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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Marquee Inc Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B001QDEZEC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,047,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By T. Braddick on 19 Mar. 2009
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My concerns before buying this were : 1. If the music was good, why hadn't it been given a normal release in the 70's ? 2. If it was just KS working through ideas, would it be very cut back basic tracks ? 3. Would the sound quality be decent given the tapes were left in boxes for around 25 years before kdm even looked at them for their first boxed releases in the mid to late 90's ?

Answers are, if you like early Schulze then much of the music on these CD's compares favourably with his releases of the time. kdm reveals in his booklet notes just how prolific KS was - apparently recording reams of music as he developed his ideas. The first (newly released bonus) piece on disc 1 sounds like a Cyborg outtake and in my opinion it gets better from then on through the set. Instrumentation in most parts seems to have full depth, even guitar and vocal sounds in places - it isn't just KS messing about with an organ as I feared. Sound quality for the most part is astonishingly good given the age of the source tapes - you would have no idea that this is a collection of archive tapes (I use Marantz Gold CD and amp through MS-10 speakers - a bit old now but excellent quality - higher spec hardware may identify flaws I've missed). The booklet and historical photos supplied by kdm is up to the expected standard if you have any of the SPV re-releases from the past few years.

In all, for the price you can get these at through Amazon, this one certainly is a bargain and should delight fans of early Schulze music. Thanks must go to KS and kdm for making these recordings available to those who couldn't afford the original box sets when they were first released - I'm looking forward to listening to LVE2 and subsequent issues.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 8 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I sat and listened to these three CD's today, and it's been very interesting. I find it difficult to believe that whoever is reading this isn't already a Schulze fan, after all his discography is large, and why start with such a sizable set when you can get one of his other titles for less? No, I think the person reading this is already a Schulze fan - like myself - who is perhaps simply needing that nudge in the back to go ahead and jump into buying into this series.

As is well known, in the 90's Schulze released a series of box sets, culminating in a 50-CD set of (then) unreleased material. Over time these box sets sold out and started to go for silly money. So Schulze (and KDM) decided to reissue the 50-CD box set in a series of sets - three discs at a time. This is first of those, and since the music on these sets are presented in chronological order, the music here is the "oldest" you'll find, coming from around the time of the release of Irrlicht.

The music itself is in keeping with Irrlicht. At the time Schulze was creating a new type of music, working things through. Fortunately he recorded much of what he was doing. These experiments are, I believe, a valuable musical document in the development of an interesting and underrated musician. Questions of whether this is as good as the formerly released works isn't really relevant. People tend to forget how artificial officially released albums were/are. Schulze wasn't a pop musician who toiled away trying to make catchy hits that kids would buy. His work is an exploration, and he was lucky to get a single album release per year. There's no musical reason for that, it was purely down to the industry that is music.
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By Mr AN Benford on 20 Mar. 2015
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excellent set of early recordings.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I've been waiting a long time for something like this from Klaus Schulze 15 Sept. 2009
By Rykre - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Klaus Schulze's early music, like from "Irrlicht" to "Timewind", than this 3 CD collection is for you. I especially like the analog "drone" sound that he had before he got too consistent and typical with the ever-growing electronic sound.

These are a few of his recordings that were never really "officially" released as albums from 1969 to about 1972. One good reason is probably because most of these tracks run for over half an hour each and I'm sure he didn't want to edit these recordings for release so I suppose they just remained on reel to reel tapes for the past forty years. No wait! I have seen that these tracks were released on some larger German box sets like "The Historic Collection" or the "Jubilee Collection" and other various large box sets which included about 10 CD's or more. Well, I could never commit to purchasing them, here in the United States. So, now having these "La Vie Electronique" 3 disc releases, and in a more chronological order for the recordings is the way to go to collect these excellent early recordings of Klaus Schulze.

Even on the first CD here. There is a track called "The Real McCoy". The first time I heard this track was back in 1996 when I bought Rhino's CD set called "Supernatural Fairytales" which was a 5 CD set of early 70's era european Progressive Rock. You know, groups like Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Strawbs, Yes, Genesis, Ash Ra Tempel, Caravan, The Moody Blues, Nektar, Aphrodite's Child, and the such. But, on this collection, Klaus Schulze's "The Real McCoy", was called "Searchin'". I don't know where that name came from but I already had all the available Klaus Schulze CD's and this recording was not amongst them. So, here it is in it's entirety which is wonderful to have with all these additional hours of early Klaus Schulze music. So far, there are 4 volumes available of these "La Vie Electronique" CD packages containing 3 CD's each of these early recordings. I understand that there will be a volume five and six released sometime this December (2009).

I can't wait to collect all these obscure Klaus Schulze recordings. At least, up to about 1979. The early years are my most favorite years. It was Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk that introduced me to Klaus Schulze, and that got me started listening to other electronic pioneers like Jean Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Vangelis, and Tomita. Of course, my electronic music collection goes far beyond just these artists. For those of you who love early electronic music, check out what's been available lately, like Autechre, Future Sound of London, Higher Intelligence Agency, Pete Namlook, Phutureprimitive, Electric Skychurch, and The Orb.

If you especially love Klaus Schulze's "Irrlicht", "Cyborg" and "Timewind", you will love these first two volumes of "La Vie Electronique" from Klaus Schulze.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Klaus Schulze La Vie Electroniqe I 12 Aug. 2010
By wordsworth - Published on Amazon.com
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I am listening to disc three of La Vie Electroniqe Vol. 1 as I write this review. Brilliant! All three discs are fascinating. I will say, however, before I move on with this review, that if you are thinking about purchasing La Vie Electroniqe Vol. 1 you should explore the major albums beforehand. Then, if you find yourself to be a serious Schulze fanatic you will get every penny's worth with this purchase. I know that this music was released in box sets in the mid 90s, but when you listen to this music it's like the unearthing of poems from a poet you admire which might not have ever been meant for publication. (And yes, I am well aware that Klaus Schulze is still with us.) The first two discs are mind blowing. The opening track on disc one "I was dreaming I was Awake and then I Woke Up and Found Myself Asleep" is equally as profound as Schulz's first two studio albums "Irrilicht" and "Cyborg." This goes for disc 2 as well, where you will find the 32 min "Traumraum" and the 40 min "Cyborgs Traum." YIKES! The music is so intense and iconoclastic. The listener is forced to reevaluate everything he understands about music up until the point that he listens to this music. I love Tangerine Dream and own almost all of their music; but I find them poppy and light when I compare them to Schulze. He is a monster. After playing disc 1 and 2 of La Vie Electroniqe Vol. 1 I went out for a walk and ran into my neighbor. He asked me what kind of music I was listening to. I replied that I was listening to the genius German Electronic Pioneer Klaus Schulze. He replied that the music was quite frightening. I replied, "Yes, I know." And finally we come to the third disc which contains a 65 min track titled "Die Kunst, hundert Jahre alt zu werden" which has been critiqued for being a long drawn out improvisation where Schulze is looking for ideas but finds none. I can hear the argument as I listen to the disc, although it is still quite a brilliant exploration and well worth the listen. The track is atmospheric and delicate compared to the intensity of disc 2. If you love Klaus Schulze there is no way you will be disappointed with this music.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
La Vie Electronique Vol 1 1 Oct. 2011
By P. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
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Volume One of the La Vie Electronique series contains 3 discs full of Klaus Schulze very early compositions, many using processed electric organ and orchestration as there weren't many synthesizers around in the early 70s. Those familiar with his early releases IRRLICHT and CYBORG will have an idea of what is contained here. Contains a lot of live performances and outtakes from the period. Excellent quality remastering, must have for collectors and fans. Recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Trippy, cosmic soundscapes. 6 Dec. 2012
By tya nut - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful, dark and mysterious sounds that transport you to places that only exist inside the imagination. Looking forward to hearing more in this series from Klaus Schulze.
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