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  • Audio CD (28 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000056IKU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Fuer Immer (forever)11:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Gedenkminute (fuer A+K) 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lila Engel (lilac angel) 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Neuschnee 78 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Super 16 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Neuschnee 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cassetto 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Super 78 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hallo Excentrico! 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Super 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Stereolab must be quietly fuming: the sweet repetition on the 11-minute opening track "Fur Immer" on Neu! 2 defines the parameters of the Franco-poploving bachelor pad band's sound so accurately it's uncanny. Until this long-overdue reissue, however, only a handful of famous musicians--David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Add N To (X), DAF, Blur --had heard this relatively obscure album, first released in 1973. Stereolab aren't the only group this experimental, minimalist, unsettlingly beautiful Germanic duo influenced though; you can hear traces of Suicide's aggressive disco-punk and almost every present-day dance band within Klaus Dinger's almost robotic, forceful drumming on "Spitzenqualitat" and the final "Super". What strikes the listener most about Neu! 2, however, is the sheer enjoyment these aural visionaries were deriving from their conveyor belt grooves: ecstatic yelps of ecstasy sometimes obliterating the percussive din, keyboardist Michael Rother thumping his guitar like he's the first child on a new motorway of sound which, indeed, he was. Tracks are speed-up and then slowed-down, almost at random. Indispensable listening. --Everett True

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Neu! 2 must have Stereolab quietly fuming: the sweet repetition on the 11-minute opening track "Fur Immer" here defines the parameters of the Francopop-loving bachelor-pad band's sound so accurately, it's uncanny. Until this long overdue reissue, however, only a handful of famous musicians--David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Add N To (X), DAF, Blur--have heard this relatively obscure album, first released in 1973. Stereolab aren't the only group this experimental, minimalist, unsettlingly beautiful Germanic duo influenced, though; you can hear traces of Suicide's aggressive disco punk and almost every present-day dance band within Klaus Dinger's almost robotic, forceful drumming on "Spitzenqualitat" and the final "Super". What strikes the listener most about Neu! 2, however, is the sheer enjoyment these aural visionaries were deriving from their conveyor belt grooves: ecstatic yelps of ecstasy sometimes obliterating the percussive din, keyboardist Michael Rother thumping his guitar like he's the first child on a new motorway of sound which, indeed, he was. Tracks are sped up and then slowed down, almost at random. It's indispensable listening. --Everett True

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Knox on 11 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
NEU!’s first album, NEU! – presumably they used all their imagination on the content of their albums, rather than the names – is something of a departure from the kind of Krautrock that is embodied by the inspired improvisation of Can, or the fearsomely bonkers avant garde experimentation of Faust, the other big names in this fascinating genre. In some ways, NEU! are actually the most progressive of all Krautrock groups: their music seems less bound by the conventions of traditional rock music, or even jazz, blues, or the avant garde. Their best music has an amazingly crisp, fresh sound that doesn’t seem so apparent in the work of their peers. It’s fair to say that Cluster or Harmonia’s best work also has the same kind of freshness to it, but there is a real sharpness to NEU!’s minimalist work: like the air on a cold winter’s morning.
There are clear similarities between NEU! and NEU! 2, not least in the opening tracks of each record. ‘Hallogallo’ from the first album is a bright, vibrant start, and ‘Für Immer’ (‘Forever’) on this album, is very nearly as good. It is similarly lengthy, and again built on ‘motorik’ drumming, but with repetitive, strummed guitar overlaid with pretty, repeated figures, as well as washes of cymbal sound and hints of keyboard that add to the song’s hypnotic, spacey air. The sound is very clean – almost icy – and characteristically uncluttered, meaning the song combines elegance with its urgency, before it fades into a wash of distorted drums and the sounds of the sea on a beach.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By daveszczerba@ukonline.co.uk on 10 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Neu continue where they left off on their first album, but with the most fantastic opener, 'Fur Immer' Drifting in and out from soft ambience with an addictive guitar riff, and piano, to pure rock. This is driving music if you're travelling a few hundred miles. The influences of this record can be clearly heard. Surely someone has noticed similarities to the ridiculously heavy Lilac Angel, and Iggy Pop's Funtime? If not, buy this and hear what Bowie stumbled upon in the early 70s. How much can be done with one basic beat? A lot more, as Neu and Rother continued to prove.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Neylan VINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2012
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Welcome to your third Neu! album. Haven't got the other two (we'll ignore Neu! '86 for now)? Then come back when you've absorbed the genius of NEU! and NEU! 75, because Neu! 2 won't make any sense till you have. But only when you have Neu! 2 will you have a map for the whole journey.

Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother, together known as Neu!, invented everything interesting about alternative music since the mid-70s. In terms of importance, they're up there with The Beatles, Elvis Presley and The Velvet Underground. They invented (if you'll forgive a bit of exaggeration) ambient, electronica, industrial, techno, trance and punk. They inspired minimalist cover art when British "progressive" bands were fixated on necromancers and the revealing science of God. They had a rhythm named after them (motorik). They invented remixing. Eno and Bowie came to Germany to meet them and learn their secret, while John Lydon did a distance-learning course in How To Sing Like Klaus Dinger. The punks, the new-wavers, the ravers, the Madchesters and the alt-rock-hipsters copied them like mad. And they had a slogan: "NEW! music for mind and pants."

Motorik is the remorseless 4/4 that drove Hallogallo, the stand-out track on the first Neu! album. On Neu!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Thompson on 1 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album contains two of the greatest pieces of music Neu! or any other band ever recorded: Fur Immer and Neuschnee. 5 stars for these two tracks. If there were ten stars available, Neu! 2 would deserve them.

If you have all three Neu! albums, try creating a playlist of Isi, Hallogallo, Neuschnee, Fur Immer, E-Music, Seeland, Leb Wohl. Play all day, over and over and over. Breathtaking.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Robertson on 23 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Neu 2 is a delightful yet frustating experience.Tracks such as Fur Immer( a soaring opener ), Lilac Angel, Neuschnee and Super, are Neu at thier driving best, pounding monotone beats alongside soaring, spacey guitars and keyboards. If only some of those tracks were longer.Because apparently Neu 2 ran over budget with only some 30 minutes recorded and it was felt best to save time and record the remaining 10mins using slowed down or speeded up versions of tracks else where on the album. Mostly it sounds silly and after several plays becomes rather annoying. Despite this Neu 2 is worth buying for the 30mins of great, timeless music to be found on it, but buy Neu! or Neu 75 first.
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