original recording remastered

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CD ALBUM

1. Amboss
2. Traummashine

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Disk Union Japan
  • ASIN: B0006GB1CO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamilton-Smith on July 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Out of all the localised "scenes" in rock music history, I think it's safe to say that Germany's 1968-1974 era is my favourite. I simply cannot think of a more intensely creative and groundbreaking period of time - not even the California of the mid-sixties matches it. Where other scenes, upon retrospective listening, have been expanded, improved, crossed over, worn out and bastardised, leaving only a vague sense of sadness that the "scene" is over, the Krautrock movement seems different. Listening to it is still a massive experience because nobody has been able to dilute its integrity by adapting it. And, on top of that, I don't think it has dated in the slightest in the way that English prog rock has. The vast majority of it retains its impact on the listener even after thirty years of musical evolution.

I chose to begin my review like that because I think, on those terms, Ash Ra Tempel suppass even the likes of Can. This album is unmistakeably one of the most intense and straight-faced I've ever heard in any field. Many old psychedelic albums, no matter how revolutionary they appeared at the time, have become dated and typical in some way over time, but this one just hasn't at all. If a new band released this, I would still be stunned and call it the most engagingly intense album of the 21st century. Manuel Gottsching has to be one of the most impulsive, technically impressive and soulful guitarists in the history of guitar solos (especially ones that span entire sides of vinyl), and what could easily slip into self-indulgence never even comes close. What really makes 'Ash Ra Tempel' such a great album, other than the fire of the perfornances from the guitarist and Klaus Schulze on the drums, is Schulze's synth work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on September 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Klaus Schulze left Tangerine Dream after Electronic Meditation. He teamed up with guitarist Manuel Göttsching and bassist Hartmut Enke. Of course, the band went through tons of lineup changes, but this was the original lineup who recorded this, their self-entitled debut in 1971. Released on Ohr, the album came with a gimmick flap cover with strange artwork in those flaps, and one flap giving you Allen Ginsberg's Howl (with German translations on the other flap). Apparently the earliest pressings came with some inserts, and they're the hardest to come by. Like TD, Schulze was still a drummer at this point. It's been said this album is very much how TD would have ended up like had they continued the same route as Electronic Meditation. It's really not hard to see. Very much guitar-dominated, "Amboss" shows that real well. A really intense, in-your-face jam with some really amazing guitar playing and wild playing all around. Even though we all know Schulze as one of the big name electronic musicians (witness the synths he accumulated by the mid '70s) it sounded like he had no problems playing drums (the reason he gave up drums was he was tired of it). "Traummaschine" is, for the most part, a rather spooky ambient piece. I really love the atmosphere the band conjures up here. Yes, there are some parts where they get rocking some and Göttsching guitar does surface, it's mainly a more meditative, or should I say, ambient piece. This piece truly blows me away too. I really love how two side-length cuts, both virtually polar opposites of each other (one an in your face rocking piece, the other more ambient and reflective) can be so effective in what they do! There is no doubt in my mind this is one of the all-time greats of Krautrock.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on February 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In the world of 70's rock you have outrageously influential guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapon, and Duanne Allman who were much much different (and heavier) than anything else at the time.

A band like Ash Ra Tempel is surprisingly extremely heavy and *absolutely amazingly* underrrated as far as guitar playing goes.

It's almost impossible to believe more people haven't heard THIS album or why Ash Ra Tempel hasn't found any success in America. We're talking about guitar playing that's almost impossible to believe how heavy and fast it's being played. Just a complete mystery to me why more people aren't aware of these guys.

Maybe America just didn't like this kind of rock and roll back then, who knows. Or maybe America already had more than enough awesome guitar players and there wasn't any room for more, but it's the kind of guitar playing that's *so* powerful you really can't believe something like this came out in the early 70's.

Put away your Van Halen albums and all your beliefs that they revolutionized the way guitar playing was done by the time 1978 came around. No no, the guitar player for Ash Ra Tempel is absolutely terrific and was doing it years before Van Halen popped on the scene.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spiritual Architect on November 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Imagine walking into a temple that has super high ceilings, like a giant, dark cavern, where sounds seem lost in the huge space. In the back of this temple a pyre is burning. Smoke is rising amid washes of strange sound as three musicians begin to warm up.

Soon bass and drums are pumping out a tribal beat at light speed. But the guitar player is not laying down your stereo typical lead solos. No, it's more like he is preparing his guitar for sacrifice. And the guitar is none too happy about it either.

This 19 minute heavy cacophony is known as Anvil. And if you can imagine all that then you know how Ash Ra Tempel's first album begins.

It has been written that Klaus Schulze got his first synthesizer in 1972. If true, that makes this album all the more interesting, as it means that those sounds we hear were all created on guitar.

Side 2 has the same feel and sound, but it is another story, a much more subdued one. It is made up of one long song, Dream Machine. And I mean one long song. How anyone got 25 minutes of sound onto one side of an LP is beyond me, but there she lies. Or maybe I should say there she floats, as our sacrifice seems to have brought something down from on high.

The fire's gone out. Only the embers burn now, while the sweet smell of incense wafts thru the great dark hollow above. But out of this darkness the Goddess slowly descends, surrounded by an electric choir of angels. Her presence fills the vastness, while overhead, the angels begin to dance.
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