Ash Ra Tempel

About Ash Ra Tempel

Along with Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel (later Ashra) was one of the first bands to convert the trippier side of late-'60s psychedelia into the kosmische rock of the '70s. Manuel Göttsching formed Ash Ra Tempel in 1970 with no less than Klaus Schulze and Hartmut Enke. After a self-titled album in 1971, Schulze left for a solo career; Göttsching carried on with a variety of guests, including Timothy Leary on 1973's Seven Up (and Schulze again, for Join Inn). By 1975, Göttsching had released his first solo album, Inventions for Electric Guitar, although Ashra's next two records were also Göttsching-only albums (1976's brilliant New Age of Earth and 1977's Blackouts). For the '80s, most Ashra LPs were full-band albums, while Göttsching solo records (like the landmark E2-E4) were truly solo endeavors. 2000's reunion LP Friendship (with Schulze) proved to be Ash Ra Tempel's last non-archival release.

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