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ASHRA was Manuel GÖTTSCHING's continuation of ASH RA TEMPEL, moving from the outerspace psychedelic realms of the temple to the electronic domain of Berlin characterized by TANGERINE DREAM. It's this aspect which leads to the "New Age", which has since been quite successful. The spiralling guitars and electronic layers create calm ambiences which are the basis of this style.

There were four excellent albums in the late 70's/early 80's: "New Age of Earth", "Blackouts", "Correlations" and "Belle Alliance". "New Age of Earth" (mainly synth but with some guitar) was the result of his new direction. This is a beautiful, lyrical release, with solo guitar against tapestries of electronics, which has a much more 'human' feel than other similar 'Berlin school' works of the same period. "Blackouts" is very relaxing and a great way to unwind after a difficult day.

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Walkin the DesertWalkin the Desert
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CorrelationsCorrelations
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4.07 | 133 ratings
New Age Of Earth
1977
3.72 | 79 ratings
Blackouts
1977
2.89 | 32 ratings
Correlations
1979
3.26 | 24 ratings
Belle Alliance
1980
3.30 | 12 ratings
Walkin' The Desert
1989
1.51 | 10 ratings
Tropical Heat
1991

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

4.00 | 8 ratings
Sauce Hollandaise
1998
4.00 | 3 ratings
@shra
1998
4.00 | 3 ratings
@shra Vol. 2
2002

ASHRA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Open Air Festival Herzberg 1997
2001

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

3.09 | 3 ratings
Sunrain: The Virgin Years
1996
2.60 | 5 ratings
The Making Of
2002

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 New Age Of Earth by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.07 | 133 ratings

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New Age Of Earth
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by MJAben

4 stars This album is a journey, plunged deep into the depths of human subconsciousness and gently lifted back to a peaceful tranquility. One thing that constantly amazes me about this record is how perfectly layered it is, often with so many different streams of sound cascading into you. What I love the most about this album however is that if I listen to it closely I am treated to some of the most thoughtful, developed and subtle psych / electronic / kraut I have ever heard. But when I listen to the album as background music it functions wonderfully as a mood inducer, and more importantly for an insomniac like myself, a sleep inducer.

I don't think the albums perfectly, the drum machine can at times be off-putting and, to be perfectly frank, this album doesn't push any envelope and remains safe. Another issue I have, albeit a small one, is that if you listen to the last song 'Nightdust' as background music it has a tendency to feel a bit empty (though if you focus in you find this is not the case).

Many reviewers have mentioned how they find 'Nightdust' to be their favorite track but for me I find that this is the opposite, it's not that the song is bad but that it feels like it meanders too much whereas the other songs accomplish what they set out to do in a much shorter and more concise manner. I feel as though 'Nightdust' doesn't really pick up until the last ten minutes which, from then on in, it is utterly jaw-dropping. For me, the highlight is the album is the middle, the songs 'Ocean of Tenderness' and 'Deep Distance' take you on such a journey in their own right, beautiful and ethereal but at the same time, feeling focused and driven.

The real strength here is listening to the album as a whole, each song individually couldn't come close to holding up to the journey that the whole album is able to take you through, from start to finish this record is absolutely fantastic.

4/5 stars but an extremely high 4 stars at that!

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 Sauce Hollandaise by ASHRA album cover Live, 1998
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Sauce Hollandaise
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars Well, I guess, ASHRA or specifically, Manuel Göttsching's following of the "minimalistic", unique musical language of his clear influence Steve Reich, heads into what is not mere plagiarism, which is the easy way out, no, he as a self demanding composer, who has felt the vibes of the "electronic-music" future in Reich's structures, takes those "elements" and as such, makes them work as compositional elements, not as Reich's structures. It is clear Manuel Göttsching has "breathed" this "air".

Now, the "naked truth", if you are either> a-"disgusted", b-"repelled", c-"offended" by A-"Trance/Dance/electronics including "Floor/Dance/Trance", B-"Non-TD "copy-kats" electronics", C-"intelligent music", D- "ambiental structures", E-"worry too much if music is prog or not", or all of the above. Well skip on to the next review, if you please. (You won't miss a thing.)

A clear influence of Reich's music as far as using independent "minimal lines" and percussions. But, by its own, a pioneering source of the" future" (from 1998 to 2013) of what now young people understand as "electronic" music. And yes even in that "Un-Prog" land, a lot of good "electronic music" has been happening. "Underworld" (the band not the pic), to name my favorite, among others.

So do not feel compelled to enjoy this extraordinary, 15 years ahead of its time, progressive electronic, masterful "live" performance. Not to make a "big fuzz" of how glad I am, I got this ASHRA's "Sauce Hollandaise", for now, ****4 PA stars.

"Essential" if you got to this point of the review.

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 Walkin' The Desert by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.30 | 12 ratings

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Walkin' The Desert
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

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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 New Age Of Earth by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.07 | 133 ratings

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New Age Of Earth
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by Epignosis
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4 stars A sonic journey to outer space from the depths of the sea- that is the best imagery I can conjure with respect to Ashra's New Age of Earth. While it begins energetically and fluidly, it gradually lets the listener go, as the approach becomes more and more minimal.

"Sunrain" Tranquil electric piano hammers out a soft base for the lengthy Mellotron-like phrases uttered over it. Like a flower, the piece blooms into something brighter and ethereally layered.

"Ocean of Tenderness" The album dives into deeper tranquility, with washes of peaceful sound.

"Deep Distance" The continued serenity, with the high whistling tones, brings Yes' "Soon" to mind. Soon it takes on a lighter countenance of its own.

"Nightdust" It's as though the listener has finally emerged from the aquatic depths and is being lifted toward the stars. Distant tones weave a slow, nocturnal movement, as though gradually inviting the listener to a sleepy oblivion.

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 Correlations by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.89 | 32 ratings

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Correlations
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars Sporting a cover by the famous art house Floyd designers 'Hipgnosis', this one holds a massive Freudian problem with me... Putting to one side the subliminal disturbances in my mind due to this strangely repulsive sleeve, it's actually a colourful, mostly upbeat electronic album, similar to 'Force Majeure' era Tangerine Dream. Although with less deviation from it's central aim.

All Göttsching's guitars sound heavily treated, which is a good thing. At points, he sounds like that bloke Vini Reilly from 'Durutti Column'. Without guitars this album would be a real bore.

Harald Grösskopf's drums occasionally border on disco beat and are pretty straight throughout. 'Correlations' has, however, that certain something or other that easily stands up to repeated listens.

For God's sake though, don't play it in front of any new girlfriend! She will not be enamoured. It doesn't sound cool at all in 2011. Luckily for me, I've always had a soft spot for this outer branch of Berlin Electronics synthetic sound.

A nice cheery, vocal free album that's good to listen to while cycling or running, but does sound VERY 1979 and cheesy in this day and age.

I've never reviewed such a dead cert three star album before. Perfectly acceptable to my ears, although others may disagree vehemently.

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 Blackouts by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.72 | 79 ratings

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Blackouts
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by Sinusoid
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3 stars I'm more disappointed in myself rather than at Manuel Gottsching for initially really liking BLACKOUTS and having all of the amazement just drain after a few listens. The Cliff Notes version of this review would be as follows: nice spacey electronics but nothing too special. For the longer version...

BLACKOUTS is a good album to put on in the background when you need to work on something important or you're hosting a party and want to play some cool background music with some prog points. These are long pieces that rarely change in ground structure with some keyboard melody or teaser guitar solo over the top. If you like the beat/theme/riff/drone, you're good for seven or so minutes; else, hit skip (''Shuttlecock'' is the only one I would skip). It's as good as I can get with the descriptions without mentioning the actual tracks.

The long ''Lotus'' is done well for being seventeen minutes as its parts are kind-of well-defined, but the second part is the most interesting as the structure just destabilizes until the third part suddenly comes in and melody is back. Not bad, but my mind would drift too easily here. ''Don't Trust the Kids/Blackouts'' sounds close to poppy thanks to the big bass synth riff, but it begs to be covered by a rock band, not that these songs are bad but I'm just curious. ''Midnight on Mars'' actually sounds like it could be used on Mars (maybe Young Justice could use this if Miss Martian was to return home...anyone?).

BLACKOUTS is overall pleasant, but I find Tangerine Dream to be generally far more engaging and vibrant despite the cold electronic futuristics.

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 Blackouts by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.72 | 79 ratings

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Blackouts
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Another synthesiser-backed album of guitar noodling from Manuel Göttsching, though this time around I'm a bit less impressed than I was with New Age of Earth. Göttsching clearly has chops, but he too often just fumbles along in a bog standard psychedelic format and never quite gets around to doing anything particularly new. The spirit of Ash Ra Tempel which still haunted New Age of Earth has gone and nothing of consequence has come in to take its place. It's a decent, placid New Agey guitar album, but little of consequence beyond that - those seeking genuinely progressive electronic material would do better to chase up the preceding Ashra album.

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 New Age Of Earth by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.07 | 133 ratings

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New Age Of Earth
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Manuel Göttsching follows up his work in Ash Ra Tempel with his solo project Ashra, which presents a mildly different flavour of electronic Krautrock - there's a greater emphasis on highly orchestrated synthesisers, in a mode also explored by Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze at around the same time, and less freewheeling psychedelia on offer. Manuel's guitar by and large sits back and lets the synthesisers take centre stage, but when it's given spotlight tme Manuel proves himself able to produce an excellent solo or two. A perkier and more upbeat alternative to the deep space explorations former Ash Ra Tempel colleague Schulze was producing at the time, New Age of Earth is a fine start to the Ashra project.

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 Blackouts by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.72 | 79 ratings

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Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars Blackouts isn't too much different in sound or textures than Manuel Gottsching's debut release under the Ashra name. This album is very warm, bright, and optimistic. Some of the optimistic sequenced melodies give this album a feel of glistening cool water in the summer sunlight. At times, the synthesized melodies act like a minimalist orchestra playing as a backdrop behind Gottsching's Pink Floyd-like guitar soloing. Compared to the debut album, Blackouts seems to have more obvious moments for a more traditional electric guitar tone to shine through, and really gives this album a strong space-rock/psychedelic-rock feel ("Midnight on Mars", "Blackouts"), but the album as a whole comes off as sounding like minimalist psychedelic beach music, and it is much more pleasant than my makeshift title sounds.

Blackouts is just as high-quality as New Age of Earth is, and is the perfect companion piece to the debut. Repetitive, psychedelic, beautiful, and warm. Highly recommended.

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 New Age Of Earth by ASHRA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.07 | 133 ratings

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New Age Of Earth
Ashra Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
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5 stars Considering that most of the progressive electronic that I listen to is generally gloomy, doomy, dark and oppresing, this beautiful and soothing Ashra album, New Age of Earth, was very much welcomed into my life with an open heart. I'm not familiar with much Ash Ra Tempel, but I know it doesn't sound anything like New Age of Earth. I've learned that coming by optimistic sounding progressive electronic that also happens to be good is very unlikely, and whenever I find an album with both qualities together I rejoice.

Hypnotic, simple, and warm are the words that I would use to describe the sound and mood of the album. Simple, catchy, and hypnotic guitar loops intertwine with with thin sounding synthesizers and a rich spacey atmosphere gently warmed by the suns soothing rays. "Nightdust", though, isn't as warm and optimistic as the first three tracks. I'd liken this track to the sound of a more interesting and electronically enhanced Pink Floyd - very slow, psychedelic, and moody with a deep spatial atmosphere.

This album is really great. I've come to realize that bands that are offshoots of other bands tend to not be so hot, so I definitely prepared myself for a letdown with this album. Fortunately, this album is amazing, and I can't stop listening to it.

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