Saturday, January 20, 2007

Kraftwerk - K4 (Kraftwerk Meets Neu!!!)

Live in Bremen, Germany
June 25, 1971

There isn't any extra information about this this unofficial release either in the liner notes or on the interweb thing - however, as you listen it becomes obvious that this is indeed a recording of the rather short-lived lineup of Kraftwerk that includes Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger in its ranks! That's right - Neu! as part of Kraftwerk!!!

It's basically a whole CD of extended "side-long" jams in the style of the first Kraftwerk albums performed in front of a small but enthusiastic audience and broadcast on Bremen Radio in 1971. The members of Neu! really take a forward role here, with Rother's guitar driving things for most of the time and sounding quite rocking, with glimpses of his future soaring melodic sound in the extended jam passages. The guitar and drums are backed up by synth and I believe organ bass, with notable exceptions of flute taking the forefront on the great version of Ruckzack (from the first Kraftwerk LP) and is it distorted electric violin on K4? Maybe just Rother taking a violin bow to his guitar strings! Proto-Kraftwerk and proto-Neu! It's exciting stuff, and on top of that the sound quality is excellent.
I recommended you listen to this album at MAXIMUM VOLUME!!!

Download here,
K4

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

let me see you
let me free you
and maybe love you
in my mind

marcus said...

always great stuff here!
I would recommenend this youtube clip where the two NEU! Boys plays the florian schneiders flute against the wall :-) he looks so nervouse while the other two guys play their set. so it seems to me.

Ellaguru said...

thanx for the blog and for this record(or session)!!!
see you soon!
ciao

Rob Michaels said...

This is one of the greatest heavy rock performances of all time, no kidding. I've handed out cd copies to every head I see, Johnny Appleseed style. Play loud and often.

sérgio torres said...

hi there,

thanks for the rare gem.
I'd really like to download it but "mediafire" blocked all brazilian IP's.
We can access it using a PROXY but the download doesn't starts.
anyways, thanks a lot.
keep on the good work! ;)

hugs,
sérgio torres

Anonymous said...

Sergio, here is an alternate download site:
http://www.bigozine2.com/archive/ARrarities06/ARkwbremen.html

Anonymous said...

I read about this in krautrocksampler... great find thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I hadn't heard any early Kraftwerk and the Neu! album I own is '75 - Hence this was a very different sound to the one I expected.

The slow sections sound to my ears almost identical to the first album of Pharaoh Overlord - I released last year as a side project of Finnish band Circle.

It's the second time I've heard something from the 70's for the first time and recognised the sound of a modern band - last time it was listening to the brilliant french band Eider Stellaire and hearing UK's GUAPO...

Spencer said...

The guys from NEU! were in Kraftwerk before breaking off and forming NEU!. Just so you know.

Anonymous said...

hey mate,
thanks for the post. can't wait to check it out. much appreciated.
Aa

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the early live Kraftwerk / Neu! post. Correct me if i'm wrong, but both Klaus Dinger (guitar & keyboards) and Thomas Homann (percussion) played with Ralph Hutter and Florian Schneider-Eslebenon the first Kraftwerk album, Kraftwerk 1, which came out in 1971. (They were not on the 1970 album Tone Float when Kraftwerk was known as Organisation, nor were they on Kraftwerk 2 when Krafwerk was just a duo). Dinger And Homann left Kraftwerk in August 1971 to form Neu!. Homann was deposed by Michael Rother (who appeared on thier eponymous mid-1972 debut, Neu!). Perhaps this recording shows that Rother was pushing Homann out sooner rather than later.

Horst Uhlen said...

What a gem! Excellent sound quality, probably a radio recording? Really, really cool. Thanks a million for your efforts! That's what sharity was made for - you made somebody happy, thanks.

Anonymous said...

hey none of the files I dl from your blog work at all the dl as 82b files that wont play in winamp or MS media player and they wont burn to disk either is there something I am missing?

FM SHADES said...

hmm, strange. Its seems the mp3's work for most people.

ryan said...

Just fantastic - brightened up an otherwise tough, tough day - thanks
so much!

Anonymous said...

First of all Id like to say thank you for all the great stuff you've been posting! I especially love the Kennelmus and Sun City Girls posts, but my favorite was this Kraftwerk 4! I feel like a dick telling you this now that i need something from you, and not before - Ive always MEANT to! somehow Ive lost my Kraftwerk files, and when I try to dowload it now it says MISSING QUICKKEY. Im missing it horribly - is there a way you can repost it or tell me how to get a copy of it??? THanks MUch! - DRew
PS - I ordered a copy of Ed Yazijian yesterday - i love it! thanks again for all the truly fantastic music!

FM SHADES said...

I just reposted the download links. Now in 2 parts as the files are over 100megs.

Anonymous said...

thanks a ton!!!! wooo! -drew

music weasel said...

thanks a lot!!! I love both bands and didnt know about this!!!

Likedeeler said...

i've been giving this away to several kraftwerk fans. only one knew of the recording. it has made a lasting impression on everyone! very cool.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I didn't know about this either. Much appreciated!

lincoln said...

the version of ruckzack sounds so good! i've got some live neu! records but it's a bit too noodly for me...rother's guitar playing here is devestating!

unusual music said...

I'm a big fan of Neu!, early Kraftwerk, and even Organisation, so I was thrilled to find this. I have the one bonus track on the Germanfon bootleg of Tone Float with Rother & Dinger in Kraftwerk but to find all this additional material is fantastic. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic!!

Anonymous said...

This KILLS-seriously amazing..GREAT BLOG!GOOD WORK F>M>SHADES!!!