Ashra - Correlations. 1979 Germany

In 1979, Manuel Göttsching once again changed directions for his alter ego Ashra project. Reuniting with former colleagues Lutz Ulbricht (guitar and synthesizers), and Harald Grosskopf (drums and synthesizers), Ashra presented their unique variation of the power trio. Correlations was the first of two releases by the lineup. Once again the mood is light, with bouncy almost funky/disco styled rhythms, heavy use of sequencers, and of course, Manuel's spirited but rambling guitar. And yes, it does get psychedelic at times. No doubt Ashra caught the breezy tropical fusion bug that had invaded Germany at this time. One of optimism and good times, if not a bit misguided. An album that has aged incredibly well for me, though I had reservations initially when I first bought the LP (way back in the summer of 1985).

Personal collection
LP: 1979 Virgin (UK)
CD: 2008 Belle Antique (Japan)

Originals are housed in a single sleeve cover that features a very evocative photo. I bought the LP at the same time as the Blackouts LP and my personal story is contained there. This album's long recording sessions were also captured and released in a 3 CD format, which is presumably more stretched out and psychedelic.

Last listen: May 23, 2018

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