Traumreisen

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Traumreisen
Traumreisen cover.jpg
Studio album by Michael Rother
Released 1987
Recorded January - July 1987 in Fernwärme Studio, Forst[1]
Genre Krautrock, art rock
Length 34:50
Label Polydor
Producer Michael Rother
Michael Rother chronology
Süßherz und Tiefenschärfe
(1985)
Traumreisen
(1987)
Radio
(1993)

Traumreisen is the seventh studio album by the German solo artist Michael Rother. It was released in 1987.

The album was recorded between January and July 1987 in Germany at Rother's own studio Fernwärme Studio in Forst. Receiving positive reviews the album was released as an LP, CD and Cassette in 1987. The album was reissued on CD in 1993 with bonus tracks and having been remastered. The artwork for the album includes photography by Ann Weitz.

Recording and music[edit]

Traumreisen is the third studio album which Rother recorded without any assistance. The entirety of the album was written and performed by Rother utilising guitar and electronic instrumentation.[1]

In the interim between the release of his previous album Süssherz & Tiefenschärfe and the recording of Traumreisen Rother reunited with Klaus Dinger to record a fourth album as Neu!. The recording sessions were fraught and difficult, and the material was unreleased until 1995. The Neu! sessions were eventually released by Dinger as Neu! 4, and in 2010 remixed and re-released by Rother as Neu! '86.[2] Traumreisen bears little relation to the chaotic Neu! sound, and maintained the increasingly ambient and delicate tone of Rother's solo work.

Releases[edit]

Traumreisen was first released on Polydor Records as an LP, CD and Cassette in 1987. In 1993, Rother secured the rights to his back catalogue and re-issued all of his solo albums with bonus tracks and remastered sound on his own label, Random Records.[3] In 2000, Rother re-issued all of the albums again in partnership between Random Records and BSC Music.[3] Expanded editions include the 1993-era tracks "Südseewellen – Radio Dance Remix", "Lucky Stars – Radio Dance Remix", "Trance-Atlantik" and "Südseewellen – Ambient Remix".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]

Traumreisen received positive reviews by the majority of critics.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Rother.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Südseewellen" 7:01
2. "Reiselust" 4:06
3. "Schwarze Augen" 4:52
4. "Lucky Stars" 3:03
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Lichtermeer" 5:08
6. "Gloria" 5:58
7. "Happy-End" 4:42
CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
8. "Südseewellen – Radio Dance Remix [1993]" 3:48
9. "Lucky Stars – Radio Dance Remix [1993]" 3:59
10. "Trance-Atlantik [1993]" 5:22
11. "Südseewellen – Ambient Remix [1993]" 5:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Rother - All Instruments, Recorded by, Producer
  • Ann Weitz - Photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michael Rother - Edition". Random Records - a division of Spieker und Rother GmbH. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "michaelrother.de - Neu! vinyl box set released on 10 May 2010". michaelrother.de. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Random Records - About". randomrecords.de. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Review: Traumreisen - Michael Rother". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 April 2010.