Before AUTOBAHN, Kraftwerk put out a lot of material in the vein of the krautrock/kosmische of the time. That’s not to say it’s bad, I actually prefer the two “cone” albums and R&F to some of the “official canon” releases.
Speaking of which, in a recent interview with Pitchfork, Ralf Hutter seemingly reverses what was considered to be a hardline revisionist history stance that erased these albums from the Kraftwerk discography. Maybe we’ll get some official releases someday, to go along with that CATALOGUE box that sort of came out.
I have to wonder about quality control on future Kling Klang related releases without Florian Schneider’s direct involvement. Do you think Kraftwerk has any gas left in the tank and can put out another amazing LP like TOUR DE FRANCE SOUNDTRACKS? Or do you think they’re now a touring greatest hits act?
Anyway, I threw in a blistering live set from Radio Bremen, during a real period of transition for the group. Reduced to Hutter and Schneider, Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger (who went on to form NEU!) were recruited for several live performances. As far as I know, this is the only one captured. Pristinely, at that. It’s a surprisingly heavy metal affair, stoner riffs suitable for a Black Sabbath or even Melvins rehearsals span five epic jams.
I did post these once before, but now they’re all 320kbps. Hooray.