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Klaus Schulze


Progressive Electronic

3.19 | 41 ratings

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3 stars I start this review to welcome a man that I started to love in 1971. I mean Mike Shrieve, the drummer of the legendary "Santana". It is always a pleasure for me to listen to him.

With "Trancefer", Klaus did partially revert to his first love (which is also mine, talking about his great music): the sounds of the seventies: when music meets the cosmos and transports you to the end of this galaxy. Excellency is the word.

It all starts with the short epic (only? eighteen minutes!) which is again an ode to tranquil electronic music with fine and nicely balanced keyboards lines almost all the way through. No such weak beats la "Dig It": only a succession of spacey and more dynamic / dramatic musical development.

The percussion influence of Mike is definite from the seventh minute onwards. At some points, this song reminds me of the intro of "Slippermen" from whom you might have heard of. Unreal, mysterious, profound. After a quite drumming middle part, the song softens a bit (but not too much) to get back to a more conventional partition.

The second (short) epic available on this album is another fine Schultze piece of music. The faithful Wolfgang Tiepold is adding again another dimension with his excellent cello play. Combined with Michael, this is quite a treat, although not quite an usual Schultze fantasmagoria.

I am rather pleased to see how Mike could influence this work. But he such a great drummer (with song writing abilities let's not forget) that this is not a surprise.

Seven out of ten for this good album..

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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