KLAUS SCHULZE - Black Dance
Klaus Schulze was at the forefront of the German cosmic music scene of the early 70's, and along with Tangerine Dream more or less invented the genre. In fact he was one of the founder members of the Dream, but left after a year to form Ash Ra Tempel - another pioneering space-rock combo. After a year and one album with them Schulze left to start his long and successful solo career. I have often been tempted to try one of his albums, but never got around to it until I found this 1974 effort at a fair. Comprising just three tracks, it contains some atmospheric music of the sort that I was expecting, along with muted use of operatic vocals on the side-long 'Voices Of Syn' which I wasn't. 'Ways Of Change' is a sequencer driven track, very much in the style of the Tangs from the same period, while 'Some Velvet Phasing' is as the title suggests a keyboards piece which makes liberal use of phasing. Obviously very dated today, but still worth hearing if classic Tangerine Dream number among your favourites, and although original vinyl is supposed to fetch £15, I picked mine up for £8 so bargains are still around.