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Compilazioni, tributi, omaggi, ristampe, ritorni dal passato. Il krautrock (da scrivere tutto attaccato per cortesia) celebra i suoi Dei. La riabilitazione storico-musicale ha ormai da tempo (ri)toccato tutti i pionieri del genere. Non ultimi i Neu! – annoverati tra i dieci gruppi più influenti della storia dell’uomo – che la Grönland Records finalmente osanna con il più volte annunciato vinyl box set. Il 10 maggio un UK arriva dunque questa splendida edizione limitata che contiene cinque vinili. I tre imprescindibili capolavori ‘Neu!’, ‘Neu! 2’ e ‘Neu! 75’ e i seguenti ‘Neu! 4’ (o ‘Neu! 86’ come Michael Rother ha sempre preferito chiamarlo) e ‘’72 Live! In Dusseldorf’, quest’ultimo illegalmente pubblicato da Klaus Dinger negli anni ’90 attraverso la label giapponese Captain Trip. I due lavori “aggiunti” sono stati recentemente rimasterizzati da Dinger e includono alcune nuovissime tracce realizzate in studio. Un “vinyl sized-booklet” pieno di splendide foto (anche a firma Anton Corbijn) arricchisce la preziosa operazione d’archivio. Rother spiega: “Anton Corbijn did a photo session with Neu! in 2000. Unfortunately, at the time Klaus said no, and we couldn’t release the photos. He didn’t like them. At the time, Klaus was still quite unhappy and he looked very fierce in some of the photos. I’m just guessing that he was astonished when he saw the photos and that’s why he didn’t want others to see them.” A completare il tutto troviamo una T-shirt, un adesivo del logo della band e un codice per il download totale.

Ancora Rother: “Klaus added some material that I would have not used. The commercial trash for instance, it’s not so interesting anymore. It wasn’t so interesting in the ’80s. And there are some recordings I discovered in my archives that I actually had forgotten, recordings we did in the first studio that we didn’t continue working on. So I’m reflecting on many ideas, making changes and listening to that material… I’m also quite optimistic that what I find will find more recognition than the release Klaus did in the ’90s with some of that [added] material.”

“NEU! is so wonderful. They make me very happy. I love it when people glorify space and simplicity. Yay! for Neu!.”
John Frusciante – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

“NEU? to me they sound like joy. like endless lines stretching on foreverinparallel.fragile.like a BRandNEWnew motorway and you are the first person to drive along it…”
Thom Yorke – Radiohead

“NEU!: aural visionary minimalist icons in a wilderness of psychedelia and beyond, inspired us with their heroic beats and flat-out grooves on the expressway to our collective skulls.”
Lee Ranaldo – Sonic Youth

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