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Transfer Station Blue

Klaus Schulze, Michael ShrieveAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Communiqué: Approach Spiral13:32Album Only
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  • Audio CD (January 23, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fortuna Records
  • ASIN: B0000007SV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the Artist

As the legendary drummer for the group Santana, Michael Shrieve, appeared at Woodstock and recorded eight albums. He has also recorded three albums released by the accomplished German synthesist Klaus Schulze. Transfer Station Blue is Shrieve's first solo recording on the Fortuna Records label. He co-wrote the music for the film The Bedroom Window and released a collaborative album with percussionist David Beal entitled The Big Picture, also on Fortuna Records.

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One of the foremost drummers of rock and contemporary instrumental music, Michael Shrieve, has produced an innovative and electrifying sound in Transfer Station Blue. This album is a compelling fusion of rhythm and melody. The pieces synchronize the electronic smoothness of synthesizers and guitars with the driving beat of Shrieve's drums, producing a masterpiece of vibrancy and excitement.

Contributing to the unique sound of the album are Kevin Shrieve on guitar and Klaus Schulze playing the synthesizers. Their exceptional talents blend with the latest technology to create a dynamic, spell-binding album. On Transfer Station Blue, Michael Shrieve produces fully orchestrated music using electronic drum pads and digital sampling. Now, lovers of percussion music can hear a melodic as well as a rhythmic voice.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A marriage of percussion and electronic elements August 29, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Michael has lived a most unique music life. Playing with Santana, the Rolling Stone, and Go, he has done alot of different things in music. On "Transfer Station Blue", he adds many of these styles to his music. It is rare one can find a four track record that moves you to so many different areas of the world. The help he got from Klaus Schulze is fantastic and the guitar his brother plays is phenominal. Alas this is the only record quite like it in his catalogue, but one that is worthy of your attention.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shrieve Graduates from the Berlin School March 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Though credited to Michael Shrieve alone, Transfer Station Blue is as much a Klaus Schulze album as it is Shrieve's. In addition to playing all the synthesizers, the tracks on Transfer Station Blue bear Schulze's unmistakable signature: slowly accumulating masses of synthetic sound driven by spiraling sequencer engines and augmented with meteor showers of spinning electronic effects that ricochet off the dense, gleaming fuselage that forms the structural center of each of the album's four tracks. Shrieve may be piloting this ship but Schulze is most certainly the navigator, plotting each sonic destination and course change with the relentless logic of his wave tables and vector coordinates. Shrieve's astounding percussion technique--like a four-armed android behind his customized drum kit--provides the propulsive impetus that thrusts "Communique: Approach Spiral" to the outer edges of the galaxy. Schulze's transwarp-powered sequencers and hovering synth pads provide both directional stability and atmospheric counterpoint. "Nucleotide" is far more experimental in design. Shrieve's programming of his Simmons pads, creating uncanny drum and un-drum like sounds, gives the piece a musique concrete feel, though Schulze's airy synths provide a tonal center that acts as a kind of centrifuge, keeping it balanced between chaotic noise and regulated harmony. "Transfer Station Blue" really warps out to velocities far beyond light speed. The addition of some ultra-funky guitar and bass charts to Shrieve's superhuman drumming and the cosmic foam of Schulze's hypersonic synth engines creates a space groove so infectious you'll need a spike full of Thorazine to stop your ass from twitching. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing else like it! April 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I got the tape of Transfer Station Blue about 10 years ago and I have listened to it dozens of times, but I still find new sonics in it. It is one of my all time favorite pieces of music. Trouble is, you can't listen to it as background music, you have to just close your eyes and let this marvellous sound roll over you. Does anyone know if he has written anything else like this?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best of the Genre August 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Some years ago, I rid my collection of bland New Age electronica. This wonderful album survived the purge because this classic recording borders on avant-garde classical with its rhythms, electronic invention, and well-developed compositions. So otherworldly in its beginning, I once used the track Nucleotide in a multi-media lecture. That the album is still available after these many years validates its significance. The recording is under 38 minutes in duration, shocking little use of the CD format, but it is still worth it. If you tend to shy away from New Age electronica (with justification), or have an interest in Morton Subotnick and other electronic classical music pioneers, do consider listening to this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY RELAXING ! June 15, 1998
Format:Audio CD
It puts you in a very relaxed and a "get away from it all" kinda mood ! I LOVE his work ! I am a very big fan of his.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music for any journey! June 22, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
The music of Transfer Station Blue can transport any Arm Chair traverler away for an imaginary journey to the stars or to inner space. From slow flowing momements to a fast almost frenzied pace, the music creates a sense of movement like few others can match. Relax, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
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3.0 out of 5 stars From RichardatOxford. January 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Track 1 - A crescendo track; but at 13mins,won't get far enough for some.This is fine by me: Tangerine Dream were a bit like that (Shulze).Shrieve adds latin based,spontaneity,to dreamscape synths that are musical,not merely loops.Your player must be good enough to pick up the synths,amongst the [otherwise repetitive] percussion.

Track 2 - Shulzes baby of 5mins.More involved.In classical terms,strings held,with the Hammond organ breaking through....and the odd,synthed,rocket take off.

Track 3 - Is Track 1,again,with tablas; and with the synthesizers geared to the rhythm,not smooth.Moving into a Tom Scott section (TV program intro music; but with a guitar,not a sax).Moving back to earlier in the track: then the second section,again.Very good.12mins.

Track 4 - Is built around the guitar,that can be heard in the sample.Less dreamscape,more melody,with the synths.7mins.The mileage gained is from the play of guitar chords,which,in its total journey,must have a musical term to describe it.A very complete track.

Note the CD is only 37mins long.

I'm fussy.I'm keeping this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Klaus Schulze uses a new drummer in this album and this drummer is...
Great album, I am a fan of Klaus Schulze for a long time, ethereal and dreamy, thought provoking
and great meditation music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DOUGLAS WELDON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drumming !
I have been a fan of Michael Shrieve for quite some time and this album has been out for a while. I finally purchased the CD and the drumming is fantastic ! Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Mike P. Gallichio
5.0 out of 5 stars living soul behind the machines
Michael Shrieve's Transfer Station Blue came to life in 1986. It is a magnificent electronic music album, which although played mostly on machines and not instruments gives you a... Read more
Published on October 14, 2009 by Deven Gadula
3.0 out of 5 stars good album for Michael Schrieve/Santana fans
I like this album basically for the 'View From A Window' track. It is a tranquil progressive piece that is reminiscent of Tangerine Dream 'Cloudburst Flight' from Force Majeure. Read more
Published on August 22, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Anyone know where I can get a CD version of Shrieve's early '80's project, Novo Combo? If yes, email me please.
Published on February 5, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Santana fan will love this masterpiece of percussion
The first track, is a 13:00 min. masterpiece. Especially when your driving or relaxing at home. Transfer Station Blue makes you feel as if you are travelling in a different... Read more
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