Kraftwerk - Minimum - Maximum (EMI DVD 336 2949)
For a long time one of the most enigmatic, charismatic and musically adventurous bands in the history of electronic/rock/dance music, the German band Kraftwerk have recently been enjoying something of a purple patch. After many long years of silence they released an album of new material, toured the world, released a double live album and now we have the double DVD package recording the exceptional performances from that world tour. I think it is fair to say that Kraftwerk are probably the most static performers in the history of rock, standing behind their keyboard/laptop stands and barely moving for the two hours of the gig - and yet, thanks to a dynamic light and video show projected on three huge screens behind them the four members of the band offer a powerful show that put most other bands to shame. This double DVD contains twenty tracks - a lot of old classics such as The Man Machine, Radio Activity, Autobahn, The Model, Computer World, Numbers, Trans Europe Express, and the audience pleasing The Robots. And then there is the new material, Tour De France 03, Vitamin, Elecktro Kardiogramm and Aero Dynamik. An introduction and greatest hits rolled into one excellent package, this DVD set [and the audio CD set too] confirm that Kraftwerk are one of popular music's greatest innovators.