News about a Harmonia box-set spread soon after the passing of Dieter Moebius. The short-lived German band, has often been called a “krautrock supergroup”, with it’s members borrowed from Cluster (Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and Neu! (Michael Rother), and admirers from the ranks of Brian Eno and David Bowie. The box-set consisting of 5 LPs, one of them unreleased, is now available from Grönland Records, the same label that put out the Neu! Vinyl Box years ago.Harmonia – Musik von Harmonia
Harmonia – Deluxe
Harmonia -Live 1974
Harmonia & Eno ’76 – Tracks And Traces
Harmonia – Documents 1975
Apart from the music, the box-set contains a 36-page booklet, poster and download codes. You can buy it directly from the Grönland store, Amazon (UK / US), or HHV. However, unless you’re a huge fan or collector with the necessary budget, I recommend seeking out the individual records on record fairs or online.
It’s hard to imagine that ten years from today, the three albums from legendary Krautrock outfit (and short-time Kraftwerk members) Neu! were impossible to get – or only on poor quality bootlegs. Luckily, German label Grönland put out remastered versions of Neu!, Neu! 2 and Neu! ’75 in 2001, making them available to a new generation of listeners.
Fast forward to 2010 and the same label brings an unmissable Vinyl Box including the three LPs, a previously unreleased live-recording called Neu! ’72 and for the first time, an official release of their last album Neu! ’86 (the bootleg was known as Neu! 4.) Apart from that, there are some more goodies included: a book, a t-shirt and a download code for the music.
If you never had the chance to get copies of these masterpieces on vinyl, this box-set is a fairly priced way to make up for it. You can get it for €119 directly from the label or from other stores like Bleep or Juno. The live-recording and t-shirts are also available seperately from the Neu! shop.
Update: Since my first revision of this post, the box-set got listed as unavailable on the official shop and the Bleep link is now leading to an error page. Unless you’re willing to spend half-devilish $333 at Amazon, I suggest you check your local record store. However, I take it the box-set might just be delayed – it happens all the time!