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4.03 | 228 ratings | 23 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sunrain (7:26)
2. Ocean of Tenderness (12:36)
3. Deep Distance (5:46)
4. Nightdust (21:52)

Total Time 47:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Manuel Göttsching / Farfisa Compact organ, Farfisa Syntorchestra, EMS Synthi-A, EKO ComputeRhythm, guitar, arranger & producer

Note: And possibly also more synths - ARP, Moog, Sequential Circuits and Publison - no sequencers

Releases information

Artwork: Peter Butschkow

LP Isadora ‎- ISA 9003 (1976, France) Original release under the name "Ash Ra Tempel", to be later exchanged for Ashra
LP Virgin - V2080 (1977, UK) New cover art
LP Virgin - OVED 45 (1984, UK)

CD Virgin ‎- CDV 2080 (1990, Europe)
CD Ricochet Dream ‎- RD033 (2008, US) Remastered, w/ original cover and credited to Göttsching

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Review by loserboy
3 stars After leaving ASH RA TEMPEL, Manuel GOTTSCHING created a second incarnation with ASHRA combining a much more electronic sound relying less on the sound of electric guitars. The music of ASHRA is well embedded in the German electronic genre reminding me very much of the work of Klaus SCHULZE, Edgar FROSE and TANGERINE DREAM. I believe that much of the sounds on this album are derived from guitars, but must certainly be filtered through synthesizers as it does sound very spacey and much less "guitary". Songs are actually quite long and quite hypnotic at times making this is a great head phone experience album. Overall a very warm and reflective album with a highly relaxed charm and great space-like atmospheres... perfect for your lava lamp.
Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars One of the most perfect synth/guitar albums of the 1970s, a must for any lover of ambient textures and chilled out atmospheres. Unlike a lot of lesser practitioners, Manuel Gottsching understands that 'chilled out' does not have to equal 'tedious'. The tracks on this album are hypnotic, multi layered and (if you're in the right frame of mind) trance inducing. A true master of the electric guitar, on this album Gottsching only uses it sparingly but when his axe is heard it speaks volumes. In a sane universe this would be more popular than Tangerine Dream.
Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The best M Gottsching's album (from the post A.R.T era). After a first exploration in ambient / repetitive guitar patterns with "inventions for electric guitar" the name Ashra Tempel turned to Ashra for the Virgin label. Musically the central interest is now clearly based on radical cosmic / synth meditative sounds. On this album the sonomontage of synthesised atmospheric sounds and the traces of emotional expressions are very near to Klaus Schulze's analog synth period (Moondown / Timewind...). Free rock improvisations have gone to let the place to powerful controlled meditative guitar / synth sections. A tremendous electronic, experimental synth album which represents the best signature of German's late Krautrock days. A standard of cosmic / relaxed prog music!!!
Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
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2 stars The music on this album is done mainly with sequencer loops, and I must admit that I'm not very fond about the aesthetics of the end results. An association of 1980's computer games music is too strong right from the start of "Sunrain". Melodies are quite nice still, but this is not that kind of music which I would be listening voluntarily very much. Longer piece "Ocean of Tenderness" sounds more pleasant with its ethereal electronic sounds, there are no artificial drum loops included, and there's some nice guitar soloing here too. This is truly a calm aural ocean where one could fall sleep in to. Composition "Deep Distance" has also beautiful sounds on it, but the rhythm loops sounded uncomfortable for me. This felt again like the music on late 1980's "Synthesizer Greatest Hits" albums to my ears. The last track "Nightdust" runs over twenty minutes, and it resembles the dreamy second track. In the first half of the song there are no rhythm loops present, just a vast existence of blue aural space. Sadly the drum loops emerge after ca. eleven minutes. Otherwise this could have been some kind of modern version of Ash Ra Tempel's "Jenseits". The last minutes of this song hold a very beautiful movement for an emotional electric guitar solo. If you like late 1970's Tangerine Dream and you aren't allergic to electronic drum loops as I slightly am, try this classic album. I liked the long spacey parts without drum loops, but the elements I felt annoying lowered the status of this album in my personal evaluation.
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Manual Gottsching left ASH RA TEMPEL after the "Join In" album which was their fifth. He then put out a solo album called "Inventions For Electric Guitar" which he also called "Ash Ra Tempel VI". He then switched record labels and continued to go solo, calling his project ASHRA, he being the only member of the band. This is ASHRA's first album called "New Age Of Earth". The obvious difference between ASH RA TEMPEL and ASHRA besides the number of musicians, is that with ASHRA Gottsching has turned to the Electronic style of music not unlike TANGERINE DREAM. He certainly began that on his "Inventions For Electric Guitar" album. I do prefer ASH RA TEMPEL and the traditional sound, and use of the guitar which Manual plays so well, but that's just my taste in music.

"Sunrain" is an upbeat tune with keys,and electronics creating the melody (rain) throughout. Synths come in 1 1/2 minutes in like the sun shining upon the soundscape. "Ocean Of Tenderness" is much more spacey than the first song as synths wash in and out slowly. Some gentle guitar comes in late.

"Deep Distance" is a blend of the first two tracks. Spacier than "Sunrain" but not as spacey as "Ocean Of Tenderness". It does give the impression we are in deep space far from all our troubles. "Nightdust" was originally a side long song at almost 22 minutes. Again the title of the song gives us a clue to what Manual was thinking when he composed this song. Spacey winds in the form of synths blow across the lonely soundscape, it's dark. Keys before 12 minutes as the song calms right down 16 1/2 minutes in. Guitar arrives 2 minutes later. Nice.

4 stars.

Review by FruMp
4 stars Electronic Bliss.

This album is very immediate, you only need to listen to it once to understand what it's all about. What it may to some extent lack in depth though it makes up for with perfect execution. The busy opener 'sunrain' is up there with the best electronic songs of the krautrock movement. Sunrain gives way to about 40 minutes of lush expansive electronics comprising the rest of the album allowing you to complete bliss out while lying in bed or reading a good book.

I don't really find too much to fault in this album. It is conceivable that some people may be bored by it but then one would have to ask why they're listening to ambient electronic music in the first place. Overall it's just a pleasant passive listening experience full of warm sonic textures ready to embrace you like a warm blanket. This one is easy to recommend to any fan of early electronic music.

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars With New Age Of Earth, Manuel Göttsching made a move from the cosmic kraut rock of Ash Ra Tempel to more electronic soundscapes. He even renamed his project to its abbreviated form, Ashra. The first album for this new project is the strongest and combines warm electronic sounds with Göttsching's unique guitar playing.

Sunrain. A playful sequence sets a minimalist pulse serving as groundwork for melodic and bright keyboard melodies. I would situate the sound and feel of it somewhere inbetween Edgar Froese's Stuntman and Philip Glass's 70's works, but given the my minimal knowledge of the minimalists, you may of course hear entirely different references. The sequence pattern and melodic themes are kept very restrained and evocative, and would make excellent soundtrack material. But this is more then just background music or new age muzak as it is profound enough to maintain an attentive listening experience.

More subtle atmospheres come on the following track. A very minimal bass pulse sustains softly waving space-synth sounds and sparse slide guitars, building up to a pensive solo for clean guitar. This one somehow reminds me of Klaus Schulze's reflective pieces, but Ashra is lighter in tone, closer to New-Age then to the desolate dream world of Schulze. But luckily it still sits at the right side of the line that divides reflective electronic music from the flowery wallpaper sound of New-Age.

Deep Distance combines the subtle upbeat sequences of the opening track with the atmosphere of the second track.

The focal point of the album is the 22 minute Nightdust, the track where the spirit of Schulze is felt most prominently. Right from the opening it evokes the mesmeric charm of Schulze's Timewind and Moondawn, bearing the same warm analogue synth sounds joined by softly pulsating sequences. If I didn't know this was Ashra, I'd swear it to be an unearthed Schulze gem. The piece ends with a beautiful brooding guitar solo. Not the wildly soaring sonic explosion of the old Ash Ra Tempel, but the other side of the spectrum, the subtle touch of Göttsching, which is also truly unique.

New Age Of Earth never reaches the heights of Tangerine Dream's and Schulze's masterpieces of the 74-77 period, but few things do really and Göttsching comes in right behind them with this remarkable electronic album. 3.5 stars for the first side, 4.5 for Nightdust.

Review by The Quiet One
5 stars New Age of Space (aka: MESMERIZING!)

Both, the debut and the sophomore effort by Manuel Göttsching's solo outfit, Ashra, are simply sublime spacey, electronic albums which were meant to be heard by astronauts. The debut even more so than Blackouts, and that's something hard to do!

Blackouts, Manuel's second album, was really spacey but also rather robotic-sounding, yet it had Göttsching's guitar far more present than it is in New Age of Earth, a feature that was really a bonus. Manuel, however, accomplished far more aural and spacey music (not psych) in New Age of Earth. The music in this album is undoubtedly the perfect music if you're going to go on a spaceship, it has a singular tranquil and mesmerizing atmosphere you expect from outer-space: there's nothing out there other than plasma and far, far away you can see the stars and planets, it all just seems to trap you in a chilling and unadvertised way.

Ashra's music is definitely not demanding, there's nothing really complex or really adventurous in this kind of electronic music, yet sometimes simplicity and a damn brilliant atmosphere is just needed to give a wonderful and unique experience to the listener, and the 4 instrumental mesmerizers from this album deliver you that, indeed a unique listening experience.

A masterpiece of ''hypnotizing music": recommended to anyone who wants some of the best 'sleep'/'space- travelling' music. Just in case: no I do not do drugs.

If you can't stand non-rock music at all, I still recommend you this album for sleep-use only, you won't be dissapointed.

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Entirely Manuel

When German pioneers Ash Ra Tempel decided to call it a day in 1973, guitarist Manuel Göttsching took some time to decide how to further his career. A solo album ("Inventions for Electric Guitar") appeared in 1975 then a couple of years later Göttsching decided to resurrect an abbreviated version of his former band's name, and Ashra was born. By this time, Göttsching's attention had shifted away from lead guitar, his interest in the keyboard opportunities band mate Klaus Schulze had been exploring leading him to incorporate such sounds in his next project. Rather than put a band together, Göttsching decided that he and he alone would be Ashra, with everything you hear on this Ashra's first album being played by him.

The album and track titles and also the lengths give a good indication of what to expect here, the album perhaps reflecting the new age nature of these four pieces. There are strong echoes of fellow travellers Tangerine Dream and their various offshoots to be heard throughout, the album being firmly rooted in electronica. Göttsching does not give up on guitar completely though although it is by no means a key part of the sound of this album (the cover picture is of Göttsching with guitar in hand though).

The opening "Sunrain" is a fairly lively affair, the lush, melodic synth ambience being supported by a strong electronic rhythm. Göttsching avoids the pitfalls sometimes associated with such music by varying the melody on a regular basis throughout. The 12˝ minute "Oceans of tenderness" initially takes us deep into new age territories, with liquid effects drifting over swirling synth. A gentle, tidal rhythm gradually invades the ambience, the overall effect having a slightly Celtic flavour.

"Deep distance" is really a continuation of "Sunrain", the sound and pace being virtually the same; it is highly addictive though. The fourth and final piece is the (almost) 22 minute "Nightdust". The track is very Tangerine Dream like in structure and sound. The first half or so is given over to meandering spacey sounds and drifting electronics. As a defined rhythm is brought in a more organised mood is captured. As a whole, the track is over-long, but pleasant nonetheless.

In all, a relaxing, enjoyable album which, while never pushing the boundaries of electronica or Krautrock, remains a commendable album in either genre.

Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars After he decided to leave AST, dear old Manuel went on his own like his mate KS. No one will ever know what they could have released together during the peak of their creativity. He went on his own and released this "New Age Of Earth". By himself, like an adult who doesn't feel the need to be surrounded by colleagues...

In a way it is somewhat a shame because while doing so, you lack the input of others while on the other hand you control the whole process of course. The music from this album is quite pleasant and should please any lover of electronic music. AST, KS and TD are of course easily identified while you listen to this album. And these are very good references IMHHO.

I would have loved more "true" guitar moments because the ensemble sounds rather keyboards oriented. The whole is wonderfully atmospheric, grandiose, pure and superbly full of relaxing music. The Palme d'Or for this latter consideration is by all means the mysterious "Ocean Of Tenderness".

I wouldn't say that this album is very original because it revisits elements from all the great bands I have mentioned previously. Still, I am quite found of this sort of music and can only recommend this work to electronic prog fans. This is a very good job, indeed.

The central piece is the long "Nightdust". And to be honest, it is really on par with the best of the likes I have been referring to earlier on. It is pure beauty, melody, and sweetness. The closing section is VERY emotional thanks to a sublime guitar break (finally).

Four stars.

Review by SaltyJon
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Progressive electronic is a great genre. Often, the musicians responsible for the albums are masters of building up a slowly shifting piece of music, full of beautiful and/or haunting textures and sounds. As Epignosis said in his review of Tangerine Dream's album Phaedra, it's often incredibly hard to describe the music. So many albums from the genre feel so familiar to me, yet at the same time so alien. That is a big part of the reason why I've always been drawn to it since discovering it - ever since I was young I've been fascinated by space and science fiction, and the 70s electronic whizzes are really the closest thing I've ever heard to space/science fiction in music.

Some albums are deep space, exploring the very fabric of the universe (TD's Zeit), while others, such as this one, seem to meander about the solar system, maybe taking a trip to the center of the galaxy to see the sights, but never too far away. While I absolutely love Zeit for its exploration of the unknown, I love this one (to a slightly lesser degree) for the way much of it seems to float along; it seems to me a musical representation of being in zero gravity at times, just a nice relaxed feeling, totally at ease with itself. While a lot of my favorites from the genre are dark and moody albums, this one is more "happy" sounding, content to develop at its own pace and let everyone else be themselves around it.

One of the most important things for me regarding prog electronic is the ability to be mesmerized by the music I hear...this one does that very well. It's a great album to listen to through headphones in a dark room, and just let your mind wander where it will. As most (all?) of the others have mentioned, this one is entirely Manuel Göttsching's baby - I prefer his guitar work, but this is still an amazing album; electronic bliss, as FruMp said. This album has gotten quite a lot of spins from me over the past year, it's great for any time you want to chill out. I'm very torn as far as a rating goes though - I love it, so I want to give it 5 stars, but I don't think it's quite at the same level as many of my favorites from the genre, so I'll stick with 4 stars...for now. In a world with half stars, it would be 4.5.

Review by Dobermensch
4 stars Ashra's first album on 'Virgin' relies more on synthesisers than guitars. A very colourful and textured recording from '77 which will remind listeners of Klaus Schulze, but in a more serene setting.

Listening to it now in 2011, with a cold early March sun outdoors, trying desperately to kick start Spring is the perfect occasion to give this a whirl.

I always find it strange how Ashra went SO electronica after leaving Ash Ra Tempel. In fact I much prefer this to the old Kraut band of the early 70's. Electronic Berlin School fans take note of this one. Don't let it slip under your radar. If you do you're letting a little gem fall through your fingers.

Needless to say that being on 'Virgin' means that the production values are superb. I'm quite sure there's some VCS 3's and Arp's in there somewhere, but the inadequate sleeve notes don't give much away.

If you like 'Timewind', 'Oxygene' and 'Rainbow Dome Music' you'll love this. Too active to be called ambient - but at points it's bordering on it.

A beautiful instrumental album which should be listened to late at night when you're trying to fall asleep but are frustratingly wide awake. Excellent.

Review by colorofmoney91
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.

Review by Warthur
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.
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.

Review by Modrigue
3 stars 3.5 stars

Initially recorded in 1976, "New Age Of Earth" is undoubtly an important album in the development of electronica. Contrarily to what the title may suggest, the style is different from the new-age and "world" genres that will develop in the next decades. Furthermore, there is no real relation with the New-Age philosophy. Manuel Göttsching has now left the Ohr label for Virgin to create ASHRA. Unique member for this first album, he made the musical direction evolve from long ASH RA TEMPEL space rock jams to electronic-dominated shorter compositions. However, there are some interesting differences from what his german compatriots were doing at the same period.

First, the synthetizer sequences are manually played and not programed, adding more human feel and modulations to the overall ambiance. Second, the style is very minimalistic and share similarities with STEVE REICH. Finally, due to the usage of major scale the tracks sounds warmer, smoother than the other tunes of the same genre, .

"Sunrain" is a good synthesis of these different aspects. Soft and comforting, it will become an ASHRA classic. "Ocean of Tenderness" is my least favorite of the record. I tend to find this slow ambient tune a bit too long. The other short track, "Deep Distance" is an inspired soft cosmic dreamy passage.The record finishes with the 22 minutes long "Nightdust". Contrarily to the other compositions, the ambiance is darker and more mysterious. While its first half is atmospheric, the second half contains a cool synth sequence and a nice spacey guitar.

The first listen can result on mixed feelings. Repetitive, without many variations, the minimalistic style can disconcert TANGERINE DREAM, SCHULZE or JARRE fans. Personally, I prefer shorther tracks over the long ones. However, Manuel Göttsching may have been more innovative than his electronic brothers at the same time for this first opus. "New Age Of Earth" has its own identity: warm, soothing and ideal of relaxation. A soft trip to friendly stars.

After all, maybe this album had on influence on New-Age philosophy and music, one will never know...

Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars Ash Ra Tempel had an initial run from 1970 to 1976 and hosted an array of rotating members including the great Klaus Schulze who performed percussive duties on the band's lauded 1971 debut but the entire project was basically the work of Manuel Göttsching who was instrumental in bringing the sounds of Germany's Krautrock and progressive electronic sounds to the mainstream. After the initial run of the band had expired, Göttsching moved away from the kosmichse psychedelic haze that graced the initial five album Ash Ra Tempel set and veered more into the Berlin School side of the progressive electronic scene in the vein of Tangerine Dream and former member Klaus Schulze's unique sounds that he crafted after leaving.

By jettisoning the Tempel which laid the foundation of fuzz guitar soaked rock and by adopting a clever linguistic agglutination of the Ash and Ra into ASHRA, the new name symbolized a new vision where Göttsching set his music towards the heavens with ethereal and ambient serenity performed on an ARP Odyssey, a Farfisa Syntochrestra, an EMS Synthi A, an EKO Computerhythm and a much subdued guitar section on a Gibson SG that was tamped down below the mix but yet still found some key moments to bring melodic counterpoints to the forefront. ASHRA's debut NEW AGE OF EARTH arrived in 1976 and prognosticated the advent of the marketing term that would come to be known as NEW AGE in the 80s although the actual first new age album was retrospectively assigned to Tony Scott's 1964 album "Music For Zen Meditation." Although this first ASHRA release was very much a Göttsching solo album, it would become a bonafide band beginning with the third album "Correlations."

NEW AGE FOR EARTH offered four tracks, two shorter and two on the longer side with the side long "Nightdust" swallowing up the entire B-side of the original vinyl LP clocking in just shy of 22 minutes. In its midst the album generates many moods and ethos established in the Berlin School branch of the progressive electronic scene that by the mid-70s had become quite popular. The opening "Sunrain" deviates quite a bit from much of the Ash Ra Tempel days where percussion is absent as well as Göttsching's distinct guitar sounds and instead generates a procession of synth layers and a staccato style of rhythm accompanied by atmospheric swirls and ambient fog. The 12 and a half minute "Oceans Of Tenderness" mellows out a bit but offers a bit of guitar wailing to percolate under the undulating waves of synth sounds that breeze by like zephyr winds through a mountain pass. "Deep Distance" is a rather short track under six minutes but conjures up a cloud of thick density where layers of synth sounds evoke celestial harmonies and well being.

The side long closer "Nightdust" will induce a hypnotic trance as it subtly proceeds at a snail's pace with calm placid rhythms building up to faster tempos graced by guitar licks and percussive rhythmic drives from that Berlin School synthesizer style. The album doesn't really have any weak points and stands as one of the better Berlin School style albums of the era and often gets listed as one of the best electronic albums of the entire German scene. To make things confusing this album was also released under the ASH RA TEMPEL moniker with a different album cover however i cannot figure out if it was first released that way or was released that way as a reissue as databases don't seem to agree on which came first. Whatever the case, it would be more appropriate to file this under the separate artist ASHRA since it truly does stand apart from the previous efforts that were closely related but clearly in a different field. Needless to say, this one is an excellent slice of ambient new age magnificence.

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