Hey Avocadoians, Kevzero here, welcome back to Bootleg Corner. A post dedicated to the semi-authorized records. Throughout the years I’ve amassed a rather large collection of bootleg CDs, vinyl, downloads, even the occasional cassette; from live recordings to outtake sessions. So I’ve decided to create a space here to occasionally review some them for you, and a place for other fans of Recordings Of Indiscriminate oRigin(RIORs) to gather together. This week let’s Krautrock the party with Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk. Gondel Kino, Bremen Germany June 25th, 1971 (Vinyl)
Label: East/West (P.R. China) 2014
- Heavy Metal Kids (7:53)
- Stratovarius (15:35)
- Ruckzuck (19:02)
Liner Notes: None
Before they become electronic music pioneers, Kraftwerk were a more traditional Krautrock band. This is a mix of members of Kraftwerk and what would become Neu performing on German radio
This is a great jammed out improvised instrumental performance from the band. It’s definitely guitar heavy, but there are lots of flourishes of flute and electronics mixed in. All in all it’s a great performance
This is a professionally recorded radio broadcast
All three songs. This is a great live Krautrock record on its own.
Lowlights:… that aren’t really that low.
The record is only three, albeit longish, songs. Not bad per se, but it makes it kinda hard to justify the $25ish price tag. I think there’s more to the actual performance than is on this record
There’s no track listing on the actual record and the swirly green vinyl makes it hard to determine what side is what.
Recommended… Yes, if you’re a fan of Kraftwerk’s electronic music and want to get into their early music or just of Krautrock in general, I highly recommend seeking this record out.
This week optional discussion: Have you picked up any good bootlegs recently?
Next Time… R.E.M. take over the Florida airwaves