Manuel Göttsching ‎– E2-E4

Inteam GmbH ‎– ID 20.004
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition


A1 Ruhige Nervosität 13:00
A2 Gemäßigter Aufbruch 10:00
A3 ...Und Mittelspiel 7:00
A4 Ansatz 1:00
B1 Damen-Eleganza 5:00
B2 Ehrenvoller Kampf 3:00
B3 Hoheit Weicht (Nicht Ohne Schwung...) 9:00
B4 ...Und Souveränität 3:00
B5 Remis 3:00

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Recorded on 12th of December 1981.

First edition limited to 1000 copies in an embossed cover.

Under licence to Klaus Schulze.
Manufactured by INTEAM GmbH.
Distributed by Deutsche Austrophon, 2840 Diepholz.

℗&© Manuel Göttsching MCMLXXXIV

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side A): STID 20.004 A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Side A): SNB
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side B): STID 20.004-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Side B): Mastered By SNB
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 8978

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MG.ART 304 Manuel Göttsching E2–E4 (25th Anniversary)(CD, Album, RE, Dig) MG.ART MG.ART 304 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
14141 Manuel Göttsching E2-E4(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Spalax Music (2) 14141 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SPALAXLP14141 Manuel Göttsching E2-E4(LP, Album, RE) Spalax Music SPALAXLP14141 France 2004 Sell This Version
LP 14141 Manuel Göttsching E2-E4(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Whi) Disk Union LP 14141 UK 2010 Sell This Version
RRK 15 037, RRK 15.037 Manuel Göttsching E2-E4(LP, Album, Whi) Racket Records, Racket Records RRK 15 037, RRK 15.037 Germany 1987 Sell This Version


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June 26, 2017
edited 4 months ago
With regards to the wide reaching opinions on whether or not this recording is worth it's salt as 'a classic', both in a wider sense and within the boundaries of avant guard electronics & Krautrock; It easily stands alone from it's predecessors due to its choice of sparse ingredients, percussive qualities & style, and from it's contemporaries due to its length. From Sueno Latino to Remake Uno/Duo, it's influence through direct sampling & cover versions spawned shorter dance-floor excursions, with Sueno Latino (The Latin Dream) being highly responsible for the Balearic comparison's to which the original is often drawn.

In the vein of the work of Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Schulze & the troup of talent forming the German minimalist synth rock foundation, this can hardly be deemed as exciting, nor groundbreaking. In fact by comparison, E2-E4 can sound a bit like being on hold while calling an insurance company. Sublime, calming and clean: Not quite the overall definition of the genre from which it came.

It can only really be taken as it is; regardless of what is was supposed to be, ought to be or isn't- a translucent, euphoric calling of hot sun & turquoise sea's, or a fantasy adventure into your own personal paradise. Or not, as the case might be ;-)

Personally I love it.



January 15, 2017
I´ve got a copy that ist etched with 20.004-A1 and 20.004-B1. I´m wondering if it`s that version? Anyone got the same?


September 2, 2016
renowned early '80s krautrock / proto-techno classic! German guitar guru Manuel Gottsching, founder of legendary krautrock pioneers Ash Ra Temple (which morphed into the new-age-ier Ashra), made a few records in the eighties under his own name.
E2-E41, recorded in Berlin in 1981 and released in '84, was first and foremost among them. It's rightly hailed as a classic and was a great inspiration for early Detroit techno artists like Derrick May and Carl Craig. The resonant timelessness of E2-E4 has extended beyond many other albums of the era and its influence has continuously popped up in more recent minimalist techno circles, most noticeably within the Cologne scene.

E2-E4 is one loooong track split at a judicious edit at the end of each side, with nine titled and timed subdivisions indicated on the cover (suggestive of a chess match: "Quiet Nervousness," "Queen A Pawn," "Draw"). The album flows and flows and flows through Gottsching's guitar and electronics drifting and dancing beautifully over the continuous, pulsating, subtly-shifting proto-techno beat. It's so very pleasant and airy, also soooo hypnotic and ahead of its time. Even after an hour you won't want to end, once it has lulled you into trance. Listening to this, it's easy to see why the Boredoms' Eye would revere it and of course those above mentioned Detroit legends too. An absolute classic.


May 4, 2016
I have a copy of this ltd. edition first press, which is exactly like shown here, except for there ist no "lc-code" printed on the Label. Can anybody tell if this an original copy or some kind of bootleg or something?


May 8, 2014
oh wow! This is THE record that describes the comming of an whole new genre! 1981.. never heard nothing like this from that time, if anyone of you knows more like this from from the same year tell me because i can't find any! I mean none of the now known names from detroit and other citys of ledgens did this kind of music at that time. This must be it.


March 23, 2013
A timeless masterpiece,listen and enjoy!


March 12, 2013
edited over 4 years ago

A very good record but also very overhyped in these comments. Klaus Schulze was putting out stuff like this as early as 1976. Surprisingly this was recorded in 1981, the same year "Tonwelle" came out where Manuel Göttsching accompanied Klaus Schulze on guitar. Listen to the track "Druck" and see if you can spot where the inspiration for E2-E4 may stem from, who knows right! When you read the reviews here a pattern begins to emerge, most of these comments reference Detroit producers like Derrick May, Juan Atkin, Carl Craig...It sounds as though the reviewers only got interested in Berlin School of music after it was praised by one of these guys. The irony is that none of these techno producers have made anything near as good as E2-E4 in their own field, I guess Carl Craig tried his best on "Landcruising" but still...


March 11, 2012
so here i am again listening to this album for the XXXXXth time.
I cant stress this enough, this album is "The Terminator" of underground music.
No words can describe how good this piece of work is


October 23, 2011
one of the most important electronic albums!

if you haven't heard this before, be prepared for the flight of a lifetime.


December 10, 2009
edited over 7 years ago

When it happens, just happens. And nothing happens at random,this for both normal and special things.But only the special things happen by pure magic, or some strange astral combination, the dance in zero gravity between immanent and transcendent,any disengagement of some here and some drawings up there. The ability to express the totality of himself is a cumbersome venture, not automatic, often unattainable, often isn't enough a life. The ex-leader of Ashra(-Ra Temple), the kraut-deutsch guru Manuel Göttsching did it a quarter century ago,when he was thirty and came from important discs and experiences. An evening like many others, December 12/1981, a saturday, he was in concert mood (just returned from a tour with Klaus Schulze), enters his home studio armed with synth and guitar. And an hour of music was born. Something that scares at beginning and rhymes with perfection. After much reflections, doubts and afterthoughts, and only after the counsel of usual Schulze and especially three years laters, he decides to publish the session. "E2-E4", cover a chessboard on cold beige and brown, sees the light and its light changes the course of history(at least the music one). But what's E2-E4? For a human, the easiest opening move in chess. For a REAL human, the dream of life. A persistent of creamy syntethic geometries who proceeds to Nirvana escorted by a spastic latin beat and in its peak by a guitar that now we can define "balearic". THE loop by definition. And the thing that will change forever the DNA of house(Larry Levan says thank you!), will leave breathless the Motor City and its early visionaries (Derrick May and Carl Craig say thank you!). Nevertheless it's not a dance piece. But it will fall in love all the freaks, from ambient heads to ibicencans, and it will be sampled till'death (Sueno Latino, D2-D2, etc...etc...). But it's impossible to speak of "E2-E4" in terms of human technology, if you've that heart and that head, it will never leaves your lives. My all-time favourite record, my soul, my end. Rated 10/5.