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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 (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0009H9NE8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Man-Machine - Warszawa, Sala Kongresowa
2. Planet Of The Visions - Ljubljana, Krizanke
3. Tour de France Etape 1 - Riga, Olimpiska Hall
4. Chrono - Riga, Olimpiska Hall
5. Tour De France Etape 2 - Riga, Olimpiska Hall
6. Vitamin - Moskwa, Lushniki
7. Tour De France - Paris, Le Grand Rex
8. Autobahn - Berlin, Tempodrom
9. The Model - London, Brixton Academy
10. Neon Lights - London, Royal Festival Hall
Disc: 2
1. Radioactivity - Warszawa, Sala Kongresowa
2. Trans-Europe Express - Budapest, Sportarena
3. Metal On Metal - Budapest, Sportarena
4. Numbers - San Francisco, The Warfield
5. Computer World - Moskwa, Lushniki
6. Home Computer - Warszawa, Sala Kongresowa
7. Pocket Calculator - Moskwa, Lushniki
8. Dentaku - Tokyo, Shibuya Ax
9. The Robots - Moskwa, Lushniki
10. Elektro Kardiogramm - Tallinn, Exhibition Hall
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Kraftwerk are one of the most influential bands in pop history. In a career spanning more than 35 years, the German electro pioneers have been endlessly saluted and mimicked by each new generation of innovators. In the late 1970s, the post-punk futurists professed their devotion. In the 1980s and 90s, the leading lights of Chicago house along with Detroit and Euro techno paid homage. Kraftwerk are possibly the most sampled band on the planet, and their music continues to inspire. Last year, Ralf Hutter, Florian Schneider, Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz toured the world playing 69 shows that were unlike anything seen before--a truly unique audio / visual spectacular that prompted global headlines. This 2-CD live set, Minimum-Maximum, contains 22 tracks recorded throughout Europe, Japan and the US during the band’s 2004 World Tour. Recorded and mixed with Kraftwerk’s legendary precision, Minimum-Maximum features all of the band’s classics in stunning live clarity.

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The Godfathers of Glitch and the Kings of Kling-Klang come out of seclusion with a double live CD culled from various concerts on their 2004 tour. Minimum-Maximum is essentially a greatest-hits album with an audience applauding and occasionally shouting. Without them, of course, you'd never know the album was live, since Kraftwerk is the band that put the programming in pop music. Not much has changed with them since the 1980s. They're still wired to the same sonic circuitry as on Electric Café in 1986, sculpting glistening electro-soundscapes that pulse but never quite groove. And they still sing in that flat, German-accented English and French with Speak and Spell electro-voices. But rather than sound dated, this has a timeless charm, especially since Kraftwerk are among the few Kraut rock groups with a sense of humor. With only two studio albums in the last 20 years, you have to give them credit for not caving in to current electronica and techno trends--Kraftwerk remain resolutely electronic. Even their samples sound synthesized. But also give them credit for some of the most relentlessly glistening electronic music ever crafted, and a sound that remains surprisingly pure. All the hits are here, from "Autobahn" to "Tour de France," but nicely buffed to a high chrome finish. --John Diliberto

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2005
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I will admit upfront that, having caught the tour last year and seen all this done live, this would have to have been a very poor recording for me to have not liked it.
For anyone who doesn't crave this as a souvenir of a great night out in Brixton, it will serve well as a Greatest Hits remix album as it contains tracks from all their main albums which are close enough to be familiar, but different enough to be worth having. There is enough crowd noise to give it atmosphere, but not enough to intrude. In fact the crowd reaction on Dentaku adds to the song, hearing the Tokyo audience singing along to Kraftwerk's Japanese lyrics.
The highlights are the mighty Radioactivity, the insistant clanging of Metal On Metal and... well... most of the other 20 tracks to be honest. I particularly liked the subtle intonation of the vocals on Pocket Calculator and Autobahn which actually made Ralf seem more human than I have ever heard him.
Like everyone else, I see this as only a stopgap while waiting for the promised DVD or SACD, but it really does repay careful listening: each time I find new depth in it and, surprisingly for music which is entirely electronic, great soul.
It would have been nice if they had played the full 22-minute version of Autobahn, although the one here is, at almost 9 minutes, a lot onger than the single version, and I'm slightly miffed that my personal favourite (Showroom Dummies) was not included, but they are mere quibbles and not worth knocking a star off for.
One word about copy protection, which another review mentioned. I saw no sign of it on my copy from Amazon, and had no trouble at all ripping it to my iRiver to listen to on the way to work. There is just something too perfect about listening to Trans Europe Express while on a train, even if it is only the 06:50 to London Bridge.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Robinson on 7 Jun. 2005
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Don't fancy the idea of Kraftwerk live? Its all in the detail. Not for those with a short attention span; its effectively 4 guys, two of whom are approaching 60 , virtually motionless behind identical podiums. Video projections provide the only immediate visual 'entertainment'. That is until the music starts and you realise Kraftwerk have a monstrously loud sound system with bass bins that demolish all in their path. 2 hours of brilliant music, occasionally fab visuals and rather camp costume changes. Oh and they all turn into robots as well. And for someone who is hardly a born frontman, Ralf Hutter is oddly engaging....and if you look closely he's dancing and clearly having a ball, in a Dalek type way.
OK so here all you get is the music (a mystique-demolishing DVD is in the pipeline). However, these versions aren't identical to the studio ones at all, there are lots of little tweaks, boinks and bongs. At times, such as on 'Numbers' Kraftwerk bend everything around to suitably mesmerising effect. Beats are given an extra kick throughout and they sound funkier than ever as they head for pensionable age. Not sure how much is 'played' and how much is pre-sequenced, and I suspect there are only 4 members on stage for the sake of symmetry, however there is enough going on to justify purchase even if you have all the other records. At times they almost better the originals.
The reaction of the audience(s), loving every minute and cheering mid-song as the beats kick in, (even singing along..in Japanese to 'Dentaku' to Hutters obvious delight) adds an unusually human element to this notoriously clinical music (although machines have soul as we all know).
Each track comes from a different gig. Apparently they taped the whole 2004 tour.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Herkes on 8 July 2005
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I was a keen fan of Kraftwerk in the good old days but I had moved on and they were a happy memory really.
My experience is that somehow much loved music of the past is not quite so thrilling when revisited after a spell away.
I bought this CD with a degree of angst that I would be disappointed when I reheard some old favourites as they did not resonate as before.
Boy did I enjoy them again. Being live gave them a certain added piquancy. It was as though the intervening years had not happened. I was young again, sang along, swayed with the rhythm. What more can I say?
I enjoyed the CD, play it frequently and relive an earlier life each time. Will that happen for you? I don't know but it does for me.
It has all the earlier out of body feel, the somehow disjointed but melodic rhythm, and hypnotic themes on unusual yet familiar subjects.
I am happy. Sorry if this is little help in whether you should buy or not, it is a personal taste thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2005
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A Kraftwerk live album always sounds a bit of a contradiction in terms but I saw the Royal Festival Hall gig last year and admit they are one of the best bands I've ever seen live. They manage the extremely difficult trick of taking themselves seriously whilst maintaining their dignity and grace but without ever losing their sense of humour.
This recording perfectly captures the beauty and power of their performance. A great addition to the Kraftwerk catalogue which just goes further to underline their number one position as a band of influence on so many different areas of modern music.
Kraftwerk 'Unplugged' anyone?
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