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Join Inn (50th Anniversary Edition)

Ash Ra Tempel: Join Inn (50th Anniversary Edition)
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»"Freak'n'roll" fades in like it never started - just was always there from the beginning of time, a dry wah-guitar freerock riff-out unlike any of the other Ash Ra Tempel LPs, and not much like any other music. Yes, there are bluesy riff but none of them have a blues context. Manuel Göttsching's guitar is so confident that he sometimes drops down to a simple major chord groove, whilst the Hawk pushes that round woody bass into strange overlapping rumbling melody. And ... it's the return of Klaus Schulze on drums which propels "Freak'n'roll" to its height. No-one but Klaus has the ability to transcend rock'n'roll in such an on-the-beat non-groove-y way and still send sparks of light into the cosmos as he does it.

"Freak’n’roll" is so egoless that it even works at a quiet volume as meditational music. Themes rise from the high tempo pulse beat, then are carried along the muscles of the song into the main area where the riff actually becomes real and expressionist for just long enough before slipping back into the musical fabric of the song.

As usual with Ash Ra Tempel, the other side is an enormous drift piece called "Jenseits (The Next World)", a beautiful Klaus Schulze meditation of haunting synthesizer chords over which Rosi Müller tells the story of the Cosmic Couriers' meeting with Timothy Leary. Gradually, the pulsing guitar becomes increasingly intense and turbulent, but Rosi never sounds less than freaked out. Essentially, "Jenseits" is a precursor to Klaus Schulze's later spacey minor-key grooves. Unfortunately, this was the last Ash Ra Tempel album in its particular ‘series.

After "JOIN INN", Manuel Göttsching took over the Ash Ra Tempel mantle alone.«
(Julian Cope in his book "Krautrocksampler", UK, 1995)

(In German, will be opened in a new window)
(Musikreviews.de, 2012)

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