Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mucchio Classic Rock #8 - Krautrock Top 20 Albums

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Kraftwerk!

Eighth rock history lesson, courtesy of italian magazine Il Mucchio and its old Classic Rock special features. After Punk, New Wave, Dark/Gothic, Hard Rock, Psychedelia, Power Pop and Canterbury, this time we go to Germany for a bit of Krautrock. Unfortunately, not many albums are available on Spotify. Anyway, some hours of deutschlandscapes are guaranteed. Enjoy!

From AllMusic:
Kraut Rock refers to the legions of German bands of the early '70s that expanded the sonic possibilities of art and progressive rock. Instead of following in the direction of their British and American counterparts, who were moving toward jazz and classical-based compositions and concept albums, the German bands became more mechanical and electronic. Working with early synthesizers and splicing together seemingly unconnected reels of tape, bands like Faust, Can, and Neu created a droning, pulsating sound that owed more to the avant garde than to rock & roll. Although the bands didn't make much of an impact while they were active in the '70s, their music anticipated much post-punk of the early '80s, particularly industrial rock. Kraut rock also came into vogue in the '90s, when groups like Stereolab and Tortoise began incorporating the hypnotic rhythms and electronic experiments of the German art-rock bands into their own, vaguely avant-garde indie rock.

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The Playlist
(11 albums out of 20, 55%)

10 Pivotal Albums
Amon Düül 2 - Yeti (Liberty/UA 1970)
Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen (Ohr 1972)
Can - Tago Mago (UA 1971)
Cluster - Zuckerszeit (Brain, 1975)
Faust - So Far (Polydor 1972)
Kraftwerk - Autobahn (Philips, 1974)
La Düsseldorf - La Düsseldorf (Nova 1976)
Neu! - Neu 75 (Brain 1975)
Popol Vuh - Affenstunde (Liberty 1971)
Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation (Ohr 1970)

10 Albums More
Amon Düül - Paradieswärts (Ohr/Metronome 1970)

Can - Monster Movie (Music Factory 1969)
Cosmic Jokers - Cosmic Jokers (Kosmische Musik 1973)
Faust - The Faust Tapes (Virgin 1973)
Manuel Göttsching / Ash Ra Tempel VI - Inventions for Electric Guitar (Kosmischen Kuriere 1973)
Harmonia - Musik von Harmonia (Brain 1974)
Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express (Emi 1977)
Moebius & Plank -. Rastakrautpasta (Sky 1980)
Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht (Ohr 1972)
Walter Wegmuller - Tarot (Kosmische Musik 1974)

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0347)
Lite (3 songs each "pivotal" album, 2 songs each "more" album): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0348)

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