Sunday, 25 January 2015

KRAFTWERK
























"Live in Teatre Liceu"
Year:    2015
Country:    Catalonia  (Spain)
City:    Barcelona
Label:    unofficial release
Format:    CD
Tracks:    27
Time:    90 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:                Electro















The multimedia project Kraftwerk was founded in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider within the experimental art scene of the late Sixties in Düsseldorf. They set up their legendary electronic Kling Klang Studio where they composed and produced all the ground-breaking Kraftwerk albums. Kraftwerk are considered to be pioneers in electronic music and an endless source of inspiration for a wide range of musical genres: from Electro to Hip Hop, from Techno to SynthPop. They have made musical history and achieved recognition all over the world for more than four decades now. Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. Since their beginnings in the early Seventies they worked with the latest achievement of modern technologies, produced revolutionary electronic “sound paintings” and experimented with synthetic sounds, voices and automatic mechanical rhythms. They composed sound poetry with highly reduced-condensed texts and programmed their robot image as an expression for the theme of a world dominated by machines and computers. Right from the start, Kraftwerk regarded their concert performances as complete audio-visual events. The Kraftwerk sound and image has been a long-term influence not only in music, but also in the world of contemporary visual art. Texts, style, and media-reflective strategies incorporated the themes and issues of the information era, namely the interaction between men and machines. In 2014 Ralf Hütter and his former partner were honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  In recent years, Kraftwerk – Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz, Falk Grieffenhagen – have returned full circle back into the visual arts context. Their first retrospective was held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2012. This was followed by further presentations of „The Catalogue – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8“ at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London, Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo, the Opera House in Sydney and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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"Tour de France"
Year:    2003
Country:   Germany
City:   Düselford
Label:    EMI
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:   12
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:              Electro              Techno















Among electronic artists (as well as virtually the entire record industry), only Kraftwerk could construct a viable album by making only minimal adjustments to a sound they made definitive more than 30 years earlier. Tour de France Soundtracks, the group's first record in more than 15 years, is quintessentially Kraftwerk but still fits in well with contemporary dance trends like the experimental microhouse scene (highly influenced by the group's ultra-minimalism). The story of Tour de France Soundtracks actually begins 20 years earlier, in 1983, when Kraftwerk released the "Tour de France" single. Recorded in tribute to one of the sporting world's most grueling events, the track was a hi-res piece of dance-pop that made lyrical reference to various biking landmarks (like the infamous mountaintop finish at Tourmalet) and an assortment of sonic references as well (including a bike chain in free spin and the belabored breathing of a bicyclist -- in rhythm, of course). Techno-Pop, the album Kraftwerk scheduled to accompany "Tour de France," was postponed and later canceled (ironically, after a serious biking accident by Ralf Hütter, one of the group's resident biking maniacs). The track resurfaced two decades later, just in time for the centenary anniversary of the race, though Kraftwerk still missed the deadline -- only the rejuvenated single was available during the race. It has little in common with the original, but the new "Tour de France" is impressive nonetheless, boasting the kinetic power of a 100-strong peloton, a guttural Teutonic vocoder of the type beloved by fans, and a recurring tag so sublime Jan Ullrich could hum it through each of the Tour's 20 stages without fear of annoyance. Except for a closing reprise of the original "Tour de France," the rest of the album isn't as focused on biking; Hütter and Schneider construct sublime beatpieces with conceptual lines close to biking topics ("Aéro Dynamik," "Titanium," "Chrono," "Vitamin"), but never confront the listener with yet another track dropping bike terms like peloton or a l'enfer du nord. "Chrono" is the track closest to the Kraftwerk ideal, with its future-shock synth and percussion precision, while "Vitamin" is the farthest away (a downbeat track that still could only have escaped from the Kling Klang studio). Tour de France Soundtracks is a successful record on anyone's terms; it's one that fans won't need to cringe from, and one that newcomers will be able to enjoy for what it is.                                   (*NOTE - this review is a great work written by John Bush ).
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"The radioactive Tribute to Kraftwerk"
Year:   2002
Country:    France
Label:    New Mantra
Format:    CD
Tracks:    12
Bands:    12
Time:     60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:             Electro             Synth-Pop















The definitive tribute to the inventors of electronic music. While the mythical group is back, a radioactive tribute is returned to him through the Japanese, Swedish and German electronic scene: Senor Coconut, Dhiva, Buffalo Daughter?etc." Artists include: Señor Coconut, Hikashu, Teruo Nakano, Satoru Wono, Dhiva, Hajime Fukuma (P Model), Kimitaka Mastumae, Dhiva vs. Skibby, Makoto Inoue, Takkyo Ishino, Buffalo Daughter.
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"Elektronenklänge aus dem radioland - a tribute to Kraftwerk"
Year:    2000
Country:    Russia
Label:    Vasilisk
Format:    CD , cassette
Tracks:     14
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Electro           Synth-Pop
















This collection - one of the many little-known pages of history of the Russian electronic scene 90s. Elektronenklange Aus Dem Radioland - A Tribute To Kraftwerk was organized in 1999. Because of the lack of rights for publication (the right to work belong to Kraftwerk EMI) collection was published on tape - a secret release, limited edition of 500 copies. It was the first release of the label Boogeyman. The collection was published as the virtual label Vasilisk Records. On the tape collection was published in abbreviated form - 10 tracks, one of which was on track Leatner Strip, sent by Claus Larsen (Leatner Strip, Klute) + bonus track of the dogs tobacco (though neimevshego to Kraftwerk no relation). The site GothicMusic.org can find a review of the tape release. In 2000 the collection was prepared for publication on CD, but was never released. That's it we bring to your attention. Unlike cassette release, it contains a track from Leatner Strip (however, he was released by the Leatner Strip even before the creation of this tribute) and a bonus track from the Dogs of tobacco, but it has 6 extra tracks. Tribute of interest primarily to familiarize c electronic projects, actively campaigned on the Moscow stage in the late 90s. Most of these projects have not suschesvuet or turned to other projects. So, for example, TNT Art (1), Pizdaruliam (12) and Zima 23 (14) is a project of Alexei Mostieva, which is now focused on the project Altera Forma and participation in a group of dogs tobacco. Breathing (9) is now known as Necro Stellar, and Ayckenrot (7) - How Aridoland.
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"Musique non stop - A tribute to Kraftwerk"
Year:    1998
Country:    Japan
Label:    EMI
Format:    CD
Tracks:    12
Time:     50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:         Techno         Synth-Pop


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"The mix"
Year:    1991
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsselford
Label:    Kling Klang
Format:    2 × LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:         Electro         Experimental


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"Expo Remix"
Year:    2000
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsselford
Label:    Kling klang
Format:    CD
Tracks:    6
Time:  30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Electro         Techno


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BASSKRAFT
"a bass tribute to Kraftwerk"
Year:    1998
Country:   US
Artist:    Ivan Kopas & Robert Bartko
Label:    Pandisc
Format:    CD
Tracks:    14
Time:   60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:         Electro


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"Electric cafe"
Year:    1986
Country:    Germany
City:   Düsseldorf
Label:    EMI
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    6
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:         Electro


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"Computerwelt"
Year:    1981
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsselford
Label:    EMI
Format:    CD
Tracks:    7
Time:    26 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:         Electro         Synth-Pop


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"Die mensch-maschine"
Year:    1978
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsseldorf
Label:    King kang rec.
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:         Electro


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"Trans-Europe express"
Year:    1977
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsseldorf
Label:    Capitol rec.
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    7
Time:    43 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:        Electro
















"Trans Europe-Express" was the first KRAFTWERK album to be mixed in two entirely separate versions, one in German, the other in English. In addition, a French language version of "Showroom Dummies" entitled "Les Mannequins" was included on French pressings of the album (which otherwise features the English mix). Most German pressings (as well as the 2009 remastered reissues) list "Metall Auf Metall" as two separate tracks, the second part entitled "Abzug". Most other versions only list 'Metal On Metal', but include both tracks.  The original German pressing (and many of the other editions) features a monochrome portrait by New York photographer Maurice Seymour, with the group dressed in suits to resemble mannequins. A highly retouched colour photo montage of the group by J. Stara is used for the British, American and other editions. A color collage of the group sitting at a small cafe table designed by Emil Schult was used for the inner sleeve. Most of the 2009 reissues feature a simplified monochrome 'TEE' design. The original German release includes a colour poster of the Emil Schult image.
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"Radio-aktivitat"
Year:    1975
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsselford
Label:    Kling Klang rec.
Format:    LP , CD
Tracks:    12
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:         Experimental


















Radio-Activity (German title: Radio-Aktivität) is the fifth studio album by German electronic band Kraftwerk, released in October 1975. Unlike Kraftwerk's later albums, which featured language-specific lyrics, only the titles differ between the English and German editions. A concept album, Radio-Activity is bilingual, featuring lyrics in both languages.  

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"Autobahn"
Year:    1974
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsselford
Label:    Phillips
Format:    LP
Tracks:    5
Time:    31 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Krautrock           Experimental


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Kraftwerk 2
Label:
Philips ‎– 6305 117
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Cover
Country:
Germany
Released:
Jan 1972
Genre:
Electronic
Style:           Krautrock           Experimental


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"Kraftwerk"
Year:    1970
Country:    Germany
City:    Düsselford
Label:    Philips
Format:    LP
Tracks:    4
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Krautrock           Experimental 


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