JAMS 25 Audentity
Produced by Klaus Schulze
Released on February 1, 1983
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JAMS 25 cover
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P rogrography: Listening to music so you don’t have to. Only I want you to listen to music. These reviews are, after all, only etchings of exotic animals from faraway places (and the occasional ubiquitous house sparrow). There are so many strange creatures ambling about in Klaus Schulze’s attic anyway that simply thrusting your hand into the dark gives good odds of getting bitten. With the mole-man on the cover, you must be thinking heavy gardening gloves, but Audentity is actually very good. Good in the sense that it holds up to Tangerine Dream, and there’s only the one road into town. There are, of course, different cover versions, even a different double-elpee version of Audentity, but we’re sticking with the single today. With a few guests, Klaus Schulze kicks up some cosmic dust with his improbable, musical contraptions. I always think of Dali’s elephants with Schulze because they seem so wobbly at first glance but soon build up to an (almost) graceful gait that reveals a method to their absurd mechanical construction. That describes “Tango - Saty” and “Opheylissem.” In contrast, “Amourage” is a haunting spacescape (yes, I cringe every time I write the word “haunting”) and the side-long “Spielglocken” a cross between TD and Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. However, a word of warning for the uninitiated: Schulze sometimes builds his worlds with tinkertoys, which can sound like random nonsense, and in long stretches this stuff is trance-inducing. I actually had to get up during “Opheylissem” to make sure the record wasn’t skipping. It wasn’t. Trust me, there are times when you won’t know the difference. So for the final etching: a pair of perverse pachyderms, one lunar sea and a trance encounter that lasts for twenty minutes. Enjoy. (Oh, and there actually is a review on All Music Guide.)

JAMS 25 back cover
JAMS 25 back cover

TRACK LISTING

    Single elpee/CD track listing
  1. Tango - Saty    21:31 total
    Amourage
    Opheylissem
  2. SPIELGLOCKEN    21:00

    Double elpee/CD track listing
  3. CELLISTICA
  4. Tango - Saty
    Amourage
    Opheylissem
  5. SPIELGLOCKEN
  6. SEBASTIAN IM TRAUM

    2-CD reissue bonus tracks
  7. GEM
  8. TIPTOE ON THE MISTY MOUNTAIN TOPS
  9. SINK OR SWIM
  10. AT THE ANGLE OF AN ANGEL
  11. OF WHITE NIGHTS

    All compositions and arrangements by Klaus Schulze

CREDITS

KLAUS SCHULZE -- computer and keys, program, mixing
RAINER BLOSS -- sounds, glockenspiel
MICHAEL SHRIEVE -- EEH computer, Simmons percussion
WOLFGANG TIEPOLD -- cello
Funky Ebby -- engineer, mixing
Mediagraphics -- "Audentity" head design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
ITA 1983 Innovative 2LP K80025/6 gatefold cover
NET   Innovative 2LP 9923 gatefold cover
UK February 1, 1983 Illuminated Records LP JAMS 25  
JPN 1984? Music Interior LP JMI-28007 different cover
GER   Brain 2CD 817 194  
RUS   ArsNova 2CDLE AN99-0374 limited edition 500 copies
US August 1, 1996 Magnum America CD MACD 507  
UK October 21, 1997 Thunderbolt 2CD 505  
EEC September 14, 2000 Bertus 2CD B189514  
WW July 5, 2005 Inside Out 2CDX 30413 w. bonus tracks

 

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