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JOIN INN

Ash Ra Tempel

 

Krautrock

3.91 | 186 ratings

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Sachis
4 stars KRAUTROCK INDEED!

A very nice album! Join Inn was, in fact, a simple night jam-session, but it turned to a major success!...and we have two major members of the mid-70' s german music: Manuel Gottsching and Klaus Schulze, pioneer of electronic music at that time. Couldn't be better! The result is great! Two very different songs joined in a 43 minutes of pure Krautrock music. The first track, Freak'n Roll is mainly jazzy and in an avant-garde style. It is noticeable Gottsching artistic perfection in guitar solos (a master of electric guitar, IMO), and his unique guitar sound...proved in his perfection two years later on Inventions for electric guitar. Everything is filled in with synth effects and bass guitar infusions. The mix of drum solo(Schulze's first music specialization), guitar solo and electronic effects seems to be endless...I must remark here that I feel a little dose of boredom listening to this song. Mea culpa... The other track is very different than the first one. We're talking here about space-rock. A cosmic voyage from the first second. The song is amazing (Jenseits means parallel worlds). It is indeed a voyage to another world. A crescendo of electronic sounds becoming the musical cosmic background (it can be heard even a pumping heartbeat), a warm guitar, a permanent intervention of bass-guitar and introducing Rosi Muller reciting voice in german. Simply gorgeous! The middle of the song is the most progressive part of the album, IMO. Rosi Muller stops from reciting and the other three members are forming a unique and excellent instrumental trio of cosmic music. The second part is almost perpetual musical journey ending on the same electronic background (Schulze specificity). My regret: I tried to put my hands on the original lyrics and never found them.

I found this album difficult to rate: I would not give 5 stars, only 4 stars because of the monotony of the first song ( for me, at least the jazzy note is not my musical taste), but, overall and excellent progressive album. Recommended!

Sachis | 4/5 |

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