Ash Ra Tempel - Gin Rosé (At The Royal Festival Hall)

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Manikin Records
Catalog Number: 70497
Format: CD
Total Time: 69:28:00

In this day and age, it's certainly no secret that live albums are a dangerous affair for any band, regardless of age, experience, and genre. To reach the zenith of live poignancy, an album cannot limit itself to an intact rendition of the studio originals, as it would obviously be much more convenient to just buy the record and listen to it at home time and time again. Moreover, to avoid the nadir of hellish live albums to which a healthy number of new records is added yearly, the recording of a concert must not only be of impeccable quality. It must transport the listener to the minds and bodies of the audience in a magical moment of awe and unraveling ecstasy.

If the concert takes place before the studio album is released, however, it takes more than otherworldly teleportation and the elusive something that makes a live recording something worth cherishing. It takes talent, synergy, and comprehension of one's own potential as a musician, in order that the band can interact to the furthermost of its abilities and give an opportunity of rebirth to the compositions that will be released in the future. And with the Gin Rosé concert taking place three months before the studio album Friendship was released, and a large portion of its scheme being based on the then-upcoming album, both Klaus Schulze and Manuel Göttsching had to prove, like they had already done endlessly throughout their careers, that they were the epitome of true professionalism, exploration, and passion. They did not fail.

Gin Rosé is a sublime exploration of the themes that would later on adorn Friendship, handling them gently and respectfully before drawing from a vast well of variations and atmospheres and twisting the original basis around with exquisite delicacy and elegant ardor. The record will therefore allow what is already a known harmonic pattern or musical idea to surface for a few minutes before having Schulze and Göttsching take it into another direction through their gorgeous experimental interplay and sense of wonder. It is thus that the passionate acoustic interlude of Göttsching will reverberate through every single sensuous nerve of the listener by recalling previously experienced forbidden pleasures, only to lose itself into a calmly swaying sea of electronic noises and beats that exudes an undeniably human warmth.

If a current musical trend were to be invoked in an attempt to describe Gin Rosé to the average listener, it would be electronic lounge. And although the album is something that will certainly be recognized as grandiose by listeners of lounge, this goes far beyond that genre's restraints, giving its course a continuous effluence of warm emotion and subtle variations so that Gin Rosé is indivisible as the musical entity that it is, yet retaining so many distinctive moments and precious details that progressive is the very heart of this gentle tour. What truly matters, however, is that Ash Ra Tempel proved, just like it would with Friendship, that the potential of having music transcend this mortal coil and engage the listener soul to soul is more than just potential. It is a reality.

Similiar Artists: Klaus Schulze, Tim Blake, Tangerine Dream

Gin Rosé (Eine Pikante Variante) (69:28

Manuel Göttsching - Guitars
Klaus Schulze - Keyboards, drum machines, sequencing and mastering

Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel (1971)
Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen (1972)
Ash Ra Tempel - Seven-Up (1972)
Ash Ra Tempel - Join Inn (1973)
Ash Ra Tempel - Starring Rosi (1973)
Manuel Göttsching - Inventions For Electric Guitar (1975/2002)
Ashra - New Age Of Earth (1976)
Ashra - Blackouts (1977)
Ashra - Correlations (1979)
Ashra - Belle Alliance (1980)
Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4 (1984)
Ashra - Walkin' The Desert (1989)
Ashra - Tropical Heat (1991)
Manuel Göttsching - Dream & Desire (1991)
Ash Ra Tempel - Le Berceau De Cristal (1994)
Ashra - Sunrain: The Virgin Years (1996)
Ashra - Sauce Hollandaise (1998)
Manuel Göttsching/Ash Ra Tempel/Ashra - Best Of The Private Tapes (1998)
Ash Ra Tempel - Join In/Starring Rosi (1998)
Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen/Seven-Up (1998)
Ashra - @shra (1998)
Ash Ra Tempel - Gin Rose: Live (2000)
Ash Ra Tempel - Friendship (2000)
Ashra - @shra Vol. 2 (2002)
Ashra - The Making Of (2002)
Manuel Göttsching - Die Mulde (2005)
Manuel Göttsching - Concert For Murnau (2005)
Manuel Göttsching - E2 - E4 Live (ep) (2005)
Manuel Göttsching - E2 - E4 25th Anniversary Edition (2006)
Manuel Göttsching - Live At Mt. Fuji (2007)
Ashra - Belle Alliance Plus (Classic Edition) (2008)
Ashra - Correlations Complete (Limited One-Time Edition) (2008)
Ashra - @shra + @shra Vol 2 (2008)
Manuel Göttsching - E2 - E4 (Classic Edition) (2008)
Manuel Göttsching - Blackouts (Classic Edition) (2008)
Manuel Göttsching - New Age Of Earth (2008)

Genre: Krautrock

Origin DE

Added: June 2nd 2002
Reviewer: Marcelo Silveyra
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