Described as the Phil Spector of Krautrock, Conny Plank was an innovative and influential sound engineer, producer and musician. He's been credited as helping to develop Kraftwerk's signature sound, and his own unique and covetable production techniques have helped to pioneer the 'Krautrock style', and shape electronic music production.
Hundreds of albums were recorded in Plank's home studios outside of Cologne, by diverse acts from various musical persuasions such as folk (Clannad), prog (Triumvirat, Eloy), Krautrock (pretty much everyone), New Wave (Devo, A Flock of Seagulls), and even post-punk/industrial (D.A.F., Killing Joke). His reach was so great that frequent collaborator Brian Eno had apparently suggested that Plank be the producer for the U2 album Joshua Tree instead of him. As the story goes, after meeting with the band Plank vehemently refused, the reason being 'I cannot work with that singer'.
The list of albums he has had involvement with is truly enormous. Below are a few highlights from his extensive back catalogue starting out with a couple of tracks from his early engineering days, and then moving on to works he produced/performed on, in a rough chronology.
- Hoelderlin - I Love My Dog (1975)
- Kraan - Bandits in the Woods (1975)
- Liliental - Wattwurm (1978)
- Cluster & Eno - Selange (1978)
- Eno, Moebius, Roedelius - Base & Apex (1978)
- Ultravox - Herr X (1980)
- Phew - Closed (1981)
- Eurythmics - Sing-Sing (1981)
- Gianna Nannini - Volo 5/4 (1982)
- Moebius, Conny Plank, Mayo Thompson - Das Apartment (1983)
- Gabi Delgado - Amor (1983)
- Humpe Humpe - Can't Leave the Pool (1985)
- Cluster & Eno - Fur Luise (1977)