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MANUEL GÖTTSCHING

Krautrock • Germany


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Manuel GÖTTSCHING is one of the world's foremost innovative guitarists, and is a founding pioneer of the Kosmische Musik & Krautrock genres, more commonly known as German progressive and electronic rock. He has released more than 30 albums as ASH RA TEMPEL, ASHRA and Manuel GÖTTSCHING, and has contributed to countless other recordings and releases. He continues to be one of the most original artists recording and performing today.

His seminal minimalist albums "Inventions For Electric Guitar" (1974) and "E2-E4" (1984) are two of his most important recordings. "Inventions For Electric Guitar" was a revolutionary album for the day and is still forward looking almost 30 years later. "The Best of the Privates Tapes" (1998) is basically a summary of the six-volume "The Private Tapes" series; a comprehensive guide to the sonic experiments of GÖTTSCHING and occasionally his cohorts' as well, and thus is an excellent starting point for those unfamiliar with this man's forays into rock and electronic music. The period covered on this set covers the years 1970-1989. Float away on an astral cloud, or rock out. Its all here...!

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3.80 | 50 ratings
Inventions For Electric Guitar
1975
3.53 | 42 ratings
E2-E4
1984
3.32 | 13 ratings
Dream & Desire
1991
3.76 | 10 ratings
Early Water (With Michael Hoenig)
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
Concert for Murnau
2005
3.13 | 4 ratings
Die Mulde
2005

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

4.77 | 4 ratings
Live At Mt. Fuji
2007

MANUEL GÖTTSCHING Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Wroclaw Live
2007

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

3.13 | 5 ratings
The Private Tapes Vol. 1
1996
3.09 | 4 ratings
The Private Tapes Vol. 2
1996
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Private Tapes Vol. 3
1996
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Private Tapes Vol. 4
1996
3.09 | 3 ratings
The Private Tapes Vol. 5
1996
3.52 | 4 ratings
The Private Tapes Vol. 6
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of The Private Tapes
1998

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

2.50 | 2 ratings
E2-E4 Live
2005

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 E2-E4 by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.53 | 42 ratings

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E2-E4
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by Suedevanshoe

5 stars The culmination of many years' work, Gottsching produced a masterwork that left it's fingerprints all over new wave and popular 80's house and dance music. On a listenability scale, this may rank low for some. The loping beats and trancing flourishes are prone to lulls, yet remain exciting for the seasoned listener. The influence factor is off the charts for this one though, as progressive clubs in from Munich to Casablanca to London incessantly played this music, eventually morphing it into dancepop in the New Order Depeche Mode style. Progressive in every sense, the reach far exceeds the grasp. I can see how the Phideaux, Genesis, Anekdoten crowd wouldn't appreciate this album, but it's a progressive masterpiece in the true sense of the word. A fine cover and a rare release under his own name make two cherries on top.

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 Inventions For Electric Guitar by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.80 | 50 ratings

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Inventions For Electric Guitar
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars And on this one i am on an opposite spin from many others. MANUEL GÖTTSCHING is, of course, the founder and mastermind behind the ambient space rock group Ash Ra Tempel and Cosmic Jokers as well as being in cahoots with Klaus Schulze's solo career, Agitation Free, Wallenstein and the ever-so-psychedelic persona of Timothy Leary. He also was in a band called the Steeple Chase Blues Band but i digress and meander back to my unexpatiated point (or did i even have one?)

Anyway, this is a minimalistic ambient type of album. MANUEL's guitar sounds are extremely professionally and technically magnificent but what's lacking here is some amazing mind-blowing creativity in how they are displayed. That's my biggest complaint about this album. I have one of the newer remastered versions and am totally impressed with the production and all but for an album that claims INVENTIONS FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR with MANUEL's smiling face gracing the cover, i just don't find this to be the panacea of musical creativity from 1975.

Bascially, i have high standards for minimalistic music. It really has to be original in many ways and not derivative in any way. Anyone can make a minimalistic album based on something great that came before. This album just sounds too much like what Achim Reichel and his Machines conjured up in 1971 with their landmark album "Die Grüne Reise" which IMHO is a much more interesting and diverse album.

And from the same year of this album's release was Steve Hillage's "Fish Rising" which employs much of the Gong inspired trippiness in his guitar playing that doesn't sound too much different stylistically speaking than what GöTTSCHING was going for here and is MUCH superior in the creativity department. This is not a bad minimalistic album but neither is it a great one. There are no scorching guitar moments as on Ash Ra Tempel's debut album, only subtle musical changes that don't get my freak flag flying high enough. Good and influential but personally i only find this ok to listen to on a regular basis but i do like it, just not immensely.

3.5 rounded down

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 Inventions For Electric Guitar by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Inventions For Electric Guitar
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars One of the three magicians behind the brain melting "Ash Ra Tempel", Manuel Gottsching had long before 1975 proven himself a master guitarist and an early wizard of electronic effects. By that year, though, his band had fallen apart. His response? Just make an album of him multitracked, playing several guitars at once as in a trance. "Echo Waves" immediately shows the wonder of his style: his skill on guitar translates to quick moving yet soothing chords and solos that together bring the listener to a world of active peace. Makes me think of the celebratory heaven described in Dante's "Paradiso". "Pluralis", on top of the hazy guitars, also has synth-esque guitar, that ever so elusive and special sound. Gottsching had cracked the flip side of ambient, fiery rather than slow, even before Eno's Ambient Series. Very impressive on top of being very enjoyable, a unique cornerstone of relaxation music.

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 Inventions For Electric Guitar by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Inventions For Electric Guitar
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Don't be fooled by the presence of Ash Ra Tempel's name on the cover of some editions of this album; it's all Manuel G'ttsching all the time. Then again, you could have fooled me, because this fits in with the Ash Ra Temple sound of the mid-1970s really neatly. A Krautrock riposte to Fripp and Eno's own guitar-and-sound-processor Frippertronics experiments such as No Pussyfooting and Evening Star, it's a spacey journey in the tradition of the very best of the tripped-out cosmic side of the Krautrock scene. Those who are already familar with G'ttsching's 1970s work through Ash Ra Tempel or the Cosmic Jokers releases and who fancy something in the same mode will be well pleased with this one.

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 E2-E4 by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.53 | 42 ratings

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E2-E4
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Perhaps because he already had an ample musical outlet in the form of Ash Ra Tempel/Ashra, Manuel Göttsching didn't really put out many solo albums early on in his career - he only managed one in the 1970s, and this is his sole effort of the 1980s. It's a decent enough effort, Göttsching adapting gracefully to the incorporation of 1980s synthesisers into his music and producing a nearly hour-long composition that feels like the missing link between sprawling Krautrock electronic visions of the 1970s and sleek ambient and dance efforts of subsequent decades, though the extra shine and polish makes it feel soulless compared to the psychedelic space trips of Gottsching's earlier work. If you're only going to put out one album in the 1980s, it might as well be a good one; this one is decent enough not to be an embarrassment, whilst also standing as a reminder why Gottsching doesn't put out more solo work.

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 Die Mulde by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.13 | 4 ratings

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Die Mulde
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars MANUEL GÖTTSCHING's discography by his own is quiet obscure and small, taking into account his starting ignition with Ash Ra Tempel and the Krautrock styling since its beginnings. He is an inventive guitarist who has added some "musts" to the genre, yet as a composer, sometimes he loses himself, in self-indulgent music. "Die Mulde" is somewhat of an example of this (the first 2 tracks), but also his abilities to both, perform and compose very creative songs, with his very distinguishable guitar approach (the rest of the tracks). Therefore been that, the first two tracks seem out-dated in its electronic language, due to the fact that the use of sequencers nowadays require much more "work" than in the past, considering their use and easy access by almost anyone in every field of music. So, these days, you really can not stick to the "simple" use of these devices, you really have to "sweat" a liitle, to come up with something that will not be lost in the masses eventually. In some way these tracks demerit the rest of the creative work of the album, which without those tracks, would have turned out into a more innovative and original project as a whole. The good thing, as I mentioned, is that the rest of the album offers the creativity in compositions and performance, he is well known to deliver, both with the electric and acoustic guitar (the last track). As a result of this, what is worth listening deserves 4 PA stars, what's not 2, so sticking to the parameter, ***3 PA stars.

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 Inventions For Electric Guitar by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Inventions For Electric Guitar
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Although labelled as an Ash Ra Tempel album every so often this is also said to be Manuel Göttsching's first solo effort. And true, you will only hear his guitar, but based on echoes, effects and overdubbing this partially sounds like a band is on the run. As a youngster in the 1970's 'Inventions For Electric Guitar' fascinated me for a while. This music was so different from stuff which was normally delivered, experimental due to the hypnotic looping behaviour ... and the beauty, the melancholic outfit even brought tears to my eyes occasionally, when I was intensively listening via headphones - often also coupled with Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida suite, you should know.

After nearly 40 years which are gone in the meanwhile, I still can hear the special inspiration, which flows on the same level with Günther Schickert's GAM and Achim Reichel's krautrock phase. A particular feature is, that the sound is very electronically outfitted, thus resembles a Tangerine Dream flair in some way. Echo Waves - the title suits best - shines with a gripping progression - variating echoed guitar excursions, a deep toned track imitates a bass, others are added which sound way more like synthesizer output. Finally Manuel offers a proper guitar solo on top of it.

Occupying one flipside Pluralis follows with a quite similar approach and once again you're inclined to insist, that some synth stuff is incorporated too - but no, this exclusively comes from the guitar. Historically seen this album manifests Manuel Göttsching's disengagement from Ash Ra Tempel. Though being very minimalistic this is something entertaining nevertheless. For me 'Inventions For Electric Guitar' definitely should be counted among the essential contributions to the krautrock genre.

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 The Private Tapes Vol. 6 by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.52 | 4 ratings

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The Private Tapes Vol. 6
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars First of all I want to thank Tom Hayes for the info on this particular volume and the whole set in general. "The Private Tapes" were released in 1996 as a 6 disc set of previously unreleased studio and live tracks that Manuel Gottsching was a part of over the years. Manuel is of course the guitar player extraordinaire for ASH RA TEMPEL, ASHRA, COSMIC JOKERS etc. Instead of doing this chronologically they distributed different live and studio tracks from 1973-1979 over these six volumes and then added one long live track of 24 minutes or more from either a 1971 or 1973 concert. This particular disc has three tracks from the late seventies by ASHRA then a 54 minute live bomb from ASH RA TEMPEL from 1971.

First up is "Hausaufgabe" a studio track from ASHRA from 1978. The lineup here and for the following two tracks as well consists of Gottsching (guitar / synths) Lutz Ulbritz (AGITATION FREE) (guitar / synths) and Harald Grosskopf (WALLENSTEIN) (drums / synths). This first track kicks in quickly to an uptempo soundscape with guitars out front. Synths then lead as moog throbs after 5 minutes. Great sound ! "Ice Train" is live from 1979 by AHRA once again. The drums lead early then we get some nice guitar work after 1 1/2 minutes and 4 1/2 minutes, but throughout really. "Phantasus" is another live track from ASHRA and again from 1979. This is catchy and surprisingly upbeat.

The final track is the 54 minute live "Ein Wurdiger Abschluss" from ASH RA TEMPEL in 1971. Gottsching on guitar, Schulze on drums and Enke on bass. The guitar almost jangles in and out as spacey sounds help out. It settles back before 3 minutes as it trips along. It's getting louder before 6 minutes as sounds echo. It's becoming intense before 10 minutes but not for long. It's spacey after 11 minutes then it builds again before 13 1/2 minutes. Intense 15 minutes in. A beat then takes over. A catchy rhythm before 20 minutes. The guitar goes from threatening to set fire to the soundscape to burning it down 26 minutes in. It settles back 33 minutes in then the guitar starts to become prominant again after 36 minutes. Intensity 38 minutes in. The drums become the focus then we get a calm 45 1/2 minutes in as the bass comes to the fore. It's building 47 1/2 minutes in as beautiful sounds pulse. Here we go ! The guitar is ripping it up !

The only reason I have this one is because of my Brother In Law but I wish I had the whole set. Maybe it will be re-issued one day but until then i'm quite happy with this release.

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 E2-E4 by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1984
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E2-E4
Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by stefro
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4 stars After leading Ash Ra Tempel through several albums worth of cosmic krautrock German multi-instrumentalist Manuel Gottsching pursued a highly-experimental solo career that produced, amongst others, this proto-techno marathon from 1984. Essentially one enormous fifty-eight minute long electronic composition spread over nine different 'sections', 'E2 - E4' seems to be the missing link between Klaus Schulze-style synthesized psychedelia and modern, beat-based dance music. Its a whole world away from Gottsching's early-seventies work with Ash Ra Tempel, yet for those with an interest in the Berlin School sound, Schulze's solo material and the classic krautrock of both Neu! and Kraftwerk 'E2 - E4' should prove a real treat. Repetition is the order of day here, as Gottsching navigates a course through what can be best described as psych-techno, the bouncy, synth-dusted melodies pinned to a cyclical groove that maintains its constant rhythm throughout the album,whilst the latter stages find electric guitars and silky keyboard washes added to the equation. If you can take the head-nodding groove and deliberate lack of variation, this epic electro-mix should find you tapping your toes deep into the night. But is krautrock? Is it dance? That's for you to decide... STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 E2-E4 by GÖTTSCHING, MANUEL album cover Studio Album, 1984
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Manuel Göttsching Krautrock

Review by nobodysheroine

3 stars My husband never stops in his attempts to expose me to different types of prog. Lately it's been a bit uphill (Cluster 71? eeek!) but I was somewhat pleasantly surprised when he popped this into the cd player of the car.

I admit to a bit of A.D.D. with music, and around the 8 minute mark I chirped out "OK, well time to hear the next song..." The husband laughed out loud at me, when it circled around to the beginning of track one again. /blush

I don't claim to know a whole lot about music, but I know what I like. And that's why I'm bothering to submit a review. This was one of the most fun and upbeat cds I've heard in a long time, mixing a somewhat repetitive electronic section with guitar melodies. I'd recommend this for a long car drive - especially if a stop for ice cream is involved.

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