Klaus Schulze faq
Version 2.2 - March, 2007
1. General Questions and Answers
  a. Why are some albums so hard to get?
    This has more than just one reason.
First, as KS is not really a commercial success, smaller record stores don't even order his 'unpopular' albums because they fear they can hardly sell them.
- Second, sold-out albums will usually not re-released for the same reason.
- Third, some albums were only released as limited editions of 500 - 2000 units each.
- Fourth, some albums are only sold via mail-order shops.
  b. Why are some albums released in different covers?
    This is a common practice in the music business. Sometimes albums are released in covers which look like covers of other successful albums, sometimes the original cover artwork was unavailble, or sometimes the producers of a foreign release used a cover more suiting to their own record label style or the taste in their country.
  c. Is Klaus Schulze a 'fan' of Richard Wagner?
    Actually, Klaus is very impressed by Wagner and his work. KS takes it as example for his own compositions, and many album or track titles are reminiscences to Wagner (Bayreuth Return, Wahnfried 1883, Richard Wahnfried, Ludwig II. von Bayern). And also keep in mind that KS' son's name is Richard...
  d. Who is Klaus D. Mueller?
    Klaus D. Mueller ("kdm") is neither KS' manager nor producer. He is just a friend who does lots of correspondence, contacts, dates, etc. for KS. And he's the publisher of "Klaus Schulze - The Works" and the Klaus Schulze newsletter.
  e. What's so interesting about Cologne's trams?
    Well, uhm, if you will ever ride one of Cologne's trams (on tramway 1, to be exact), you will have an interesting experience: When the tram brakes, it makes a noise which sounds very similar to the end of the main part of the track "Dymagic" on "Live" (26:12 to 26:15, to be exact). At least, this is my opinion. Could someone else check this out, please?!
2. Q & A about particular albums
  a. Irrlicht
    Is it true that the original LP-release of "Irrlicht" contained a poster?
    The "Ohr" release of "Irrlicht" contained a leaflet in LP-cover size with a chart on which KS explained the way of creating the album ("Music is aesthetisized frequency"). This leaflet is reprinted in the book "Klaus Schulze - eine musikalische Gratwanderung", p. 39.
  b. Cyborg
    Which is the "official" order of the tracks on "Cyborg"?
    Two different versions of "Cyborg" exist. On the original LP, the order of the tracks was:

Disc 1: Side A - "Synphaera", Side B - "Conphaera"
Disc 2: Side A - "Chromengel", Side B - "Neuronengesang"

For unknows reasons, there is (at least) one CD release (by French label AVI) on which the tracks had been "shuffled":

Disc 1: "Chromengel" and "Conphaera"
Disc 2: "Synphaera" and "Neuronengesang"

The "official" order is of course that of the original LP release.
  c. Take your Headphones
    I've heard of this record, but don't know how to get it
    TyH was a promotional album sent for free as a New Year's Greetings gift for friends. About 500 copies exist, and it's very hard to get a copy. It's not clear whether KS was involved in producing the album, but as it is a sampler similar to "Sci Fi Party" and "Gilles Zeitschiff", probably parts of his "Ash Ra Temple" music were used.
  d. Moondawn
    I've heard that the CD release of "Moondawn" is somehow shortened. Is that true?
    Yes and no. The original CD release by Metronome-Brain is shortened because they used an LP instead of the master tape and shortened the track's endings to cut out some background noise. But a complete CD recording is available from Manikin Records, Berlin.
  e. Body Love
    Is the movie "Bodylove" still available?
    I don't think so. I tried to get a copy, but was told that it's very hard to get porn movies older than 3 - 5 years.
  f. 'X'
    The LP Booklet was not used for the CD release. What did it contain?
    The "X" album was accompanied by a 16-page booklet in LP-cover size. It contained color and b/w photos, an autobiography by KS, an essay by Klaus D. Mueller, and some pages from the score of "Ludwig II. von Bayern".
  g. Dune
    Is "Dune" a reminescence to Frank Herbert's novels?
    Yes. I think KS likes the "Dune" novels. The working title of the track "Shadows of Ignorance" was "Arrakis", and the lyrics of that track also do remind of the novels.
  h. ...Live...
    In Live, a poster was enclosed?
    Yes, but I am not sure how this poster looked like. Probably it is the poster sometimes used by Manikin Records as a gift; this poster shows the "Live" cover photo.
  i. Der Deutsche E-Musiker Klaus Schulze
    What is it? I've never heard of that album!
    Indeed, it's one of these "hard-to-gets". - In 1980, KS gave an interview to someone who pretended to do this for a German radio station. Two years later, the interview (along with some KS music) was released on the album "Der Deutsche E-Musiker Klaus Schulze", distributed by a German science fiction magazine. As KS did not agree with the release of the interview, this album has to be treated as a bootleg.
In 1995, a CD version of that interview was released, bearing the title "Das Interview". And suddenly, lots of copies of the original LP version appeared on German record fares, smelling as if they had been stored in dark cellars for years...
  j. Trancefer
    There are some rumours that different mixes of "Trancefer" exist.
    These rumours have been confirmed by Klaus D. Mueller in his "KS Circle". A slightly different version of the music was released on a pre-release of 800 albums (300 as 45 RPM normal cut, and 500 as 33 RPM halfspeed cut). These albums were released in plain white covers with a sticker and were also containing two photos and a 5-page leaflet.
As Klaus D. Mueller stated, the first minutes and the endings of both tracks of the pre-release are slightly different from the final version published on LP and CD.
I've recently checked this on my own pre-release copy (which now appears to be a collector's item...), and it is actually true, even with only coinasseurs finding the difference.
  k. Dig it
    On the LP-release, the last 70 seconds of "The Looper Isn't a Hooker" are missing. Why?
    We don't know how this could happen. The master tape version of that title was 8:20 long, as printed on the LP cover, but they used only 7:07 for the LP release. The East German release of "Dig it" (released as "Elektronik-Impressionen") contained the complete track, which made this record a must for KS collectors until the CD version of "Dig it" (which contains the complete track as well) was released.
  l. Aphrica
    I've heard of this record, but don't know how to get it.
    The LP-release of "Aphrica" was available for a short time only. The album has never been released on CD, due to a legal conflict between Ernst Fuchs (who wrote the lyrics) and the musicians KS and Rainer Bloss.
  m. Richard Wahnfried play Megatone
    Why were shortened "Megatone" titles used as bonus tracks on the IC releases of the Wahnfried albums "Time Actor" and "Tonwelle"?
    IC argued that "Megatone" was not released seperately because the music was of bad quality. KDM assumed in "KS - The Works" that the true reason was money: IC would have had to pay KS extra fees if they had released "Megatone" seperately. - Nonetheless, the complete "Megatone" album is available on CD from the UK label Thunderbolt Records.
  n. Floating
    Is there any information about "Floating" available?
    Well, "Floating" is a bootleg, a private concert recording illegally released on CD. The recording is from a 1981 concert in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (the date "1982" given on the cover is wrong).
Some KS discographies list the release date of "Floating" as 1991, which is probably wrong. For two reasons, it has to be assumed that the release of "Floating" actually was
in 1993: First, the album did not appear on record fares etc. until 1993 (at least here in Germany), and second, a judgement passed by the European Supreme Court in 1993 led to the fact that bootlegs made in or after 1993 are "definitely" illegal, whereas bootlegs made earlier are only "quite" illegal (so the release date of the bootleg probably has been incorrectly to prevent legal consequencies).
  o. United States '83
    Is there any information about "United States '83" available?
    This album is a bootleg too, and it is not a recording from a 1983 concert (actually, KS never played in the USA), but from the 1992 London concert. Another (official) recording from that concert is available as "Royal Festival Hall", Vols. 1 & 2, with much better sound quality, but no such "concert athmosphere" as on "United States '83".
The release date of "US 83" is often given as 1992, which is probably incorrect (please refer to the "Floating" section to find out why the album probably was released in 1993).
  p. Goes Classic
    What kind of album is this?
    KS recorded some classical pieces during the early nineties because he enjoyed to do it. Well, and if you record something you like, you tend to release it. That's all!
  q. Conquest of Paradise
    Why was this CD single produced? Did KS need some quick money?
    Actually, it was his record company who was interested in earning some easy money. After German boxer Henry Maske chose Vangelis' song "Conquest of Paradise" as "ouverture" for his fights, the song became quite popular in Germany.
As there was no CD single of the original version, KS' record company asked KS to record a cover version. He answered that he disliked the idea and would only do it if he would receive a really big sum of money to overcome his displeasure. And he received it.
  r. Totentag
    Has this opera ever been performed on stage?
    No. Until now, the studio recording of "Totentag" made for release on CD is the only "performance". The opera has never been performed on stage yet.
© 2007 Volkmar Friauf / Jan R. Kloosterman