This was my first Ramms+ein purchase, and I really do love it. It is mixed and not boring at all.
This 79-minute disc documents Rammstein’s live shows from mid-1998. The band’s performances include powerful theatrics and pyrotechnics (lead singer Till Lindemann even sets himself on fire), but even without the aid of visuals, this CD is a faithful representation of their explosive energy. Songs ”Rammstein” and ”Sehnsucht” receive appropriately raw and straightforward readings, while ”Bueck Dich” comes gloriously alive with audience interaction and additional electronic rhythms. Also benefiting from the fiery live setting are ”Du Hast” and the beautifully mournful ”Engel,” where the audience enthusiastically joins in on choruses. Aggressive drama is the most obvious feature of this recording, but quieter moments such as ”Wilder Wein” provide effective dynamics and pacing. Flake’s creative keyboard work, one of Rammstein’s most distinguishing features, is generally more prominent in these live versions. The guitar licks of Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers are thick and tight, while drummer Christoph Schneider thrashes away with loose precision. –Mark McCleerey
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“Ich war dort” means I was there and it was the most amazing thing in my life to see those 6 musicians play. I was in the front row and I can tell you that the energy of the crowd is perfectly placed into the album. This is a helpful list of the best songs and why.Spiel Mit Mir- I usually skip over but it’s still good.Bestrafe Mich- Not only do I love the name of the song but Till’s deep voice really comes out in this.Weißes Fleisch- This was the song considered by many to be Nazi because it’s translated to “White Flesh”…SHUT UP! Rammstein is everything but Nazi, the song’s just about Sex but it’s definetly one of the best.Sehnsucht- Lyrics ae odd but the riff is wicked.Asche Zu Asche- Very good fast-paced beat.Wilder Wein- DIES IST SO, SO GUT. A slow song on the album made the concert twice as magical. Heirate Mich- Always one of my favorites and I loved the part when they let the crowd sing the main chorus.Du riechst so gut- The introduction was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Bottle rockets shooting in the air precisely when the music started.Du Hast- probably the only song people outside of Germany, know of Rammstein. Classic but I didn’t like the live version as much as the Sehnsucht one.Bück dich- This is the best song on the album for a few reasons. I’m a pervert and Bück dich means Bend down(I’m German and also the riff can not be matched. The sound was so loud and fast it felt like an orgy towards the end. Engel- I love the singing of Bobo and like Wilder Wein, nice slow one. Rammstein- The only neat thing about this song is that Till lights himself on fire:)Laichzeit- Weird song but mostly for the lyrics.Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?- It’s alright.Seemann- The perfect way to end an amazing night.
As the title says: Live Aus Berlin definatly brings out the best of Rammstein. Though the video/dvd probably keeps you interested longer, the CD is great for old and new Rammstein fans alike.One thing I love about this CD is that it stands out from many bands by having all original songs. Every song has its own unique sound. Songs like ‘Du Reicht So Gut’ (You Smell So Good) come off properly forceful and songs like ‘Speil Mit Mir’ (Play a game with me) come off with a creepy edge. The guitars play heavy, clean riffs and the drums are solid.This is definatly a great addition the collection of Rammstein fans or any rock junkie.Notable tracks: Spiel Mit Mir Weisses Fleisch Du Riechst So Gut Rammstein
I bought Live Aus Berlin after I bought Sehnsucht, so I was familiar with those songs prior to listening to Live Aus Berlin. If I can give a one-word description of this album, that word would be “breathtaking” without a doubt. The songs completely evenlop the listener into a world of hard guitars, fanatic drum lines, and pyrotechnics. Rammstein is a very “out-there” band, and they’re living it up. Also living it up are the fans, who provide pulse-pounding backup singing. I heard someone once call this album “A sing-along from hell.” I can’t disagree. I speak no German, but I sing along with the songs like I’m there. My favorite performance on this album (and there are many, many awesome tracks) would have to be “Weisses Fleisch.” Where some of the sounds from the studio versions of the songs sound more scripted and planned, Live Aus Berlin songs add a new dimension to the entire listening of music altogether. If you are a die hard Rammstein fan, you already have this CD. If you are not, it is a recommended buy for the sheer flow of the album.
I first heard of Rammstein early in ‘99, when the all-night music show here Down-Under called RAGE played the Rammstein song clip. I was impressed by the spectacular clip with its flames & fireworks. A few months later they played Engel, truly a great song with a very cool , expensive-looking clip. At that point I rushed out & bought the album SEHNSUCHT. Despite the fact I don’t understand German, the powerful combination of voice, music, power and high quality song construction made this CD one of my favourites & most played. Naturally when I saw in Amazon.Com that a LIVE CD had just been released, I ordered it immediately. It arrived here in Australia just 12 days later & went straight into the stereo. Just a few tracks in, I was blown away by the high quality recording & mixing of a live concert. The cover credits the Eurosound Mobile, and whoever they are , they must have the best equipment on the planet. It’s like they crammed several thousand people into a regular recording studio ! Wow ! About half the songs are already on the Sehnsucht album, but don’t let this put you off, because, apart from the crowd noise giving a nicely different edge to to the regular studio treatment, this CD weighs in at a hefty 78 minutes, so there is plenty of value here. Apart from just having well-constructed songs, Rammstein must also consist of some great musicians, because many music sequences are almost indistinguishable from the studio equivalent, apart of course from the crowd noise which is never overly-intrusive. The concert was recorded on the 22-23 August 1998 at Parkbuhne Wuhlheide, Berlin. If you already like Rammstein I highly recommend this CD. Don’t hesitate, just get it. If however you are cautious in general about buying live CD’s due to varying quality, let me reassure you that this is the best live mix you are ever likely to hear, so go for it & don’t forget to crank up the volume.