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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

SCHULZE KLAUS: Timewind (1975)

Timewind is the album where Klaus Schulze spreads his wings to reach a full rhythmic maturity and atmospheric undertaken with Blackdance

CD 1 (59:13)

Bayreuth Return 30:25

Wahnfried 1883 28:37

CD 2 Bonus Tracks (56:14)

Echoes of Time 38:42

Solar Wind 12:35

Windy Times 4:57

Brain Records | 833 128-2 (59:13)

Revisited Records SPV 305492 DCD - REV 070 (56:14)

(Berlin School) (V.F.)

We are in 1975! Pink Floyd pushes the excitations of progressive music by using an atmospheric and floating approach with Wish you Were Here. Progressive rock takes more nobility and electronic rock continues its cosmic momentum. While Tangerine Dream releases the dark Rubycon, Klaus Schulze molds his spectral waves to offer us a clear and clean work that hides in a splendid artwork signed by Urs Amman. Dedicated to Richard Wagner, TIMEWIND is a long cosmic journey worn on the wings of time that is as enchanting as the artwork of Urs Amman.

A metal wind blows on a dusty dune, pushing multitudes of sonic bits that twirl in the ambient air. Cold winds freeze time on a bass line whose minimalist pulsations turn in loops, while the cosmic touch of Klaus Schulze settles with the waves of his Farfisa and the effects of his synthesizer. These loops undulate on a movement of the sequencer which is increasing with a heavier amplitude. Everything is sweetness and finesse. On a heavy bass line that tackles with darkness, Bayreuth Return drags its harmonies on these dark strata that will leave their sound traces for years to come. And the return of Bayreuth is done with a cyclic swirl of synth layers that roll with subtle deviations, keeping the same fineness of movement until it stops to contemplate the extent of the road to follow. In the distance, the horizon is flat and desert. It is made up of the same hypnotic sound abundance that attracts Bayreuth Return to its endless march. A solitary march where lizards grow hoarse breaths, lifting cosmic dust that evaporate on minimalist rhythms stuck in sequences. And these rhythms dance loosely in a swirling abyss, abruptly ending the musical odyssey of Bayreuth Return. If you liked this intergalactic journey, Wahnfried 1883, inspired by Wagner's works, continues in the same vein. In a latent state of suspension, the introduction is soaked with a heavy synth sail whose waves float with passion but barely move. Frozen in time, the movement is surrounded by angels' dust that flutters on subtle sequences moving with the delicacy of a spiral in a state of weightlessness. Slow, supple and superbly rich, Wahnfried 1883 is an intense journey to the hearts of analogous sounds and its hovering movements, on the edge of a cosmos that we did not know was so seductive.

TIMEWIND is the album that revealed Klaus Schulze to the American public. And that's understandable. Schulze manipulates heavy rhythms and sequences with more maturity and depth. If Bayreuth Return smashes the bass portion from our speakers with its undulating and rebellious bass line, the strata that adorn the sidereal beauty of Wahnfried 1883 immerse themselves with all the depth that belongs to Klaus Schulze's unique vision. It is the fusion of his earlier works and it is with this growing maturity that he imposes his style in order to prepare us for other great works. For the time it's a colossal work that would unlock the inspiration and audacity of many newcomers. (April 2005)

A re-edition of TIMEWIND! Is it worth it? It seems to me that the original version has a more depth in the sound fields. But in the end, the more current sound of this version offers this enchantment that equal the vinyl comparison versus the arrival of the compact disc. Was it worth a double cd set? Absolutely! And this is the most interesting point here, even if they are variations on the same themes that bring another dimension to TIMEWIND titles. Echoes of Times and Solar Wind are two variations of Bayreuth Return performed in concert. Klaus Schulze played his classic 3 times, in almost 2 hours, with different shots. After a pause, he resumes the concert in a different way. Only the sequences are identical. The changes are reflected in the intros. Solar Wind is simply divine with its fluidity, while Windy Times, written in 2000, is a remake of Wahnfried 1883. A kind of mix. It is shorter and faster, while taking place on the same sequenced pattern. I found it very good. Good as the whole of this re-edition. Schulze! There is just him to fill his fans while abusing him. Everyone has his share! A more brilliant sound, nice bonus tracks and a beautiful booklet, with all the drawings that we found on the original cover. It's a wonderful journey back in time with the man with timeless music.

Sylvain Lupari (February 7th, 2007) *****

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