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Musings from the other side: Harmonia - The Complete Works!

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Harmonia - The Complete Works


 
On a recent Other Side episode I presented a two hour showcase of Krautrock ‘supergroup’ Harmonia featuring numerous selections from their brand new Complete Works Box Set, plus interviews with band founders Michael Rother and Hans-Joachim Roedelius.
​​Unfortunately the third member and founder Dieter Moebius passed away earlier this year, so I’d like to dedicate this episode in his memory.
 
To listen to the full episode click here
 
Released by Grönland Records, the Complete Works Box Set this new box set is simply gorgeous! It comes with a beautiful 36-page booklet, a large poster reproduction from one of the bands early live shows, cool pop-up artwork, and download codes so you can easily add it to your digital library.
It’s a wonderful collection that really captures the essence of this legendary band in all its glory. This is a must-have collection which I cannot reccommend highly enough!

This legendary German band was formed by Michael Rother of Neu!Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius (R.I.P.) of Cluster, with legendary producer Brian Eno joining in for sessions in 1976. 
Their first two studio albums Musik von Harmonia (1974) and Deluxe (1975) are great examples of the mid 70's Krautrock sound. 

Their third album Tracks and Traces from their 1976 sessions wasn’t released until 1997 under the title Harmonia ’76.
Also included are Live 1974, along with Documents 1975, a new rarities set featuring live recordings from Hamburg and a pair of previously unreleased studio tracks recorded at the band's Forst studio in the mid 1970s. 
 
Call it Krautrock or whatever you like, in the short time they were together they created a unique mix of experimental ambient like tribal rock that has influenced and inspired the world for more than 40 years.Musician and producer Brian Eno has been quoted saying that Harmonia was "the world's most important rock band" in the mid '70s. And you can certainly hear their influence on his first four solo albums.  
 
To compliment the music excerpts I've used for the show, I recently had the pleasure to speak with Harmonia founders Michael Rother and Hans-Joachim Roedelius about this new release and how the band came about, along with some fun stories about the band, and the music that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
 

 
Many thanks to everyone at Grönland Records for their help with putting this episode together.
 
If your curious at all, be sure to check out our ongoing Krautrock series for even more on this fascinating music.
 
Enjoy!   mikail