Ashra - Correlations. 1979 Germany

Ashra - Correlations. 1979 Virgin (UK). Pressed and released in many other countries

This is our 4th feature on Ash Ra Tempel/Ashra

CD reissues: 1990 Virgin; 2002 Spalax (France); 2008 MG.ART; 2008 Arcangelo (Japan mini); 2012 Belle Antique (Japan mini)

LP reissue: 2004 Spalax (France)

Release details: Single sleeve cover that features a very evocative photo. Originals are relatively common and easy to find. The consensus is that the UK version is the original, but it's just semantics at this point. I bought mine at the same time as the Blackouts LP and my personal story is contained there. CDs are also common, though for a short while from the mid 90s to the early 00s, sourcing the original German copy had proven difficult. Once the Spalax version hit the market, that problem remained solved. I would submit that the Japanese mini's and the Spalax LP have to be considered superfluous by any definition. This album's long recording sessions were also released in a 3 CD format, but that's for a different post.

Notes: In 1979, Manuel Göttsching once again changed directions. Reuniting with former colleagues Lutz Ulbricht (guitar and synthesizers) and Harald Grosskopf (drums and synthesizers), Ashra presented their version of the power trio. Correlations was the first release of two by the lineup. Once again the mood is light, with bouncy almost funky rhythms, heavy use of sequencers, and of course, Manuel's spirited but rambling guitar. An album that has aged incredibly well for me, though I had reservations initially.

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