Friday, May 6, 2016

40 Year Itch : A Parallel World

Far East Family Band : Entering

  When Japanese prog rockers Far East Family Band ( featuring future ambient rock pioneer Kitaro) teamed up with Klaus Schulze ( Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Temple) producing, they traded their heavy Pink Floyd influences for more of a Krautrock sound. The classic cut is the sixteen minute "Entering", which is all glistening synthesizer sounds for the first four minutes. Six minutes in the drums began to pound and we are all "entering" the space rock orbit so well illustrated on the cover of Parallel World. A treat with headphones!

Far East Family Band and Klaus Schulze in Tokyo, 1975

   Around the same time Schulze released his 1976 electronic rock masterpiece Moondawn. Phenomenal!

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