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HARMONIA LIVE 1974

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3.74 | 12 ratings | 5 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Schaumberg (10:45)
2. Veteranissimo (17:26)
3. Arabesque (5:20)
4. Holta Polta (15:01)
5. Ueber Ottenstein (9:30)

Total Time: 58:02

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Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Rother / guitar, electric percussion, piano & organ
- Hans-Joachim-Roedeius / electronic organ & piano
- Dieter Moebius / synthesizer & electronic percussion

Releases information

Recorded : Live in concert 23rd March 1974 Penny Station in Griessen,Germany
Released : October 2007
Gronland Records - CDGRON78

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HARMONIA Harmonia Live 1974 ratings distribution


3.74
(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
50%
Good, but non-essential (42%)
42%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Sean Trane
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3 stars Harmonia was born out a crash (or was it a clash?) between Cluster and Neu! Progheads could've feared the worst, knowing exactly how pop-ish both Cluster and Neu were when they tried their hardest, but rest assured here: this live posthumous release is anything but new-wave electro pop "avant la lettre". While the group only lasted two studio albums, it had also a live career, from which comes this posthumous "in concert" release. This concert from March 23rd, 1974 in Griessem is issued on Crow record in digipak format and comes with four pictures either at rest or in concert.

Despite the very repetitive, minimalist and ambient nature of their music, when played live, itris also less electronic, with Neu's Michael Rother's guitar sounding a bit like Pinhas', so don't go expecting anything resembling Neu!'s debut, Zuckerzeit or Autobahn, but do look in the direction of Popol Vuh's Attenstude or early Tangerine Dream, but filled with sequencers. The tracks are rather lengthy (between 5 and almost 17 minutes) and evolve slowly; filled with single-note patterns and binary rhythms, delays, echoes and all of the electronic effect of back then. So certainly experimental, but not that much because most of the tracks have rhythms and a semblance of melody.

Finding this album in the new arrivals of my library system, I jumped on it, but it also reminded me that I've forgotten to review the studio albums. Homeworks for the winter holidays. In the meantime, if you're a Harmonia buff, no doubt you'll find this essential, and if you're not so much, then no doubt, this can wait up until you find it on the used/second hand market.

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Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Review by stefro
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4 stars Epic electronic krautrock grooves, motorik beats, soft, ethereal keyboards, hissing, bubbling primitive electronics, tribal drumming...the full gamut of early-seventies experimentation is available thanks to this excellent live document of genre-pioneers HARMONIA's 1974 Dusseldorf gig. Only released on CD last year, this captures the twosome in full cosmic mode, twising and elongating tracks from MUSIK VON HARMONIA and DELUXE into full-blown hypnotic space-epics that ebb and flow beautifully from one soft moment to the next. Fans of KLAUS SCHULZE, TANGERINE DREAM and NEU! will find much to admire amongst the surreal sonic pallette of ideas on offer. Everything is underpinned by a deliberately loose rolling groove that feels as natural as breathing. A great live document. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2009

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Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Chug chug chugging along

If you know those old electronic rhythm devices such as you´d find on old organs - that snuffle and chug like a puffing steam train, then look no further if you want to know how this sounds applied to music.

Harmonia was a German trio consisting of Michael Rother off legendary Krautrock band NEU! and the 2 electronic wizards from Cluster Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius. One could almost call this a super group, if these guys were better known to the world outside of Germany and the few Krautrock connoisseurs out there.

As the title suggests this record was cut in 1974, and luckily so because all 3 musicians here was at the very top of their game. None of these tracks feature anywhere else in their discography (at least to my knowledge), which means that you get 5 sparkling new tracks. On top of this, the sound quality of this release happens to be vibrant and warm, and by the flick of the switch - with eyes closed - ready for a mind movie, you´re transported back in time to this tasty and imaginative gig. This is serious headphone music, and it helps big time if you can picture the Penny Station in Griessen Germany filled with long haired freaks and folks sitting on their jackets smoking, drinking, tripping doing their very best to escape the earthly bounds of the floor.

All of these tracks sound improvised with blowing ambient synth landscapes that consistently prowls the airwaves like soft and delicate wolverines in flight. Together with Michael Rother´s spacey and lingering guitar work, the music takes on an effervescent characteristic, that makes the music soar and glide in and out of psychedelic terrains and electronic currents.

It is a boat ride just as much as it is a train journey, - a realistic musical adaptation of a trip through the swooping autobahn on a huge robotic vessel. The music is cradling and motorik laden, but still a long way from being gentle and sedate. It feels determined like a commercial ferry ploughing through the streets headed for its home harbour. Just like German engineering the rhythm boxes showers this release in a very conform coating, but that only ads to the mystery, as to why this album sounds so free.

If you enjoy your music psychedelic, chugging, minimalistic, improvised and hypnotic, then you could do worse than this fine record, which is a fine example of a journey well spent on your bottom. Your head on the other hand has been places, where objects move like echoing slow lightnings through the skies, and your senses feel heightened and crisp like a metaphysical conductor licking the rail road tracks in sheer exuberance.

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3 stars This one is hard to rate impartially. But that is the idea of universal information. So here it goes.........I never considered Harmonia as a "guitar leaded" band. Their studio albums, by rule, never stick to the same option of styling, among so many choices of electronic gadgets usually found i ... (read more)

Report this review (#1086703) | Posted by admireArt | Saturday, December 07, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Despite their short existence, Harmonia was a supergroup of the German Krautrock era whose influence is still felt over 30 years later. The band consisted of former Kraftwerk and NEU! member Michael Rother alongside the members of Cluster (Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius). Together, th ... (read more)

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