Album review: Katalog 1 - Various

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 10:30 24/12/2012
Katalog 1 - Various
Katalog 1 - Various

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KATALOG 1
Various
(Bureau B/Yellow Eye)

My first real awakening to the sonic power of music came in 1971 when I chanced upon an import copy of Can's Tago Mago.

It bewildered and beguiled me in such an inexplicable way that I became obsessed with the very un-PC (nowadays) "krautrock" movement that gave rise to Tangerine Dream's sequencer epic Phaedra, Amon Duull, Faust, Hans Jochim Roedelius, Ash Ra Temple, Popul Vuh and then Kraftwerk. 

The Hamburg based label Bureau B has been steadily re-issuing some of the classics of the genre as well as unleashing a new generation of like-minded experimentalists. 

Like all good samplers Katalog 1 is the ideal way to wet your toes in a past you might have missed and a future you might find challenging.

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