Although this live album was recorded years before Herbert Grönemeyer's commercial peak, the songwriter had plenty of hits in his catalog at the time of its release, many of which are reprised here. Several months prior, Grönemeyer broke the language barrier on MTV Unplugged by becoming the first non-English-speaking artist to perform on the show. He sounds similarly confident here, breezing his way through singles like "Bochum" and "Deine Liebe Klebt" to an audience that sings along to every word.
Although his first four solo albums were commercial disappointments, 1984's Bochum turned Herbert Grönemeyer into the biggest musician in Germany. Featuring a blue-collar, stadium rock sound and highly literate lyrics including double entendres, puns, and other creative word play Bochum became the best-selling German album of all time, a record it held until Grönemeyer's Mensch beat it two decades later.
Producer, composer and musician from Hamburg (Germany), Achim Reichel is a key figure in the explosion of krautrock. Reichel was first a founder member of "The Rattles" at the beginning of the 60's. In 1968 he formed the "Wonderland band" with the drummer Frank Dostal. Late 60's he launched his first solo musical project called A. R. & Machines. Musically it provides a supreme sonic musical voyage turned to cycled psychedelic guitar playing with lot of echoes and delay. The first album was published in 1971 in collaboration with Frank Dostal. The album presents an ambitious collection of spacey rock jams featuring a lot of electronic effects and arrangements. This album prefigures "acid" trips of krautrock guitar / minimal electronic explorers like Manuel Gottsching.
… Portions of the music included may remind listeners of very early classical music such as Gregorian chant, whereas other pieces will certainly cause an astonished reaction as they sound unlike any other music recorded. Some is sparse, floating, the melodic ideas developing very slowly. A few of the old-world Greek percussion instruments wind up sounding quite a bit like new-world electronic music.