La Vie Electronique I Box set, Original recording remastered
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'La Vie Electronique', a history of electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze, was originally released as a strictly limited edition 50-CD box and will now be re-released in chronological order as 3CD sets, including some material never released before. This first volume includes material recorded between 1969 and 1972.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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.