On May 10, Gronland Records will release a limited edition NEU! vinyl box set.
The retrospective includes four vinyl LPs – NEU!, NEU! 2, NEU! ’75 and, appearing officially for the first time, NEU! ’86. Also featured is NEU! ’72, a previously unreleased live maxi-single that clocks in at just under 18 minutes.
Furthermore, the package contains a 36-page picturebook (illustrated with previously unpublished photographs by Anton Corbijn and Peter Lindbergh), a NEU! stencil, a free download code for all albums and a NEU! t-shirt.
NEU! are one of the most influential bands to come out of the 1970s krautrock explosion, and their sound – based around the signature motorik drumbeat of Klaus Dinger – has proved influential not just on bands like Sonic Youth, Radiohead and Primal Scream, but myriad house, techno and electronic music producers too.
NEU!’s Michael Rother had this to say about the box set:
“I am very happy to know that with the NEU! vinyl box set our fans will for the first time have the opportunity to hear the whole bandwidth of NEU!. My partner Klaus Dinger sadly passed away in 2008 but he has been in our minds all during the work on this box set and his visual ideas for NEU! were our inspiration.
“Apart from the three ‘classic NEU! albums of the 70s the box features – as a new release – our fourth studio album called NEU! ´86 and a 12“ maxi single with over 17 exciting minutes which I edited from a very lo-fi and rough recordings from a 1972 rehearsal and which will appeal to the hardcore fans. A vinyl album sized 36-pages picture book with very interesting texts i.e. by Stephen Iliffe and comments about our music as well as photos and materials that until now have never been made available to the public provide the fan with new insights. Anton Corbijn, Peter Lindbergh and other photographers have contributed exclusive photos of NEU! spanning the years 1972 until 2000 and these are complemented by photos and other documents stemming from our personal archives.
“Conny Plank´s amazing contributions as engineer and co-producer of the first three NEU! albums are also highlighted in the picture book. His son Stephan Plank provided us with additional photos. We thankfully remember Conny and remind the fans of the unique qualities of this sound magician.
“Most of all I´m thrilled about the release of the album NEU! ´86 which Klaus Dinger and I originally recorded in 1985/86, but left unfinished back then and which led to some unfortunate problems between Klaus and myself in the 90s. I now completely reworked the album from original multitrack and master tapes, and unearthed a few yet unknown tracks which are essential for a full understanding of what Klaus and I focussed on for NEU! in the mid 80s. It was my aim to present Klaus Dinger´s musical strengths and visions just as much as my own ideas. The best musical result was to be my only guideline, not the ego. All during the emotional process of reworking our album Klaus was on my mind and I contemplated what he would think about my decisions. I was very relieved and moved to hear from his heir, Miki Yui, who contributed many valuable ideas to the making of the box set, that she was pleased with the result I presented with the album NEU!´86.”