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Krautrock / Kosmische Musik

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Knotted, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    What do you recon is the best of the genre? Any tasty treats for me?



     
  2. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    Top ten albums? For me (in alphabetical order):
    Agitation Free - 2nd
    Amon Duul - Paradieswarts Duul
    Can - Tago Mago
    Can - (un)Limited Edition
    Embryo - Steig Aus
    Faust - Faust
    Guru Guru - UFO
    Kraftwerk - 2
    Klaus Shulze - Irrlicht
    Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation
     
  3. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Good list. No Neu, though?
     
  4. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I've got the first Neu! album, and I like it but I've never understood why it's rated so highly. It feels quite tame compared to the first Kraftwerk album for instance.
     
  5. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    All the ethnological forgery series stuff and similar bits on Unlimited Edition are really remarkable in my opinion. (Stop me if I'm rambling)
     
  6. killer b

    killer b Ennui Rollins

    I'm pretty keen on harmonia. We did a megathread about this a couple of years ago, have a search there's plenty of great stuff on there.
     
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  7. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I did a search and there was a couple of small threads. Oops, missed the megathread. Ah well. Resurrect or continue with this one?

    I saw Harmonia play a couple of years ago at the Royal Festival Hall. (Also seen Cluster supporting Tortoise and doing a little improvisation with them which was great - Tortoise were very restrained).

    I'm listening to Conrad Schnitzler's Blau at the minute for the first time. It's amazing. I think Killer B would like it.
     
  8. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer Well-Known Member

    As included in the Knotted list, Guru Guru's UFO is a bit special. Their second album - Hinten - is pretty good too. I think it all went a bit shitty for them thereafter although they kept going for several decades. The good news is that there's loads of UFO-era live stuff about, some of which is significantly better than the studio equivalent. Mani Neumeier gets all the plaudits for his great drumming, but the real genius to me is guitar player Ax Genrich - roundabout 1970/71 he could do no wrong.

    Another personal favourite is the Tony Conrad + Faust album.
     
  9. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

  10. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    Another vote for Harmonia here. I'd also add Cluster, especially Cluster II.

    I'm a Neu! fan, so I'd have them in, and I've a preference for Can with Damo.
     
  11. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

  12. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown Well-Known Member

    I've been playing Can - The Lost Tapes every night I get in from work recently, a great selection of music from when they were at their best.

    Always felt Brainticket were a bit of an underrated KR band.
     
  13. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    Not sure if Brainticket count as a KR band. They were Swiss weren't they?
     
  14. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    Their first album is a real head fuck.


    And it goes on and on from there too.
     
  15. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Harmonia - Musik von Harmonia
    Grobschnitt - Ballermann
    Deuter - Aum
    Cosmic Jokers - Galactic Supermarket
    Popol Vuh - Aguirre
    Can - Ege Bamyasi
    Tangerine Dream - Zeit
    Neu! - Neu!
    Can - Monster Movie
    Faust - Faust

    Although my favourites change with my moods.
     
  16. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    So were half of Popol Vuh.
     
  17. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    Floh de Cologne on German TV (super cool):
     
  18. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    What, no Ash Ra Tempel? :hmm:
     
  19. killer b

    killer b Ennui Rollins

    Of course. Silly us- sunrain is a favourite of mine too.

    E2 E4 as well.
     
  20. Wolveryeti

    Wolveryeti Young Lethargio

  21. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I didn't know about Grauzone - that's wonderful.
     
  22. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    Somebody tell me about Deuter (VP obviously rates him). I'm listening to one of his later records on Spotify. It's fairly ordinary new age stuff. I take it his early records were something more special...
     
  23. The39thStep

    The39thStep Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour?

    I came across this English Kraut rock band in the 1980s



     
  24. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I suppose a good companion to Appliance might be Chrome (US band):
     
  25. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I always thought it was Uli Trepte on bass who made the early band great. A rock around which the other two danced plus all those dabs of electronics etc.

    Here they are jamming in their living room:
     
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  26. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    best stuff already mentioned, but also worth a listen are La Dusseldorf and the Kluster with a K (ie Cluster pre-Conny) stuff. Amon Duul II's Phallus Dei is a cracker n all
     
  27. killer b

    killer b Ennui Rollins

    much later, but very kosmische: stereolab & nurse with wound

     
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  28. ouchmonkey

    ouchmonkey Singe Gainsbourg

    That is great.
    I think it was Paul Morley who called Nurse With Wound
    'the world's longest running Faust tribute act'
    which is a bit unfair.

    but only a bit :)
     
  29. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

  30. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown Well-Known Member

    Not sure, Wikipedia has their origin down as German but also says they had Belgian, Swiss & German members.

    One of my (many) favourite tracks off Can's the Lost Tapes: (pure Kraut Funk)

     

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