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One of the most formidable of the German Krautrock groups, ASH RA TEMPEL were a powerful force led by guitarist Manuel GÖTTSCHING, and also included former TANGERINE DREAM drummer Klaus SCHULZE at various points. Their music is very spacy and psychedelic, in the manner popularized by early HAWKWIND and AMON DÜÜL II. The early albums all had basically one track a side, one more powerful and dramatic, the other of a more atmospheric nature.

Their albums are all classics; those with Klaus SCHULZE ("Ash Ra Tempel" and "Join Inn") are the best. ASH RA TEMPEL's first release is a classic of the space/cosmic genre. This is definitively the one to start with if you're not familiar with this band. "Schwingungen" is a vastly underrated album even by ardent fans of the band. Basically, "Join Inn", along with the two albums, are supposed to be the essential woks from ASH RA TEMPEL, and I certainly haven't been disappointed by any of the three. GÖTTSCHING's later work varied between solo albums and those within a group format.

Later, after recording the dreamy soundtrack "Le Berceau de Cristal" (1975 unreleased until the 90's) ASH RA TEMPEL changed name to ASHRA, making a more melodic synthesizer based music. In the year 2000 the ASH RA TEMPEL moniker was reborn. Joined by long-time colleague Klaus SCHULZE, the appropriately titled "Friendship" was released. This is the best release by Manuel since "Blackouts" and shows that he hasn't lost his touch. ASH RA TEMPEL is probably the best known band of the German space scene. A SPACE JOURNEY FROM START TO FINISH...!

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4.14 | 318 ratings
Ash Ra Tempel
1971
3.71 | 134 ratings
Schwingungen
1972
3.18 | 78 ratings
Seven Up
1973
3.86 | 127 ratings
Join Inn
1973
3.28 | 63 ratings
Starring Rosi
1973
4.15 | 39 ratings
Le Berceau de Cristal
1993
3.57 | 40 ratings
Friendship
2000

ASH RA TEMPEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 5 ratings
Paris Downers
1974
3.64 | 14 ratings
Gin Rosé at the Royal Festival Hall
2000

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4.50 | 15 ratings
Schwingungen / Seven-Up
1998
3.88 | 8 ratings
Join Inn / Starring Rosi
1998

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 Friendship by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.57 | 40 ratings

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Friendship
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars Ash Ra Tempel in year 2000?

25 years after the band's last official recording, after the electronic revolution of the 90's, do you really expect that the reunion of the two synthesizers pioneers can result in a music comparable to the krautrock of the classic 70's ASH RA TEMPEL albums? Recorded in 1998 and 1999, "Friendship" consists in long ambient soundscapes weaved by Klaus Schulze's keyboards textures and Manuel Göttsching's whirlwinding guitar interventions. The style is pretty much similar to Schulze's modern solo works.

"Reunion" opens on a floydian and relaxing tone, until the distorted guitar floats over spacey synthesizers and modern drums. Nice but a bit lengthy. Mainly electronic, "Pikant" is the passage the most similar to Klaus Schulze's compositions, especially his 90's releases. It nonetheless contains an interlude where Göttsching offers a delicate solo, sounding a little Spanish. On the contrary, the title track is rather driven by electric guitar. A slowly evolving cosmic piece, nice and dreamy but not very varied.

As you may have understood, of the two band cofounders, Schulze is the one the influence can be the most perceived on this album. The music neither resembles classic ASH RA TEMPEL, nor a modern version of it (such as SUBARACHNOID SPACE), nor even ASHRA, regardless of the period. "Friendship" can be described as a pleasant 90's Klaus Schulze album accompanied by Manuel Göttsching's guitars. The quality is overall constant, however the only problem is that all tracks are too long and not very changing.

Consider this disc as an unexpected enjoyable bonus from the Germans. Don't pick this one if you're looking for immersive psychedelic / space rock, but you can give it a listen if you're into modern Schulze records and electronic ambient soundscapes.

 Le Berceau de Cristal by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.15 | 39 ratings

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Le Berceau de Cristal
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars A crystalline soundtrack

Recorded in 1975, but not officially released until 1993, "Le Berceau De Cristal" is the soundtrack of an obscure experimental French movie directed by Philippe Garrel, featuring VELVET UNDERGROUND's ex-female singer Nico as an actress. Not quite in the psychedelic rock style of the first four classic ASH RA TEMPEL albums, the music is much more electronic and atmospheric, in the vein of early Klaus Schulze's material, with a slight touch of Manuel Göttsching's "Inventions For Electric Guitar". These oneiric, fully instrumental and slowly evolving soundscapes sometimes announce the direction the German pioneer will later take with his future band ASHRA.

This record also marks Göttsching's first collaboration with AGITATION FREE's ex-guitarist Lutz Ulbrich. He will return four years later as a member of ASHRA, with Harald Grosskopf.

Longest passage of the disc, the 14 minutes title track is an exception, as it's a live recorded improvisation. The first half deploys spacey synthetic textures mysterious, but the second half sounds rather strange and spooky. Uneven, and lacking a bit of coherency. The ethereal "L'hiver Doux" is nice and delicate, whereas the ambient and aquatic "Silence Sauvage" features somehow futuristic percussions. Original.

In the vein of "Inventions For Electric Guitar", the trippy repetitive and minimalistic "Le Sourire Envol'" and "Deux Enfants Sous La Lune" shape the style Manuel Göttsching with adopt for ASHRA. Then comes one of the most beautiful moment of the album: "Le Songe D'or", slow and contemplative. In this peaceful landscape, the weird tortured "Le Diable Dans La Maison" looks like an intruder. The weakest track of the record. "...Et Les Fantômes Rêvent Aussi" concludes the disc with an ambiance ' la Klaus Schulze.

Despite a few odd passages, "Le Berceau De Cristal" is a very cool soundtrack. Driven by synthesizers, the style follows Göttsching's logical evolution in the mid-70's. To better represent the music, this should have been released under his artist name instead of ASH RA TEMPEL's.

A forgotten and spacey little gem, recommended if you enjoy early Klaus Schulze, Manuel Göttsching's "Inventions For Electric Guitar", or even the first ASHRA albums.

 Starring Rosi by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.28 | 63 ratings

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Starring Rosi
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars Not really the same temple

3.5 stars

When did Manuel Göttsching sleep? "Starring Rosi" is ASH RA TEMPEL's third studio release during the year 1973! This record is an exception in the band's discography, as it does not feature long tracks or improvisations, as the previous records, but is composed of short-medium songs, the longest one lasting 9 minutes. Although the music can still be linked to space and krautrock, it incorporates elements from different musical styles such as folk, pop and even funk.

Why this evolution and this album title? Simply because Manuel Göttsching is the original member left now and does what he wants. Klaus Schulze continues his solo career, whereas Harmut Enke decided to definitely quit the music business! Therefore Göttsching asked for help from some friends: WALLENSTEIN's drummer, future Schulze's and ASHRA collaborator Harald Grosskopf, well-known producer Dieter Dierks and especially his wife Rosi Müller.

Wait a minute... Short songs, less improvisations, pop, funk, a conventional cover art... is this still ASH RA TEMPEL?

The opening track is surprisingly one of the weakest. "Laughter Loving". Beginning with an odd laughter, it mainly consists in a soft pop with slight country accents. Basic, boring and too lengthy. On the contrary, the floating "Day Dream" is an oneiric and beautiful folk piece. There is some future ELOY spirit here. The superposition of Rosi and Manual's vocals enhances the dreamy ambiance. Then comes the instrumental "Schizo", a spacey rock a bit mystical. It's no easy task to describe "Cosmic Tango", this nice funky-space-blues that can vaguely remind GONG.

The other weak passage of the disc is "Interplay Of Forces". The first half is mainly ambient and average , nothing really happens, whereas the second half, in the same vein as "Laughter Loving", is not really remarkable either. Fortunately, "The Fairy Dance" is an instrumental faithful to its title. A magical and aerial breathe, light and beautiful, with harp and mellotron. My favorite track of the record. The closer "Bring Me Up" shows glimpses of Manuel Göttsching's future musical direction in the late 70's with ASHRA. Original, this kind of dynamic floating funk resembles SANTANA at times.

Apart in ASH RA TEMPEL's discography, "Starring Rosi" remains the most accessible and varied offering of Göttsching and co. However, the music still remains pretty good and innovative in its own way too. Although not as cosmic and trippy as the previous albums, the compositions are more lively and colorful. Therefore you have no valuable reason not to give this record a try.

Don't expect deep immersive spacey soundscapes here, just enjoy this charming album and relax...

 Join Inn by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.86 | 127 ratings

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Join Inn
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars Klaus joins in

After the odd and somehow impersonal "Seven Up", this fourth studio album strictly respects the formula ASH RA TEMPEL established since their self-titled debut: the first side rock-oriented, the second side ambient and spacey. This will also be the band's last opus with this track structure. Released the same year as its predecessor, "Join Inn" features the participation of original member Klaus Schulze and, for the first time, Rosi Müller, Manuel Göttsching's girlfriend.

"Freak'n'roll" carries well its name. Göttsching, Enke and Schulze at guitar, bass and drums, a few sound effects and here we go. No bluesy or vocal passages, no complex changes, just a pure psychedelic / space rock jam, like a raw sonic magma. Nothing less, nothing more. The ending rocks!

Entirely electronic with discrete vocals from Rosi Müller in German, "Jenseits" ("Beyond" in English) clearly reminds Klaus Schulze's compositions at the time. The slow and delicate synthesizers textures weave contemplative and ethereal soundscapes, sometimes a little futuristic, sometimes a little mystical too.

A bit less immersive as the well-known self-titled debut, "Seven Up" nonetheless remains the second best, as well as the album the most faithful to the spirit of the band. As ASH RA TEMPEL in its purest form, this record will unfortunately be the last of its kind too...

Krautrock and early Klaus Schulze lovers are invited to join this trippy inn!

 Seven Up by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.18 | 78 ratings

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Seven Up
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
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2 stars A step back to the sixties

Whereas ASH RA TEMPEL's first two studio efforts - their self-titled debut and "Schwingungen" - were quite adventurous and innovative at the dawn of the 70's, this third album marks an half-decade step back. Why? A possible cause may be that "Seven Up" was done in collaboration with drug pope Timothy Leary. The music is less risky, less trippy, and for an important part, consists in 60's bluesy psychedelic rock'n'roll. Tracks named "Space" and "Time" look promising though, but there are unfortunately no real relation. As always since the debut opus, one side of the disc is more rock-oriented, whereas the other is more ambient and spacey.

One word on the curious title: vocalist Brian Barritt suggested the name "Seven Up" after someone gave the band a bottle of the well-known lemonade mixed with LSD.

Contrarily to what its title may suggest, "Space" is the 'rock-y' track. It's also the least interesting one, as well as one of ASH RA TEMPEL's weakest compositions. The slow and bluesy psychedelic beginning is enjoyable, reminding "Light: Look at your Sun" from "Schwingungen". However, it then fades out and continues with a noisy radio interruption featuring Timothy Leary at nonsense speaking. These useless odd breaks will occur several times during the track... The other parts are unrelated and alternates energetic spacey rock with average basic rock'n'roll. "Space" resembles more an incoherent patchwork from the sixties than a structured suite. Not very original and clearly lacking unity...

A little more convincing composition is "Time", the spacey track. Starting on a tone resembling the self-titled debut's, the music then become either floating, hesitating, weird or atmospheric. Anyway, not much genuinely remarkable. Nonetheless, the biggest surprise of the record is the ending part, simply identical to the finale of "Such and Liebe" from "Schwingungen"! Göttsching and Enke thought they found the soundtrack of heaven, but this is no reason to reuse this section here. What happened to the musicians' creativity?

So, to sum things up, the best part of the disc was already released one year earlier on the previous record... "Seven up" is undoubtedly the least personal effort from ASH RA TEMPEL, as well as the only weak opus from the band. Don't pick this one if you want to go on a musical journey through the deep cosmos.

Fortunately, a former colleague will join on the next album...

 Schwingungen by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.71 | 134 ratings

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Schwingungen
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars Vibes of unidentified origin

How do you follow up a milestone album in an emerging genre? ASH RA TEMPEL decided to answer this question by developing the global musical direction of their first opus by adding more variety. Schwingungen ("Vibrations" in English) consists in a mixture of psychedelic / space rock / krautrock jams incorporating some surprising novelties and experimentations, such as a singer and... a saxophone!

Klaus Schulze left, Manuel Göttsching and Hartmut Enke recruited Wolfgang Mueller at percussions and invited a few guest musicians for this record.

Side one, entitled "Light And Darkness", is the 'rock-y' side. The slow and mysterious "Light: Look at your Sun" is a floating arid ballad, with bluesy accents. Hypnotic and cool, but a bit monotonous. The weird "Darkness: Flowers must die" can sometimes remind AMON DÜÜL II or HAWKWIND's "You Shouldn't Do That". After the ambient introduction and its various sounds, the atmosphere become tribal, partly due to the percussions and John L.'s wild incantatory singing. Like an energetic frightening trance, with out-of-space effects and saxophone. The heat rises, rises, until the sonic deflagration of the ending! That was some quite mad trip.

Side two, entitled "Schwingungen", is the spacey side. "Suche & Liebe" ("Search & Love" in English) is much more peaceful and allows the listener to breathe. The first section of the track is atmospheric and minimalistic, whereas the second section is little more rhythmic. However, the best passage of the disc is undoubtedly the five last minutes: delicate, soothing and unreal. Göttsching and Enke thought they found here the soundtrack of heaven. The musicians were so satisfied that they'll even reuse and extend this part on ASH RA TEMPEL's next album!

More varied but also more uneven than its predecessor, "Schwingungen" is pure "Kosmische Musik", adventurous and pleasant. Despite lengthy sections, the record offers a lot of different ambiances: spacey, introspective, tribal, minimalistic, ferocious, ethereal...

One of ASH RA TEMPEL's best albums. Give it a listen if you enjoy krautrock, PINK FLOYD or even crazy psyched-out music like AMON DÜÜL II's "Tanz der Lemminge".

 Ash Ra Tempel by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.14 | 318 ratings

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Ash Ra Tempel
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars Krautrock Tempel

First and best offering by ASH RA TEMPEL, this self-titled opus is simply a reference in the world of krautrock, psychedelic and space rock jamming. Unreal, mystical, innovative, beautiful, freaky, trippy, out of time are the few adjectives that come to mind when describing the music. A genuine awaken dream, that could evoke either the exploration of an hidden mythological temple or a journey into the depths of the dark universe. As you prefer...

As one of the first release from the Ohr label, the stylistic approach is radical: two 20 minutes long suites, fully instrumental. The structure is already like the band's three next albums: one 'rockier' side and one 'spacier' side. Klaus Schulze is part of this first line-up of ASH RA TEMPEL, however the compositions do not resemble his solo efforts. Combined with floating electronic textures, Manuel G'ttsching's guitar fireworks sound amazing.

"Amboss" ("Anvil" in English) is the 'rock-y' side of the record. These 20 minutes are a long trip into the unknown cosmos. Featuring tribal percussions, freaked out passages, eerie sound effects and whirlwinding Hendrixian guitar interventions from G'ttsching, this track is simply a true space rock orgasm! It even incorporates slight Egyptian touches a few hard rock incursions by moments. Mindblowing!

"Traummaschine" ("Dream Machine" in English) is the spacey and also the most innovative side. Much calmer and electronic than the first side, it displays mystical and mysterious atmospheres.The music is quite contemplative and ethereal, like if you were venturing into the tomb of an ancient god. This track can remind TANGERINE DREAM's "Alpha Centauri" or "Zeit" at times and could well have influenced post-rock. Beautiful and relaxing, more nervous passages are present too.

"Ash Ra Tempel" is one of the first and finest example of "Kosmische Musik". This album is a little psychedelic ocean in which you can either bathe, discover something new at each listen, or even get lost in space. The music must be played loud and requires the listener to be alone, with no disturbance, preferably in the dark, to fully explore this temple of unknown origin. It contains a few lengthy passages, nonetheless these do not overall weaken the immersion or the pleasure of this opus. When the disc finishes, you may wonder... was this all real?

ASH RA TEMPEL's self-titled debut is a krautrock classic, a cosmic stellar deflagration, essential for psychedelic / space rock jams lovers! After this record, Klaus Schulze will officially leave and begin his solo career, but this is another story. However, this won't be his last collaboration with the band...

 Ash Ra Tempel by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1971
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Review by thebig_E

4 stars In my ongoing effort to explore more of "Krautrock", I have found Ash Ra Tempel to be quite an intriguing group. This debut album features Klaus Schulze, a well known Electronic music pioneer, an underrated guitarist in the form of Manuel Göttsching, and bass guitarist Hartmut Enke. Schulze's role in this group is to provide percussion, while Göttsching plays lead guitar and also provides wordless vocals.

Ash Ra Tempel's first album has elements of Space Rock and Ambient; it is 2 songs and 45 minutes worth of atmospheric music. The low quality of the recording gives the album some charm. It's like home recordings of a psychedelic jam band. The album's 2 side-long pieces, "Amboss" and "Traummaschine" are almost polar opposites. One is very noisy and cathartic, and the other is much more meditative.

"Amboss" opens the album with a distortion of guitar that is ominous and after a few minutes, the track starts to pick up speed. It's all heavy percussion and blazing guitar solos from here. It is quite the statement. The next track, "Traummaschine" is slower and closer to New Age. The build-up here is much longer. This ambience remains for nearly 8 minutes, and the track doesn't start to gain intensity until halfway. That's asking a lot from the listener. It doesn't mean that it's of lesser quality, it only means that the song isn't as immediate as "Amboss". The last 5 minutes or so is a good piece of ambient guitar.

A possible form of escapism, this album is one that seems perfect for leaving the world behind, not literally but figuratively. It's one to check out for sure.

 Ash Ra Tempel by ASH RA TEMPEL album cover Studio Album, 1971
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Review by Tempel

4 stars I just discovered this album and this band and man oh man have I been missing out on some of the best music ever to be channeled. Ash Ra Tempel go where not many other records or bands dare go. Deep into outer space and deep into inner space. I didn't think a band could get more out there than Can but Ash Ra do it. It pleases me to see this site has this ranked very high in the Krautrock sub genre. It deserves the highest of rankings. If you dig Can then I think it is safe to say you will love this record in particular.
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Review by stefro
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3 stars One of two early Ash Ra Tempel albums to feature ex-Tangerine Dream drummer Klaus Schulze(who would, of course, go on to become one of the foremost innovators of the burgeoning electronic music scene) this debut release from 1971 set out the Manuel Gottsching-led group's original sonic blueprint that would also shape both follow-up 'Schwingungen' and 1973's 'Join Inn'. Featuring two sprawling psychedelic opus' - one per each side of the original vinyl release - and plenty of shimmering psychedelic effects, breathless murmuring, ghostly percussion riffs and multi-layered instrumental drones, this self-titled effort belongs to that small group of densely-cosmic krautrock albums that take the term 'psychedelic' to musical planes as yet uncharted. The album's first piece, 'Amboss', proves soft and dreamy; 'Traumaschine', which features a more complex sound, weaves a darker, faster and much more discordant sonic journey that may well prove a test for some listeners. The overall effect of both pieces is certainly striking, yet there would be much better to come from the post-Schulze line-ups of Ash Ra Tempel, especially in the form of the group's excellent third album 'Join Inn'. Those who enjoy long and mystical instrumental epics in the mould of both Yatha Sidhra and Popul Vuh's earlier works and the tripper side of krautrock are urged to investigate; those who like a bit more punch to their music should stay away. You have been warned...rock music this ain't. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012
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