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    Posted: May 08 2005 at 09:54

Here is a topic for those who want to discuss about the legendary music of Michael Rother, from his first albums with Neu! to Harmonia and his solo albums & collaborations with different artists.


Here are a few important dates in M. Rother's career:

1971: Member of Kraftwerk for their second effort, Kraftwerk 2. Featuring Klaus Dinger, Florian Scheider, avant garde mixed with guitar sound manipulations

1971-75: the Neu! period with Klaus Dinger...three seminal albums in experimental minimalist post-rock will be recorded

1973- 76: He integrates Roedelius side project Harmonia with the drummer Mani Neumair (from Guru Guru): 3 intense ambiant late krautrock albums will be recorded

1977-78: the beginning of his solo career with two memorable minimalist guitar orientated albums Flammende Herzen & Sterntaler

A few personnal impressions to open the dance:


Michael Rother (who contributes to the contemplative and meditative side of the seminal NEU!)recorded here one of my favorite Ambiant/minimalist rock album. If you are familiar with the NEU!75 dreamy and melodic tunes as "Seeland" you will not be disappointed by this second M.R. solo album.
This tranquil and floating release remains a little known classic album.
(The three additional tracks recorded in 1993 are barely passable and do not fit with the rest of the album).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2005 at 18:47
He's another BIG omission!
Michael is one of the great PIONEERS of
progressive rock. Actuallly Progressive really means
pioneer rock!
My favorite of his solo releases is Katzenmusik, then
Flammende Herzen. But all of his late 70s early 80s
releases are top notch. Chronicles is a best of
compilation that truly is the best of Michaels solo
career. Manuel Gottsching is in the archives, dont
see much difference in approach here, though they
have a very different delivery. Both are excellent and
David Gilmour and Steve Hackett could
have(probably did) learned something here.
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