New Age of Earth is a solo album by Manuel Göttsching. While originally released under Göttsching's name and Ash Ra Tempel in 1976, the releases that followed in 1977 and onward were under the name Ashra. It was the first album to be released under the name Ashra. Although a solo album by Manuel Göttsching recorded after the dissolution of his band Ash Ra Tempel, Ashra later evolved into a full band. It was released in 1976 on Isadora Records.
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Blackouts is a solo album by German musician Manuel Göttsching, released in 1977. All songs composed by Manuel Göttsching. Manuel Göttsching – guitars, keyboards, sequencer.
Ash Ra - New Age Of Earth (Full Album) 1976. Ashra - Ocean Of Tenderness (New Age Of Earth) 12:44. Ashra - Nightdust Pt. 2, 2 10:46.
This title is more prophetic than most - though thankfully, New Age of Earth isn't quite as bathetic as any number of releases on Windham Hill; by this point, Gottsching was well into his electronic phase, the jam freakouts of the earliest albums replaced by a clean, crisp electronic bed. Unlike the rigorous pulse of fellow Krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk, though, Gottsching generally favored a more consciously playful and simply beautiful approach, aiming to create pleasant music to just enjoy and relax with
New Age of Earth is not only Ash Ra's supreme achievement-it's also one of the finest "popular" electronic music records ever conceived and executed. The soaring "Sunrain," with its chugging electro-rhythmic pulse, is an appropriate album opener and is followed by the cathartic "Ocean of Tenderness," its deep, resonant bass drone and waves of rising and falling synths sweeping the listener to realms of eternal bliss
Manuel Göttsching Inventions for Electric Guitar (Kosmische Musik LP, 1975). Despite the title, New Age of Earth is free of the longueurs of what a decade later became known as new age music. It is instead an ambient-inclined album which generally foregrounds keyboards over guitar and which comfortably fits Eno’s definition of ambient as rewarding attention but not being so strict as to demand it. A (mostly) gentle masterpiece. Ashra Blackouts (Virgin LP, 1978).