Hearing Nils Frahm on 6 Music reminded me of Tangerine Dream, causing me to revisit Ricochet. Which gets my award for best electronic record: it’s wonderful throughout, there’s not a duff moment anywhere, brilliance is sustained for 38 minutes, it’s holistically perfect.
It proved impossible to revisit Ricochet without checking out my one and only Klaus Schulze record: Mirage which dates from 1977. Like Ricochet, Mirage contains two long pieces – Crystal Lake and Velvet Voyage – totalling 58 minutes.
As a whole Mirage doesn’t work quite as well as Ricochet. However the first half of Crystal Lake – fourteen minutes or so – is the best segment of electronic music ever recorded. That’s a rather strong assertion, and it’s based on incomplete knowledge of Mr Schulze: as noted Mirage is my sole album, yet wikipedia indicates a vast discography over the years, and – curiously – Mirage is not even mentioned in the main text section on the 1970s.
It’s just that I can’t imagine anything better than the first quarter of this