Klaus Schulze's 84th ( !!! ). With so many Schulze albums out there it's really very daunting trying to sniff out the really good ones. For me it's been hit and miss. Not all of them are capital "G" great, but all lot of them are. "Vanity of Sounds" is just a hair 'underneath' such truly phenomenal releases as "Mirage", "Kontinuum", "Live@Klangart" and ""Rheingold" ( w/ Lisa Gerrard ). "Vanity" is more linear than those, and this may be, for me, why it doesn't quite make it into the upper of the upper echelon. I love it when Schulze layers and paints lush, complex pieces that seem to fractally regress infinitely in texture and sound picture. "Vanity of Sounds" however, features another side of Schulze - his more lateral, horizontal or more 'linear' style. He sets up some really great rhythmic motifs, very finely crafted for sure, and then plays his improvised melody lines over top, rather than the forward movement being achieved through the massive shifting of repeated motifs, as on "Mirage" and "Kontinuum" . In that respect this one is probably closer to "Live@Klangart", which strikes a very nice balance of layered textures and linear improvising. In fact the inner photographs of "Vanity of Sounds" were taken at the same even as those used to illustrate "Klangart".
"Vanity of Sounds" is a re-release of the first disc of a set of 10 previously known as "Contemporary Works I" from 2000. That original volume of work saw Schulze collaborating, on most of the discs of that set, with a Cologne music/dj collective, 'Solar Moon System. Many of his fans at the time bemoaned all the collaboration and demanded more solo Schulze. So when arranging for the this re-release he opted to re-issue only his solo work. He states quite clearly that the 10 disc set will NOT be re-released.Read more ›
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