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Monday, February 25, 2013

News: Schulze-Schickert Session to be released!

To be reissued on CD and LP from MiruMir, a new(ish) label that concentrates on the electronic pioneers of the 60s and 70s. I wasn't aware of this session, but in doing some research, it appears it's been in the CD-R market for some years now. Presumably this will be a much enhanced version. I love both Schickert and Schulze's 70s works, and I had no idea they ever played together, so this could prove to be most interesting.

Label says: "For the FIRST TIME, from the vaults of electronic music guru, KLAUS SCHULZE, comes The Schulze-Schickert Session, a RARE and PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED private session featuring echo-guitar pioneer, GÜNTER SCHICKERT. Recorded on 26 September 1975 in Klaus Schulze’s home STUDIO in Hambuehren, Germany, Schulze can be heard playing an EMS Synthi A, as well as keyboards, and a Syntanorma, while Schickert plays a 12-string Framus with metal strings and also sings on a few tracks. Although Schickert’s name is little-known outside of a very select circle of krautrock fans, he was a key member of the Berlin free jazz scene of the 1960s and a pioneer of the echo-guitar. Just prior to the recording of this informal session, Schickert’s first LP,Samtvogel, was released on the seminal Brain label. On the two bonus tracks, found only on both CD versions, Schickert’s playing ebbs, as Schulze takes on the more dominant role.

Tracklist:

Side A: 1 Die Sehnsucht des Laien 2. Hymns to the Night 3. No-Frills
Side B: 1. Heart of Darkness 2. Twilight Chill 3. Blessed Twilight"

6 comments:

Ken Golden said...

I must call into question the authenticity of this label. I suspect it is a well done bootleg. Hope I'm wrong.

Tom said...

I was afraid that someone might say that. I can't say 100% for sure, but I did see it first in a list that never carries bootlegs. Some of the wording used also implied that the artists were involved, but again, that can be manipulated. We'll take a wait and see on this one. Thanks Ken for the comment.

Anonymous said...

It's mentioned on Klaus Schulze's homepage, so I guess it's OK?

Cheers, Bas

Tom said...

Yes, that confirms it I think. Thanks Bas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tom!

I just listen to this one. There is not that much Schickert here. This is quite typical Mid-70s Schulze (Picture Music, Moondawn), with a little bit of Acoustic Guitar by Schickert thrown in. Actually, it is quite good. Great sound, too, and nice packaging (I got just the "normal" jewel case version).

Greetings,

Achim

Tom said...

Thanks for the feedback Achim! I just got mine in this weekend as well (regular jewel case), and completely concur with your observations.