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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 Jan 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000087HXP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,466 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
1981's Computerworld sounds quite different to it's predecessor The Man Machine. A lot of things had changed in the three years between these two essential Kraftwerk albums. Electronic music emerged as a new direction of pop and the first synth pop bands really kicked off. The first personal computers started to appear and so did the world's first online service, Germany's "Bildschirmtext." This is what Computerworld is essentially about: The advent of computer technology in business, politics, and private homes. Kraftwerk are displaying their vision of a society based on computer technology and the impacts and implications for the future of everyone. As on The Man Machine the compostions are superb. From a sonic point of view the difference in sound is probably due to the developments in studio technology. This album is absolutely essential for anyone interested in electronic pop music, and, as Alexis Petridis, arts correspondent of the Guardian put it: "it is impossible to overstate Kraftwerk's influence on modern music."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Düsseldorf's finest have never bettered this in my opinion. From the opening title track, you'll be on an intoxicating journey, though admittedly a fairly short one.
Computer World shows just what foresight the band had. Clearly predicting the technological obsessed world we live in today, monitored by our governments and reliant on our computers for even the most simplest task.
The title track is stunning and one of the best Kraftwerk compositions as is the first single released from the album, the quirky Pocket Calculator. New fans will recognize the melody of Computer Love, it was relecently borrowed by doom mongers Coldpay for their insipid Talk single. Still, at least Karl and Ralf will have made a bit of money out of it.
Many cite The Man Machine and Trans Europe Express as being the peak of Kraftwerk's powers, but for me, it's this album. Enchanting, hypnotizing and always thought provoking.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE on 31 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
As far as I am concerned Kraftwerk have had more influence on pop music produced since 1980 than any other band. This is the masterpiece. In 1981 Kraftwerk were still far enough of the pack, joining them in electronic pop, to still have a massive influence on the direction of the medium.
'Computer World' sounded way ahead of anything else on release. The pure pop of the title track, 'computer love' and 'pocket calculator' (where calculator and electronic toy bleeps are integrated into the music)are only half the appeal of the album. The visionary unadulterated electro-dance of tracks such as 'Numbers' and 'Home Computer' is downright scary. No one else would be attempting 'techno' like that for at least another 5 to 6 years. As it is, you can still hear samples from this album cropping up all over the place. It's simply awe inspiring.
This is the masterpiece. Without understanding this record you will be missing the key-stone of pop and dance music right up to the modern day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sep 2006
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This is easily Kraftwerk's poppiest album. Their ear for a beautifully simple yet original melody began to show itself as early as Ralf & Florian but reached its fullest flowering here. Three years' advancement of technology since the preceding Man Machine also mean the whole album sounds a lot less stark, and the beats are much more danceable than on any of their previous records, especially on the extraordinary and much-sampled Numbers. The beautifully streamlined sound (I won't resort to Audi advert cliches but they're very tempting) makes this a superb listen from beginning to end, and given their huge and much touted influence, it's a shame that so many listened to the beats but forgot the melodies - from that point of view, this album's nearest rival has to be The Human League's Dare. But great as that album is, most of it pales beside the sheer perfection of Computer World - it's easily the best electronic pop album ever made, with the added attraction of Kraftwerk's extremely dry sense of humour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 20 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was another album that blew my mind when I heard it all those years ago (Echoes from Pink Floyd's Meddle, Tonto's Expanding Headband - Zero Time, Led Zeppelin II and Phaedra by Tangerine Dream were the previous ones)

The repercussive effects left by this album over time are so totally widespread it's difficult to know where to start, so I won't even go there.

Still fresh after nearly thirty years - and it looks as though the "English" version is available now too on CD (mine is the original CD issue in German). I hope the (Re?) mastering has done it justice - all too many engineers these days crank up the levels and smooth the loud bits out to make it "nicer" on a cheap "Argos" stereo, just likt the "safe" vinyl cuts we were given at the time.....

If you like contemporary music, it's ESSENTIAL that you at least get a listen to this work (and Man Machine if you like it).

BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Holman on 22 Jun 2007
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Computer World / Welt is the best Kraftwerk album in my view. It's ideally listened to on a top quality hi-fi, as there is so much going on. Despite comments concerning the simplicity of the production, which in some ways is true, there are hidden depths to this album, and if you hear it at high volume on a pair of high-end Senheiser headphones, you will be astounded by how much is really going on. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new. My favourite Kraftwerk track of all time is 'Home Computer', which I even have as my home phone's ring tone. The stark coldness of the piece collides head on with the increasingly manic percussion and the crescendo of bleeps and whirrs. The seamless way 'Home Computer' morphs into 'It's more fun to compute' is also amazing. The whole album was (is?) an insight into the future, not just musically, but predicts (or indeed, warns of) the now prevalent reliance we all have on computers in our everyday lives. The album still sounds fascinatingly fresh, and has been a constant source of inspiration for thousands over the last three decades.
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