Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Bureau B unearthed one of the best kept secrets of German electronic music. Wolfgang Riechmann's album "Wunderbar" from 1978 contains elements of the Berlin School (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze) and of the D sseldorf Sch... more »
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Bureau B unearthed one of the best kept secrets of German electronic music. Wolfgang Riechmann's album "Wunderbar" from 1978 contains elements of the Berlin School (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze) and of the D sseldorf School (Kraftwerk, La D sseldorf, NEU!), and yet has hypnotic, spheral qualities all of its own. This album, however, is beautiful and tragic in equal measure, as Wolfgang Riechmann fell victim to a knife attack just three weeks before the LP went on sale. He was stabbed in the chest in a chance encounter with a drunk in Dusseldorf's Altstadt, the perpetrator "letting off steam" after a dispute with the landlord of his local pub, as he later recounted in court. With this reissue we take our hats off to Wolfgang Riechmann.
T. Hardin | seaside,oregon | 09/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So apparently this artist was murdered shortly before this was released in 1978.His musical colleagues having included Michael Rother and Wolfgang Flur, among others. And that becomes quite apparent upon hearing this release as it brings immediately to mind Kraftwerk, La Dusseldorf and Klaus Schultz. Though upon repeat listens this is much more than the sum of its aforementioned influences (perhaps its the other way around?).
One thing that really struck me is the strong sound of the production,taking into account this was recorded in 1977 - 78! It's mostly instrumental,with only occasional vocal mutterings sprinkled here and there so think more Klaus Schultz and La Dusseldorf as opposed to the electro pop of Kraftwerk that was recorded in this same time period. One of the tracks has a real slow,creepingly ominous feel like something straight off a John Carpenter soundtrack - remember, this is 77-78!
Excellent stuff that is becoming more brilliant with each subsequent listen. Recommended."