1. To shamelessly promote my radio show on Thursday, June 4th, 2009, which is a Krautrock theme show. More info on the show HERE.
2. To talk about this awesomely cool sub-genre of music...
Krautrock (I know, it's a horrible term, but I didn't make it up) was a sub-genre of music that existed roughly from 1969-1975 or so in Germany, even though many claim albums that were in the late 70's and beyond as also part of the genre. Most of the acknowledged classics of the genre, however, came from that period.
Krautrock was kind of a mixture of late 60's psychedelic and 70's progressive rock, but more psych than prog, and with a unique German weirdness that was rarely heard elsewhere. It's almost as if they took early Pink Floyd and space rock and mutated into something "other" featuring a lot of the early keyboard sounds the German's would become famous for.
Basically you have to hear some of this stuff to decide whether you'd like it or not, as it's tough music to describe. It's weird stuff for sure, but also some of the most original music you'll come across.
While there was a certain "Krautrock sound," most of the major groups didn't really sound much like the others. It should also be noted that there are German groups from the period who made progressive rock like Novalis, Grobschnitt, Epidaurus, Nektar, etc. These groups, while great, and while German, really sounded more like UK prog than anything else, and didn't really have that unique Krautrock feel.
Some of my fave groups of the genre:
Amon Duul II
Ash Ra Tempel
Some essential titles IMHO:
Agitation Free - Malesch
Agitation Free - Second
Amon Duul II - Phallus Dei
Amon Duul II - Yeti
Amon Duul II - Dance of the Lemmings
Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
Ash Ra Tempel - Join Inn
Can - Ege Bamyasi
Can - Tago Mago
Faust - Faust
Faust - The Faust Tapes
Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk II
Kraftwerk - Rolf & Florian
Neu! - Neu!
Neu! - Neu! 2
Neu! - Neu! 75
Popol Vuh - In Den Garten Pharaos
Popol Vuh - Seligpreisung
Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra
Popol Vuh - Einsjager & Seibenjager
Popol Vuh - Aguirre
Popol Vuh - Das Hohlied Salomos
Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Edited by rushgoober, 03 June 2009 - 04:39 PM.