Klaus Schulze — Moondawn
(Revisited Records REV 031, 1976/2007, CD)
by Henry Schneider, 2008-01-01:
Moondawn was Klaus’ first electronic masterpiece. This was the first recording using Klaus’ big “Moog.” Beautiful scintillating abstract electronic sounds open the album and then the powerful sequencers take over. Moondawn also features Harald Grosskopf on drums, and his drumming drives the music into the stratosphere and beyond. For the current Moondawn reissue, Klaus stayed true to the original master and did not include the Mellotron part used in 1990 to cover up some crackling noises on the first CD reissue. This reissue is the same mix as on the 1995 edition on Manikin records. However the bonus track “Floating Sequence” is different since Klaus did not want his fans to purchase the same CD twice. “Floating Sequence” comes from the Moondawn sessions and it is a pure sequencer piece.
by Mike McLatchey, 2015-02-05:
McLatchey's Top Tier #24
Picture Music and Timewind have been on my (top) favorites list for decades at this point, but for some weird reason it took a little longer with Moondawn and I'm not quite sure why. I think part of it is when I first heard the much rarer Wolfgang Bock's Cycles and Cultural Noise's Aphorisms Insane both started me thinking about the slightly more rock or bandlike approach to sequencer music. Because really Moondawn moves forward from Timewind by adding real drums and really cranking it up. Once I went back to it I realized it was a good as my old favorites.
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