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Manuel GöttschingE2-E4

Label:Inteam GmbH – ID 20.004
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Minimal, Ambient


A1Ruhige Nervosität13:00
A2Gemäßigter Aufbruch10:00
A3...Und Mittelspiel7:00
B2Ehrenvoller Kampf3:00
B3Hoheit Weicht (Nicht Ohne Schwung...)9:00
B4...Und Souveränität3:00

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Recorded on 12th of December 1981.

Embossed cover. Unlike Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4, this pressing does not have Label Code: LC 8978 printed on labels

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

Other Versions (5 of 28)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
E2-E4 (LP, Album)Inteam GmbHID 20.004Germany1984
New Submission
E2-E4 (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Orange cover, Different embossed position)Inteam GmbHID 20.004Germany1984
E2-E4 (LP, Album, Black Label)Racket RecordsRRK 15.037Germany1987
E2-E4 (LP, Album, White Label)Racket Records, Racket RecordsRRK 15 037, RRK 15.037Germany1987
E2-E4 (CD, Album, Reissue)Racket Records, Racket RecordsCD 715037, 715037Germany1990
Alain_Patrick's profile picture
Edited one year ago
"E2-E4 is the opening Chess move, a very good title because it was the first recording that I
released under my name. I connected all those synthesizers and sequencers, for bass, solo and
voice with drum machines, using effects. I used a analog drum synthesizer, a big from EKO from
Italy, a hand build machine with only four copies in the World, and a second one from Pearl.
The solo voice was made with ARP synthesizers.
In the beginning nobody really understood what it was, it was a bit too early for this music
(Manuel laughs). It was a very fluent piece of music, very minimalistic, one hour floating and
loating without big changes, many DJs wanted to play something on top of it, the biggest
popularity came from the DJs some years later. I never intended to be like a dance kind of
music. It became a Larry Levan favorite on Paradise Garage, and people from Chicago and
Detroit would also played on many other clubs, as well as other cities.
Sueño Latino sampled it on their homonym release, and they payed Royalties, but not much,
because in the beginning nobody knew how far it would go. We tried to renegociate, but at
the end they wouldn’t be allowed to keep releasing it.
I remember that I found out something was missing on the credits part because on the Creative
they did not make World releases, and at the end they gave the licenses to other compilations
without the proper credits. I would rather say it was a kind of a Mediterranean and Latin
feeling on the scene, but I never imagined that my music would be adopted by it as Sueño
Latino. Maybe it has something to do with my use with the guitars, but I think it doesn’t work
when you want to sound like something. I just play and I just want to sound something what I
like." - Manuel Göttsching (Electronic Standards interview, 2011)
milky-way's profile picture
Edited one year ago
It's so funny that few seemed interested on this record in mid 80s, when many new copies were lying on the shelves of record shops and you could buy it for few marks. Suddenly it became sough after in early 90s, following the cover version of an Italian house/dance act. And then its fame increased steadily, up to the status of a sort of holy grail. When Manuel recorded this music, it was a sort of fun playing, without any idea of what it would become some years later. At least I hope that he could get some good money and make a living out of it.
tranzyd's profile picture
Suenio Latino brought me here. What a rip off. After 25 years I discover this original source.'s profile picture
Edited 4 days ago
timeless masterpiece. starting off your day with this and a cup of Vietnamese coffee is a total bliss.
patrickd's profile picture
can we have a 9x7inch box coloured marbled or even in red single sided
dylaf's profile picture
Edited 4 years 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.

marco-cgn's profile picture
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?
Darling667's profile picture
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?
FabianKempe's profile picture
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.
tjollebolle's profile picture
A timeless masterpiece,listen and enjoy!