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Schulze: take four!

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In 2005, you can best set your watch to the re-releases by Klaus Schulze. After another few months have passed, July 25th will see four more albums hit the stores.
First off, there's the Classic "Body Love", first part of a double album with music for a pornographic movie directed by Lasse Braun. The disc sees Schulze at his very best and offers a mix of tremendeously trance-enducing rhythms and melodic improvisations.
"Dune" will remain a more contentious case: The vocal performance of Arthur Brown on "Shadows of Ignorance" wasn't quite everybody's cup of tea. Because of the brilliant title track, the album remains a firm favourite among fans and newly packaged with a 23-minute bonus track called "Le Mans", this should be a "must".
"Audentity" is possibly the second best effort by Schulze in the 80s (after "En-Trance"), which might be interesting for all fans of Avantgarde-music: The "Cello meets rhythm machine-experiments" on the piece "Cellistica" and the abstractly meandering sound collage "Sebastian im Traum" are simply superb. Furthermore there's a nearly one-hour bonus track included, which should set hearts racing.
Finally, there's "Miditerranean Pads", maybe one of the least spectacular things Schulze has ever done. The first album to feature the new sample-orientated style, which was to dominate his entire 90s-output, is either a bizarre but strangely effective mixture of percussive improvisations and gentle meditations or plain elevator music. Maybe the re-release will finally answer this question.

Homepage: Klaus Schulze

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