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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro (Haydn Slo-Mo) (0:33)
2. Dänzig (5:05)
3. Crazy (3:16)
4. Drive (Grundfunken) (5:13)
5. La Bomba (Stop Aparttheid World-Wide!) (5:30)
6. Elanoizan (2:32)
7. Wave Mother (4:53)
8. Paradise Walk (5:11)
9. Euphoria (3:59)
10. Vier 1/2 (1:02)
11. Good Life (3:42)
12. November (1:43)
13. KD (1:54)

Total time 44:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Klaus Dinger / vocals, Oberheim OB-8, guitar, drums, percussion, programming
- Michael Rother / Fairlight, keyboards, guitar, bass, programming

- Georg Sessenhausen "Gigi" / drums (3,4,8,11)
- Michael Grund / bass & Fx (8)
- Jochen / vocals (5)
- Birgit / vocals (5)

Releases information

Michael Rother reworked the 1986 album "Neu! 4" from original multitrack and master tapes;
The new album shares several tracks with the original release, but has a few new or remixed tracks.

Artwork: Ken Matsutani with Klaus Dinger

LP Grönland Records ‎- LPGRONIV (2010, UK)

CD Grönland Records ‎- CDGRONIV (2010, UK)

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NEU ! Neu! '86 ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(11%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (50%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

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Review by Neu!mann
2 stars Michael Rother's version of the "Neu! 4" album, previously assembled (without Rother's knowledge) by his erstwhile partner Klaus Dinger, is like an identical twin separated at birth, and not altogether compatible with its sibling despite the identical DNA. It's essentially the same aborted album, remixed and rearranged, with some of Dinger's tracks eliminated, others abbreviated, many re-titled, and with one new cut added. But the belated reassembly hardly justifies a separate release, and the new album is actually 14-minutes shorter than it older brother.

According to Rother, the 1995 release of "Neu! 4" was for Dinger "an act of despair". And Rother himself said it "isn't a real Neu! album." But there isn't anything in his new mix to alter that assessment, which makes it easy to defend a lower rating for the same music: it's been done before, and the second round is no more a group effort than its predecessor.

Sadly, Dinger's original model is now out of print, supplanted by the newly licensed 'official' edition. A moot point, in my opinion, as neither version fully deserves to called the fourth studio album from the long-defunct duo. The music itself still has its occasional charm and energy. But it was never more than flotsam, and even less essential as secondhand flotsam.

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