Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Knotted, Jul 5, 2012.
What do you recon is the best of the genre? Any tasty treats for me?
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
Good list. No Neu, though?
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.
All the ethnological forgery series stuff and similar bits on Unlimited Edition are really remarkable in my opinion. (Stop me if I'm rambling)
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.
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.
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.
Audion magazine's top 100 krautrock albums:
Not a list I necessarily agree with, but it has lots of obscure ones.
Also Julian Cope's more conventional top 50:
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.
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.
Not sure if Brainticket count as a KR band. They were Swiss weren't they?
Their first album is a real head fuck.
And it goes on and on from there too.
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.
So were half of Popol Vuh.
Floh de Cologne on German TV (super cool):
What, no Ash Ra Tempel?
Of course. Silly us- sunrain is a favourite of mine too.
E2 E4 as well.
I didn't know about Grauzone - that's wonderful.
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...
I came across this English Kraut rock band in the 1980s
I suppose a good companion to Appliance might be Chrome (US band):
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:
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
much later, but very kosmische: stereolab & nurse with wound
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
Xhol's Motherfuckers GMBH & Co. is a strange, schizophrenic record that shouldn't be overlooked.
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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