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from Psychedelic Shark :
When I heard their music the first time, I felt like floating through the Universe, visiting other Planets and observing alien Civilisations.
The two tracks on this record are both about 20 minutes long, and of a very experimental, improvised style. Driving drums and bass, guitars with lots of effects and unusual playing style,
no "Song structure", just one massive improvised Soundscape, that’s the ingredients for Ashra Tempels' first Album released in 1971.
Manuel Gőtsching (git), Hartmut Enke (bass) and Klaus Schulze (dr) are performing a spaced out set that really deserves the name "Kosmische Musik". The first track "Amboss" gets very fast and ecstatic after an introduction of weird guitar sounds. The scaring fast drums and bass are providing a perfect layer for Manuel Gőtsching's guitar experiments and solos.
The second track "Traummaschine" is quieter and more meditative, starting of with low guitar tones that sound more like an analogue keyboard, to be completed by higher violin-like sounds and choir "ahhhs", later on. After about 10 minutes of very relaxing and floating stuff, the track lifts of with rhythmic slapping noises, bongos, bass and distorted guitar melodies.
Ashra Tempel said that the idea behind this track was to give the listener the relaxation of the universe, which it does to me.
Klaus Schulze, who recorded "Electronic Meditation" with Tangerine Dream before he joined Ashra Tempel, left the Band after this LP to concentrate more on electronic music.
Gőtsching and Enke got Wolfgang Műler, with whom they already played in earlier projects, as a new drummer for the next LP called "Schwingungen". In 1973 they released "Join Inn" (again with Schulze on the drums, and Rosemarie 'Rosi' Műler on vocals) which was recorded "just for fun" during a session for Walter Wegműler's "Tarot" Double LP.
After that also Hartmut Enke left the band, and Manuel Gőtsching went on experimenting with guitar sounds and released very successful Albums, but in my opinion, the massive, indescribable energy that is present on their first album, and, in a different way also on "Schwingungen" and "Join Inn", never came again.
Hartmut Enke - Gibson bass
Manuel Götsching (sic) - guitar, vocals, electronics
Klaus Schulze - drums, percussion, electronics