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- SJRCD265 / 2CD comp on Soul Jazz inc. Can, Neu!, D.A.F, Popol Vuh, Faust, Roedelius etc.
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Sadly I missed the boat on the first of these awesome kraut comps on Soul Jazz, which is now long gone, but it only takes the most cursory glance at the tracklist to tell I’m in for a fun time here. There’s Can, Popol Vuh, Amon Duul II, Neu!, Pyrolator, Eno, Moebius & Roedelius, Faust, Asmus Tietchens...27 tracks in total of classic recordings from all of the heavy hitters in German rock and electronic music 1971-83. It even comes with a 48-page book crammed with photos and a potted history of the scene.
Obviously with an era as ripe with creativity as this one it’d take more than a four LP compilation to even start scratching the surface (hence why they had to do a second one I suppose), but as you’d expect this is a celebratory romp through many of your favourite bits - Can’s ‘Halleluwah’ pops up near the start, Faust’s epic ‘Krautrock’ finishes things off, and in between there’s bouncy robotic guitar pop from Michael Rother and melt-in-the-mouth new ageisms from Popol Vuh alongside less obvious but still wonderful cuts from the likes of Agitation Free with the ritualistic slow-builder ‘You Play For Us Today’ and D.A.F.’s spastic post-punk computer pop. We’re a bit pressed for time and this is epic but I’ve read the tracklist and listened to half of it and it’s brilliant! As you would expect there’s loads of hypnotic grooves, clever polyrhythms, bright synths, tribalistic minimal rock. Top marks all round, this should be required listening on the national curriculum.
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