Deluxe (Harmonia album)

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Deluxe
Studio album by Harmonia
Released 20 August 1975
Recorded June 1975
Genre Krautrock
Kosmische Musik
Experimental Music
Electronic music
Ambient Music
Art rock
Length 41:59
Label Brain
Producer Harmonia/Plank
Harmonia chronology
Musik Von Harmonia
(1974)
Deluxe
(1975)
Tracks and Traces
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Deluxe is the second album from the highly influential Krautrock/Kosmische Musik group Harmonia. Harmonia was formed by the addition of Neu! guitarist Michael Rother to Cluster, the duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius.

Deluxe was recorded in June, 1975 in Harmonia's studio in Forst, Germany. It was first released on the Brain Records label in 1975. It was produced by the band members and legendary Krautrock producer, Conny Plank.[1] Ned Raggett's review for Allmusic opens: "A touch more immediate and song-oriented than its predecessor, but no less enchanting and lovely to hear, De Luxe again features the trio experimenting with a variety of approaches, most particularly including vocals here and there for the first time."[2] The Ground and Sky review by Joe McGlinchey describes Deluxe, in part: "The album also has more of a drive to it than the first Harmonia album, perhaps in part to Rother's guitar being much more upfront and noticeable, as well as the addition of Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier on some tracks."[3] Neumeier performs a lengthy jam on the track "Walky Talky". Ned Raggett adds: "The motorik pulses and rhythms, however soft and subtle, still dominate the proceedings, while the glazed, warm feeling of the whole album is astounding."[2]

Deluxe ranked at #41 among Krautrock albums in sales at Amazon.com as of 3 September 2007. Musician, writer, and rock historian Julian Cope included Deluxe in his Krautrock Top 50.[4]

CDs of Deluxe first appeared in 1994 on the Germanofon label. This dubious company based in Luxembourg released numerous Krautrock albums without proper authorization or paying royalties, in effect producing bootlegs that somehow found their way into mainstream distribution. The Germanofon CDs were transfers from vinyl LPs and generally were of inferior sound quality. The album was not properly released on CD until 24 October 2004 on the Motor Music label, a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group.[5] It was also reissued by Universal in Japan in 2005, by the Russian label Lilith in 2006, and by the Revisited Records label in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

Music and concept by Rother/Roedelius/Moebius.

  1. "Deluxe (Immer Wieder)" – 9:45
  2. "Walky-Talky" – 10:35
  3. "Monza (Rauf und Runter)" – 7:07
  4. "Notre Dame" – 4:15
  5. "Gollum" – 4:35
  6. "Kekse" – 5:35

Personnel[edit]

Covers[edit]

The band The Secret Machines made a cover of "Deluxe (Immer Wieder)" on their 2005 EP The Road Leads Where It's Led.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deluxe (Vinyl back cover). Harmonia. Brain. 1975. 
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. Allmusic review. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  3. ^ McGlinchey, Joe. Ground and Sky review. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  4. ^ Cope, Julian. Krautrocksampler: One Head's Guide to the Great Kosmische Musik – 1968 Onwards. 1995, Head Heritage, ISBN 0-9526719-1-3
  5. ^ Rother, Michael. Harmonia web page. Retrieved 2 September 2007.