Neu! - s/t. 1972 Germany

Neu! - s/t. 1972 Brain. Multiple pressings worldwide.

CD reissues: 2001 Grönland (England) / Astralwerks (USA); Multiple pressings followed

LP reissues: 1979 Brain (as Hallogallo); 1980 Brain; 2001 Astralwerks (USA); 2010 Grönland (England)

Packaging details: Despite Neu!'s immense popularity with the hipster crowd,, the band's works were only available as a bootleg for many years (ahem, early Kraftwerk is still in that same state). Then in 2001, a British label named Grönland rectified the problem. They were licensed to the popular NYC indie label Astralwerks here in the US. I believe the album is still in print and relatively easy to find.

Notes: Ah, good ole Neu! The band that neo-hipsters think invented Krautrock - or defines Krautrock. Featuring ex-Kraftwerk members, and the music is remarkably similar. In fact, Neu! defined the direction Kraftwerk were to go into before Kraftwerk themselves actually did. To be fair, Neu! were a groundbreaking group and were one of the original bands on Brain/Metronome. And as time has passed, certainly the most beloved of the original bands on the label - if not the most popular.

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