Fan No. 2


Fan No. 2 is a round-up of Berlin-based electro-indie queen Barbara Morgenstern's extensive recorded output to-date, including previously-unreleased versions and never-before-heard mixes as well as brand-new exclusive tracks. As a special treat for fans of the Berlin singer, musician and producer, the double CD set includes a bonus CD of her two early EPs Plastikreport and Enter The Partyzone, which get their first official release here. The collection is a guided tour through Morgenstern's catalog, starting from her first release on Monika, Vermona ET 6-1, named after the cult organ that BM put to such great use on all of her early work. The version of "Das Wort" contained on Fan No. 2 is a Monika Enterprise rarity that has its first proper release here. Then there's Thomas Fehlmann's "Mix Expansion" version of "Der Augenblick"; another previously-unreleased track originally taken from the Fjorden (MONIKA 016CD) album. There are 2 tracks from 2003's seminal Nichts Muss album (MONIKA 033CD/LP), produced by ~scape label founder Stefan Betke aka Pole, who has also remastered all the tracks on this double CD set. The piano version of "The Operator" is dedicated to Scottish pianist and composer Bill Wells (with whom Barbara has released on Leaf and Karaoke Kalk) and was so far only available on the single of this song. "Camouflage" from BM (MONIKA 064CD), represents another major milestone in Morgenstern's career -- she always wanted to work with Robert Wyatt and the dream came true with this delightfully moving song. The second number from BM is the anthemic "Come To Berlin." This powerful hit appears in this collection as a brand-new edit of the original 12" single track. Fan No. 2 draws to a close with 3 more previously-unreleased tracks. "Mountainplace" originally appeared on Chicks On Speed's acclaimed Girl Monster compilation, but the version included on here is an exclusive version. "Wegbereiter" and "Blackbird" on the other hand, are both completely brand-new, exclusive tracks. The first sees BM typically walking a fine line between kitsch and heart-wrenching while the later, a cover of The Beatles song, is unashamed, uplifting pop. Fan No. 2 charts the course of Barbara Morgenstern's catalog and the development of her style. Not quite a "best of" in the conventional sense of the term, but still packed with hits.