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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SPV Records
  • ASIN: B000025YV1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul T Horgan VINE VOICE on 10 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
Bartos quit Kraftwerk because of their low output. He was also an 'employee' of Kling Klang Studios as opposed to being a band member. Hutter and Schneider apparently made all the decisions. Kraftwerk's output is amazingly low for such music legends. They produced absolutely no new material during the 1990s, their only output being re-worked versions of tracks from previous albums in 1991. And then *nothing* until the single 'Expo 2000' in 2000. In fact 'Expo' is their only new material since 'Electric Cafe' in 1986.
Into this vaccuum of productivity, Bartos has given us an album of material that is a hybrid between the conceptual minimalism of Kraftwerk (minimalist in form and also number of tracks) and a healthy number of tracks with recognisable poppy tunes. He has Andy Mclusky of OMD guest on one of them.
If you are a Kraftwerk Purist then you will be pleased by over 50% of the tracks on offer and will not be too dismissive of the rest.
My Faves:
TV
Showbusiness
Information
Esperanto
all of which are akin to Kraftwerk at its very best, IMHO.
and the remaining, although not so memorable are worth listening to.
A worthy addition to any collector of Kraftwerk music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken Ward on 22 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, Kraftwerk were pretty much the soundtrack to my childhood. I loved their cold, almost inhuman, clean "machine" sound.

So it kind of surprised me when I first heard "Esperanto" by Karl Bartos, an ex-member of Kraftwerk, that his music had a much more human and emotional tone to it.

Sure, the music has the same elements; the synth tones are there, the sharp machine drum sounds. But this album is laced with warm, human tones. If Kraftwerk's music was about being a machine, then "Esperanto" is about being a human interacting with a machine.

This a truly exquisite piece of work. Like Kraftwerk? Get this, and see a more human side to "machine music".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 15 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
While this album was widely ignored when it was released in 1993 it does feature some very interesting material. Esperanto was the first release under the name of Elektric Music by Karl Bartos, the Kraftwerk percussionist. In glimpses Bartos shows that he may have had a more prominent role in Kraftwerk with some melodies very reminiscent of the German techno pioneers. If you like Kraftwerk, particularly the later material such as The Man Machine, Computer World and The Mix then there is a good chance you will like Esperanto. While not all the songs on this album are up to the high standard set by the first track, TV, it is very entertaining stuff and a must for any Kraftwerk fan.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay M VINE VOICE on 8 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
Karl Bartos as we all know was one quarter of Kraftwerk. He left in 1990 to pursue a solo career. This is the fruits of it so far.
Well it opens well, 'TV' is a brilliant and 'Show Business' has its moments, but on the whole it is slightly let down by over-use of that awful invention, the vocoder, and also some songs just don't seem to sit well. 'Crosstalk' for example, there seems to be just too much going on in it to let it really stand as a song on it's own. As far as the song written and sung by Andy McCluskey (OMD) 'Kissing the Machine', well it's horrible, like most OMD stuff, haha! I just can't stand McCluskey's voice and his lyrics are just so twee. And that dance, yes Geography teacher is so apt!
For Kraftwerk fans there maybe something they might find in this and it's not very expensive so maybe it's worth buying for them, but for the average music listener there isn't much to recommend, which is a shame.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Kraftwerk, OMD, the nineties and great synthpop 1 Jun 2001
By Raleigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bartos of Kraftwerk fame created this "band" to explore some of the same electronic ideas mined by Kraftwerk in the 1970's. Joining him on two songs are Andy McCluskey, a big Kraftwerk fan, and co-founder of '80's great Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark. "Esperanto," named after an artificial language, sounds a lot like Kraftwerk doing modern day electronica. In fact, this almost a concept album in the subject matter of its songs: reality, communication, fame and technology. The title track features vocoder-like voices, modulated and singing in Esperanto! "Information," and "Crosstalk" and "Overdrive" are in the same vein: hard-hitting, almost industrial, Kraftwerk-sounding danceable instrumentals. The first of two standouts is "Kissing the Machine," which features McCluskey on vocals singing over a sweet, robotic melody. "TV," the best track, is the best reason to buy this cd: synth hooks and samples of broadcasts, the new generation of keyboard-players and know-twiddlers could stand to listen to this track a few hundred times and learn from their elders.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's Kraftwerk with OMD mixed in!! What a surprise! 23 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine, unsung, unknown album. Karl Bartos was a member of Kraftwerk and he left that band to do this on his own. It is a fine album in its own right - sort of Kraftwerk lite!! But he went one better - he recruited Andy McCluskey - a founder of Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark (OMD) and probably Kraftwerk's number one fan - to do some singing. The result is magic! If you are a fan of Kraftwerk or OMD you MUST buy this one!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kraftwerk on an off day? 5 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I read somewhere that J.C. Bach sounded somewhat like Mozart on an off day.Well, former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos split the pioneering German techno band to form his own, Elektric Music. Esperanto sounds like the next Kraftwerk album, romanticizing television watching, and singing the joys of the internet ("Information wants to be free"). There are no bad tracks, but the album is missing something. Still, Kraftwerk on an off day is a compliment, so if you like techno, then you will like this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Shazam! 3 July 2002
By "darrenstairway" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic album, and aside from the fact that some of the synth sounds (especially drums) are annoying (IE the toms in overdrive) are incredibley annoying, the placid harmonic vocals, and simple yet layered rythmes are fantastic.
To anyone that loves Kraftwerks more modern Tone, but also things reminiscent of the PetShop Boys, feel free to purchase away!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Truly Teutonic 24 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of the German Electronic music scene, you will love this cd. Every song on this album is likable, meaning you can listen to each of them many times over. If you are a fan of Electro-Tecnho music, I recommend this title very much!!
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