Klaus Schulze - Into The Blue
0:00:00 - Into The Blue
0:15:25 - Blowin' The Blues Away
0:35:30 - Blue Moods
0:40:00 - Wild And Blue
1:15:32 - Out Of The Blue
Into The Blue is a single track subdivided into five other titled sections which play as one continuous piece,( this being a common trait of the other tracks on the album). The blue theme unravels before us with languid ease as synth strings and pads plot out the soundbed upon which all else will be built. Klaus weaves around the stately calm with the sound of fretless bass, until at the 12 minute mark, Bam!!! He hits you with the albums secret weapon, a beautiful cathedral choir set of samples, which have been worked upon to fit the music perfectly. It lifts the track completely as it mixes with the synthetic backdrop. If Schulze is regarded as the Pope of the electronic world, this most surely has to be a favourite hymn.
Unannounced the 20 minute,'Blowin' the Blues Away' arrives, hammering out it's own course over the continuing chords with an edgy sequence and percussives breaking the ambient mood. Kettle drums strike as Klaus picks out leads with harp, woodwind and brass, at times veering dangerously close to that Jan Hammer/Miami Vice sound. 'Blue Moods' returns us to the feel of the opening section acting as a kind of bridge into, 'Wild and Blue' which for the next 35 minutes has the sequencer/percussion interplay returning with a greater sense of urgency. A picked bass note and more aggressive sounding drums dance across the soundfield as Schulze plays out a lead line with sampled saxophone. The whole mood becoming a more weighty affair -- loud and punchy, not unlike his work on En=Trance.
At the halfway mark, Schulze surprises us again by switching to a typically Chris Franke type polyrhythmic sequence, Klaus now taking up the lead with sampled guitar. A slight refrain follows, nothing really dying down until we hit, 'Out of the Blue', a short 3 minute section designed to close proceedings.