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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 (17 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000026GAG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Computer World
2. Pocket Calculator
3. Numbers
4. Computer World..2
5. Computer Love
6. Home Computer
7. It's More Fun To Compute

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This is the album pundits like to point to when they accuse Kraftwerk of being digital-age visionaries; an all-too-easy assessment to make in the face of tracks such as "Home Computer" and "Computer Love". But to saddle the band with the reputation of sages is to completely miss the low-key wit and all-too-human playfulness of this album. "Pocket Calculator" and "Numbers" (the lyrics are the numbers one to eight) could be read as tongue-in-cheek ripostes to too much bad "educational" programming, but that would smack of creeping punditry. Computer World is Kraftwerk's most loveable bundle of contradictions: at once its most technologically obsessed album and its most human. --Jerry McCulley

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct 2009
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...and not just because it's my favourite Kraftwerk LP. But largely because the previous CD transfers were absolutely rotten. A fact which seems to have escaped most people.

"Computer World" is the only Kraftwerk release, in my view, which DEMANDS a re-master. The only one for which my usually undiscerning ears - not normally concerned with such trivialities as mastering - would actually be able to detect any difference. Maybe this was Ralf und Florian's way of telling the world to buy vinyl? Or even tapes? "Computer World" is, after all, the ultimate ghetto blaster album. There's a raw element to the sound - a sound that emanated from the best studio deutschmarks could furnish at the time, and ironically, became the blueprint for the early bedroom techno EPs released later that same decade on Transmat and NuGroove. Sonically it's just better suited to analogue than digital.

Maybe the fact that not ALL the equipment Hutter/Schneider/Bartos/Flur used was as hi-tech or as expensive as you might've assumed, was what inspired the kids (this kid anyway) to test their Casio VL1s to the absolute limit. A humble Stylophone features prominently on "Pocket Calculator" and, possibly, maybe, allegedly, some sort of Texas Instruments speak 'n' spell-type thing on "Computerworld" and "Numbers".

So anyway, how does this new edition sound? Much better, though, not 100%. The solo on "Computer Love" still suffers from a little "wow and flutter", though nowhere near as badly previous editions, which I suspect is due to "limitations with the source material" (or whatever excuse it was manufacturers used to give for the underwhelming sound of some CDs). Other than that, the transition's been made from analogue to digital more or less satisfactorily this time around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 16 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
As other reviewers noted, this remaster has too much bass and it is too loud. Disclaimer: I'm an idiot that sold all my vinyl, including Computer World, back in the day. So I don't have that to compare to. I have 3 CD versions. While it is hard for me to make comparisons to original album about warmth, it is not hard for me to remember that the music was not dominated by bass.

One problem with the bass on this one is that the track of the bass line itself seems to have its volume pushed up so that the bass melody jumps out at all times. I know that sounds more like remixing than remastering. But who knows what happened in the studio. Also, the bass line itself has been eq'd so it has the "rounded" or fat sound on the bottom end favored today with enough high end to make it pop out from the mix. The end effect is that the bass doesn't just drive the sound as on the original version. Now it's pushed out so much that it distracts and, on some songs, like Pocket Calculator, it wrecks the beat established by the drums and synths.

This remaster also suffers from too much loudness all the way around. There is nothing that just sits back in the mix, in a supportive way. Every little click or synthetic high hat must be in the spotlight at all times. It's an aesthetic I just don't care for. It it as if a set lighting designer decided to forgo use of shadow and used banks of dental chair lights to reveal every wrinkle and pancake make-up smudge on every actor across the stage. Is this from too much loudness or from an overuse of eq on every track? I think it's both.

The older CD releases had a thin sound as others said. My suggestion is just use a little eq in your stereo system to fix it. Another possibility is permanently change it in an audio editing program. Even garageband will do a great job. Even using the poor eq'ing options in iTunes does a decent job of adding bass. On the other hand, you can't eq away the in-your-face loudness of this remaster.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
i remember having this, first time around and it blew my mind then as it still does now.tracks like :computer love[excellent electronics,ahead of their time],this is a must in any electro collecters c.d. cabinet. every track a musical must
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David B. Chapman on 4 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
The reviews so far have pretty much said what there is to say about the remaster of Computer World, my favourite record of all time. The only gripe I had is the track Computer World itself, which has an odd "pumping" effect to it. Strangely, this isn't an issue on the German version. Furthermore, the German equivalent is amazing and really worth forking out for if you're a big fan. I hadn't checked out Computerwelt until quite recently because I assumed the only difference was, well, the language. However, if you look closely at the running times, they are slightly different, as are the mixes of most of the tracks. If you are just a casual fan of this album, you probably won't notice the differences but if, like me, you know every single bleep, loop, reverb, nook and cranny, the differences are quite noticeable. The vocoder on Computer World is a lot more spikey and the chorus has an extra vocal line on it. Pocket Calculator has an extra percussion effect and the mix is different in a number of places, including an alternative fade out. Numbers, Computer World 2 and Computer Love have slight alterations in the percussion and endings while Home Computer has a more cranked up rhythm section. In addition to all of this, the sound quality is even better than the English version. Again, if you're very familiar with the album, get Computerwelt. If not, Computer World will do fine. And is much better than Tubular Bells.
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