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Blackouts [Import]

Ashra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spalax
  • ASIN: B000065U06
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Ashra classic from the late seventies. 7 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
After the gentle, dreamy "New Age Of Earth", Manuel Gottsching returned with a slightly meater, more rhythmic album with much more obvious guitar.

There's a lovely, simple beauty in the tracks here. The melodies are truly uplifting without being over complicated. That Manuel has real skill with the guitar is in no doubt, in fact it's the way he keeps it apparently simple that does it for me. I can think of one jazz/rock guitarist who was amazingly quick fingered and "clever", who ended up giving me a headache with his amazingly intellectual, lightning fast and cerebral recordings that ultimately went straight over my head...

It would appear that much recording was done by Mr Gottsching at this time. Many of the better ones have been released in recent years and the ones I've heard have been delightful.

Anyone who likes Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze etc. should investigate Ashra's body of work, certainly from the mid seventies onward. This disc still gets played regularly and it comes as genuine light(er) relief from some of the heavier stuff in my collection.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it 19 April 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I'm a bit of a newcomer to Ashra, but based on this I will listen to more of their output
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic background music 5 May 2011
By R. Wood
Format:MP3 Download
Discovered Ashra by chance whilst browsing for something ambient for my Mp3 player.
This isn't really headphone music though, far better listened to whilst doing something else. It's a mixture of synth patterns and guitar riffs from the same era of Oxygene and Equinox by JMJ. Although not quite in the same league as those two classics, if you like those, you'll probably like this. One of those albums that improves with repeated hearings.
Not 5 stars as occasinally the sound effects on some tracks get a little annoying and detract from the overall feel but otherwise, give it a try!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple doodling 8 April 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A real disappointment when compared to the sublime "New Age Of Earth". "Blackouts" can be left to run in the background with the "repeat" button engaged and used as ambient music. A slightly jarring exception is "Don't Trust The Kids" which starts with an 8-note bass pattern that is repeated thoughout the track. That's really how the entire album goes: lay down one sequencer pattern, add one or two more and play some simple guitar lines over them. Electric guitars and synthesisers don't sound too dissimilar any more, so it's difficult to tell just what instrument is being played and if Manuel is a good, bad or indifferent guitarist.

The sleeve notes say "This record should be heard comfortably". The thing is that you'd have to GET comfortable first. "New Age Of Earth" will MAKE you comfortable and therein lies the big difference between them.

By all means buy this to complete your Ashra collection, but just make sure you buy "New Age" as well.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ashra - 'Black Outs' (Avalon) 4 1/2 stars 27 Dec 2006
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1977, another good side-project from Ash Ra Tempel's main man, Manuel Gottsching. Liked this CD almost as much as I do any of the first,say five (5) Ash Ra Tempel albums. Tunes that tend to stand out are the intricately-played "77 Slightly Delayed", "Midnight Oil" and the seventeen-minute astounding "Lotus, Parts 1-4". 'Black Outs' seems to really showcase some truly beautifully performed 'new age / ambient' guitar work from Gottsching. On the right night, this music will have the hairs on your neck standing up. Might appeal to fans of Tangerine Dream, some Gong die-hards, Mike Oldfield and possibly King Crimson. Give this CD a chance. A should-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy, trance-y 3 May 2011
By ptc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dreamy, trance-y, bubbly. Percolating electronic ragas for guitar, synthesizer and drum machines. Perfect for chilling out, thinking, working, relaxing. Lots of small, incremental changes in timbre, melody and rhythm -- ever evolving. No track really stands out, they just flow into one another. The longest track, "Lotus...", has some dissonance/tension the others don't have.

I also highly recommend "New Age of Earth" and, especially, "Inventions for Electric Guitar".
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio-CD new : Ashra - Blackouts 21 Sep 2009
By siggi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The article reached me very fast in Germany - when I remember well within 5 to 6 business days.
Unfortunately there have been some cracks in the plastic cover of the CD - but this could have happen during the shipping and/or because of the aged plastic material - it doesn`t mean very much to me.
Thanks again!
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