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Off The Record

18 Mar. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 18 Mar. 2013
  • Release Date: 18 Mar. 2013
  • Label: Bureau B
  • Copyright: 2013 Bureau B
  • Total Length: 39:43
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00B4CNO5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,991 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Anthony on 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L J Thomson on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JoMo on 8 Jun. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David R. Mee on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dude163 on 20 April 2013
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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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2013
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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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