I wouldn't describe myself as a particularly sophisticated listener but anyone can enjoy this comp. Agreed everyone who's even heard of Krautrock will already have Hallo Gallo but so what? it's a great piece and always a pleasure when it comes up again. The sequencing and sheer inventiveness gorgeousness of these two discs is just unsurpassed, even if some of the work isn't new to you as at least half was to me.
Let's make one thing clear: I don't actually own this CD. However, I have spent a lifetime listening to and loving the music involved, and own the vast majority of the music on it (there are 2 exceptions). From what I can see this is definately the creme de la creme of Krautrock, an excellent compilation for someone starting on their cosmic roadtrip. It makes me wish that this had been around when I discovered Kraut. It contains some of my favourite tracks of all time, I can't really say much more. A FANTASTIC compilation.
I bought this on hearing a couple of tracks on the Freakzone and as it's on Soul Jazz it was guaranteed to be good. The highlights for me were tracks by Neu, La Dusseldorf, and Tangerine Dream. There's a good booklet included and considering how expensive Krautrock has become post Julian Cope, this double is excellent value. Andy A, Ayrshire
A "krautrock" compilation (and probably the not use of "krautrock" on the title have reasons, not at least that some of the music chosen is not exactly canonic and verge on electronic music of late '70 and there is some fusion and some folk) is really a difficult task, even outside licensing problems (some others kraut comps I have seen are really shameful) . The selection is indeed intriguing, full of gems, since also, as the subtitle point, no tracks from the prime really wild era of german experimental rock (67-71)with the ultra underground psychedelic often sidelongs tracks, are used (check the Julian Cope Krautrocksampler for more info). Would love to have a second volume.