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Klaus Schulze biography
(aka Richard Wahnfried) - Born August 4th 1947 (Berlin, Germany)

KLAUS SCHULZE, one of the most illustrious exponents of the kraut-electronic musical current, was born right in Berlin, the heart of the entire action. Before getting to know him as a master of electronic music, Schulze proved to be a skillful and talented young musician (with studies in modern composition at the Berlin University), hard to recognize (nowadays, perhaps) in the underground scene of the 60s. He first of all learned to play the guitar, starring afterwards in several bands as a bassist or a percussionist. His evolution in these ensembles can't be considered essential, still shows the consistency of moving up ahead: from the Düsseldorfian dance group Les Barones and cover-bands frenzied about Rolling Stones to the rock group Psy Free and, finally, to the moment when, from being invited by Edgar Froese to perform as a guest in his band, covering for the absence of the original drummer(I don't know if we're talking yet of Tangerine Dream, perhaps it actually concerns The Ones), he became a full, "registered" member of the group. TANGERINE DREAM's debut, though mainly a first solid album launched three years after the band (or the concept of it) started to form, is Electronic Meditation, the only one including Klaus Schulze. In a nebulous, experimental work, noisy and stoned, such as this one, the best thing we can notice is how Schulze adds flavor and intensity, through hallucinating percussion cliques, to a music that's anyway minimalistic, chaotic and instinctual.

Immediately after his singular appearence in Tangerine Dream (there's a mention about a similar guest appearence in AMON DÜÜL II, in a 1969 concert) - a specific moment turning out to be just as unique in TD's music - the next big step for Schulze is founding the band called ASH RA TEMPEL, together with two other young masters of that time, Manuel Göttsching and Hermut Enke. The boys bought equipment that was very similar to that used by Pink Floyd, a super-band for which the three had, apparently, a special affectio. The Ash Ra Tempel debut is however much more "drenched", being a stimulating example of kraut-rock, on the space, slow experimental, acid side. Many concerts follow afterwards. Schulze leaves though again after just one year, due to some disagreements about orienting towards ...
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KLAUS SCHULZE discography


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KLAUS SCHULZE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 157 ratings
Irrlicht
1972
3.66 | 140 ratings
Cyborg
1973
3.35 | 130 ratings
Blackdance
1974
3.78 | 113 ratings
Picture Music
1975
4.23 | 261 ratings
Timewind
1975
3.74 | 170 ratings
Moondawn
1976
3.97 | 115 ratings
Body Love (OST)
1977
4.29 | 268 ratings
Mirage
1977
3.94 | 109 ratings
Body Love - Vol. 2
1977
4.11 | 231 ratings
X
1978
3.25 | 88 ratings
Dune
1979
2.95 | 73 ratings
Dig It
1980
3.28 | 58 ratings
Trancefer
1981
3.44 | 77 ratings
Audentity
1983
2.80 | 46 ratings
Angst (OST)
1984
2.39 | 30 ratings
Klaus Schulze & Rainer Bloss: Drive Inn
1984
1.73 | 24 ratings
Klaus Schulze, Rainer Bloss ‎& Ernst Fuchs: Aphrica
1984
3.67 | 12 ratings
Transfer Station Blue
1984
2.84 | 43 ratings
Inter*Face
1985
2.65 | 41 ratings
Dreams
1986
2.94 | 34 ratings
Klaus Schulze & Andreas Grosser: Babel
1987
3.58 | 48 ratings
En=Trance
1988
2.47 | 39 ratings
Miditerranean Pads
1990
3.09 | 40 ratings
Beyond Recall
1991
2.33 | 29 ratings
Le Moulin De Daudet (OST)
1994
2.67 | 28 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog
1994
2.51 | 21 ratings
Goes Classic
1994
1.44 | 22 ratings
Totentag
1994
3.00 | 23 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog II
1995
2.98 | 24 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog III
1995
3.82 | 53 ratings
In Blue
1995
2.69 | 20 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog IV
1996
3.16 | 36 ratings
Are You Sequenced?
1996
3.11 | 24 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog V
1996
3.48 | 20 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog VI
1997
2.72 | 27 ratings
Dosburg Online
1997
3.63 | 25 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog VII
1998
2.38 | 20 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog VIII
1999
3.10 | 20 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog IX
2002
3.05 | 21 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog X
2005
3.51 | 51 ratings
Moonlake
2005
3.75 | 16 ratings
Vanity Of Sounds
2005
3.86 | 14 ratings
The Crime Of Suspense
2006
3.52 | 25 ratings
Ballett 1
2006
3.56 | 18 ratings
Ballett 2
2006
3.70 | 20 ratings
Ballett 3
2007
3.35 | 17 ratings
Ballett 4
2007
3.73 | 77 ratings
Kontinuum
2007
3.42 | 53 ratings
Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard: Farscape
2008
3.63 | 22 ratings
Pete Namlook & K. Schulze: The Dark Side Of The Moog XI
2008
3.73 | 18 ratings
Virtual Outback
2008
3.58 | 39 ratings
Shadowlands
2013
3.50 | 10 ratings
Another Green Mile
2016
3.60 | 15 ratings
Klaus Schulze & Solar Moon System: Ultimate Docking
2017
3.68 | 19 ratings
Androgyn
2017
3.12 | 14 ratings
Silhouettes
2018

KLAUS SCHULZE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.17 | 44 ratings
Live
1980
3.33 | 43 ratings
Dziekuje Poland (with Rainer Bloss)
1983
3.61 | 28 ratings
The Dresden Performance
1990
3.81 | 23 ratings
Royal Festival Hall Vol. 1
1992
3.85 | 27 ratings
Royal Festival Hall Vol. 2
1992
3.48 | 25 ratings
The Dome Event
1993
3.28 | 20 ratings
Das Wagner Desaster-Live-
1994
3.93 | 14 ratings
Live @ KlangArt 1
2001
3.77 | 13 ratings
Live @ KlangArt 2
2001
3.40 | 25 ratings
Rheingold - Live at the Loreley
2008
4.00 | 13 ratings
Live @ KlangArt
2008
3.40 | 21 ratings
Dziekuje Bardzo - Vielen Dank
2009
3.25 | 25 ratings
Big in Japan
2010
4.17 | 6 ratings
Big In Europe Vol. 1 Warsaw
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
Stars Are Burning
2014
4.20 | 5 ratings
Big In Europe Vol. 2 - Amsterdam
2014

KLAUS SCHULZE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 14 ratings
Rheingold - Live At The Loreley
2008
3.63 | 8 ratings
Dziekuje Bardzo
2009
4.00 | 8 ratings
Big in Japan
2010

KLAUS SCHULZE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Discover Cosmic - The Klaus Schulze Sessions
1977
3.00 | 1 ratings
Rock On Brain
1979
4.00 | 2 ratings
Mindphaser
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
Star Action
1983
4.00 | 2 ratings
History
1988
3.00 | 6 ratings
2001
1991
3.71 | 7 ratings
Silver Edition
1993
3.30 | 8 ratings
The Essential: 72-93
1994
4.00 | 13 ratings
Historic Edition
1995
3.86 | 7 ratings
Jubilee Edition
1997
2.60 | 5 ratings
Trailer
1999
3.88 | 8 ratings
The Ultimate Edition
2000
3.56 | 9 ratings
Contemporary Works I
2000
3.50 | 10 ratings
Contemporary Works II
2002
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Evolution of the Dark Side of the Moog
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
Best of Klaus Schulze
2009
3.44 | 15 ratings
La Vie Electronique 1
2009
3.94 | 15 ratings
La Vie Electronique 2
2009
2.85 | 17 ratings
La Vie Electronique 3
2009
3.10 | 16 ratings
La Vie Electronique 4
2009
3.22 | 13 ratings
La Vie Electronique 5
2010
4.00 | 15 ratings
La Vie Electronique 6
2010
2.39 | 12 ratings
La Vie Electronique 7
2010
3.35 | 11 ratings
La Vie Electronique 8
2010
3.33 | 9 ratings
La Vie Electronique 9
2011
3.33 | 9 ratings
La Vie Electronique 10
2011
3.30 | 10 ratings
La Vie Electronique 11
2012
4.00 | 12 ratings
La Vie Electronique 12
2012
4.03 | 11 ratings
The Schulze-Schickert Session
2013
4.50 | 4 ratings
La Vie Electronique 13
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
La Vie Electronique 14
2014
4.83 | 6 ratings
La Vie Electronique 15
2014
5.00 | 3 ratings
La Vie Electronique 16
2015
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1-4
2016
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 5-8
2016
4.40 | 5 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 9-11
2016
3.98 | 8 ratings
Privée (with U.S.O.)
2016
3.80 | 5 ratings
Ballett 1 & 2
2017
4.00 | 5 ratings
Ballett 3 & 4
2017
4.25 | 4 ratings
Eternal
2017
3.50 | 2 ratings
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.0
2018
0.00 | 0 ratings
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1
2018
0.00 | 0 ratings
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.2
2018

KLAUS SCHULZE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Macksy
1985
2.50 | 2 ratings
Conquest of Paradise
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Voices in the Dark
1996
5.00 | 1 ratings
Essential Extracts
2000
4.00 | 3 ratings
Andromeda
2003
4.00 | 3 ratings
Ion
2004
2.70 | 10 ratings
Come Quietly - with Lisa Gerrard
2009
3.00 | 3 ratings
Hommage À Polska
2009

KLAUS SCHULZE Reviews


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 Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard: Farscape by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.42 | 53 ratings

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Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard: Farscape
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by WFV

3 stars Not a bad record at all if taken for what it is - soft electronic beats and new agey rhythms with gorgeous yet impenetrable female vocals over the top. The mood is reflective and dissonant. For me, this only operates as background music - it's just too long and repetitive to keep my attention all the way through. It's best if I throw it on while doing something else and sporadically give it full attention.

By no means am I a Klaus Schulze expert but personally this ranks low on his list for me.

For some reason this album reminds me of something a university professor would have playing in their office

 Silhouettes by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.12 | 14 ratings

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Silhouettes
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars It is hard to really comprehend just how important Schluze has been to Krautrock and electronic music in general, from his early days with Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel he then moved into solo works, and I am sure that many progheads have at least a couple of his albums in their collection. The four pieces on the album were created between summer and autumn 2017 following an extended period which was, due to health problems, very quiet and for this reason very meditative at times. Schulze: 'The result automatically was a phase of reflection, of retrospection, of pure contemplation. In the wake of your 70th birthday you naturally find yourself looking back at the past ' so the result is a reorientation, a renewed awareness of what is really important.' Schulze describes the music on 'Silhouettes' as a 'reduction to the essential things' and has consciously worked only very sparingly with solos and vocal elements. He explains: 'No great distractions, nothing to force your attention in a certain direction, no major effects or gimmicks, no frills or dominant rhythms. It was important to me to paint the pictures in the depth of the space, the sonic fields of tension and atmosphere.'

My wife found me intently listening to this album and burst out laughing, as I had my eyes closed, and she just wouldn't believe that I wasn't actually asleep. But this is an album that really does work best when all other sensory distractions are removed, and one can just fall into the soundscapes being created. In many ways this reminds me of some of his earlier work, where trance was an influence, and the music becomes layered soundscapes for the mind. It is more direct than many of Jean Michel Jarre's works, but in some ways it does have similar style, yet somehow that little bit more direct. It doesn't fall into the New Age of some of Wakeman's solo works either, but combines many elements that just work. Of all the solo albums I have heard from Schulze, I must admit that this is my favourite so far, although to be fair I have only come across such as small amount of a man with a prestigious output. Fans of both electronic music and prog will certainly enjoy this.

 Transfer Station Blue by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.67 | 12 ratings

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Transfer Station Blue
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by WFV

4 stars I discovered this album about ten years ago while sifting through the rubbish music that became available to me when my wife ordered an Amazon Prime subscription. I had heard of Klaus Schulze through this site, but never heard his music. Mike Shrieve was in Santana and another favorite Automatic Man but that's all I knew. I had no idea the sounds contained within.

This is the album that persuaded me to explore progressive electronic. The sequencers on the first track blend with the percussion to mesmerize the listener in a haze of clarity. The second tracks adds mightily to the atmosphere, the third track is a tour de force of electro and modern rock, and the last lovely track tidies it all up. I'm no expert but to me this is an excellent electro album that showcases the strengths of each artist. 4.5 stars

I haven't found much else that comes for "free" with the Prime membership, but Peter Bardens later solo albums are on there and another called "Water Music" by former Mott the Hoople member Morgan Fisher

 Silhouettes by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.12 | 14 ratings

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Silhouettes
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by WFV

3 stars Most who have any knowledge of electronic music know Klaus Schulze is a living legend. The latest entry into his extensive discography is Silhouettes, which follows the trance inducing blueprint Klaus patented in the early Nineteen seventies. Four lengthy tracks all made on synths. There's some melody to the proceedings, but the main focus is atmosphere. 74 minutes of solid background music that shows the Berlin School still can delight the senses and sweep the cobwebs from your brain. Der Lange Blick Zuruck and Quae Simplex are the most interesting and active tunes of the four, but as a collection this album is delightful.
 Cyborg by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.66 | 140 ratings

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Cyborg
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars The whole reason KLAUS SCHULZE had broken ties with two of the most innovative Krautrock bands, Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel was very much because of the wasted time in the democratic process of compiling ideas, hashing them out and bringing them to fruition. While there are pros and cons to being in a group lineup or going alone, SCHULZE opted for the latter as his restless free spirit and creative visions weren't finding actualization in the group process and were becoming watered down at best. Despite the compromise games that did come into play with many of the early Krautrock bands, the majority of these groups did not experience much success or recognition at the time when they were recording all those classics. Instead it would take the public many years to catch up to the visionary sounds laid down during those days. Despite drifting even further into the clouds and ever more distant from any possible instant gratification in terms of the world of financial success, SCHULZE was literally driven to create unthinkably long and alienating soundscapes that seemingly materialized in his head.

While most of the German scene was gravitating toward a more rock oriented style of kosmisch psychedelia, SCHULZE was much more ambitious in scope and followed more in the footsteps of minimalist composers such as Terry Riley, Steve Reich and even Stockhausen and Varèse than Pink Floyd which led him to create sounds with an emphasis on sustained drones, repetitive phrasing and the complete meltdown of barriers that usually segregated rhythms from melodies and timbres from tempos. Like most of the early pioneers, SCHULZE was limited by his financial ability to buy the best equipment for his visions and was forced to improvise the best he could with the low budget machinery he had access to and adapt his limitless imagination around a finite display of recording equipment to carry it out. After his departure from the aforementioned bands, SCHULZE immediately recorded his debut "Irrlicht" and experimented with modifying broken amps that would cause feedback, tremolo and sound effects and with ample amounts of ingenuity created one of the strangest albums the world had ever heard.

On his second album " CYBORG, " the money situation hadn't changed one bit and neither had the state of his battered equipment including his one VCS3 synthesizer which cranked out the eerie and surreal soundscapes on the debut. For his second album he added a lot more organ sounds and synthesized percussion through a Revox tape machine loop. In the same vein as the debut SCHULZE also once again solicited the helping hands of students at the Colluquim Music Orchestra whose rehearsals he recorded in order to splice and dice with a razor blade to physical change their very dynamics in terms of running time and delivery which as you could imagine was a painstaking process that required the patience of saint to administer. But patience was a virtue he had mastered and not only did KLAUS manage to record four lengthy behemoth electronic tracks that would emerge as a double album but also had so much extra material that he would eventually release a box set of bonus tracks in the future. With music this so far removed from reality it's utterly amazing that SCHULZE managed to create four unique tracks that float off into the cosmos but never lose their true identity.

The opener "Synphära" is the most traditional sounding track of the lot that utilizes a church organ to slowly lure the listener into the more esoteric tracks that follow. Embellished by a pulsating drone, a Gothic organ repeats a simple melody throughout its run while extraterrestrial synth swirls bubble up from nowhere and usurp control as if the Crab Nebula's spectral signature had suddenly been transcribed into musical notation. Similarly "Conphära" follows a similar journey to the stars with an even stronger pulsar sort of drone with a stronger staccato presence and more richly layered atmospheres that do some sort of cosmic dance as they hypnotize like ice sculpture ballerinas in the vacuum of space. "Chromengel" adds a more earthly vibe with heavy use of violins and cellos that reverberate while fluttering helicopter type blade sounds launch the track even further toward planet Lysergia. The string section gives it a bit of a classical soundtrack feel bit the spectral sounds of the synthesizer effects keep it floating far from the clutches of Earth's gravitational field. The loops of sounds take on lives of there own as if the listener has entered a cosmic aviary with strange sonic birds flapping around from all directions. "Neuronengesang" or what i call "The Haircut Clipper Song" is dominated by a buzzing sound that reminds me of having my head sheered as a child with a buzzsaw sound effect that approaches my ear, passes by and then moves away. This is the basis of the track while ethereal sound effects build into dense cloud forests of sound with some droning, some pulsating and some flittering about aimlessly.

" CYBORG " was way too far ahead of its time for most of the music buying public but it did receive significant praise from top music critics. The nuanced multi-layered sonicscapes were the soundtracks of dreams where freeform hypnotizing sound effects coalesced into myriad compilations of bombinating assonance that find an orgy of oxyphonic pitches merge with raucous yet haunting tautophonic assemblies of empyreal surrealism. " CYBORG " takes a monumental step past the terrifying frigid nature of "Irrlicht" and explores a miraculous layout of merging musical forces with none of the limitations that rock music can impose with segmented percussive beats. Otherworldly and almost knocking on heaven's door, " CYBORG " has a less alienating feel than the debut and demonstrated the limitless possibilities of the human ingenuity with the scarcest of resources. I recommend the 2006 remastered version with the bonus track "But Beautiful" which showcases yet another stunning track only with SCHULZE performing all his sound effect magic in a live setting. The track clearly demonstrates that SCHULZE was no studio dependent junkie and effortlessly created order out of a seemingly untamable assortment of disparate sound palettes. Despite this massive undertaking, SCHULZE would continue to produce some of the most surreal sounds ever laid down to tape with great prolificacy. While some of the later albums are more accomplished, " CYBORG " is not one to be missed.

 Privée (with U.S.O.) by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.98 | 8 ratings

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Privée (with U.S.O.)
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

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!

 Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard: Farscape by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.42 | 53 ratings

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Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard: Farscape
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by UncleRust

5 stars I am a long time fan of both Klaus and Lisa and this double cd contains (almost) all of my favorite things about both of them. Some of this reminds me of early Klaus, but most of it is closer to Dead Can Dance somehow.

Easing and thought-provoking, the combination of their musical personalities is so fascinating and pleasing that it seems that everyone should own and listen to this daily. So, get to it. ;)

This has been my favorite summertime cd since 2009. Re-listening to it today made me think that I really need to come here to remind all of you that it is, in every way, a wonderful experience.

 Kontinuum by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.73 | 77 ratings

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Kontinuum
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The recovered continuity

Whereas the troubled new-wave / new-age waters of the 80's were a difficult context for Klaus Schulze to express himself, the 90's represent a celebration of his ideas with the explosion of techno and trance. However, for me, it was the third millennium that really saw the genuine awakening of the German Moog pioneer. Schulze finally found his place in the contemporary musical landscape, and managed to renew himself better than most other historical electronic bands, such as TANGERINE DREAM for example.

"Kontinuum" revives the typical schulzian experience by offering extended hypnotic sequenced soundscapes with modern sonorities. The three titles are continuous, forming a single track of 76 minutes. Besides a return to the original 70's recipe, this opus also marks the 60-years anniversary of the synthesizer wizard.

As you may have guessed, "Sequenzer (from 70 To 07)" is a reference to Schulze's career in the musical industry, as his first studio release dates back to his participation to TD's "Electronic Meditation" in 1970. A spacey sequenced title, the Berlin School style, pulsating and mesmerizing. During the last third, the loops vanish to unveil hazy waves of ambient keyboards. A nice trip, although a bit too long, which will be a recurring reproach about the disc. "Euro Caravan" begins atmospheric to then turn esoteric with its middle-eastern-ish vocalizations. Interesting when you know Schulze will further collaborate with Lisa Gerrard from DEAD CAN DANCE... A dynamic sequence reminding the good-old days adds a futuristic fauna to this desert landscape. An electronic caravan is passing...

The 32 minutes "Thor (Thunder)" is the final and longest title of the record. Don't be mistaken by the opening storm sounds, this composition is pretty much in the vein of the previous track, however without less vocalizations and inspiration. With such a title, the listener expecting a dark and raging epic suite will be quite disappointed, as the music is rather calm and takes the time, finishing in an ambient note. Not bad per se, but a little redundant with "Euro Caravan" and definitely too lengthy.

Like me, I believe than many progressive electronic and 70's KS lovers were somehow disoriented by his releases after the ambitious 1978's "X" or 1980's "...Live...". "Kontinuum" arrives as the long awaited album for these fans, the one where Klaus finally remember his magical formula. Although "Moonlake" was more modern and varied, this opus more resembles trademark Schulze compositions in terms of structure and ambiance. There are two major problems though: the length and the redundancy. The music does not expose enough changes or evolutions to justify such durations, and "Thor (Thunder)" is optional.

Anyway, if you're a fan of classic Klaus Schulze, don't miss this disc. "Kontinuum" is one of the best post-1980 works by the German, with "Moonlake". How should we call it? "Modernized vintage electro-prog"?

 Dig It by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.95 | 73 ratings

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Dig It
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Klaus goes digital

Whereas most of his electronic brothers, such as TANGERINE DREAM, KRAFTWERK, Jarre or even NEURONIUM, manage to renew themselves while still offering inspired compositions at the dawn of the eighties, the same thing can't be said for Klaus Schulze. In fact, the German musician is maybe one of the first synthesizer pioneer to exhibit a decrease of inspiration from 1980. Curious, as his works were always demanding and not always accessible. This time either, Schulze didn't - and never - want to turn commercial by proposing radio-friendly tunes. So why "Dig It" is an half-failure?

As the double-pun album title suggests, the sound is now digital, which will greatly harm the progressive electronic genre in the 80's. Goodbye charming trippy analog synthesizers of the 70's, say hello to the soulless icy numerical keyboards of the new decade. In this opus, the German abandons his trademark contemplative and hypnotic soundscapes in profit of... we don't really know, a few shorter tracks, a bit more melodic... however less unreal and magic. Anyway, the music has not aged well and resembles hardly nothing to what he had accustomed us before. Schulze cannot be blamed though for trying to renew himself, but unfortunately the result is not very convincing and the choice of sonorities not always suited.

This change of direction can be perceived from the first seconds of the disc. "Death Of An Analogue" is a sad reference to the gone glorious analogue days of the seventies. Ironic, as the track itself is definitely not in the same league to what the years it refers to. This opener could be described as a digitalized funeral march, with a text narrated by Schulze at the vocoder. Rather monotonous and lengthy. Although "Weird Caravan" is overall average, it does possess a special intriguing ambiance that makes this title unique with its jazzy bass and world / new-agey sounds. The only truly good track is the futuristic "The Looper Isn't A Hooker", for its eerie atmosphere. The length and structure of "Synthasy" should theoretically remind 70's Schulzian soundscapes, but is finally flat and fails to catch attention.

Fans of Berlin School, and even 80's TANGERINE DREAM and Jarre lovers, will be somehow disconcerted by the orientation taken by Klaus Schulze in this decade. This opus marks a transition in his approach, not a very good one I'm afraid. The music is more varied indeed, contains new ideas, but is really also very dated and doesn't provide the immersion and evasion of his former works. Although released at the very beginning of the eighties, "Dig It" makes no exception, and the next albums will follow this path paved with cheesy synthesizers and unequal compositions.

Give it a try if you want to make your own opinion... For me, the German pioneer will take time to wake up and recover his past grandeur...

 Timewind by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.23 | 261 ratings

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Timewind
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Timewind is the followup to Picture Music and clearly shows this new synth direction that was already obviously shown on Picture Music. This just takes it to the next level. "Bayreuth Returns", for example, is very much dominated by sequencers, and isn't too different from Tangerine Dream's Ricochet (which Ricochet was actually released after Timewind). Unlike Tangerine Dream though, Schulze loved cramming 30 minutes on to one side of the disc, and it shows here. "Wahnfried 1993" is much more calm, without the use of sequencers, and is in fact more in tune with his 1977 album Mirage, so I obviously recommend Mirage if you like what Schulze did on "Wahnfried 1883". The album was dedicated to Richard Wagner, apparently a big influence on Schulze. Nothing short of essential, as far as I'm concerned.
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