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EARTHSTAR progressed into the late, mainly unknown and granted classic place of the Berlin School electronic sessions, with the ambition of new music within common styles and deep already familiar notions, thanks to American keyboardist and synth-adapter Craig Wuest. Almost all the recordings are the effort of a multinational ensemble, credits bewildering the orchestral resonance of the project, going from electronic eclecticism (different ranges of Moogs, Mellotrons and Synthesizers) to guitar, wind and string instruments and even songwriting. However discrete comes EARTHSTAR in terms of being known and scrutinized, it is still a band and a movement with small reference in the aesthetic or the simple variety of the Berlin School dominating orientation of electronics, later new-age and fusion.

Upon the mid-70s, Craig Wuest started corresponding with legend electronic artist Klaus SCHULZE, who encourages him to leave America (along with his small synth-band project) and to try a new orientation in Germany. SCHULZE's help was sensed all the way from influences and strong characters (which approve the style and, right here, the addition) to recording and collaborating on EARTHSTAR's most intense and prominent album, French Skyline. Considering SCHULZE's presence, EARTHSTAR gains the small great experience and the succinct exuberance of cosmic/space arrangements, drone/synth expressions or deep atmospheric sound forms. Impressive remains, all the way, the good ensemble (partly European, partly American) that works on this album's arrangement and on the heavily special occasions of music, melody, rhythm or pronounced electronic experiment. Upon the next recordings, SCHULZE cuts off his collaboration; instead, guitar Dennis REA, present on both previous albums, or songwriter Dan Hapanowicz, active on the last project, become notable names.

Under the spell of electronic-oriented craft music, the combination of Berlin-typical movements and independent evolved styles, plus the one of valorous improvisations and random gifts of sound and melody, make the best quality out of EARTHSTAR. The first recording of the group (or of Craig Wuest's solid vision) is Salterbarty Tales, an absolute rarity composed short time before Wuest planned his move to Germany. French Skyline uses most valorously the essence of cosmic play, sound synth exploration and steep movement recordation, in a very characteristic, but also full of impressiveness m...
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3.75 | 4 ratings
Salterbarty Tales
3.79 | 9 ratings
French Skyline
3.25 | 4 ratings
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2.67 | 3 ratings
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 French Skyline by EARTHSTAR album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.79 | 9 ratings

French Skyline
Earthstar Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402
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4 stars Earthstar, from Utica, New York was one of the rare examples of Berlin School of Electronic Music at the end of the '70s (Michael Garrison, based out of the very unlikely Bend, Oregon, was another example). In 1978 they released Salterbarty Tales which was released on Moontower out of Nashville, a place very well known for country music, but hardly the place to release albums by electronic acts. So many people were completely unaware of Salterbarty Tales due to its rarity, so most assume French Skyline was their debut. French Skyline certainly helped Earthstar get much more recognition, so naturally it's the Sky label albums that are obviously much easier to get a hold of than Salterbury Tales. Craig Wuest was the leader of this group, and he and the band moved to Germany and apparently wanted to get a deal with Innovative Communications, Schulze's label, but instead Sky took on their offer. Still Schulze helped by co-producing along with Wuest. Even part of this album was recorded at IC Studios (side two was recorded in France, hence the French Skyline title). "Latin Sires for the Wall" shows right away the heavy Schulze- influence, so much so that's why many assumed Earthstar were German and not American. It's full of tron choir, sounds exactly like Schulze's own Mk. V tron choirs you hear on the likes of Mirage or the Body Love albums, I wouldn't doubt if Wuest was using Schulze's machine here. He also uses so many keyboards that's easy to get lost. He, outside of Rick Wakeman, was one of the few artists to ever record with the 8-track-driven Birotron (Wakeman helped develop the machine). "Splendored Skies and Angles" and of course "French Skyline Suite" was recorded in France and pretty much sticks close to the Schulze template. I have to say it's a nice album worth hearing, but on the other hand, it doesn't add anything new to the table (aside from a small amount of sitar) you hadn't already heard with Berlin School electronic music. But it's still very good still the same, so even if it don't give out a lot of surprises, it's still very much worth owning due to it being a rather solid album.
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