Ashra ‎– Blackouts

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Virgin ‎– 2473 740
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Tracklist

A1 77 Slightly Delayed 6:42
A2 Midnight On Mars 6:50
A3 Don't Trust The Kids 3:30
A4 Blackouts 4:18
B1 Shuttle Cock 8:25
B2 Lotus Parts I-IV 16:58

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Notes

Recorded at Studio Roma, Berlin, September 1977
Remixed at ERD Studio, Berlin, October 1977
Many thanks to: Udo Arndt (for the lonely guitar sound), Micky's 'Strat', Rosi's patience and Herr Schmidt.

This record should be heard comfortably

1977 Virgin Records Limited

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (stamped): (Side 1): VIG 2473740 1 380 CIDIS
  • Matrix / Runout (stamped): (Side 2): VIG 2473740 2 380 CIDIS
  • Rights Society: SACEM/SACD/SGDL/SDRM
  • Other (Price Code): A

Other Versions (5 of 21) View All

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
CAROL 1665-2 Ashra Blackouts(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1665-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
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
LP 14759 Ashra Blackouts(LP, Album, RE) Spalax Music LP 14759 France 2004 Sell This Version

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my_past_is_yours

August 18, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
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.