Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh man! What a trip ...., 2 Sept. 2005
By 
Cartimand (Hampshire, UK.) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (VINE VOICE)   
This review is from: Seven Up (Audio CD)
This rather strange collaboration with drugs guru Timothy Leary has been dismissed by some as overly gimmicky and not up to usual Ash Ra Tempel standards. It does, in my humble opinion, still have much to offer though.
Downtown opens the proceedings in funky, bluesy style and shows how this most mercurial of bands could effectively traverse genres at the drop of a hat. Power Drive and Right Hand Lover sound like almost conventional pop/rock songs (albeit with most unconventional lyrical themes!) with Gottsching showing he can rock it with the best of 'em when he wants to, before Velvet Genes gives us a more Krautrock-ish track. The long track Time, which covered the whole of the second side of the original album, returns to the classic Ash Ra Tempel 'kosmische' sound, reprising the seminal chord-sequence first heard on Schwingungen, but with the Timothy Leary voiceover. As a great example of trippy ambient hypnotic mood-changing music, I like it. Lots.
This is, perhaps, not the best album to listen to as an introduction to this most mercurial of bands (better to go for Schwingungen, Join Inn or the eponymous first album), but is still a very worthwhile effort and highly recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger than fiction, 24 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Seven Up (Audio CD)
This album came out in the seventies and has always been a bit of an outsider production. Acid guru Tim Leary teams up with Ash Ra Tempel to produce this genuinely odd album designed for a psychedelic 'night in'...to take you somewhere else.
Imagine a very spaced out Velvet Underground meeting an acid evangelist wanting to 'do things' to your head... armed with a new-fangled synthesiser, some out there attitude... and lots of incense ... in a crazy groovy loft apartment somewhere in Haight Ashbury...and you are somewhere near what you get here.
File under Far Out.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Spaced out, 1 Feb. 2010
By 
D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Seven Up (Audio CD)
One of a series of 'cosmic music' projects overseen by Rolf Ulrich Kaiser, 'Seven Up' is full of surprises. I was taken aback when I first heard the opening few minutes of the 15-minute 'Space'. The perfunctory, drunken blues of 'Downtown' wasn't what I expected. It dissolves in a psychedelic blur, however, and when the band emerge from the other side they launch into the raging freakout, 'Powerdrive'. Each 'song' starts and ends in similar fashion but represents a different pop genre, and, apart from 'Downtown', is performed against a background of cosmic turbulence.

The other track, 'Time', occupies 21 minutes and builds gradually through a series of atmospheric twists and turns that never settle into any pattern. At about halfway, however, it takes on the beautifully eerie shape that runs through to the end. The production on 'Seven Up' is hardly crystal clear, but this enhances the effect AT achieve. As for Timothy Leary, he appears to contribute little to the album apart from some well-placed utterances on 'Time'. Not an album I took to at first, but one which I love now.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Seven Up
Seven Up by Ash Ra Tempel (Audio CD - 2000)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews