Uncut - p.1024 stars out of 5
-- "Facing their nest of wires and hardware, the trio unravel five new kosmiche jams..."
The Wire - p.35
Included in The Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2007".
Q (Magazine) - p.141
"As with most of the electronic end of Krautrock, everything is mechanically crisp and precise, but also full of an indefinable emotional quality."
Personnel: Michael Rother (guitar, piano, organ, electronic percussion); Hans-Joachim Roedelius (piano); Dieter Moebius (synthesizer, electronic percussion).
Recording information: Penny Station, Griessem, Germany (03/23/1974).
Photographers: Ann Weitz; Christine Roedelius.
Harmonia (consisting of Dieter Mobius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster, and Michael Rother of Neu!) was a krautrock supergroup of sorts. Their music was a stately blend of synthesizers and guitar-based bluster, and their pioneering early '70s efforts presaged much ambient and electronic music in the coming decades. LIVE 1974 offers a historic snapshot of the group during the period between their debut, MUSIK VON HARMONIA, and their follow-up, DELUXE. Hypnotically drifting between extended space-rock jams and hypnotic, burbling synth sequences, the album captures the genesis of a post-rock paradigm--where traditional song structure and development were upended in favor of the drifting soundscapes of ambient music.