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GROSSKOPF, HARALD - SYNTHESIST (2CD-LTD 2020 40TH ANNIVERSARY/DIGIPAK)

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2020 re-issue of a classic from the early 80’s German EM scene with a bonus disc featuring new interpretations from Thorsten Quaeschning (TD) & others!

Originally released in 1980 on Sky Records, ‘Synthesist’ contains one of THE most exciting opening tracks on a Synth album … EVER!!

For the 40th Anniversary of this classic of the early 80’s German Electronic Music scene comes this Limited Edition Double CD Digi-Pak and a Double Vinyl LP (in Transparent Yellow Vinyl), both Limited to just 500 Copies each!
The 2nd disc in each of these sets contains new interpretations of the music on ‘Synthesist’ from Steve Baltes, Thorsten Quaeschning (TANGERINE DREAM), Paul Frick (TANGERINE DREAM), KEIDLER, PYROLATOR, LOVE-SONGS, Stefan Lewin, CAMERA and TELLAVISION.

For the 40th Anniversary of this classic of the early 80’s German Electronic Music scene comes Limited Edition Double CD and Vinyl LP sets where the 2nd discs contain new interpretations of the music on ‘Synthesist’ from Steve Baltes, Thorsten Quaeschning (TANGERINE DREAM), Paul Frick (TANGERINE DREAM), KEIDLER, PYROLATOR, LOVE-SONGS, Stefan Lewin, CAMERA and TELLAVISION.

‘Synthesist’ was the first solo album by ASHRA drummer Harald Grosskopf.
It is one of the classics of German electronic music, comprising eight instrumentals composed in the tradition of the so-called Berliner Schule / Berlin School (Klaus Schulze / TANGERINE DREAM).

Harald Grosskopf was in his early twenties when LSD "blew [his] reality away", as he recalls. Born in Hildesheim in 1949, he had previously drummed in fairly conventional rock bands, most recently for WALLENSTEIN. Their label boss Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser was fond of facilitating jam sessions for musicians on his Ohr and Pilz labels, often supplying his "cosmic couriers" with LSD (unbeknown to them, on occasion). In one such session, the drug inspired something of an epiphany in Grosskopf: "There I was playing the drums when, in the midst of my euphoria, I realized that I had been imitating other drummers. Suddenly a voice spoke to me: stop trying to sound like Billy Cobham or Ginger Baker. From that moment on I felt liberated, free to drum without having to shine in a particular role."
Having discovered his own musical identity, Harald Grosskopf understood that a standard rock combo was not the ideal conduit through which to express it. "I was completely in thrall to electronic music and the total freedom that it offered. This was the music I wanted to create. I knew it would be a success, the energy levels were so high." Grosskopf consequently left WALLENSTEIN. "I fell into a hole at first, wondering what I was going to do, so I sold my prized drum kit and used the money to buy a guitar, amp and echo device." A few days later, the doorbell rang. It was Manuel Göttsching, on his way back to Berlin from a tour of France. They knew each other from Berlin's electronic scene and recording sessions for the likes of ASH RA TEMPEL. Göttsching invited Grosskopf to sign up for his new ASHRA project, and the rest is history!
ASHRA (Grosskopf, Göttsching & Lutz Ulbrich alias Lüül) released a series of successful albums in the years that followed. It was not until the summer of 1979, however, that Grosskopf finally felt ready to release a solo album. ‘Synthesist’ comprises eight instrumentals, recorded largely by Grosskopf on his own. His melodies, carried along by synthesizers and drums, were reminiscent of works by Berlin electronic friends such as Klaus Schulze and TANGERINE DREAM, as well as those "cosmic" sessions of the early 1970s - yet each melody retains a unique timbre.
‘Synthesist’ is thus regarded as a classic by electronic music enthusiasts all over the world, evoking a thrilling musical era from the past with an equal capacity to excite today!

‘Synthesist [40th Anniversary]’ is also available as a HQ Coloured Double Vinyl LP – Stock # 2204629

‘Synthesist [40th Anniversary]’ is released on 5th June 2020.


HARALD GROSSKOPF: SYNTHESIST - 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION 2CD Track List:

CD 1:
01. So Weit, So Gut
02. B. Aldrian
03. Emphasis
04. Synthesist
05. 1847 – Earth
06. Trauma
07. Transcendental Overdrive
08. Tai Ki

CD 2:
01. STEVE BALTES: 1847 – Earth
02. THORSTEN QUAESCHNING: So Weit, So Gut
03. Paul Frick: Synthesist
04. KREIDLER: Earth – 1847
05. PYROLATOR: Synthesist
06. LOVE-SONGS: Earth – 1847
07. STEFAN LEWIN: Synthesist
08. CAMERA: Synthesist
09. TELLAVISION: Emphasis