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Computer World [VINYL] [Original recording remastered]

Kraftwerk Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B002LCOQQY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Computer World (2009 Digital Remaster)
2. Pocket Calculator (2009 Digital Remaster)
3. Numbers (2009 Digital Remaster)
4. Computer World 2 (2009 Digital Remaster)
5. Computer Love (2009 Digital Remaster)
6. Home Computer (2009 Digital Remaster)
7. It's More Fun To Compute (2009 Digital Remaster)

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Rare Original Pic Sleeve Lp Classic album from one of the pioneers of electronic music

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Colin Mccartney TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for all synth loving music fanatics 3 Feb 2002
By A Customer
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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over... 14 Oct 2009
By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
(Let me apologise upfront for being a bit long-winded with this review. I've waited so long to share my thoughts about this album that - now it has been remastered - it seems like the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts on both aspects: the music first, then the remaster).

I am not by inclination an electronic music fan nor, for that matter, a particular fan of Kraftwerk. That said this recording is simply exceptional and a genuine benchmark of not just electronic music but music in general. When I was first introduced to this album (around the time of its release) I was simply astounded by the musical ideas, unique sounds and beautiful execution of the whole concept. Unlike some who may find the glacial sounds and overarching theme a somewhat sterile and ascetic experience, I have always found myself deeply moved by the conclusion of this album. There is no doubt that lyrically and thematically the album can leave the listener with a sense of alienation: we are given a dystopian glimpse of man's increasingly intimate relationship with technology which by the end sounds terribly desolate indeed. The last track in particular strikes a particularly bleak note as we are enjoined by a synthetic voice who assures us repeateddly 'it's more fun to compute'. These sentiments married to the vaguely eastern musical motif and propulsive arrangement of the keyboards make for a highly peculiar - and sinister - musical experience.

However it would be wrong to single out any particular track for praise as the material throughout is equally (and amazingly) strong. There are lighter moments (who could not be charmed by 'Pocket Calculator'?) but the dystopian theme continues throughout.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Import sounds better 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!!
This was the first Kraftwerk album I ever heard. This copy brings back many happy memories and sounds great.

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Published 1 month ago by Frank McCormack
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kraftwerk
Computer World was a great success at the time of its release and to a Kraftwerk fan like me it stilll holds its own as a piece of work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but brilliant!
On on this one Kraftwerk have everything in place; seamless, electronic rythmns, infectious melodies and genuine, quirky humour. Great music, lousy cover. Their masterpiece!
Published 3 months ago by Piotr
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
Still as good as I remember it to be. Buying it takes me back to University and life in the 80's.
Published 4 months ago by seabeagle
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
I love this album. I was right by purchasing this album. I loved it. He's very good. Especially the sound of real, signature sound. I'm happy. I had an old CD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Valery
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Kraftwerk - they cannot put a foot wrong. Superb stuff. Superb - they are the greatest in this field. Kraftwerk are so clever. Musicians and performing artists of their generation.
Published 5 months ago by BBC
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
I'm not reviewing the music itself, just the product. The LP is a substantial weight and the sound is as good as I've heard from vinyl, with minimal surface noise. Read more
Published 7 months ago by vinylmad
5.0 out of 5 stars wunderbar
if you are a fan you must buy this every track is amazing i know its remastered
but they put modern electronic groups to shame
Published 14 months ago by andy g
5.0 out of 5 stars this is out of this world stuff. i just love it. great tempo beats r...
just buy it and listen to how good these tunes r. u aint heard nothing like this. awesome. no joke. cool stuff.
Published 16 months ago by tango
5.0 out of 5 stars kraftwerk r amazing the sound is out of this world no joke
ive 5 albums and min max dvd concert im well happy with them all. i keep putting them on. love it. turn it up. awesome
Published 18 months ago by tango
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