KRAFTWERK - FRANKFURT 1974

May 1, 2014 – 5:22 am

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KRAFTWERK
Frankfurt 1974 [no label, 1CD]

Zwischen Pop und Avantgarde. Grober Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunk HR1, Frankfurt, West Germany; January 25, 1974. Very good to excellent radio broadcast.

Thanks to Fokker1918 who recorded and shared the tracks at Dime.

Fokker1918 noted:

A true gem just recently broadcast for the first time in more than 40 years! This is Kraftwerk on the verge of international success prior to the release of Autobahn. What makes this concert so special is the inclusion of Klaus Röder on electro violin and guitar and the vibe he brings to the table. This is the band still searching for their trademark sound, the interperiod between Krautrock and Mensch Maschine themes. I have listened to more than 300 concerts between 1970 and 2014. This has to be one of the most beautiful shows by them that I have ever heard.

Lineage:
Radio Broadcast via HR2 > MP2

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Track 01. Radio Announcer 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 02. Klingklang 10:28 (17.6MB)
Track 03. Ruckzuck 11:00 (18.5MB)
Track 04. Radio Announcer 1:34 (2.6MB)
Track 05. Atem 2:21 (3.9MB)
Track 06. Tongebirge 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 07. Tanzmusik 7:18 (12.3MB)
Track 08. Radio Announcer 1:00 (1.7MB)
Track 09. Kohoutek-Kometenmelodie I & II 14:55 (25.1MB)
56 mins

Lineup:
Ralf Hütter - Minimoog, Farfisa professional piano, mixer
Klaus Röder - electronic violin, guitar
Wolfgang Flur - electronic percussion
Florian Schneider-Esleben - Arp Odyssey, EMS Synthi AKS, amplfied flute, mixer

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  1. 16 Responses to “KRAFTWERK - FRANKFURT 1974”

  2. ;-D ;-D ;-D

    now how about some amon duul II or ashra temple please.

    By darth on May 1, 2014

  3. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on May 1, 2014

  4. Thank you ladies and gentlemen, Big O Amigos, this should be interesting! Kraftwerk has not been heard in Thompson for decades.
    As always, James

    By James on May 1, 2014

  5. this goes good with shnitzel

    By uncle remus on May 2, 2014

  6. God, where do I start? Superb Sound Quality. This is Kraftwerk’s equivalent to Pink Floyd’s pre-DARK SIDE era - still on the musical journey. . .it’s hard to believe this has just been sitting in someone’s vault or wherever for the last 40 years - makes you wonder what else is out there. . .thanks again big o! And Darth: good call on the Ashra Tempel - another of my favorite bands. Rare stuff by them is friggin scarce. PS - I’ve had the privilege of seeing Kraftwerk live twice in San Francisco - they are worthy of their legend. . .unbeleievable!

    By Daniel Kershner on May 2, 2014

  7. God, where do I start? Superb Sound Quality. This is Kraftwerk’s equivalent to Pink Floyd’s pre-DARK SIDE era - still on the musical journey. . .it’s hard to believe this has just been sitting in someone’s vault or wherever for the last 40 years - makes you wonder what else is out there. . .thanks again big o! And Darth: good call on the Ashra Tempel - another of my favorite bands. Rare stuff by them is friggin scarce. PS - I’ve had the privilege of seeing Kraftwerk live twice in San Francisco - they are worthy of their legend. . .unbelievable!

    By Daniel Kershner on May 2, 2014

  8. …Sorry I’m on there twice. I spelled UNBELIEVABLE wrong the first time - tried fixing it - didn’t work. . .

    By Daniel Kershner on May 2, 2014

  9. @Bigo:
    Thank you! The cover art isn’t period correct but so what.

    @darth:
    Second that on the Amon Duul II.

    By kingpossum on May 4, 2014

  10. im a huge collector of this sort of stuff. there is some rare live stuff by these kinds of bands out there. i had a nice ashra show back in the very early 80s on a 90min tape that was recorded in france i believe and i think it was 77. it was an audience recording but fabulously well done.
    people who are into this type of music and who collect rare live recordings tend to have 100s if not 1000s of these things and trade amongst themselves and their collections would make u just stare and drool. just collecting the official product is impossible. trying to compliment that collection with unreleased recordings is a never ending job.
    ive seen lists that have 200-300 bands and artists of this genre with 20-100 items under each entry. some ppl list them by country. some do it by decade.
    id love to have some arzachel live too.
    if u look up krautrock u will find 100s of bands and artists and the era 69-78 even tho only 10 years long.. had so many performances that should be heard. there are progfests and one of my fave things to have is audio rips from videos or dvds where no lp or cd recording was ever released.

    By darth on May 4, 2014

  11. What? 9 posts (well, one near-duplicate :) and no one is bashing Darth? Refreshing! I DO prefer posts about the music rather than the personalities. Let’s hope this is the start of a trend, eh?

    And thanks for this wonderful share, Big O! K-fan from decades back. “Radioactivity” is always near the top of my playlists…

    By golgo hakase on May 4, 2014

  12. @darth:
    We probably shouldn’t get started on the Hawkwind shows then…

    By kingpossum on May 4, 2014

  13. ‘What? 9 posts ‘ Yeah it is nice isn’t it.
    Thanks BigO for an excellent post.

    By GMAL on May 4, 2014

  14. Kingpossum, GMAL, golgo… SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    By lowendbill on May 4, 2014

  15. “makes you wonder what else is out there…”

    Yep, I do wish I had access to stuff like this twenty years ago. I presume you’ve see the recently reshown April 1970 Ralf/Florian/Dinger TV show on YouTube? Remarkable.

    Shame the group lost almost all plot in the 80s, and then like a hardened wino or smack-head, apparently decided they’d been too useless for too long to start trying to do anything other than tribute shows again.

    By Reimer on May 8, 2014

  16. Some translated radio announcer snippets, quick and dirty, in case someone wants to know. (I skipped wikipedia basics and blah blah.)
    - Track 01: … Full concert: 1.Moondog conducted his work, his first concert in Europe, 2.Intermodulation from Cambridge (Stockhausen related) played Terry Riley, 3.Kraftwerk. … Now Klingklang (1971), Ruckzuck(1970).
    - Track 04: in Chicago WXFM radio interview April 1975 Hütter + Schneider mention their enthusiasm for public radio concerts and this tradition in Germany, the impact of radio stations like WDR on electro-acoustic music, esp. the WDR Electronic Music Studio in Cologne used and directed by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Hütter: The first instruments for this music were build from radio devices so it can be played on radio. Kraftwerk call themself a loudspeaker-orchestra, based on Musique concrète by Pierre Schaeffer et al. 1974 Kraftwerk mixed all instruments on stage with own(separate?) mixing console. They brought their own loudspeakers from their Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf. The independant sound technique was part of the production at that time. Now Atem (Breath) -1971 and Tongebirge (Tonal Mountains) + Tanzmusik (Dancemusic) -3rd LP 1973.
    - Radio 08: K. played the songs of this concerts live until 1976. Guitarist Röder played in Frankfurt for the first time with K. and left the band after the recording of Autobahn to study composition. … Now Kohoutek Kometenmelodie (comets melody) which later became Kometenmelodie I + II on LP Autobahn.
    Minor typo, the location is “Großer Sendesaal” (big recording studio) and can also be written as “Grosser Sendesaal” to avoid our old-fashioned letter ß.

    By F maj7 on May 8, 2014

  17. thanks, bigO, for this early ‘werk!

    I-)

    By I-) on May 12, 2014

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