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Off The Record

Karl Bartos Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bureau B
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The new album from Karl Bartos draws on sonic sketches he made during his time in Kraftwerk. 12 new tracks of iron crystal music, vocoder newspeak, robot sounds, digital glitch, techno pop, catchy melodies, electronic avant-garde and, of course, those rhythms!

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CD Know From His Kraftwerk Days

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk fans will like - others wont! 8 Jun 2013
By JoMo
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Some great tracks such as Atonium and others are rehashed Kraftwek songs that never saw the light of day. Karl Bartos was a fundamental part of Kraftwork and it shows here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human Robot God Genius 22 Mar 2013
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If you like vintage Kraftwerk you should really like this record. That's not to say it sounds exactly the same as any one of their albums; it most certainly doesn't but elements of the classic Kraftwerk sound abound and are cleverly interwoven into a batch of short (for that bands standards anyway) snappy and very poppy tunes. Listening to this album recalls the joy of hearing Trans Europe Express or The Man Machine for the first time. It is antiquated though and not remotely futuristic but technology has caught up and over-taken where the electronic pioneers stepped off. This album is quite nostalgic, or romantic even and exhibits a certain yearning for the simpler days when the future hadn't quite been invented but we could still dream about it.

On several occasions listening to this I thought about Blade Runner and more specifically, the Vangelis soundtrack album to the film. Thoughts of Fritz Lang inspired architecture and a distinctly retro image of the future come to mind. It's not dissimilar to watching 2001: A Space Odyssey and reflecting on the future as the past predicted it. So what do we have here? An album without a singular theme that contains audio sketches of ideas created when that colossus of electronic music was riding at its peak. It's uncertain how much post-production editing and remixing or restructuring of the original recorded elements has taken place retrospectively so it's difficult to say how much this is inspired by the former band or indeed might have influenced them when it first originated. Does it really matter? Karl was one of that band during its most creative period and since his departure it has made one album: Tour De France Soundtracks. That was hardly ground-breaking or representative of a prolific output.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb solo album fro ex-Kraftwerk member 26 Aug 2013
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Bought this solo album from Karl Bartos since I've been a devotional follower of all of Kraftwerk's output ....
Thought it would be an ideal listen as Karl had been a original member of this great inspirational synth-pop pioneering quartet
in their most productive heyday era with albums like Trans Europe Express (1977) and Computer World (1981)....
The last album that he actually collaborated on was 1986's Electric Café and the band now with only one remaining founder
member, Ralph Hutter have only released one studio album since then in 2003, the mediocre Tour De France Soundtracks.
You may recall that Karl Bartos also collaborated with the talents of Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr and their 1996 Electronic
album Raise the Pressure .... On this solo album their are some great experimental tracks including the lead single, Atomium ... I am quite fond of other tracks such has Rythmus, The Binary Code, Vox Humania and Hausmusik ... A lot of the
tracks sound very much like they belong on a Kraftwerk record anyway with the unmistakeable characteristic typical Germanic minimalistic vocal and unique synthesiser sound that this former band made popular.... Indeed, this became the template for many of the other New Romantic and Futuristic synthesiser derivative bands like Human League, Depeche Mode, OMD and Ultravox that were to follow and become popular in the early 1980's .... Great album, definitely worth checking out !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Kraftwerk but with emotion! 16 May 2013
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I love Kraftwerk, however consider some of their music too mechanical, too precise. This is electronic music of the highest order, but is not afraid to reflect the authors feelings and emotions, and it is all the better for it!

A great retrospective of Karl Bartos work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of Kraftwerk 13 May 2013
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If you're bored waiting for another decade for Ralf Hutter to bother making another album, here's a treat. Karl is obviously a (silicon) chip off the old block, and it's clear where many of the classic Kraftwerk melodies come from. He does get a bit bogged down in places, and you might argue that there are too many ideas on here, but still, it's fine. Try digging out an album he did quite a few years ago under the name Electrik Musik - it's probably even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic time capsule sound 20 April 2013
By dude163
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This is a CD that sounds very dated and very Kraftwerkian, and thats a good thing!

Without a trace of emotion is a fabtastic tune, and a great video also, highly recommended
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10 years after his previous collection - "Communication" - Karl Bartos releases his fourth solo album. The elephant in the room being his former band, and a shadow he cannot escape from, is that of Kraftwerk ; the straitjacket without whom he probably would not have risen to any prominence - and a word you will see a lot of in the next few paragraphs.

Indeed, this collection is largely made of reworked and completed sketches, experiments and demos he wrote during his tenure in the band from 1975-1990 - however, to call this 'Kraftwerk' rejects is both cruel, and not accurate. Hutter and Schneider were notorious for a glacial work rate, and a tightly held paranoid control over their work, resulting in six records with Bartos (including his uncredited appearance on "The Mix"), and just two - one a concert set - since his departure twenty two years ago. But ten years in the making, "Off The Record" sounds like his former band in an alternate universe, made of punchier, shorter, pop songs. Which proves how much contribution he made to the band, even if nobody really considered it at the time.

Despite being poorly sequenced - the lead single is also the worst song on the record by a mile - as "Atomium" is a vocoded hymn to the huge Brussels structure of the same name, the songs themselves here are solid, and dripping in riffs that could easily have fitted on any Kraftwerk record. With an average length of around four minutes, these suites, largely created on classic old synths and textured with dense arrangements that drip in melody and ideas.

Occasionally, Bartos mis-steps : the short 102 second "Binary Code" is a rollling arpeggio that seems taken from the Automatic Phillip Glass Riff Generator..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silky smooth soundscape
Bought this after reading a review, don't normally listen much to Electronica but have always liked Kraftwerk. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoJo2
4.0 out of 5 stars Music workers return to an empty factory!
Kraftwerk return! Superb album of electronic music. What Kraftwerk would do with up to date gear, all the melodies are still there!
Published 3 months ago by Rob Menzies
5.0 out of 5 stars New and Fresh Electronic Surprise !
I was browsing in a discotheque when I found this new Karl Bartos album.
In fact I didn't knew he had a solo career. I'm fan of Kraftwerk since I was a kid. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rui
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than his last LP
I really enjoyed this, as for me there are no bad tracks. This will take you through Krafterwerkian nostalgia. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Drift
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
This is the first album that Karl Bartos has had out for quite a few years. There are many Kraftwerk influences and I'm going to listen to it again right now!
Published 10 months ago by J. McCully
4.0 out of 5 stars a great collection of melodies
great cd full of melodic tunes and that old kraftwerk beat. you can pick out the individual sounds ( drum beats etc ) that were "invented" by kraftwerk. Read more
Published 11 months ago by chris wray
1.0 out of 5 stars Bye bye Bartos.....
I loved "Communication", I've seen Bartos live and I was looking forward to, if not more of the same, then an evolution. What I got was a de-volution. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lawrence Poulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody Maestro Genius
Fantastic new album from an uber talented, under credited "robot". Full of melodies and bass riffs you just can't get out your head!If you like Kraftwerk this won't disappoint. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mond47
5.0 out of 5 stars Karl's best
I love Hausmusik. Reminds me of the second half of Kraftwerk's Ohm Sweet Ohm. Schlagermusik! Techink! Robotnik! Also like The Binary Code.
Published 11 months ago by Derek Kane
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