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WALKIN' THE DESERT

Ashra

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3.43 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 1st Movement: Two Keyboards (8:18)
2. 2nd Movement: Six Voices (8:42)
3. 3rd Movement: Four Guitars (10:29)
4. 4th Movement: Twelve Samples (13:50)
5. Dessert: Eight Tracks (4:28)

Total Time: 45:47

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Line-up / Musicians

- Manuel Göttsching / guitar, keyboards
- Lutz Ulbrich / guitar, keyboards

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ASHRA Walkin' The Desert ratings distribution


3.43
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
31%
Good, but non-essential (46%)
46%
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by loserboy
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3 stars Manuel Gottsching and Lutz Ulbrich combined talents in 1989 writing and performing live most of the music contained on this CD for Berlin's E-88 World Cultural Festival. On June 4th, 1988 this music was performed live at Berlin's Planetarium and finally we are able to hear the studio output created for this show. ASHRA combine multilayered guitars, keyboards, and sampled sounds producing a rich yet mesmerizing soundscapes. In the progressive tradition, "Walkin The Desert" experiments with a numerical mix of instrumentation used... ie. "1st Movement" uses only 2 keyboards, "2nd Movement" 6 voices, "3rd movement" 4 guitars, "4th movement" 12 samples and finally the last track "Dessert" employing 8 tracks. The powerful result is a startling, yet faintly familiar sound made up of arid keyboards, charming crystalline sequences and finally, the resounding bent-sustain guitar notes that ASHRA fans have grown to worship. Incredibly since the rise in popularity of today's "Electronica", the music of ASHRA is being currently re-discovered by the youngsters. More than simply satisfying, "Walkin' The Desert" is a stunning example of ASHRA's creativity and represents another breathtaking chapter in the expanding music output for this band.

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Review by admireArt
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4 stars To be honest, the only reason I figure out, for such a few and so-so ratings for this ASHRA's "Walikin' in the Desert" (1989), is that it is, at the time and now, completely "un-Kraut" or TD (by the way). That's it. Beyond that, there is no other "real" reason, I can figure out.

The first song "first movement - two keyboards", is a "minimalistic" composition, very much in the spirit of Steve Reich's "Piano Phase" (1967), but totally different in goal and successful by its own. Still very far, forget Kraut, even "P/Electronic" as such. The mere use of acoustic keys, marks the whole difference.

Next comes the second movement named "Six Voices", which are electronic, but also include a flute like voice and a subtle but impossing "dark' chorus. The melody is intelligent, kind of a "serious business", yet flows by the addition of a vibraphone which counterpoints the now clearer skies. It is sweet but not "sickening-sweet", a thin and very well respected approach makes it perfect. (to some it could sound like Mr. Oldfield, without honey) still not "Kraut" found as such.

The third movement, "Four Guitars", goes for the same approach as the first, but now with 4 simmultaneous lines of electrics, going alongside, playing against and with each other. This is one of the recorded reasons, why M. Gottsching (guitars/keys) was and is so relevant to the whole "Prog" scene. When he is good, he is great, this song is "shocking proof!". Close to "kraut" but not the "Temple".

Fourth movement - "Twelve Samples", is closer to "world" fusion music. As understood, these 12 samples run along, although they, as independent structures, will not stand alone. In the vein of middle Eastern music, without no big emphasis, beyond being a mere good electronic/experimental song. This one could be the 3 star owner.

The last track, "Desert - Eight Tracks", takes from its predecessor, the experimental tone, but its construction goes otherwise, this one is by all standards "pure', Lo/Fi, electronic- Kraut, or at least, its "future".

So, I will highly recommend to approach this "near-masterpiece", without pre-conceptions or prejudices, in able to "see" the "caliber" of this work. By all means 4****PA stars. Enjoy!

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