One of the most defining bands of 1970’s German psychedelic music is also one of the more obscure. Not mentioned often enough in the hurried description of Krautrock along with the usual suspects of Can, Neu!, Faust and Kraftwerk, Ash Ra Tempel deserve to be listed in that deified few. Early recordings find Ash Ra Tempel disassembling the core elements of blues-based rock from the bottom up. Reconfiguring those elements into a roaring beam of liquid sound radiating out and up into the cosmos was the band’s reason for being. And Ash Ra Tempel did it better than almost any other band around.
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