Monday, 28 February 2011

Manuel Gottsching - Live At Mt. Fuji (2007)

Manuel Gottsching hasn't released as many albums in recent decades as he did earlier in his career but when he does release something new, it's always something special. Manuel's latest release was recorded live in Feburary 2006 during an excellent solo concert near Japan's Mount Fuji. Manuel performed the entire concert alone accompanied by stunning computer visuals by a Japanese graphic artist and he also dug into his back catalog coming up with new arrangements of classic material. The album opens with "Sunrain" which was originally from the 1976 classic "New Age of Earth". The familiar hypnotic sequencer pattern is already in place however on this new version, Manuel takes it in a slightly different direction and extends the piece to nearly 15-minutes. "Saint and Sinner" is a more recent piece which was originally heard on the 2004 release "Concert For Murnau". This laid back piece is taken a step up from its studio counterpart as Manuel adds a bluesy Clapton-esque guitar lead that wasn't there before. "Trunky Groove" is a brand new piece composed for this concert and is a showcase for the psychedelic music style that was the norm for Manuel back in his very early days in Ash Ra Tempel. A techno-style rhythm is accompanied by a long drone and intense orchestrations before giving way to an effects-drenched guitar solo. "Die Mulde" is a 20-minute excerpt from Manuel's long-form 1997 piece of the same name. It begins with the "Die Spiegel" section of the piece and shifts into the closing "Zerfluss" movement. As with "Saint and Sinner", Manuel adds a guitar lead which wasn't in the original version. Finally, to close the album, we have yet another arrangement of the classic "Shuttlecock" which originally is from the 1978 masterwork "Blackouts". The arrangement is similar to the 1976 live version that appeared on the 1996 CD set "The Private Tapes" but definitely has a modern twist. Manuel's guitar playing is up front and center here and is stellar - almost like taking a trip back to the mid 70s. "Live at Mt.Fuji" is yet another great CD release from the legendary Manuel Gottsching. There is some amazing music on this disc and every piece has some stellar shining moments. Manuel has definitely not lost any of his musical strengths in fact, he is playing better than ever now as he was then. This is definitely another solid addition to one's Gottsching and Ash Ra Tempel collection and is another classic gem from this pioneer. MANUEL GÖTTSCHING Live At Mt. Fuji music review by Louie

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Sunrain (14:48)
2. Saint & Sinner (9:51)
3. Trunky Groove (14:42)
4. Die Mulde/Zerfluss (19:50)
5. Shuttlecock (13:14)

Total Time: 72:25

Line-up / Musicians
- Manuel Gottsching / guitar, electronics
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Manuel Göttsching - Shuttlecock

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