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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revisited / Brain Records
  • ASIN: B000QUU2YI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deluxe (Immer Wieder) 9:45
2. Walky-Talky 10:35
3. Monza (Rauf Und Runter) 7:07
4. Notre Dame 4:15
5. Gollum 4:35
6. Kekse 5:35

Editorial Reviews

Though Harmonia began as a sideline excursion for Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster and Michael Rother of Neu!, the group became one of the most legendary in the entire Krautrock/kosmische scene with the release of several mid-'70s LPs. After two studio albums recorded as Cluster, Roedelius and Moebius moved out to the German countryside to build their own studio in the village of Forst. After several disappointments in his attempt to expand Neu! into a live unit, Rother retreated to Cluster's studio for a series of relaxed, improvisational jam sessions that wedded Cluster's exploratory space music with the chugging rhythms and guitar sense of Rother. Brian Eno had proclaimed Harmonia "the world's most important rock group."

A touch more immediate and song-oriented than its predecessor, but no less enchanting and lovely to hear, De Luxe, originally released in 1975, again features the trio experimenting with a variety of approaches, most particularly including vocals here and there for the first time. There's also a guest musician helping out, namely Mani Neumeier from Guru Guru, and while he's not playing all the time, where he does appear, as on the wonderful lengthy jam Walky-Talky, a blend of his percussion and swooping guitar filigrees and keyboards, it's a fine choice. His slow, subtle build throughout the song helps send it higher and higher without seeming to. The various vocals really do fit the music in a lovely way, and it's little surprise that Brian Eno might have felt even more of an affinity with the group than before, being non-musical but still affecting, like mysterious chants or barks. The motorik pulses and rhythms, however soft and subtle, still dominate the proceedings, while the glazed, warm feeling of the whole album is astounding.

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The more I listen to this one the more I like it.
D. Marti
When they and their various incarnations have made the most succesful music in the simple fact that theirs is a song based music and completely timeless.
J. S. Alemparte
If you like Cluster, or ambient Eno works, then you'll get it.
Andrew Szava-kovats

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Alemparte on May 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First off...I can't believe I'm the first person to a review of this album! Where are all the Cluster/Eno/Krautrock connaisseurs when you need them? But I digress..on to the subject at hand HARMONIA and specifically their 2nd album DELUXE. Why is it that whenever Krautrock or ambient music is being talked or written about CAN.. TD.. NEU! and KRAFTWERK are always praised so glowingly yet Moebius & Rodelius are always mentioned as side players or sometimes not metioned at all. When they and their various incarnations have made the most succesful music in the simple fact that theirs is a song based music and completely timeless. Nowhere better to find ample proof of this fact is DE LUXE. An album so summery and aglow with delight one would be hard pressed to find anything that rivals it. From the first strains of De Luxe (IMMER WAIDER) to KEKSE these songs and I stress the fact that these are SONGS in the truest sense of the word are absolutely flowing, calculated experiments with shimmering luscious melodies to take you back to June 1975 when these songs were recorded but to also make you feel that it could be the soundtrack to any event of your current life. And not sounding dated in the process, a pretty hard task indeed. That something so beautiful come out and for it to not be recognized even by people who enjoy this music is a crime. DE LUXE is a must have for anyone who wants to get more out of life and its various pleasures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Greene VINE VOICE on June 8, 2006
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The major difference between the two Harmonia albums is that, in this marriage of Krautrock giants Neu! (in the person of Michael Rother) and Cluster (Roedelius/Moebious), on Musik von Harmonia, the influence of Neu! seems to hold sway, while Deluxe is much more a Cluster-sounding record. On tracks like Dino, the first album showcased some of the pulsating, motorik guitar grooves you recognize from Neu!'s three records. Those grooves that make for great driving music, and which Stereolab so shamelessly borrowed from on the song "Jenny Ondioline" and their whole sound at the time of that song. Cluster records, like Zuckerzeit and Sowiesoso, are more things you want to play with the headphones strapped on, and you sprawled out on the floor, letting the music take your mind wandering to places unknown. With the exception of the one uptempo track, "Monza (Rauf Und Runter)," which could have come straight off of Neu!75, the whole here feels like Cluster with Michael Rother as a guest musician. If anyone of this sounds like a complaint, it's not meant to be. If you twisted my arm and made me choose between Neu! and Cluster, I WOULD take Neu!, but I love them both. And I love the look of the three guys on the back cover, an image which, I think, says it all: three cool dudes hanging out by the water, lawn chairs, beach umbrellas, bikes, a dog and musical instruments in their midst. How great it must have been to record music like this in your own studio, in a little village, and you are making the music just the way you want to make it. Shimmering beauty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on April 11, 2004
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I just had to go back and listen to this release and previously I may have given it a three star rating, but now I have discovered that it's nearly AS GOOD as the band's 1st lp 'Music Von' (see my review). As 'Deluxe' was originally put out in 1975, it most certainly displays some of Michael Rother's somewhat dominating guitar work, on a few of the tracks anyway. Starts off with the title cut, which reminds me of the 'Neu! 75' lp but also lets me know what might've very well influenced the music on the first two Gary Numan albums. "Walky Talky" is pretty decent with Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier as guest. "Monza" has the synthesizer work over floating it's boundaries. Chalk up yet another genius effort for the Rother, Moebius and Roedelius team. 'Deluxe' would be best described as experimental mind music. Will appeal to fans of Faust, Cluster, Can, Neu! and early Guru Guru.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric A. Hurley on June 6, 2005
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I wanted to write a review on this phenomenal masterpiece, but after reading what Juan S. Alemparte wrote I was left with nothing to say. He is 100% right on in every aspect. This record can change your life. I recommend everything by harmonia, but this should be your first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2004
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As a big NEU! fan, I picked this up hoping that Michael Rother could deliver the goods with another band, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I got.
The opening track, 'Deluxe (Immer Wieder)', actually sounds an awful lot like Kraftwerk's classic, 'Autobahn' - complete with the sing-song chanting and a bobbing synth beat. 'Monza (Rauf und Runter)' is a sort-of-reprise of the first track that winds up sounding almost exactly like 'After Eight' from the 'NEU! 75' album. The rest of the tracks are just good ambient synth-pop that at times reminds me of Mouse On Mars and even Herbie Hancock.
Overall, it's a very groovy album. If you like 'NEU! 75', I can't imagine why you wouldn't like this one, too. NEU! fans should also check out Klaus Dinger's spinoff band, La Dusseldorf.
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