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NEU! 2

Neu!

 

Krautrock

2.96 | 89 ratings

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Alucard
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3 stars 'Neu 2' was recorded in January & February of 1973. The record is in a certain way more experimtal and less 'Neu-ish' compared to 'Neu1' and 'Neu 75'.

The first Neu record was a reasonable success with 30.000 records sold, but halfway though the recording of 'Neu2' the band run out of money to finish the record.The band had recorded a single "Neuschnee/Super", that their label 'Brain' didn't liked and Klaus Dinger had the idea to take the single, "play around with it" and use it to fill up the record.

So all tracks on side 2 are different versions of the two single tracks "Neuschnee/Super". They were recorded at normal speed (45) and also at 16 and 78 rpm, with the strange sound that you may expect of this procedure. 'Hallo Excentrico' was created by Dinger playing 'Super 'by hand, out of center on the turntable. All this 'playing around' is the explanation, why this record sounds a little 'odd' compared to the other 'Neu' records, but Neccessity is the mother of Invention as Zappa would have said.

Side one is more 'traditional' : 'Spitzenqulaität' sounds like Proto Punk and 'Lila Engel' is an uptempo rocker dedicated to the Düsseldorf group 'Lilac Engels', that Dinger produced. 'Gedenkminute' (a minute of silence) just church bells and the only 'typical' Neu-track is the opener 'Für immer', with the trademark Dinger drumming.

'Neu 2' is an interesting-experimental record.

Alucard | 3/5 |

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