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Klaus Schulze - The Schulze-Schickert Session CD (album) cover


Klaus Schulze


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4.03 | 11 ratings

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4 stars Two languages merge as one, but not a "third" appears.

I have been, listening to this record since I got it early this year. I have to confess, I was expecting somehow, or a more balanced musical "language" between 2 electronic composers, or more "electric-guitars" from Schickert, at least. But that was a "fantasy", reality speaks louder.

These two guys respect each other too much, so they let their drives go in small "dossages", cautiously. The eventual flow of events, trigger a possible third spectrum, but performance like talking, these 2 guys, never step on each other's foot. Therefore, more than a "meeting of minds musical experiment", I come to terms with the idea of a Klaus Schulze album, who has as a guest Gunther Schickert. Of course by "guest" I don't mean invisible, Schickert is there, but I did expect more of his "electric guitar frenzy".

Not being the case, Schulze "language" predominates most of the musical transitions, through the first song or session, as it is called in this re-release in CD (2013) of an original and limited, 1975 release on tape. (When tapes were the "future",.. with time, the physical materials of cassettes, became obsolete). So the mere fact that this very "talked about" "sessions", were at last released in "today's" format as such, is a real thrill.

The second song, as the third, were added to this re-release, "Spirits of the Dead" and "Happy Country Life". Both, upgrade this work from mere great, to "I will keep it". Both compositions remind me of Laraaji's musical language, but these sessions, as told, were recorded in 1975. (Laraaji, came notable, around 1980, with Brian Eno's, second Ambient record, "Day of Radiance"). Anyway, they save the day with a wild set of electronics, and a shadow of 'droning" white noise, which makes the compositional structure move in other stylistic directions. And of coures, it also comes close to the already developed, Steve Reich's minimal "dymamic"structures. (the final section, of the third song to be specific.)

Well, the rating goes like this. Expect more a combined and balanced performance (even "sober" I will add), like a performer's approach to already perfectly written compositions, with touches of daring experimentation here and there, rather than all "electronic music experiments", recording session. Closer to Schulze's side of composition, than Schickert's.

And since I've been listening to it, it still holds a bag of "underlying' surprises.......

****4 (flat) PA stars. (For any kind of "P/E" followers, not that sure about the rest.)

admireArt | 4/5 |


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