Ashra ‎– Blackouts

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77 Slightly Delayed 6:46
Midnight On Mars 6:51
Don't Trust The Kids 3:15
Blackouts 4:36
Shuttle Cock 8:29
Lotus Parts 1-4 16:56

Versions (22)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
25 686 XOT Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin 25 686 XOT Germany 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-6906 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin VIP-6906 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-6906 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin VIP-6906 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
25686 XOT, 25 686 XOT Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 25686 XOT, 25 686 XOT Benelux 1978 Sell This Version
V 2091 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin V 2091 UK 1978 Sell This Version
25 686 XOT Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin 25 686 XOT Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
2473 740 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 740 France 1978 Sell This Version
V2091 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album) Virgin V2091 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
OVED 193 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 193 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CAROL 1665-2 Ashra Blackouts(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1665-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
CDV 2091, 260 760-217 Ashra Blackouts(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2091, 260 760-217 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
CDV 2091, CDVP 2091, 260 760-217 Ashra Blackouts(CD, Album, RE, Pic) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin CDV 2091, CDVP 2091, 260 760-217 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-23042 Ashra Blackouts(CD, Album) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJCP-23042 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
MAR 02728 Ashra Blackouts(CD, Album, RE) Belle Antique MAR 02728 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
SPALAXCD14589 Ashra Blackouts(CD, Album, RE) Spalax Music SPALAXCD14589 France 2002 Sell This Version
LP 14759 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album, RE) Spalax Music LP 14759 France 2004 Sell This Version
MG.ART 403 Manuel Göttsching Blackouts(CD, Album, RE, RM) MG.ART MG.ART 403 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
MG.ART 403, ARC-7192 Manuel Göttsching Blackouts(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) MG.ART, Arcàngelo MG.ART 403, ARC-7192 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
none Ashra Blackouts(6xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) One Up (2) none Europe 2009
MG.ART 803, BELLE 121912 Manuel Göttsching Blackouts(CD, Album, RM, RE) MG.ART, Belle Antique MG.ART 803, BELLE 121912 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
25 686 -270, 25 686, 25 686 XOT Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 25 686 -270, 25 686, 25 686 XOT Germany Unknown Sell This Version
25 686 XOT Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 25 686 XOT Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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Crispy2112

Crispy2112

January 2, 2017
referencing Blackouts, LP, Album, 25 686 XOT
Classic album and you can read the story of this and Manuel's career in this book:

http://manuelgottsching.blogspot.co.uk/
my_past_is_yours

my_past_is_yours

August 18, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Blackouts, LP, Album, 2473 740
This is one of the epic Guitar/Synth albums of the late 70's that builds on use of delayed and looped guitar and analog synth sequences. This is where Ash Ra really takes off from the foundations of the Ash Ra Tempel band into Manuel's headspace and with amazing results.

He's later revisited some of his classic E2-E4 works by treating it as the contemporary classical composition it should be seen as, using multiple guitars to perform that piece live. I don't think he could ever pull that off with this, with only Manuel playing, per the liner notes, 'Sequencer, Keyboards and a lot of guitar."

I could compare it to Tim Blake's Crystal Machine or Tangerine Dream, but Manuel Gottsching really owns the territory this release explores, as a logical extension of his work with Ash Ra Tempel as they evolved and dropped acid with Tim Leary, to this... outward and onward.

Blackouts might sound a bit less uncommon now, decades later... but if you you were even alive before 1980 and had a chance to hear this you were lucky to ever find it, and over the years this has become recognized for the cult classic it has always been in the minds of us lucky enough to have had this to chill out to back in the late 70's and early 80's.

Keep in mind that this was done with minimal technology at a time when few people had hands on a studio with gear capable of recording this, and that this is one of the guys with the vision to see and hear what could be done with it and where it could lead. It was amazing to hear then, when you'd never hear anything like this on radio, when the Internet didn't exist, and when you were pretty damn luck if you ever found a copy of this or someone who had it, and could kick back, and chill... and it's still an adventure now, when making music that sounds sort of like this isn't hard, but still requires more talent than most people will ever have to even get close to this good.

"This record should be heard comfortably" is what the back cover advises.