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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential only for fans?
I pose this question because it has been concluded by others elsewhere. Well, the sound is very good - primitive stereo with good definition, particularly on Michael Rother's guitar-playing that is quite amazing in its economy and manicured noisiness on the lock-groove opener, "Schamburg". This certainly belies the myth that, in the group Neu!, Klaus Dinger was more the...
Published on 15 Nov. 2007 by J

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, but essential for fans only
A lot has been made in other online reviews of this new archival live set of the complete absence of any audience sound at all. Were they (as many are envisioning) enraptured into silence? Or bored by the repetitiveness of a set that doesn't really go anywhere? Probably half and half, on listening to it myself. Or maybe Rother/Rodelius/Moebius simply elected to mix out...
Published on 8 Nov. 2007 by Alan Burns


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential only for fans?, 15 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: Live 1974 (Audio CD)
I pose this question because it has been concluded by others elsewhere. Well, the sound is very good - primitive stereo with good definition, particularly on Michael Rother's guitar-playing that is quite amazing in its economy and manicured noisiness on the lock-groove opener, "Schamburg". This certainly belies the myth that, in the group Neu!, Klaus Dinger was more the "punk" guitarist while Michael Rother played nice tunes. At times, such as the curiously mistitled "Arabesque" (hardly Debussy in this version), Rother plays layers of sound with that curiously muted, mixed down guitar "thrash" that reminds one of Fripp on "No Pussyfooting" over the top of repeating keyboard patterns. Even stranger, "Holta-Polta" uses an unhinged drum machine and two lines of keyboards to create an effect so prescient of the "trance" sound that was to be nearly 20 years later that you can only marvel at Harmonia's wonderful "fan only" self-indulgence. Once you've acclimatised to Harmonia's sound world, the final track, Uber Ottenstein, is a gently hypnotic wonder that would have fitted well on side 1 of Neu 75 or towards the end of Harmonia's second album. The only thing missing is a mix by the late, lamented Conrad Plank.

Not for the faint-hearted but definitely an unreleased gem and pleasing to see that it has the power to baffle people into thinking it is "directionless" - isn't it nice to amble sometimes? I don't know what people would have made of it in 1974 (remember those underwhelmed/ baffled reviews of "Another Green World" or "Index of Metals" on Evening Star in the 1975 music press?)but it's a joy to hear Rother playing even better than with Neu! (which is really saying something) and the album as a whole more than equalling their 2 studio albums. Remember them this way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mantra music, 4 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Live 1974 (Audio CD)
Superb album of electronic music performed by the kosmische super-group Harmonia. Their 2 studio albums sell by the bucketload since their re-release and if you have them and enjoy them - then add this to complete the experience. The best track - the 15 minute Holta-Polta is a diamond encrusted hypnotic mantra. When I play this out people never fail to come up and ask what it is. When they're told it's over 30 years old they will not believe it. The music truly takes you to another time and place.
If you dig this one then get the Cluster albums - Zuckerzeit, Cluster II and Sowiesoso as they are very much part of the same trip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Motorik, 9 May 2010
This review is from: Live 1974 (Audio CD)
As you may have read, the other reviewers have given this album a pretty in depth critique. So I will just make this short and sweet. This performance is the best example of 'Motorik' and it is just sublime music. You don't need the Autobahn to get the best of this music, in fact forget the car. If you are taking a long train ride, get a window seat, sit back and just let the music and the train do the rest. Basically its perfect harmonia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 6 May 2013
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If you like Neu! and others in this genre you will not be disappointed. At very nearly an hour and for £2.99 this is easily worth the money. Some (if not most) of it is excellent, and even the less good songs are still of interest.
Again, if this is your kind of music then you will like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome noodles, 14 Aug. 2012
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a classic of tripped out space rock with a sepia nursery rhyme type feel.... very hazy and woozy.... the old drum machine and electronics burble and rattle along being filtered and phased and rother solos his way into the stratosphere.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, but essential for fans only, 8 Nov. 2007
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Alan Burns "albicus" (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live 1974 (Audio CD)
A lot has been made in other online reviews of this new archival live set of the complete absence of any audience sound at all. Were they (as many are envisioning) enraptured into silence? Or bored by the repetitiveness of a set that doesn't really go anywhere? Probably half and half, on listening to it myself. Or maybe Rother/Rodelius/Moebius simply elected to mix out all crowd noise a la Neil Young on Rust Never Sleeps.

Whatever the case, any archival material by these three musicians should be cause for celebration by anyone with a serious interest in electronica; however those not already hooked on the sound world created by Moebius, Rodelius and their various collaborators might want to look elsewhere first.

The sound quality certainly can't be faulted, it's as clear and well-mastered as you'd wish from a 33-year old live tape. The music itself will be an instant hit with anyone who loves the sound of 'Musik Von Harmonia', the trio's first studio album, and of fair interest to anyone like myself who prefers that album's more structured follow up 'De Luxe'. A definite three stars, four if you rate 'Musik Von...' in your top five krautrock albums.
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