Album review: Various Artists, Who's That Man: A Tribute to Conny Plank (Grönland)


The late Conny Plank turned out to be the right man in the right place at the right time to help midwife krautrock – to enable that era's experimental innocence to bear such disparate fruit, from early Kraftwerk, Neu! and Cluster recordings, to interested parties like Eno, Eurythmics and Ultravox.

Among other things, as Moebius & Plank's “Conditionierer” demonstrates, he was a crucial component in the creation of the classic krautrock motorik beat associated with Neu!. This engrossing 4CD set features two discs of Conny's productions, alongside a disc of remixes by such as Fujiya & Miyagi, and a fourth disc of his final live recording, with Moebius and Arno Steffen in Mexico in 1987.

Download: Conditionierer; Leb Wohl; Broken Head; Feuerland