Where on earth did this come from? Harmonia, that most tantallising of supergroups (comprising of Michael Rother of Neu! teamed up with Cluster duo Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius), have left behind no bootlegs that I was aware of. I hadn't even realised that they'd ever been a live entity and here in my hands is a live album.
The two studio albums released under the name Harmonia have long been reverred as essentials of the German cosmic cannon and this live album does nothing to harm their reputation. This is an hour of these three musical legends doing what they do best. Rother plays some wild, sweeping solos on his guitar whilst Roedelius and Moebius make a vast, encompassing electronic soundscape.
The main difference between this and the studio work is a more raw, intimacy. The drum patterns here are more motoric, kind of pre-empting Kraftwerk's trips down the Autobahn and along the Trans-Europe Express. Rother's guitar sounds wilder and freerer, clearly untamed by studio process. The five tracks here are all essential for all Harmonia fans. You really can't afford to miss out on this one.
Review by Ned Netherwood