Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk is a pioneering and a highly influential electronic music band from Düsseldorf, Germany. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music. In the early to late 1970s and the early 1980s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and it has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music.
Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express (Remaster) Vinyl

Artist: Kraftwerk
P: 1977 / 2009
Somewhere between the technologically pioneering `Autobahn' in 1974 and the commercial success of `The Man Machine' came the highly accomplished and massively influential `Trans-Europe Express' (TEE). Not only did this spur many embryonic British acts to use synthesizers heavily in their more commercial efforts (Depeche Mode and The Human League amongst many) it also provided inspiration - and illegally used samples - for urban black America. Besides, the track pairing of TEE and `Metal On Metal' ran long enough to allow a DJ time to go to the toilet and the bar before having to change the record. The lyrics are sparse, correctly allowing the music to dominate, but even `Showroom Dummies' caused Debbie Harry to comment that it was "a song I can really relate to." `The Hall Of Mirrors' similarly reflects on fame; TEE mentions other artists that had been drawn to Germany to record at that time - David Bowie and Iggy Pop. I keep trying to convince myself it must sound really dated by now, but both the electronics and the tunes they make stand the test of time and remain atmospheric today. I rate this one of the three best, most influential albums of all time, with `Sgt. Pepper' and `Velvet Underground and Nico' for company. A must for music historians and true pop fans.
This is the remaster English lyrics vinyl version.


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Tribute to Kraftwerk - 8-Bit Operators

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2007
A various artist covers compilation, featuring interpretations of classic Kraftwerk songs, arranged primarily on lo-bit handheld gaming devices, vintage video game consoles and obsolete 8 bit home computers ( such as Game Boys, Ataris, Nintendo systems and Commodore 64's ) now revered for the rich and distinctive sound of their lo-bit microchips. This video game-influenced branch of electronic music, sometimes referred to as ‘chiptune’, ‘bitpop’ or just ‘8-bit’, has developed a flourishing international live scene, and is one of the first new genres of music to use the internet to its fullest advantage, with the advent of home-brewed synth cartridges and hacker influenced musical tools.
The 8-BIT OPERATORS collection features some of the top 8-bit artists from North America, South America and Europe, a selection of the best musical innovators, and several of the inventors themselves.

8,90 EUR
 
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Tribute to Kraftwerk - Cracking the Code

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2000
Unlike many of the tributes in the Vitamin Records catalog, A Tribute to Kraftwerk: Cracking the Code is a quite serious. Instead of utilizing studio musicians to perform the pioneering German electronic group's tunes as Dixieland jazz, chamber music, or cocktail whimsy, Vitamin enlisted relatively unknown electronic artists -- themselves representatives of the genre Kraftwerk helped create -- to interpret 13 songs from the band's catalog. Milwaukee's Broke Box opts for a more percussive bottom end in their version of "Computer Love," but they retain the winsome melody of the original. Ambidextrous' addition of tabla drum on "The Model" is great, and Alex Xenophon's pulsating, whirring "Trans-Europe Express" suggests the robot ambience of Air. For the most part, however, the musicians involved in Cracking the Code don't distort their source material as much as they try to emulate the simplistic genius of Kraftwerk's still-evolving, often experimental equipment with modern musical implements. In that sense, this tribute might be a self-fulfilling prophecy of what Kraftwerk was trying to do. Fortunately, it's also a mildly entertaining one. ~ Johnny Loftus

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Wolfgang Flür - Eloquence

Artist: Wolfgang Flür
P: 2015

"The Total Works" is the definitive compilation of ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flür's electronic pop output from 2002 to the present day. As the ex electro-drummer of German electronic legends Kraftwerk, Flür, with his then musical partner Florian Schneider, developed the world's first electric drum pads board in 1973 for their recordings and stage performances.

17,90 EUR
 
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