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    So you want to buy some Krautrock records like you used to be able to in the golden days? Prices have gone way up though and affordable copies of Neu!, Can, Harmonia, Cluster and the others all look like they were used as bedding in a gerbil cage. Oh No! Don't worry though. Lord Cacapo has got your back. Here is a list of solid German Experimental Rock LPs from the early to mid seventies that you should be able to get for about ten to twenty Eurodollars.



    Fritz Müller Rock /st Rothändle 1977



    First of is one I feel is heavily underrated. Fritz Müller Rock is Eberhard Kranemanns Alter Ego after he left Neu! and Kraftwerk. (He designed the iconic sleeves for all of Neus albums and the red and green Pylons for Kraftwerk btw) . It is produced by the man Conny Plank himself and is a mixed bag full of Proto Punk nonsense but has a nice trippy collage with Fritz Müller Traum. It was released in 1977 but I believe the recordings are older than that it might have been one of the missing Zebra Lps but that is just speculation.

    Floh De Cologne ‎– Rockoper Profitgeier Ohr 1971



    Heavy socialist rants over primitive beat music from one of my all time favourite bands. Comes in a beautiful gimmick sleev that let's you pull out the vulture guts all the way. Most of their albums are on the cheaper side btw and this one was even released in the GDR with a different sleeve. Capitalism is wrong.

    Eberhard Schoener ‎– Bali-Agúng Hörzu 1976




    Eberhard Schöner is mostly known for luring Sting into his studio in the eighties and conducting the orchestra on a few Alan Parsons albums. Well that is what Discogs tells me anyway. This is a very ambitious album together with Siggi Schwab (of Embryo) and and the Gamelan Orchestra of Bali. Tribal Percussion mixed with Moog. The stand out track is definitely Ketjak Rock but it is a wonderful album all the way.

    Lilac Angels ‎– I'm Not Afraid To Say "Yes"! Dingerland 1976




    What's that? Private press produced by Klaus Dinger and Conny Plank? 12 minute motorik workout with phased drums about driving a car? Yeah its a one tracker but the track takes up almost all of Side 2 and it ounds to me like it could have been on any of the Neu! albums but Neu! 75 especially.

    Michael Rother ‎– Flammende Herzen Sky 1977



    Another Neu! related record and one of the easiest on the list. Sky records didnt mess around when it came to numbers and this one should be in every German record shop ever. Rother keeps doing his thing without the distracting experiments of the Dinger Brothers. This (and the two following albums) continue the Hallogallo beat but I dont think it has ever really stopped.


    Novalis ‎– st Brain 1975




    Alright this is a one tracker again. Instant HipHop that might have been sampled by Kanye West. Dronsz! Dronsz! Dronsz!


    Deuter – Aum Kuckuck 1973




    I have avoided this album way too long. I thought it was all hippydippy New Age nonsense but Deuter creates some very menacing soundscapes over the 2 sides.


    Electric Food- Electric Food Europa 1970


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    Seems wrong not to include something from THE German budget label on a list like this. Electric Food are of course the Hard Rockers Lucifers Friend in Disguise. The LP Could do without all the cover versions but the track Nosferatu rocks hard. Further LPs on Europa include: Corporal Gander, Flash and plety others. Should be a chart on its own really.

    Jane-III Brain 1974



    I don't like Jane at all. I must have had most of their albums by now and calling them the poor mans Pink Floyd is not wrong. They did headline a lot of concerts back in the day and must have been a huge fixture in the Live scene so there is that. Conny Plank produced their third album however and you can hear his Black Magic fuckery on the track "Comin' again". Delay, fuzz, echo and a beat that just goes on and on and on for not nearly long enough.

    Faust-Tapes Virgin 1973



    Virgin dumped a bazillion copies of these in their early days after Polydor fired the band for being unreliable weirdos. Kudos to them. The album is a collage of unfinished songs, plain noise and other ideas that make for a great listen. I won't attempt to unravel it here though.


    Gruppe Between ‎– Einstieg Wergo 1971




    WERGO was a well established Avant Garde label in 1971 so they hired the "Supergroup" Between (Embryo, Popol Vuh, and Peter Michael Hamel ) for this Album. It takes many unexpecting turns over 40 minutes. Folky soundtracky stuff and just good old synth freakouts and street noises. They also say "shit" after attempting to play Bach at the end. So there is that to look forward to.

    Ougenweide- Ougenweide Zebra 1973




    Folky ballads sung in medieval German are not everybodys thing, and if it is you are probably a bit weird honestly. If you like Achim Reichels Machines albums though (you definitely should) give this a chance. Gets very percussive all the way through but the highlight is at the end with the proto medieval Glam Rock stomper "Es Fur Ein Pawr Gen Holcz". Way to short though.




    Klaus Schulze- Blackdance Brain 1974




    Had to doublecheck this but yes: You can get original Green Brain pressings of this proto techno workout for less than 20. Pre New Age Schulze is best Schulze.


    Piet Janssens- Menschensohn Pietbiet 1972



    I was a bit obsessed with these German Christian Exploitation records for a long while and have trimmed the collection down significantly over the last years. This one gets to stay though. Make sure to get the Double LP for extra phased weirdness


    Passport- Passport Atlantic 1975




    Thats Jazz right? Yes! Except for the one track (Hexensabbat) that sounds like Black Sabbath on Moog.



    Stockhausen-Stimmung Deutsche Grammophon 1970



    This one is a stretch of course but I was curious what those infamous Stockhausen lectures sounded like and this is a good starting point. Two sides of vocal repetitive chants, Might as well right?


    Triumvirat ‎– Illusions On A Double Dimple Harvest 1974




    German bargain bin ELP. Lots of noodling but some very nice pay-off beats hidden between the pompous prog moves.


    Guru Guru ‎– Mani Und Seine Freunde Atlantic 1975






    Mani (of Guru Guru) has a lot of friends. The credits of this LP do read like a who is who of the established mid 70s German Rock Scene. Roedelius, Plank, and Moebius all join in on the saturday morning farmhouse groove.


    Eurythmics ‎– In The Garden RCA 1981




    Most of Can and Stockhausens kid do an early Stereolab impression. Lovely record that would go on my VG+ top 100 list.


    Various ‎– Cosmic Kraut Hits UA 1974





    Okay lets do some comps. The selection on here is spot on and wouldnt look much different if I had to put together a best of from early German UA. Motherhood, Embryo, Popol Vuh, Amon Düül II for the big names and the best tracks by Cherubin and 18 Karat Gold.
    You also get Can - Mother Sky and Niagara - S.U.B for extra dancefloor action.


    Various ‎– Pop & Blues Festival '70





    Recordings from a festival in Hamburg. This is primordial Krautrock ooze. Most of the bands just grew out of their Beat Haircuts and lost their shoes on the way to the train station. The more recognizable names include Frumpy and Tomorrows Gift. The stand out track to me is the effort by Thrice Mice but there is some heavy shredding going on all over the four sides.

    Last edited by Cacapo; 24-05-2018, 09:48 AM.
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  • #2
    Great Post Cacapo, only know a couple of them and you're right 'Deuter - Aum' is top! I think I'd heard it before but the reissue was so cheap I just punted on it a couple of years back and wasn't disappointed.
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    • #3
      Which ones do you have? One of the posts that attracted me to the old Vinyl Vulture site was a similar one to this. I learned about Ashra Tempel, Cluster and plenty more there for the first time.
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      • #4
        I can vouch for that Lilac Angels track, from Cacapo's Christmas swap. It does take up most of side 2 but I think i'd be happier if it were longer and took up all of side 2.
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          This is one that goes for only a few pounds but is well worth a punt if you like mid 70s T Dream style synth. Michael Hoenig - Departure From The Northern Wasteland.
          It's certainly way better than later era T Dream.
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          • #6
            I have the 'Deuter - Aum' album and 'Floh de Cologne' but sadly on digitally for the latter. I've seen the 'Fritz Muller' flagged up before and it intrigued me. I'll have a dig through my Krautrock/Berlin School cube I have a few I think cheap oddities in there probably more verging to 'Berlin School' like the 'Michael Hoenig' above which I've never come across.

            My Tange cut off point keeps shifting Brad I think I'm straying into 1985-1986 now!

            Originally posted by Cacapo View Post
            Which ones do you have? One of the posts that attracted me to the old Vinyl Vulture site was a similar one to this. I learned about Ashra Tempel, Cluster and plenty more there for the first time.
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            • #7
              Lots for me to checkout , thanks Cacapo , apart from Deuter I dont know any of the others

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              • #8
                Yes I was trying to focus on the first generation including some later releases there. Fritz Müller Rock!
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                • #9
                  Gamelan plus Moog, eh? Well, somebody had to try it. I have yet to hear a moog LP that I like, but if any of them is ever going to convince me it could be that one.

                  Is there some thematic link with (what looks to be) the frozen dogs face?

                  Nice work C. Any more to come?

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                  • #10
                    Thanks cacapo

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                    • #11
                      Do 'Kraan' get a good rep around here? I like their early 70's albums but they went a bit cheesy as they went along. Their Rhythm guitarist is scarily good and 'Andy Nogger' is a great album. They are probably more the Jazzy/Prog end of Krautrock than Kosmiche though. I cant remember how I came across 'Kraan' it was a long time ago.



                      I quite like this 'Missus Beastly' album which got a recent reissue. Again more the Jazzier end of things. :



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cacapo View Post
                        So you want to buy some Krautrock records like you used to be able to in the golden days? Prices have gone way up though and affordable copies of Neu!, Can, Harmonia, Cluster and the others all look like they were used as bedding in a gerbil cage. Oh No! Don't worry though. Lord Cacapo has got your back. Here is a list of solid German Experimental Rock LPs from the early to mid seventies that you should be able to get for about ten to twenty Eurodollars.
                        Nice one Cacapo. Never seen any of those.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cacapo View Post
                          Michael Rother ‎– Flammende Herzen Sky 1977



                          Another Neu! related record and one of the easiest on the list. Sky records didnt mess around when it came to numbers and this one should be in every German record shop ever. Rother keeps doing his thing without the distracting experiments of the Dinger Brothers. This (and the two following albums) continue the Hallogallo beat but I dont think it has ever really stopped.
                          Thanks Cacapo. This is SUCH a fine record. Karussel is icy perfection.
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                          • #14
                            The Eberhard Schoener is easily found on Youtube, for those who want to delve.

                            It is going on my list.

                            I wonder what the Balinese made of Schoener. The sleeve notes record what he thinks they made of him. He seems to have approached it as an exercise in personal musical discovery - which is perhaps to be expected. The Balinese vocal tracks don't strike me as musical so much as ritualistic; some folks might find them disquieting.

                            Ace tip C, thanks.
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                            • #15
                              More on Youtube - there is a broadcast clip there which has far more of a 'rock' aspect to it.

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