Exposé Online banner

Ashra — Sunrain - The Virgin Years
(Caroline CAROL 1109-2, 1980/1996, CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1998-02-01

Sunrain - The Virgin Years Cover art

And what great years they were. Never heard any Ashra? Buy this! Sorry, I am biased, this is great stuff. If you don't know, Ash Ra is Manuel Göttsching, a phenomenal guitar player and master of electronic music in general as this 13-track collection demonstrates. You get three from New Age of Earth (1977) — on this one Manuel is into prime German electronic music, lots delicious little analog synth lines on this one, ah bliss! You also get three from Blackouts (1978), five from Correlations (1979) and two from Belle Alliance (1980). These three albums, each one successively more rhythmic, focus more on his guitar playing. Be it a fast lead or a simple bouncing melody, Manuel's precise playing is all backed by a spacy or bouncy rhythm track. I guess it's the clean simplicity of it that I love. I consider all of these albums worth owning and fortunately Ash Ra's Virgin material is still all available. As with any collection, it lacks a song or two I love, but if you want a fantastic CD of instrumental spacerock or want to check out this premier German band, this a great buy.


Filed under: Archives, Issue 14, 1996 releases, 1980 recordings

Related artist(s): Manuel Göttsching, Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra, Harald Grosskopf

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music festival world, and music festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Pierrot Lunaire - Gudrun – Of the avant-progressive scene in Italy – i.e. Opus Avantra, Alfredo Tisocco, Franco Battiato and many others – Pierrot Lunaire's second has to rate as one of the very best. It's...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues