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Kraftwerk (German pronunciation: [ˈkʀaftvɛʁk]), German for power plant or power station, is an electronic music band from Düsseldorf, Germany. The group was formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970, and was fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy ... Read more in Amazon's Kraftwerk Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Aug 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emi
  • ASIN: B00000AOS2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,684,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kometenmelodie 1
2. Kometenmelodie 2
3. Mitternacht
4. Morgenspaziergang
5. Autobahn

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By big_lads on 19 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I find the title track of this album to be the most intensely moving piece of music - bar none. A small nod backwards with Florian's flute, but a sign of things to come from Kraftwerk with the use of the Vocoder and the precise rhythmical qualities.
Don't listen to Autobahn when stuck on the M25, but if you're driving long distance at night, put this track on repeat and go into a trance and feel yourself at one with your car - ManMachine indeed!
If the other more 'experimental' tracks from the album appeal, you could do worse than searching out some early (pre-1975) Can albums.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. FAVER on 6 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
What were you doing in 1974 ? Whilst the rest of the world were glamming it up and hippies were fast disappearing, Kraftwerk were sitting in a studio in Dussledorf making music. Not only were they writing songs but they were creating the instruments on which to play them. You have to consider what the world was listening to in 1974 to truly appreciate the importance and the innovation represented by this lp.
With its release Kraftwerk had created an electronic prototype for a style of music which would take the world by storm and remains a major influence today. Thats a lot for album to live up to, but Autobahn is equal to the task.
Turn the hi fi on, sit back, close your eyes and drift away with possibly the finest popular music lp ever made. It has everything - art ('A simply perefect musical painting of a drive down the motorway''), tune and beauty. Its a masterpiece, if you don't own it already your music collection is not complete.
The tunes are timeless and it has aged so much better than most lps released at the time. No lp comes with a guarantee that you'll like it, but this is about as close as one gets to having one. Brilliant.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By jaquesaulait on 20 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
The track, Autobahn, is a sublime, seminal, exciting, interesting, fascinating and above all, excellent piece of work. This music sounds great now - imagine what it must have sounded like in 1974! You're in your bedsit, monging out to Yes when yer mate comes round and puts this on the turntable; it must have been a tremendous experience. It's a little symphony of superb sonics, a coherent opus that can blow you away with its amazing noises and fantastic weirdness, excellent rhythmic progression and, let's say it again, great noises. Side two is a departure, but has some interesting stuff on it. But it's Autobahn itself which is the golden treasure. This should be studied by students of music. Maybe it is. If you like this, you'll also like Kraftwerk's TEE, also ace.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is very good if not slightly overated. A lot of people believe this to be Kraftwerk's best album, but in my opinion Trans-Europe Express and The Man Machine are far greater. But this album and the technology used was still well ahead of its time in 1975.
The opening song Autobahn is a classic, that clocks in at approaching 25 minutes. For those who don't know, the theme of the song is car transport, and it simulates a journey along a motorway, sounds boring, but isn't. This is one of thier most famous songs, and also one of thier first to include lyrics.
Apart from this amazing opening track the rest of the album doesn't fare that well, with the final track on the album being the pick of the remaining 4 tracks. This song has a nice flute tune that repeats throughout, amongst the backdrop of static noise and the sound of untuned radio's.
Overall this is an essential part of any Kraftwerk fan's collection, but it is not their best album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album was originally released in the mid-Seventies. The single "Autobahn" was extremely successful in the UK and for many people was the first piece of electronic music they had ever heard. The version of "Autobahn" included on the album is much longer and the better for it. The track is written to be reminiscent of a lonely journey on a motorway and starts with the slamming of a truck door followed by the sound of a large engine roaring into life. The synths are used to approximate the various noises of whining engines, horns and the background hum of the drive. Singing is quite sparse and in German. This track changed the face of popular music. Suddenly many young people who would have taken up the guitar bought a synth instead. Many groups have taken their inspiration from Kraftwerk - this is where it all started for most of them. Other tracks include "Kometenmelodie 1" and "Kometenmelodie 2". The first of these is a ponderous track with slowly rising and falling synth notes creating a darkly atmospheric piece. The second is very similar in structure but much quicker giving this piece a very upbeat feel. The comet Kahoutek had just passed the Earth very closely and at the time there was much speculation in the media as to the looming death of our planet. The slower of the two pieces outlines its approach with the morbid thoughts accompanying it. The second is in the public mood of its uneventful fly-by and departure. The remaining tracks on the album are really of interest only to completists; they have little in common with the groundbreaking title track or the two Kometenmelodien.
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