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Neu! '75 [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: B000056IKV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Hero 7:11Album Only
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Neu! '75 is the third and most essential record from Krautrock wunderkinds Neu!--a two-man experimental force that pioneered the rapid, repetitive drum-beat known as motorik, and mapped out the future of music for groups such as Sonic Youth, Stereolab, and Spacemen 3. Recorded after a two-year moratorium on the Neu! design, 75 is the sound of a band in a state of disintegration--but it's the simmering tension between the ambient-minded Michael Rother and the fiery Klaus Dinger that makes this an artistic triumph rather than a shambolic dissolution of ideas. Neu! handle this fracture by effectively splitting 75 in two very different parts. The first half, featuring the drifting catatonic majesty of "Seeland" and the tidal ambient lull of "Leb' Wohl" is very recognisably led by Rother's sense of affecting minimalism. The second half, however, is Dinger's blank canvas, over which he bitterly vents his spleen: "Hero" surges forward on an aggressive pedal-to-the-metal wave of guitar, Dinger bellowing "The only crime is money" like an anarchist sloganeer. Suddenly, claims that this record was an influence on the young John Lydon make perfect sense; Neu! '75 is a masterpiece of cosmic punk rock, beamed in from a time before punk rock even existed. --Louis Pattison

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eine kleine klassik 24 July 2009
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm no expert on so-called 'krautrock', but I've heard albums by Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Cluster, Klaus Schulze and Can and this beats them all. Though less experimental and more mainstream, the passion in Neu's music makes Can sound rather stuffy. Yet to say it's more mainstream is perhaps misleading. It just seems that way now. The first two tracks reveal pointers as to where Ultravox and a host of other subsequent bands got their sound from. 'Isi' is one of three tracks featuring some hard driving percussion (played, not programmed), minimalist electric guitar and atmospheric electronic background. Though solid, insistent rhythms are the foundation of Neu's music, they can knock out some decent melodies too. 'See Land', a slower track, is a beautifully crafted example. 'Leb Wohl', the most languid item, sounds like the sort of stuff you hear nowadays on relaxation CDs, with its surf wash sound effect and murmured vocal.

The highlight, though, is 'Hero'. Was Bowie listening? Were the future ranks of British new wave? From the opening salvo of guitar to the sneering vocal and crunching collision of all elements, this is hard driving, angry rock. 'E-Musik' provides a slower, lengthy, insidious interlude, topped off with wind tunnel and backwards effects, before 'After Eight' reprises 'Hero' with a more incendiary guitar sound.

This is the most accessible album I've heard in the genre and, in my opinion, a good place to start.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 1 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Damn strange one, this. Yeah, it's got two different sides. Yeah, it's got distorted guitar and ambient piano. Yeah, its got two extremely different people: a classical music-minded avant-gardist (is that a word?) and a bile-spitting punk godfather. But what shines through is the tunes. They stick in your head forever, and the experimentalism only enhances the experience, with each listen revealing new surprises. Listen to the end of E-musik, and you get an uncanny premonition of the stone roses: backwards guitars and loops as if they opened up a portal to 1989 and took a snapshot. After the chaos of the song itself this is slightly unnerving but is the greatest part on the album. Dinger sings like Rotten himself on Hero, pre-dating him by a couple of years. This is then surpassed by After-Eight, which sounds like the recent Primal Scream song Shoot Speed/Kill Light, only better (!).
A stunningly futuristic album, influence can be detected from this in all modern rock bands, from MBV to the Roses and the Scream. You cant tell me you have a decent record collection without owning this. Do The Right Thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coming late to a Krautrock classic 29 Nov 2011
By IceBear
Format:Audio CD
I've commented in other reviews about a certain tendency to live my musical life in reverse and how maybe music comes to you when you're ready to hear it. I was still at Uni when this was new. I remember my cousin listening to Amon Duul II and thinking it sounded pretty wierd. So, I don't really know whether or not this sounded reveolutionary at the time but I've come across other stuff that seems to make this music easier to appreciate. Having listened to a bit of American Minimalism (Reich, Glass) with emphases on rhythm and simple melodies, the "motorik" approach seems quite normal. I guess one difference is that modern bands would be creating that sound with an electronic drum machine. Here, Klaus Dinger is doing it by actually hitting some drums. Call me an old traditionalist if you like, but I somehow prefer that. It creates more of a personal link with the creative musician somehow. And I think that link is still there with the old analogue synthesizers which definitely needed a more skillful approach than more modern digital ones.

I like the somewhat split personality of this album, as noted in many other reviews. The first two tracks, Isi and Seeland are quite soothing. The links between "Hero" and David Bowie's song of a similar name have also been remarked on. The latter is obviously a lot slicker, but the unrefined power of Neu! really comes across strongly with the aid of Dinger's snarling vocals. It's possible that I may eventually get around to investigating some of the stuff that this album is supposed to have influenced. Doesn't seem necessary at the moment thoguh - I'm content just listening this true original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastich! 31 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
Neu! were a funny band. While their previous albums contained moments of such pure, startling genius that they are classics despite the occasional descent into "Oooh, spacey wind noises" rubbishness, Neu!75, their almost-last album is, from start to finish, simply perfect and essential. Isi shimmers with the most beautiful vintage synths and schoolhouse piano and, for my money, calls forth memories of watching Grandstand in the 1970s. The rest of side one is really rather beautiful and melancholy, with simple yet effective guitar clouds billowing out of the speakers in a very evocative manner. incredibly relaxing stuff, entirely ruined by the ascending guitars that introduce side two...building up...up...and then off! Hero rawks like a mutha, doesn't let up for over 6 minutes, and once you've heard it you're unlikely to forget. What a great gimmick - the two sides are so different yet complement each other perfectly. Ultra-minimal, no faffing about, Hero and After Eight invented punk and frankly your life is not as good without this album. is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 14 days ago by Robert Krajca
5.0 out of 5 stars Graet stuff
Brilliant album by this German band. Got to like it, why else buy the cd when you can borrow or steal it.
Published 3 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars New
A cd of two halves as the original vinyl was. I like the first half. Not keen on the second set.
Published 9 months ago by BBC
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Bowie was listening
Surprising that a previous reviewer should have had to ask the question. This record was the inspiration for 'Heroes', as a TV program on 'Krautrock' showed vey clearly. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by Harman Mogul
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great record...
I can't believe it's taken me 35 years to get Neu into my life.

This record sounds fresher than much of the music being released today, still innovative and with the... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by sosidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Legend
Oh, you know the score by now. This is a classic, it helped create a new genre, ahead of its time. Yes, you've heard it all before. Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by The Marfalouth
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody owes them
This is, quite simply, one of the most important albums ever made. There are so many other artists who are influenced by them. Bowie's mororik period. Any ambient album. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by E. R. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Astoundingly influential as well as brilliant
A friend suggested listening to some of the "Krautrock" bands such as Neu! and am I glad I chose album as a starting point! Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by haunted
5.0 out of 5 stars Comin' Home, ...Neu!
Listening to this is akin to having been led to believe that all those things essential such as phonograph, lightbulb, ac power and so on were invented by Edison, only to discover... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by Martin Gazdík
5.0 out of 5 stars Beaming in from outer space
Like many you of out there, I was well aware of Neu! from years of NME, Uncut, Wire reading. But I had never actually heard them, and assumed they were a slightly groovier version... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by P. J. Sharp
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