Ashra (band)

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Ashra
Also known as @shra
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres electronic music
ambient
Berlin school
Years active 1976–1998
Labels Isadora Records
Polydor
Virgin Records
Ariola Records
Navigator
Série Poème
Think Progressive
MG.ART
Caroline Records
Associated acts Ash Ra Tempel
Eruption
The Cosmic Jokers
Wallenstein
Agitation Free
Website Official site
Past members Manuel Göttsching
Harald Grosskopf
Lutz Ulbrich
Steve Baltes

Ashra is a project begun by Manuel Göttsching in 1976, initially to facilitate his solo career although other members were included later on. The band's name is an abbreviation of the name of Gottsching's previous band, Ash Ra Tempel. The name was changed as Gottsching's music became less psychedelic and more oriented towards electronica.

History[edit]

Ash Ra Tempel played their last concert in February 1973, their final album Starring Rosi was recorded later that year (featuring future Ashra member Harald Grosskopf). At the demise of Ash Ra Tempel, Göttsching remained musically inactive until 1975 when he released his debut solo album Inventions for Electric Guitar. This album introduced the effects he would later make use of in his work as Ashra, but in a much more basic form. Later that year Göttsching was commissioned to record a film soundtrack. The resulting album was released in 1993 as Le Berceau de Cristal under the Ash Ra Tempel name, despite the fact that none of the original members of that band feature. Instead, Gottsching was backed by former Agitation Free guitarist Lutz Ulbrich, who would go on to collaborate with Gottsching as Ashra.[1]

The following year Göttsching made his debut as Ashra, releasing New Age of Earth on Isadora Records. This would become perhaps Ashra's most popular album. All instruments are played by Göttsching. A second Göttsching-only Ashra album was released in 1977: Blackouts.

In 1979 the third Ashra album was released. Correlations featured Lutz Ulbrich on guitar and keyboards as well as ex-Wallenstein and Cosmic Couriers drummer Harald Grosskopf who had played drums on Ash Ra Tempel's final album. The band released one further album (Belle Alliance) with this line up.

In 1981 they performed in "Musical Express", a program of the Spanish television network TVE.[2] In this same program they played a jam session together with Neuronium (Michel Huygen, Carlos Guirao, Santi Picó, Miguel Guillamat) and Teddy Bautista.[3]

In the mid-1980s the trio recorded Tropical Heat (album) although the album would only be released in 1991. In 1990 the duo of Göttsching and Ulbrich released Walkin' the Desert. The band's next album is 1998's Sauce Hollandaise, a live album released and recorded in the Netherlands, now[when?] out of print. For this album the trio of Göttsching, Grosskopf and Ulbrich were joined by Steve Baltes who would also feature in the @shra series, the first of which was also released in 1998. This series embraces a more techno-oriented sound. As of 2011, @shra is the band's last new recording to be released.

Discography[edit]

Recording dates are given in italics while release dates are in bold

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • 1998/1997 - Sauce Hollandaise (live album)
  • 1998/1997 - @shra (re-released in 2008 along with @shra Vol. 2 as @shra + @shra Vol. 2)
  • 2002/1997 - @shra Vol. 2 (re-released in 2008 along with @shra as @shra + @shra Vol. 2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Template:Ashra Love Spells
  2. ^ "live performance for Spanish TV". TVE Musical Express 1981. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jam session Neuronium & Ashra". Musical Express, TVE 1981. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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