HARMONIA - Deluxe - LP - LPGRON151
Autores: Harmonia, Michael Rother, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius, Mani Neumeier
Editor: Grönland Records (2015)
Formato: LP, remastered
Géneros: Electronic, Krautrock, Ambient, Progressive Electronic
Harmonia’s second album, Deluxe (1975), was co-produced by the brilliant producer and engineer Conny Plank, who had worked with NEU!, Cluster, Kraftwerk, and many other bands. At that time, Plank had started his own studio near Cologne. He brought a 16-track mobile MCI recording machine and a small mixing desk to Forst. Plank stayed in Forst for about two weeks, and Mani Neumeier, the energetic drummer of Guru Guru, also joined in on a few of the tracks. Deluxe was recorded on Plank’s equipment in Forst in the summer of 1975, and mixed at his studio soon afterwards.
“We were very fortunate to have a figure like Conny Plank around, because he was equally crazy,” says Rother. “We didn‘t have to push him to experiment; we were all on the same level. Everybody was looking for new expressions, a new way of creating the sound. It was a very creative process, working with Conny. I remember some really wonderful moments, because he was so talented in picking up your ideas. We never theorized about music, we were intuitive players, musicians. The same with Conny — we didn‘t explain, or try to put into words what we were doing.”
Deluxe is a breathtaking album, a clear departure in style. It was the most ‘pop’ that Harmonia ever became, with tighter song structures than the more sprawling landscapes of Musik von Harmonia.