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2010 official remastered vinyl re-press of essential 1972 Krautrock benchmark debut album in deluxe gatefold sleeve!
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  • Vinyl (November 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Groenland Records
  • ASIN: B003HJWJY6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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By D. K. Malone on January 27, 2005
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I grew up listening to Kraftwerk thanks to my older sister, but I've never been exposed to any actual Krautrock until now. I bought Neu, Neu 2 and Neu 75 recently. I have to say, this is amazing. I really mean that... I'm literally amazed. This was recorded in the early 1970s? How can that be? This is so far away from anything else that was going on at the time. These guys were 20 years ahead of their time, at least. I would have guessed it was recorded in 1995 or so. So many bands that I thought were innovative and original... all this time, it turns out they were just ripping off Neu. My world is crumbling around me. And I like it.
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One of the most important pieces of Euro-unobtainium for years has been the NEU! albums. These works influenced a host of musicians who've managed to get hold of them in some way or another; from Detroit techno wizards to lo-fi tinkerers, a host of players owe a long-unsung debt to NEU!
This first album appeared in the wake of Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother's split from an early lineup of Kraftwerk. It has some of the motoric rhythms + sonic tampering of the early (ie: "Kraftwerk" and "Kraftwerk 2") Kraftwerk releases, but more of an emphasis on rock beats, guitars, and a late-psychedelic sensibility. But lurking under this...especially hinted-at in the liner notes and the noise-romp "Negativland"...is a leaning toward the glorious racket of punk and postpunk outfits such as PiL (whose John Lydon, it should be noted, is a confirmed NEU! fan). But also lurking here and there is a weird ambient-experimental murk that also leans one toward thing such as Eno's work, or later on, that of The Orb.
All of the original Brain-released 'canon' NEU! albums are worth having, but either this or the final "NEU! '75" are the right places to start.
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Having nothing new to say about such a landmark watershed of an album, I wasn't going to write a review. How can one even put into words the texture and scope of this album; it writhes and coasts through a tunnel of electricity, the signature Motorik beat behind. A longer introduction to Krautrock need not be given. "Hallogallo" (itself meaning "Hallmark") encapsulates the sound of Klaus Dinger & Co. with its 4/4 backing rhythm and mellowed synths and guitar dub. This is a ten minute track that is ever growing.

"Weissensee" is a calm, sometimes brooding soundscape, very linear with small psychedelic touches. "Im Gluck" ("Lucky") never dreams too much further than its low, ambient drone, from beginning to end it is pulsing. A small swell of guitar is heard and it represents the "mu", the nothing. But yet, it is something.

"Negativland" is another well known piece, itself giving name to another krautrock influenced group. It plods along with phased guitar lines and a throbbing pulse in its bassline.

This album is beyond words, beyond improvisation, beyond thought. It needs to be listened to. It is a timeless work of experimentation inside the Afro-American aesthetic set up by rock music two decades preceding. For ANY fan of classic rock, this is a must hear.
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For those of you who are not familiar with Neu!, they're a duo from Dusseldorf, Germany. Neu! is made up of two outstanding guitarists Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother. The two created three cosmically wonderful ground breaking lp's between 1971-75. This is their self-titled debut originally put out in 1971.'Neu!' starts off with "Hallogallo", that's ten solid minutes of pure brain floating magic. Some weird sound effects and monitored feedback are combined in "Sonderangebot". Then there's "Weissensee" that is TRUE progressive krautrock."Im Gluck" is seven minutes of more superb feedback with sound effects of water and seagulls nearby, unreal!"Negativland" tends to show case Neu's industrial side. Needless to say, a brilliant lp and that was produced by the legendary record producer Conny Plank. Totally ignore the rather primitive cover art. As it turns out,Neu! has been an influence on several of today's artists such as Stereolab, Sonic Youth, late '70's David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Rotten. Highly Recommended.
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This 1971 album is an excellent example of music that was coming out of the experimental rock scene in Germany during the early 1970s. Neu! was largely the product of a collaboration between Mike Rother (guitars/bass guitar) and Klaus Dinger (drums/percussion), with Conrad Plank as the engineer/partial producer. My own opinion of the album is that it is the finest that Neu released, although "75" is pretty good too.

With the exception of the last track, which features some slightly off-key and hoarse whispering/singing, the six tracks on the album are instrumental and range in length from 4'50" to 10'07", with most tracks in the 4 - 7 minute range. The album is at times hypnotic and nearly trancelike, with a pulsating and insistent drum part atop which very spacey guitar parts weave in and out. There are experimental tracks too, that present "found sounds" (everything from human voices to jackhammers, and a shouting audience) and eerie effects generated on electric guitars. This is (to my ears at any rate) indicative of a 1968 - 1969 Pink Floyd influence. In fact, I would even go so far to say that these guys were also somewhat influenced by American minimalist composers such as Terry Riley - their music is similarly very rhythmically charged with subtle permutations in a given musical theme. Although I love the whole album, my favorite track is Negativland, which is pretty heavy.

Overall, this is a very atmospheric and experimental album and is very highly recommended along with "Neu 75" (1975).
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