Manuel GöttschingE2–E4

Label:MG.ART – MG.ART 904
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Embossed Cover
Style:Minimal, Ambient


A1Ruhige Nervosität
A2Gemäßigter Aufbruch
A3... Und Mittelspiel
B2Ehrenvoller Kampf
B3Hoheit Weicht (Nicht Ohne Schwung...)
B4... Und Souveränität

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Recorded, 12.12.1981 at Studio Roma, Berlin.
Side 1 time : 31'38
Side 2 time : 23'00

℗ MCMLXXXIV Manuel Göttsching

℗ 1984 Manuel Göttsching
© 2016 MG.ART

Printed inner sleeve.
LP Made In France (sticker over shrink)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 4 260017 599041
  • Barcode (Scanned): 4260017599041
  • Label Code: LC 11781
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched runout side A): MG.ART 904 A andreas at schnittstelle
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched runout side B): MG.ART 904 B andreas at schnittstelle

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E2-E4 (LP, Album)Inteam GmbHID 20.004Germany1984
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E2-E4 (LP, Album)Inteam GmbHID 20.004Germany1984
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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
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E2-E4 (LP, Album, White Label)Racket Records, Racket RecordsRRK 15 037, RRK 15.037Germany1987
  • clauses's avatar
    Very disappointing mastering on this one. Sounds flat and lifeless (for sure cut from CD). The reverb is rendered as a coarse background noise. Not much in the way of stereo. High-hats are too loud.
    • DJCL's avatar
      is it any good? i just want to know before buying this for a friend.
      • xabi_kiano's avatar
        Wow. Seriously breathtaking. Just a couple reasons to believe... ;-)
        • Fomas's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          Truly a masterpiece. Love the sound quality of this reissue.

          Wouldn't call it an album though. Unfortunately Manuel chose for seperate track titles. Track distinction on this release is pointless and feels cramped, especially on the vinyl release which shows no marks. It's one flow spread out on two sides. Nobody talks about the seperate tracks -not even Manuel himself on the inner sleeve(!)- and rightly so. The track names are also somewhat bombastic compared to the minimalistic approach of the cover and the main title. I guess he just had too much time between recording and releasing the track to goof around with it.

          And what's the story behind the enormous pictures of Sven Marquardt and Ulrich Kilian on the inner sleeve? Does he know these bystanders are on the cover of his record?
          • Latiif's avatar
            It doesn't get more classic than this. every serious lover of electronic music of any kind should own this.
            • midnightrunner's avatar
              This is a very fine album, to listen to if you are trying to concentrate on something that is tricky, like a hard sudoko puzzle or scraping bits of dog dirt out of the complex rubber grips of your shoes with a toothpick. Also I might add, if you are an owner of the vinyl version, the LP cover acts as an excellent, makeshift chess board when you are in a desperate hurry to play chess and cannot find yours because someone has not put it back where it is meant to be, that is, next to the box with the chess pieces inside it.
              • ben.nelsen's avatar
                Mine got a little kinky towards the end of Side A. Might just be my old turntable. Other than that, superb pressing. I've never listened to the album prior to buying. Absolutely captivating.
                • faispeterlesbasses's avatar
                  Edited 3 years ago
                  I am just surprised that A side lets the guitar start and just finish. Why they didn’t cut A side before the guitar ? Are all the vinyl version cut this way ?
                  • discophage's avatar
                    Flat and quiet copy. Plays fine from the beginning till the end of the two long sides. Very happy !
                    • goldencalves's avatar
                      My first copy sounded great, very quiet, except in the last 5 minutes of each side. There were very light scuffs, ones that I wouldn't guess to be audible and almost difficult to see but were very pronounced in listening. The replacement copy I received sounded great throughout, with no scuffs. I would take a guess that due to the tightness of the grooves (to fit 25+ minutes on each side) makes the audio very susceptible to small imperfections in the material. If you buy it new, make sure the vendor has a return policy.

                      This aside, the mastering is really excellent considering how much information is crammed in there. The pressing, barring defects, is very quiet (little to no noise). The music itself is thoroughly noted elsewhere, accurately so. Still sounds fresh and original 30+ years on.



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