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Neu 2 [Original recording remastered]

Neu! Audio CD
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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 (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,928 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  9. Super 78 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Super 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead Of Its Time 11 Jan 2006
By M. Knox
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not the lost chord, it's the lost beat. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soaring Highs,Banal Time Filling 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Neu 2 14 Feb 2011
By Vaughan
Format:Audio CD
I just posted a comment on the first Neu album, so I won't repeat myself here. Neu were influential, and thier albums deserve respect for that.....

On to THIS album specifically.....

Personally I think this one is a casualty of the CD era. Side 1 (as it would have been in vinyl) is essentially a redux of the first album. It sounds similar, is constructed in the same way.

What would have been side 2 is Neu! playing with the format, experimental with jabbing the listener into a reaction..... but the thing is, it only really works on vinyl.

Example - the first track on Side 2 is played at "78". For those too young to remember, album vinyl ran at 33 and a third revolutions per minute (RPM). Older music played at 78 RPM. So the first track is an instrumental played at 78 RPM, which makes it sound very fast. Later we have tracks played slower (16 rpm), you hear surface noise, static, and there's a "needle jump" too.

Now, all of this was probably great back in the day. I imagine quite a few people have jumped up to figure out what has gone wrong with their record players - only to find the joke was on them.......

However, in the digital age this doesn't really work. CD players don't run at differeing speeds, and the idea of surface noise on vinyl is unknown. As such, it was cute, but long-term I wonder what the value is.

There was two years between the recording of this record and their first. I don't hear an awful lot of development in that time to be honest. I bought all three albums (I'm not ready to write a comment in the third album yet) and to be honest I feel as though I'd have been happy to own the first only (although I'm a bit of a collector, so it was inevitable that I'd buy them all!)

Neu were interesting, but this CD feels a bit like an old joke. If that's something you'd like to own - buy away! Those looking for something edgy, well, time hasn't been especially kind....
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