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New Age of Earth [Import]

AshraAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000025JS7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  • Track: 1: Sunrain,
  • Track: 2: Ocean Of Tenderness,
  • Track: 3: Deep Distance,
  • Track: 4: Nightdust
    Media Type: CD
    Artist: ASHRA
    Street Release Date: 06/13/2006
    Genre: ROCK/POP

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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 'Kosmische' bliss April 3, 2000
    Format:Audio CD
    There are those who claim that after Manuel Gottsching went 'solo' as AshRa, the worth of that band went down to zippo. However, I disagree, and I think that "New Age of Earth" is a good argument to support that disagreement. This is a beautiful, lyrical release, with solo guitar against tapestries of electronics, which has a much more 'human' feel than other similar 'Berlin school' works of the same period. These pieces flow and swirl, instead of tick-tocking and ominousness, and are wonderful both as listening music as well as purely ambient sound. About the only thing I can consider in a similar vein would be Steve Hillage's "Rainbow Dome Music", from which System 7 would spring some years later. Unconditionally recommended!
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent electronica December 3, 2005
    Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
    This is great electronica released in 1977 by former Ash Ra Temple/Cosmic Jokers guitarist Manuel Gottsching. The four pieces on the album range from the 5'46 Deep Distance to the epic, 21'50 Nightdust and are stylistically very similar to works by electronica giants Tangerine Dream, German composer Klaus Schulze, and French composer Jean Michel Jarre. Instrumentation consists predominantly of layers of analog synthesizers in addition to soft, electric guitar (Manuel uses clean tones exclusively). Percussion is not used on this album at all. Although a listing of synthesizers used was not provided with the CD, I (think) I hear an ARP Pro Soloist, the VCS 3, and various Moog synthesizers, along with a string synthesizer. The music on New Age of Earth is generally very sedate and reflective, with subtle melodies and rhythms surfacing from time to time. The compositions are structured such that a larger, more complex ensemble is intimated, with a throbbing, sequenced bass part underlying melodies and harmonies played on synthesizers with widely varying "tone colors". This combination of timbre and rhythm provides a great deal of interest. Overall, this is a wonderful recording and is highly recommended to all electronica fans. Other albums that might prove enjoyable include Timewind (Klaus Schulze, 1975), Rubycon (Tangerine Dream, 1975), and Oxygene (Jean Michel Jarre, 1976).
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Groundbreaker December 20, 1998
    Format:Audio CD
    This was Manuel Gottsching's first release on Virgin Records in 1977. Previously with Ashra Temple, this was one of the first truly 'ambient' records that used synthesiser sequencers to create a lush backdrop to the spacious guitars that Gottsching used to excellent effect.
    This is truly chill out music - it's a seminal recording, many have tried to emulate this type of sound, and have failed.
    Buy this album - you won't regret it.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Reborn April 7, 2012
    Format:Audio CD
    After the dissolution of the original Ash Ra Tempel in the mid-70's, Manuel Gottsching streamlined the group's moniker, redefined its aims and goals, and then re-emerged in 1976 as a one man cosmic army. The result, New Age of Earth, is a triumph in every way. Even the album cover itself--a brilliant sunburst rising over the ruins of a towering skyscraper amid a riot of vegetable growth--suggests images of rebirth and reawakening. The soaring "Sunrain," with its chugging electro-rhythmic throb, parallels the theme of renaissance. Gottsching acquits himself admirably here as both synth programmer and cosmic guru extraordinaire, creating a joyous, celebratory anthem for the new solar-powered generation. Its locomotive surge of sequencers, almost transparent electronic percussion and kaleidoscopic synth arpeggios imply a rhythmic vitality appropriate to any intimation of rebirth. The cathartic "Ocean of Tenderness" is by contrast more meditative in its soul-stirring evocation of the regenerative power of the sea. Its deep, resonant bass pulse and waves of rising and falling synths sweep the listener along on tides of pure harmonic bliss. The haunting, visually evocative "Deep Distance" creates an emotional intensity that reminds one of being on a faraway beach watching a spiral galaxy rise sun-like over the celestial equator--yet another image of resurrection. The sprawling "Nightdust" varies in mood from dark and melancholic to searchingly pensive. Twittering synth effects fly like meteors across the somber hum of oscillators tuned to the darkly contemplative frequencies of the soul. Its slow, somnolent drift envelops the listener like an auroral gloom across a winter sky and implies an attitude of restraint and discretion that must necessarily follow the bacchic excesses of the reborn spirit. Read more ›
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, soothing chill-out music . . . April 17, 2006
    Format:Audio CD
    These songs are almost entirely synth-based with some nice, mellow guitar. I'm pretty sure it was all done by Manuel Gottsching, formally of Ash Ra Temple. This album has also been released under the name Ash Ra Temple, but I don't really know the story behind that. The original German title is NEUZEIT DER ERDE. Tracks 1 and 3 have a bubbly, percolating sound running through them. I often program my player to play the more placid tracks 2 and 4 when I'm winding down for bed. In fact, when I worked a night shift, I religiously depended on these tracks to prepare for bed in the late morning. This is not to imply that this music is boring - not in the least. There are certainly many other ways to enjoy this music. That's just what works for me. This music is sophisticated and interesting enough to hear over and over. Unlike a certain reviewer below, I especially like the last track, particularly when the guitar finally makes an appearance toward the end.
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