Schulze, Klaus - Blackdance (expanded / remastered)

SKU 21-MIG 01492
The first album by Klaus to be released outside of Germany, many people's first encounter with Klaus' monumental solo work began with this album and it's a great one. Highly recommended!

"Blackdance was my first album to be released in England on Caroline, a Virgin label. Before that [Virgin boss] Richard Branson had signed Tangerine Dream, and then he also contacted me. Of course, I said yes right away. Not just because Branson liked music from Germany but also since Virgin was at the time, apart from Island Records, the prestigious English record company. For Voices of Syn (the longest piece on Blackdance), I used the voice of Ernst Walter Siemon. He was an opera singer who had rehearsed at the studio in Berlin where we had recorded the first Tangerine Dream record Electronic Meditation [1970]. I happened to be there and asked him whether he wanted to sing something for me and he did a little collage for me that consisted of Verdi and a few other composers. I recorded it on my Revox tape machine and used it for this intro a few years later. I played 12-string guitar on Blackdance myself, since I started with the acoustic guitar, before I played drums. At the time, I had been in New York and I bought a Martin 12-string at Manny's Music Store because it sounded so unbelievably wonderful. I thought I definitely had to use that sound in a song somewhere but after I had completed Blackdance I found this thing with the guitar and congas and tablas not that great anymore. It sounded too much like folk to me. On the other hand many people have told me that it was actually this sound which drew their attention to my music. For instance, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree told me this recently. He thinks Blackdance is a fantastic album. I can't quite exactly remember the details of the bonus tracks. I think they originated at the The Manor Studio, owned by Virgin, back in 1975 where I produced the Far East Family Band [with Masanori Takahashi, aka Kitaro] and it was possibly during a break when the guys were asleep. But I can't swear to it. There are an incredible amount of tapes which I have filled with music, which are temporarily stored until [Klaus Dieter] Muller digs them out again. When somebody asks me thirty years later, when, where and how I did one of these pieces, for me it's just like someone investigating a tax offence, "We have a receipt here from the petrol station. Where did you get petrol on August 7th 1997?" When even Muller doesn't know exactly when and where I did a piece of music, then no-one knows!"-Klaus Schulze
  • LabelMade In Germany
  • UPC885513014924
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