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2.98 | 26 ratings | 2 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Saucerful of Ambience (61:02)

Total Time 61:02

Note: While technically 12 tracks, the album is a single piece indexed about every 5 minutes for the listener's convenience

Line-up / Musicians

- Klaus Schulze / composer & performer
- Pete Namlook / composer, performer & producer

Note: The actual instrumentation was not available at this moment

Releases information

Second of a series of collaborations under the common title "The Dark Side of the Moog"

CD Fax +49-69/450464- PK 08/99 (1995, Germany) Limited edition
CD Ambient World- aw 006 (1995, Germany) New cover art

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KLAUS SCHULZE Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog II ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
Good, but non-essential (54%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

KLAUS SCHULZE Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog II reviews

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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "A saucerful of Ambience"

The first half hour of this one hour long ambient track will probably send you off to a comforting sleep. However, if you manage to survive them or - since the cd is nicely split into 5.00 minute 'tracks' - skip to part VI right away, you will get treated to really amazing ambient music.

Parts I - V contain nothing but sound. While it might create an interesting soundtrack for your Helloween parties, it's not much of an alluring listen. It's literally ambient, background, atmosphere, sound. A good 25 minutes into the sonic tapestries, Part VI introduces some hesitant synth melodies that gradually evolve into a sumptuous texture of warm sounds and minor chords. Part VIII - IX get a short beat and techno synth sequence going. Schulze adds his washes of analogue synths again on Part X and Part XI brings the beat back. Part XII rounds off with the sound experimentations from the first half hour.

I'm not a convinced Namlook fan (yet?) and I don't like much of what Schulze has been doing in the years preceding this cooperation, but the combination of the two masters brings out some of the best in both. Not entirely convincing yet but a step up from the previous album and recommended listening for Namlook and Schulze fans.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Second leg of these dark sides of the moog?Huuum!!!

As Bonnek accordingly mentioned, the first half an hour of this piece of music is quite ? silent. Some rain forest atmospheres with noises from potential animals, a few bells ringing in the background and that's about it. Nothing fabulous as you can imagine.

The man has used us to long developments and when I listen to the fantastic "Timewind" which holds three wonderful epics, I am just delighted. To be honest, I don't have the same feel while listening to this "Saucerful Of Ambience" although it delivers ? ambience (but only ambience for quite a while).

Little movement or changes: the same background keys seem to operate indefinitely. And it is pretty long. Minimalism to the bones. This would be a perfect soundtrack for a documentary about the Amazon, the wonderful jungle in Costa Rica or such beautiful place as Malaysia but to remain concentrated on this work from start to finish to post a commented review of the whole is quite an exercise.! And I have quite been in love with the music of the great man.

A new theme (!) starts at minute twenty seven or so: some "dynamics" at last! Good synth exercise, or warming up. A sort of a preparation for the sublime which starts after thirty minutes. The reward of your (long) patience.

Wonderful atmo (strato?) sphere. Delightful beauty. Orgasmic heaven. You name it! Just as during the first leg of this long "Dark Side?", this one features brilliant parts again. More than the first leg; and so charming, passionate. It flows like a tranquil river with little bustle: an organic musical passion.

This heavenly moments end up at minute forty; when time comes for these dance beats which I can't promote. Fortunately, they only last for three minutes and give precedence to spacey and wonderful lines again. I can only regret some incoherencies which lead to a lesser rating.

I am rating this album with the same total as the first part of this "Moog" stuff: three stars. Too many average parts vs. great ones. Only nine to go.

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