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Who's That Man: A Tribute to Conny Plank
     

Who's That Man: A Tribute to Conny Plank

by Konrad Plank
 

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Konrad "Conny" Plank once described his work as producer as having the ability to "hit [sic] record at the right time." Such modesty does not seem befitting a genuine production maverick such as Plank. After all, this was the producer who ushered in and nurtured Krautrock through his work with Neu!, Cluster,

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Konrad "Conny" Plank once described his work as producer as having the ability to "hit [sic] record at the right time." Such modesty does not seem befitting a genuine production maverick such as Plank. After all, this was the producer who ushered in and nurtured Krautrock through his work with Neu!, Cluster, Kraftwerk (on their first four albums), Harmonia, and many more. From his studio on the outskirts of Cologne, he was the man -- up until his death in 1987 -- who helped artists like Can, Ultravox, Eurythmics, and D.A.F. become staples of discerning music listeners' record collections throughout the '70s and '80s. Although there is no defining "Plank sound" among his productions -- as is the case with Phil Spector or Rick Rubin -- there is a high quality standard to his work, a mesmerizing curiosity and urgency to it. It is this sound that holds Plank's work in high regard amongst music aficionados. Whether it's the work he did with D.A.F. on the cold, industrial pop of "Alles Ist Gut" or on the simply euphoric kosmische pop of La Düsseldorf's "Silver Cloud," each production has personality, feeling, and color. Plank understood his artists but perhaps most importantly, he cared. His own productions and collaborations still influence and astound today. As an early embracer of technology and new recording techniques, one just has to listen to the proto-techno of Moebius/Plank/Neumeier's "Pitch Control" or Bluepoint Underground's "Conny Plank" to understand the depth and breadth of his talent. German record label Gronland's wonderful four-disc box set (the first comprehensive collection of its kind) highlights this and much more. It covers the highlights, curios, and collaborations, as well as remixes of his tracks by contemporary artists. It also includes his last live recording in 1986, where he performed his 1983 album, Ludwig's Law, with Dieter Moebius and Arno Steffen. Here is a back catalog that deserves to be pored over, to be learned from, and to be inspired by. ~ Aneet Nijjar

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2013
Label:
Groenland
UPC:
5060238631006
catalogNumber:
123
Rank:
166436

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Konrad Plank   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Michael Rother   Composer,Liner Notes
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Ibliss   Composer
Annie Lennox   Liner Notes
Robert Görl   Composer
Holger Czukay   Composer,Liner Notes
Klaus Dinger   Liner Notes
Brian Eno   Composer,Liner Notes
Mani Neumeier   Composer
Konrad Plank   Producer
Hans-Joachim Roedelius   Composer
Jaki Liebezeit   Composer
A. Steffen   Composer
L. Bernstein   Composer
K. Dinger   Composer
R. Crash   Composer
M. Thompson   Composer
Uwe   Reworking
Albert Koch   Liner Notes

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