HAPPY BIRTHDAY, E2-E4 FOR YOUR 40th ANNIVERSARY!
"Consisting of one long piece, E2-E4 is unique in many ways. One can hear early traces of what would become techno and trance music.
It's driving computer rhythms and subtly changing sequencer patterns are both hypnotic and innovative.
[...] Some may hear it as an hour's worth of mindless repetition and constant noodling,
while others may find it to be a pioneering piece of work that is among Manuel Göttsching's best.
No matter what the opinions may be, E2-E4 is genuine, and set the trend for trance/dance music almost
a full decade before it became one. A masterwork from an essential master."
(L. Bourland, "Beyond the Horizon", USA)
Manuel recorded E2-E4 on December 12, 1981 in a 1 hour session in his
Studio Roma. It was released three years later.
And here is a present for its birthday:
E2-E4 chosen as "one of the 50 solo albums you need to know"
The German music magazine "Musikexpress" put in its July 2021 edition a list of the "50 solo albums you need to know". Manuel Göttsching's E2-E4 is one of them.
Read it here.
Cologne concert scheduled for 11 April 2022!
Manuel Göttsching's concert at the "Achtbrücken-Festival" in Cologne, several times postponed because of the
coronavirus pandemic, is now rescheduled for 11 April 2022. For more information see
the festival website.
"Schwingungen" rereleased on Vinyl in celebration of its 50th anniversary
We proudly announce the 50th Anniversary Edition of Ash Ra Tempel's record Schwingungen, originally released in 1972 and
considered today as one of the most important German krautrock albums. It contains as a bonus the original
release info from 1972 (Ohr/Metronome).
Read Julian Cope's review in his book Krautrocksampler (Publisher: Head Heritage, 1995):
"Beware of Schwingungen!" That should be the large sticker on the front of all copies of this record. For it is dangerous to be casually
introduced to something that is life-changing, as I found out to my cost when first listening to this record.
It all starts fairly simply and without any cause for alarm - "Look at Your Sun" begins with a Doorsy
lone groover guitar begins a pedestrian blues, beautiful. Then the most crushed voice, a cross between Johnny Rotten
and Tiny Tim, preaches its way into the proceeds. God, it is beautiful - John L. repeats over and over, "We are all one, we are all one",
until a howling fuzztone solo guitar blows the whole onechord "Signed D.C." ringing-cymbals torture to an end. And then the most far out track of all begins.
This is called "Flower Must Die" and
it is a free-rock giant that transcends everything else in its field (there are no contenders.) As I've written before, PIL sounds like this. John
L. was John Lydon in a previous incarnation. After a slow weird build, a frantic streamlined one-chord mantra kicks in and it's like the
Stooges' Funhouse period but in a Righteous Vision Zone that fucks them right off. Phasing tears at the whole tracks as this Holy Racket
crosses into Hyper-space and everything gets all hyphenated just-for-the-sake-of-it. "Flowers Must Die", man, it's fucked up. Over on Side
2, the title-track ("Vibrations") begins poetically enough with Wolfgang Muller's epic and hugely reverbed vibraphone. Organ fades in and
FX guitars, and time passes by. Finally, tom-toms roll and the developing pace is built upon until that great eternal chord sequence finally
materialises - this is the one that Göttsching and Enke believed was the sound of heaven.
They may have been right. And Schwingungen was a gift from the Gods."
From now on, the Vinyl is available in shops all over the world.
A UK review of the Schwingungen rerelease
The London-based online music news magazine Gigwise just reviewed the
freshly released 50th anniversary edition of Schwingungen.
It's called "An outstanding reissue" and you can read it on their website.
On our press review page you will also find another review in German, printed in the magazine Mint.
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