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3 stars Göttschings second album under the Ashra banner is an adequate continuation of New Age Of Earth, but lacks the sparkle of inspiration that was shining on that album.

77 Slightly Delayed features a minimal synth sequence of the Cluster/kraftwerk school. It serves for a guitar solo of Göttsching. His soft picking and noodling reminds me of Oldfield on Ommadawn. It's quite a cheerful tune actually, at least in the progressive electronic realm. Also Midnight On Mars is a light tune with synth processed electric guitars. Don't Trust The Kids/Blackout is the first real highlight with spacey guitar leads and bouncy bass melodies. Shuttle Cocks is even a bit funky. Lotus reminds me very much of Oldfield again due to the mellow melodies and the synth sounds, which sit somewhere between Ommadawn and Froese's solo albums from those years. There are some nice hypnotic parts but it's a bit lengthy.

Overall a nicely flowing electronic album with original and refreshing guitar playing. Not the recommended place to start your Ashra / Ash Ra Tempel discoveries unless you want to try the light-version first.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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