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1 Mar 2017

Ashra “Correlations” 1979 Germany Electronic Prog Kraut Rock Synth Pop,New Age

Ashra “Correlations” 1979 Germany Electronic Prog Kraut Rock Synth Pop,New Age

On the side of 1978, Manuel Göttsching probably felt a bit cramped in his career that had become solo. And then, making a band all by themselves, in this case Ashra, is not very fun. He has brought together former Ash Ra Tempel companions: drummer Harald Grosskopf, present on Staring Rosi and also known for his participation in several albums by Klaus Schulze, and guitarist-keyboardist Lutz Ulbrich, ex-Agitation free, and Present on the BO of the Cradle of Crystal. With such training, they might be able to compete with Tangerine Dream. The trio continued under the name Ashra already chosen by Göttsching for New Age of Earth and Blackouts (1) and published two albums in 79 and 80, then two others only in 89 and 91.

The first one is called Correlations and is still clearly dominated by Göttsching, who had also made a solo draft, although the group work allows more musicality. This, unfortunately, does not quite compensate for the rather light character of writing. It must be said that in 1979, the dancing rhythms of the disco, his famous beat, were all the rage in an increasingly electronic style, especially thanks to the Italian Giorgio Moroder. The Berlin school has not escaped this trend. If Tangerine Dream has only shown a small passage with beat at the end of the song "Force Majeure", here are several pieces that experience this trend, in a style even more melodic than that of Blackouts. Of course, the presence of a drummer made this rhythmic part easy to insure. It is fun to find two guitarists in an electronic group but we know the ambiguity that cultivated the current of Berlin ...

This record has a moderate importance in the history of electronic dance music. On "Club Cannibal" and "Bamboo Sands", the two pieces with the most beat, Germanic character places us halfway between disco and dance nascent, and we can obviously feel the beginnings of house music. However, it will be necessary to wait for the far more extreme E2-E4 to see a fundamental contribution of Manuel Göttsching to the current house / techno. The two pieces mentioned above are very entertaining but have become more aged than those found on previous records. A statement that goes for the whole album, a bit like Tangerine Dream and Edgar Froese at that time (Stuntman aside). Too much wanting to make accessible for the public, one often creates a music a little too anchored in its time.

The album has other problems, however, in terms of interpretation. The opening "Ice Train" is beautiful but the effects are not the most successful, "Oasis" uses a resonance a little kitsch, the sounds of "Morgana da Capo" are not very pleasant and the final "Phantasus" The guitar and the electric piano. All these beaches let themselves listen of course, they are for example much superior to the average of Ages of Edgar Froese. Only "No Three" will be right for the indulgence of his listener, this pseudo-South American piece is boring and far too long. The group may not have been quite prowled, even if they knew each other well ... They rectified the shot spectacularly with the beautiful Belle Alliance the following year.

In conclusion, let us put things into perspective. For 1979, this Correlations is pretty good, it gives a nostalgic and certain guilty pleasure. It is a little medium for Göttsching but is likely to please many fans of old electronic music. Aside from the meaning of this rather obscene cover, we can still ask one final question: why did Manuel Göttsching reissue this disc in a full-extended-deluxe-superchère version of five CDs whereas it's his least Good album between 75 and 84? It's not very clever ........

 Manuel Gottsching's second incarnation with a heavier emphasis on electronics than that of AASH RA TEMPEL. Overall more processed sounding than ASH RA TEMPEL and more melodic while still maintaining his patented hypnotic trance-like atmospheres. Combined with the percussive talents of Harold Grosskopf, the keyboard touch of Lutz Ulbrich Gottsching's guitar riffs will keep you knee deep into this album. I love some of the space grooves they get into on this album and think this is an excellent and highly original yet accessible instrumental loserboy ......

2004 reissue on Spalax Music, distributed through MG.ART. Correlations, originally released in 1979, is the third album from Manuel Göttsching's Ashra project, but the first album by the Ashra band -- the first two Ashra LPs (1977's New Age of Earth and 1978's Blackouts (SPA 14759LP)) were Göttsching solo albums. Here, the music is performed by Göttsching (guitar, synthesizer, sequencer), Lutz Ulbrich (guitar, synthesizer, piano, mellotron), and Harald Großkopf (drums, percussion, synthesizer). .............

Line-up / Musicians
- Manuel Göttsching / electronic guitar, synthesizer, sequencer
- Lutz Ulbrich / guitar, string synthesizer, piano, Mellotron
- Harald Grosskopf / drums, percussion, synthesizer, sounds

A1 Ice Train 7:40
A2 Club Cannibal 5:25
A3 Oasis 4:43
A4 Bamboo Sands 4:38
B1 Morgana Da Capo 5:24
B2 Pas De Trois 8:59
B3 Phantasus 5:07

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