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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Keyhole (4:02)
2. Privat (19:05)
3. Privée (16:43)
4. Private (25:01)
Bonus track
5. Privatissimo (4:03)

Total Time 68:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Klaus Schulze / electronics, presenter
- Razoof Lear / guitar
- Olli Finken / drums

Releases information

Originally released in 2000 as part of the strictly limited and long exhaused (wooden) boxset "Klaus Schulze - Contemporary Works 1"
In fact, tracks 1 through 4 have been released as disc 4 of the said box set, the moniker used there was simply U.S.O.
Track 5 (the bonus track) was released on disc 10 ("Adds & Edits") of the box set and is credited there only to Klaus Schulze

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Klaus Schulze

CD MIG MIG 01412 CD (February 26, 2016, Germany)

Thanks to admireart for the addition
and to NotAProghead for the last updates
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
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Review by admireArt
4 stars Good news for Progressive Electronic followers and maybe the rest of the Prog world!

U.S.O. aka Klaus Schulze (synths) + Olli Finken on drums + Razoof Lear (not real name) on guitar. As it is explained in the CD's booklet, this is previously, 2000 super exclusive released material, now in a more accesible format.

Well! Kudos to Mr. Schulze for unearthing this not so far in time material.

Now to where it matters the music.

This release opens up with an exciting and mysterious, obscure Gothic like, electronic track "The Keyhole" (4 stars). The whispering chorals add up to its building tension and serves as the intro to...

Track 2 "Privat". A highly sophisticated and SUPER-cool, flowing futuristic lounge electronic piece. Attractive as it shows Mr. Schulze's language best direction as it is filtered and moderated through his U.S.O.'s colleagues. 4 stars.

"Privée" has a different direction. Mr Schulze's well established translation of the Berlin School's pulse rhythms and sequences. The one of which he is a true master since the 70's. 4 stars.

Following this un-characteristically rich and diversified (an extremely good) compillation comes the longest track "Private". An obscure,highly attractive, intelligent, laid back, creative and focused composition. The kind of track that should be teached as the perfect intersection and EVOLUTION between the Berlin School and its U.S.A. West Coast branch............... If you can fly, this is the perfect track. 5 stars.

This release could not go without a -Bonus- track. "Privatissimo" is this one's one. Taking off , where "Privat" (track 2) left, it extends in the same direction , leaving a perfect pitch after-taste. 4 stars.

****4.5 PA stars.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars 2016's `Privée' originally appeared sixteen years earlier on a long-deleted boxset from German electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze entitled `Contemporary Works', which saw the early Krautrock notable collaborating with guitarist Razoof Lear and drummer Olli Finken, two members of a Cologne DJ/music collective Solar Moon System. The trio deliver a cool instrumental set of lengthy modern-meets-vintage pieces that fuse everything from dub, ambient, trip-hop and chilled electronica to Schulze's more expected unhurried Berlin School electronic atmospheres, making it hardly an example of a vintage master lazily stuck in a rut and merely remaking his past.

This reissue opens with `The Keyhole', a short and moody solo ambient drone from the master, and Klaus' keys almost take on a spectral choral majesty. It segues right into the nineteen-minute chill-out `Privat', powered by cool trip-hop beats and dreamy electric guitar chimes flitting in and out around Klaus' lush synth caresses. Think along the lines of The Orb crossed with some of the laid-back early Krautrock bands, and the whole pieced is flecked with the lightest of reggae, jazz and psychedelic flavours.

The title track `Privée' is pulsing urgent electronica fuelled by bouncing beats and liquid reaching guitar tendrils weaving throughout, but as it slows down for a reflective and lush ambient finale and several moments where it's laced with searing runaway Mellotron races over skittering sequencer ripples, it quickly reminds of the Schulze of old.

The twenty-five minute `Private' floats through everything from dangerous bleeding synth twitches melting over a pattering of slinking beats and coasts into mellow slithering electronics, and while he doesn't openly solo, moments where Razoof's guitars emerge call to mind Manuel Göttsching's coolest Ashra and solo (E2-E4) moments of ambient dance and loved-up low-key jamming. A short four-minute bonus track `Privatissimo' is also included, and it's another head-bobbing trip-hop saunter that's essentially nothing more than a slight variation on the second track here.

There will be many vintage Berlin School purists who will probably find the whole thing a bit too `trendy' and too far removed from the thick moody atmospheres of the landmark Seventies period, and admittedly there's a couple of stretches where Schulze's contributions seem very low-key. But if you pay close attention to the most subtle of sounds, you'll hear how carefully put together whilst still retaining a vitality and freshness the album is. It's a very respectable modern effort from the German master with the help of some musical collaborators, and just a cool chill-out album overall that makes for a perfect laid-back summer album.

Four stars.

(dedicated to the biggest `Privée' fan I know, David `Guldbamsen', thanks for the recommendation in the first place!

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