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Though they only released two albums (1974's Musik Von Harmonia and 1975's De Luxe) in their brief existence Harmonia were considered one of the most important and influential bands of the German Krautrock/Kosmiche scene. Composed of Michael Rother from Neu! and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius from Cluster, this live recording captures Harmonia at their peak on March 23, 1974 at Penny Station in Griessem, Germany. Previously unreleased and featuring 5 extended, and never before heard, songs. Cosmic German space-rock from the true originators.
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"Live 1974" (5 tracks; 58 min.), as others already have noted, consists of a live recording from March, 1974 in a decommissioned train station in Germany that was now a "club" (Kraftwerk played in the same place in 1971, as pointed out in the excellent liner notes). While recorded pretty much at the same time as Cluster's "Zuckerzeit" album, the two albums couldn't sound more different. First of all, I am struck by the overall sound of this live recording, reminding me of Tangerine's Dream in the late 70s and early 80s (just one example: check out the outstanding track "Veteranissimo" on here, and then play "Dr. Destructo" from Tangerine Dream's 1981 "Thief" soundtrack...). The 5 min. "Arabesque" is just a tidbit too short in my opinion, it feels too compact as heard here. The best track is the 15 min. "Holta-Polta", with its threatening underlying drive to it, which at the same time is completely hypnotizing. "Ueber Ottensein" is a nice set closer and sums up the album quite nicely. Beware, the sound quality is not optimal, but given that this recording laid around gathering dust for over 30 years and wasn't released until 2007, we should be just grateful this exists at all.
In all, this is a fantastic album. How it is that, being the huge fan of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Kraftwerk that I am, I have not heard of these guys until recently is a mystery to me but better late than never. I can't wait to check out more albums from Harmonia. Meanwhile, "Live 1974" is highly recommended!
I also highly recommend: "Musik von Harmonia" (Harmonia, 1974 - studio), "Nurton" (Moebius, 2006), "Flammande Herzen" (Rother, 1977) & "Aquarello" (Roedlius, Capanni, Alesini or 'Aquarello' 1998) ...Eno & Moebius join Roedelius for one track on this studio quality live album (with 12 live & 2 studio tracks) released under Roedelius' name on the All Saints label; Roedelius plays on all tracks: solo - with either or both other members of Aquarello - & with Eno/Moebius.
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