Before DWTIME Michael had released the following:
a)Flammende Herzen (1976)
The first 3 were only produced by Conny.
Mr C will go for d) in particular track 1 Silberstreif
Billy Currie wrote in his sleeve notes on Keys And The Fiddle I wrote the melody and chord structure for the Ultravox song "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes"(which was heavily influenced by Michael Rother's album that Conny Plank gave me) in that space.
The answer Ladies and Gentlemen is:b) STERNTALER
I was quite pleased to get the Micheal Rother CD collection for Christmas. I listened carefully to the above-mentioned albums and noticed that there wasn't a track obviously similar to DWTIME
. It was difficult as the drum and bass on Rother's early solo albums (and Neu! 75 for that instance) are very Ultravoxy! Jaki Liebezeit (ex Can drummer), who's work for Rother, was his best featured on Rother's first 4 solo albums. Rother provided bass and played all other instruments. BTW Rother is a well renowned guitarist and synth player.
I eliminated quickly Lust
as it was the least likely and Fernwarme
, although one strong track the rest of the album was more like Katzenmusic
, very melodic and guitar based. This one was also eliminated. So I was down to 2. Sterntaler
and Flammende Herzen
both produced by Conny Plank.Sterntaler
was my choice. The track Sonnenrad
was the closest to DWTIME
and the whole album gave me those vibes.
was recorded at Rother's studio and at Conny's studio during September to November 1977. A year before the legendary Systems of Romance
Rother and Dinger formed the duo Neu!, from which Ultravox! borrowed the ! and more. Neu!'s, Rother's, Klaus Dinger's and La Dusseldorf's influence was to show to a great extent as the 80s approached. Moreover, Rother was also involved with the 2 guys from Cluster (who later worked with Eno)in a project known as Harmonia. They produced 3 albums with 2 only released at the time. Some of Midge's guitar work on Astradyne and Face to Face is probably influenced by tracks like Dino on Harmonia's first album. Music Von Harmonia
, Harmonia's second album, is even better. The most obvious influence here is on David Bowie. If you listen to the track Monza
it is oh so similar to Red Sails
from the Lodger
album. The track Deluxe
is another synth classic in similar vein to I Want More
BTW OMD are reforming and have always cited Neu! etc as one of their major influences. In my eyes a reformed Ultravox would go 'Back to Basics' with Michael Rother filling perfectly the empty space left by Conny Plank. Perhaps carrying on from where they left off with DWTIME.
Three years later after the release of Lament
, Rother released Traumreisen
with a beautiful track Sudseewellen
inspired by DWTIME
Perfect is the Pop-Rock World...well with the boys of Ultravox and Neu!
God Bless you all!!