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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1
1. Lucifer's Friend - Ride the sky (2:54)
2. Birth Control - The work is done (5:58)
3. Cravinkel - Two circles (2:36)
4. Os Mundi - A question of decision (7:40)
5. Embryo - Radio Marrakesch / Orient express (9:46)
6. Sperrmüll - Pat Casey (3:18)
7. Lava - Tears are going home (4:22)
8. Jane - Hangman (live) (11:27)
9. Prof. Wolfff - Hans im glück (7:44)
10. Scorpions - It all depends (3:23)
11. Grobschnitt - Drummer's dream (6:12)
12. Electric sandwich - China (8:08)
13. Weed - Sweet morning light (5:47)

CD 2
1. Rattles The witch (LP version) (2:56)
2. Frumpy How the gypsy was born (8:50)
3. Gomorrha I turned to see whose voice it was (7:44)
4. Grobschnitt Jupp Vater Schmidts Wandertag (9:52)
5. Guru Guru Samantha's rabbit (2:56)
6. Kin Ping Meh Fairy-tales (10:47)
7. Hölderlin Requiem für einen Wicht (6:39)
8. Jane Daytime (8:05)
9. Weed Lonely ship (3:12)
10. Abacus Song for Brunhilde (4:36)
11. Odin Tribute to Frank (1:50)
12. Yatha Sidhra A meditation mass Part 3 (12:00)

CD 3
1. Eloy Castle in the air (7:13)
2. Kraan Nam nam (5:48)
3. Atlantis It's getting better! (4:50)
4. Klaus Schulze Mental door (23:00)
5. Cluster Hollywood (4:40)
6. Faust So far (6:20)
7. Harmonia Watussi (5:55)
8. Curly Curve Queen of spades (5:00)
9. Gomorrha Dance on a volcano (9:58)
10. Sperrmüll No freak out (6:45)

CD 4
1. Wonderland Moscow (2:47)
2. Frumpy Take care of illusion (7:30)
3. Faust Why don't you eat carrots (17:36)
4. Epitaph Fly (8:50)
5. Guru Guru Der Elektrolurch (9:49)
6. Eroc Norderland (6:31)
7. Topas Train to an island (6:10)
8. Novalis Impressionen (10:36)
9. Jane Air and the end (10:53)

CD 5
1. Randy Pie Highway driver (3:57)
2. Birth Control Gamma Ray (9:44)
3. Can Mother sky (14:30)
4. Topas Hurricane (4:15)
5. Guru Guru Ooga booga (11:11)
6. Atlantis Friends (live) (8:41)
7. Grobschnitt Traum und Wirklichkeit (5:26)
8. Embryo A place to go (4:08)
9. Lucifer's Friend Lucifer's Friend (6:08)
10. Novalis Wer Schmetterlinge lachen hört (9:16)

CD 6
1. Curly Curve Hell and booze (4:06)
2. Lucifer's Friend Sorrow (11:36)
3. Lava Holy fool (5:17)
4. Grobschnitt Anywhere (4:12)
5. LA Düsseldorf Rheinita (7:40)
6. Harmonia Dino (3:30)
7. Randy Pie Wintersong (5:45)
8. Jane Windows (live) (18:05)
9. Cravinkel About mother and son (3:13)
10. Dull Knife Tumberlin' down (4:18)
11. Eroc Wolkenreise (4:32)
12. Udo Linderberg Alles klar auf der Andrea Doria (3:48)
13. Wallenstein Charline (4:04)

Line-up / Musicians

Various artits

Releases information

Krautrock - music for your brain is a 6 CD's compilation of German bands.It was published by Universal in 2005 and covers more than a decade (1968-1980) of various Krautrock groups.
Although some keygroups are missing (AMON DUUL II, GIFT, TWENTY SIXTY SIX AND THEN), this compilation is unique and gives a great intorduction to Krautrock. Listeners can find here electronic music, hard rock, jazz, psychedelic, simply everything what was Krautrock about and that's why it is worth to have this boxset in progarchive and it serves as great introduction to Krautrock and there's also a lot of groups that are not easy (or almost impossible) to find recently.

From booklet (in german and english) is obvious that this compilation was an effort of Kurt Mitzkatis who is President of the German Rock Association ( and he also announced vol.2 of this compilation.

Thanks to hejkal for the addition
and to ProgLucky for the last updates
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VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Krautrock - Music For Your Brain ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(57%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
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Review by fuxi

Did you think Germans couldn't rock? Think again! I must admit, in 1970s Belgium (where I grew up) German rock wasn't taken seriously. Most music collectors were infatuated with British and North American acts. Germans were known almost exclusively for cheesy ballads - so-called Schlagers. Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" did make it to the radio, but most listeners saw it as a novelty number.

Some prog-rock fans were aware, though, of the existence of German symphonic bands like Jane and Novalis. I'm glad to say that their best-known tunes are included in this highly generous collection. If you've never heard Novalis's "Wer Schmetterlinge lachen hört" or Jane's "Windows", you can't call yourself a fully-fledged sympho-freak! (Jane's lead vocals are unbearable, but their playing is hot.) German "cosmic music" also had plenty of devotees in the Low Countries, but I must admit the genre never appealed to me. Sure enough, the 23 minutes of Klaus Schulze included here are 23 minutes wasted (though it's fascinating to discover that our Klaus prefigured the opening section of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond").

Some prog reviewers think compilation albums are silly, but I've always enjoyed box sets and anthologies of all kinds, and this inexpensive collection (six discs of more than 79 minutes each!) has been a real eye-opener. I bought it as a general introduction, to find out which German acts are worth exploring in detail, and I haven't been disappointed.

True, not all of the music here corresponds to what Prog Archives calls Krautrock. There are quite a few tracks by bands that play what would now be called 'Classic Rock'. Most of them seem strongly influenced by the likes of the Free, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Santana. Some of those tracks (e.g. Weed's "Sweet Morning Light", Lucifer's Friend's "Lucifer's Friend" and Topas' "Hurricane") are gonzoid hardrock you won't catch me playing a second time!

On the other hand, wonderful acts like Os Mundi, Embryo, Professor Wolfff, Hölderlin, Odin, Yatha Sidra, Cluster, Faust, Harmonia, Gomorrha, Sperrmuell, Epitaph, Birth Control, Can, Guru Guru and Grobschnitt provide so much excitement I'm truly glad I bought this set. Make no mistake - there's many, many hours of listening pleasure here. Oh, I know some of 1970s Germany's most important bands are missing (Amon Düül II for example) but in fact a second 6-CD set has now appeared.

Meanwhile, for starters, give yourself a treat! If classic German rock is new to you, you won't regret acquiring this collection.

Review by Alucard
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I took advantage of a longer train ride to listen to this 6CD collection(8 hours). First remark, even so the term Krautrock is used in a more or less wider meaning, I would change the title Krautrock, Music For Your Brain (kind of a pun, the majority of the tracks coming from the Brain label) to German Rock 1969 to1977 to be more explicit. The compilation has a strong accent on Heavy Prog, about half of the compilation with Jane (having the biggest slice with about 50 minutes) Lucifer's Friend, Eloy (early phase) King Ping Meh, Curly Curve, Birth Control, Scorpions, and Weed (with Ken Hensley) A good idea to introduce two of the German Proto Rock bands, The Rattles and Wonderland (both counting the German Rock godfather Achim Reichel among their members) and two bestselling singles The Witch and Moscow. The symphonic side is presented by Grobschnitt and Novalis and the electronic side by one long Klaus Schulze track The Düsseldorf connection is presented by La Düsseldorf, Harmonia and Cluster; the experimental side by Can and Faust; the jazz Rock side by Embryo and Kraan. and the R&B side by Atlantis and Randy Pie. (Atlantis released an excellent live record, that is presented here with one track. Only a couple of German sung tracks : two by Grobschnitt, and one each by Novalis, Hölderlin and Prof.Wolff.(my major discovery on this boxset) An excellent idea to introduce some of the lesser known bands like Cravinkel, Os Mundi, Lava, Sperrmüll, Gomorrha and Odin. Under the line a good compilation that gives a good overview over German Rock of the 70's with a strong accent on the Heavy Prog side.

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5 stars This 6 CD boxset is simply awsome. Despite the fact, that this is just compilation, I must confess that this is the best compilation ever made. Krautrock is a term that somehow loosely defines German groups in general. You can find here psychedelic rock, hard rock, jazz rock, electronic music ... (read more)

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