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Tour De France

Kraftwerk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000A4G4N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Tour De France (Etape 1)
3. Tour De France (Etape 2)
4. Tour De France (Etape 3)
5. Chrono
6. Vitamin
7. Aero Dynamik
8. Titanium
9. Elektro Kardiogramm
10. La Forme
11. Regeneration
12. Tour De France

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With Kraftwerk now rumoured to be far more fascinated by bicycles than keyboards, it's perhaps not surprising that Tour De France Soundtracks is the group's first album for 12 years. Continuing to explore the theme of movement, men and machines that spawned the marvellous Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express and 1983's landmark single "Tour De France", Soundtracks is basically an expanded version of the latter, right down to the cover art.

Having inspired house, trance and techno, it seems fair that Kraftwerk should borrow something in return. Commencing with three segueing versions of the title track, Soundtracks opens with a fine 15-minute dose of tranquil minimalist trance before seamlessly gliding through various sonic soundscapes with a metronome-like rhythm. Mellifluous keyboard lines evoke the sense of motion while melodies weave and swirl. "Elektro Kardiogramm" goes as far as containing heartbeat and breathing effects while "Vitamin", the album's peak, could be described as the Pyrenean stage with its deep grooves and dizzying synth hooks. The sound of groundbreakers building bridges, Tour De France Soundtracks may not prove as hugely influential as Kraftwerk's early music, but it is nevertheless a winning return. --Christopher Barrett

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KRAFTWERK Tour De France Soundtracks (2003 UK 12-track CD album featuring all-new recordings of Tour De France 03 alongside brand new compositions acting as a soundtrack to the legendary cycle race inspiring drama excitement and intensity. The picture sleeve comes in a stickered jewel case)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allez Kraftwerk 6 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's a great record. The three etapes of the title track are incredibly complex and only repetitive in the right sense - each second of that sequence is unique as the sounds morph throughout.
Vitamin is my particular favourite, but every individual track has its merits - the album just requires the proper level of engagement from the listener. It's one of my favourite records to listen to on headphones, because the tonal complexities of the sounds and the full richness of the sonic palette can be properly appreciated in this way.
It's no small achievement for Kraftwerk to still be making such vital music so far on from Autobahn, and the only parallel I can identify is David Bowie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously addictive work-out... 17 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Innovators from the far left out-field who've managed to keep up there with the best for 30 years, Kraftwerk are a unique and often bizarre proposition. And here's another example why... take a fairly odd idea - "musical to cycle to" - put it through 11 iterations, stand back and see what happens. First off is their 1983 "Tour de France (CD Single)" featuring three excellent interpretations of their ridiculously catchy original tune, including some quite wonderfully integrated sound bytes of heavy breathing a buzzing derailleur gears. Then 20 years later there's this, their "Tour de France Soundtracks" album with its superb first three tracks (Tour de France Etapes 1, 2 & 3) which while some way away from their predecessors pick up on several of their chord sequences to become perfectly complementary, equally irresistible extensions of them, followed by it's final track, titled - yes you've guessed it - "Tour de France", that's a further excellent reworking of the original concept. And then, if that's not enough, mix it all up even more with their "Tour de France 03 (CD Single)" featuring four more, subtly different, versions of the first three tracks from the "Soundtracks" album.
Too much I hear you say... well possibly not. As you may by now suspect these guys are dedicated "velo-men" who know a bit about how to keep your legs turning, and if you put the whole 11 tracks together and hit the "shuffle" button you'll see why because you've got just about the best possible accompaniment to a serious blast on the pedals. A mesmerically addictive, wholly harmonious sequence of brain etchingly good back-beats & chord sequences that'll keep you cycling, jogging, driving or just chilling out for almost an hour before hitting, as you will, the replay button. And if you're not convinced, buy any one of these superb records for starters and then see if you can resist getting the rest.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprised 18 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I heard that Kraftwerk was releasing their first album in 17 years I felt almost obligated to buy it. The band has meant so much to me through the years. I expected that I would like this album. I did not expect to love it. I can honestly say that this is the best new album I have heard in several years. I cannot stop listening to it. Does Kraftwerk re-invent electronic music with this album? Probably not. Did Kraftwerk mean to re-invent electronic music with this album? Definitely not. Kraftwerk is Kraftwerk. They do what they do and they do it to perfection.
Only Kraftwerk can hold my attention for 20 minutes with one song (track 1-5 are in reality one song in 5 parts/ like Autobahn with track breaks)… and leave me wanting more. Every song is genius. Vitamin, Aero Dynamik, Elektro Kardiogramm, etc… incredible. I can't get enough.
If you "get" Kraftwerk (the concept of who and what they are) then you will love this album.
-Kevin Schumm
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return of the true pioneers 18 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Forget the anodyne rubbish currently clogging up the charts (Coldplay, Bedingfield et al), and take some time out to listen to the return of some true innovators. TdF Soundtracks marks their first original release since 86, bar the Expo 2000 work. And, glad to say, it doesn't disappoint on any level. Takes a couple of spins to worm its way into your mind, but once in there, it refuses to come out. Hopefully this presages the return of the Germanic titans to the scene that they created.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABCD Vitamin 14 Aug 2003
By Peri Urban VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Kraftwerk continue their man/machine explorations with an album that really puts you in the heart of the peloton.
The Tour De France is as much about the blurring of the boundaries between mankind and its machines as it is about endurance or sporting achievement. One set of legs, one set of wheels, no power source except the body and mind of the rider. Formula 1? Pah!
So, it's entirely appropriate that the band who produced Man Machine more than a quarter of a century ago should be so obsessed by this grand sporting event. If the understated hype is to be believed the band sacked two of their long standing members because they didn't want to cycle! Is that why it took so long to produce this album? Was it a really a matter of "sporting differences"?
The music is every bit as vital as their one time swan song Electric Cafe was bland and predictable. The band have remained true to the innovative spirit of adventure that they employed to such startling effect on The Mix. The textures are much lighter though, and there must be a sneaking suspicion that this is as close as we've ever got to Kraftwerk's chill out album.
But go back even further into the mists of time and you'll rediscover a band that knew all about chilling long before it became a social neccessity. The albums before the ground breaking Autobhan were filled with the kinds of sonic tricks that populate TDF Soundtracks. In a way, this is a band that has come home to itself.
It would be unfair to expect any band to produce a truly ground breaking album these days. Those of us who have been around long enough are beginning to realise that everything is circular, and nothing is really new. Kraftwerk recognise this, and they have finally realised that you don't have to be innovative or provocative to be excellent.
Expect to hear samples popping up all over the place
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It really does grow on you. A lot more subtle than most of their other stuff but just as witty and observant and melodic - true to form for such a talented bunch of original... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'd expected
I bought this as a present for my brother, but listened to it before I sent it to him to make sure it was okay. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Molly McCallister
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour deForce
It is sad and flattering that by the time this CD came out that the rest of the Western World had caught up a little with Kraftwerk and that their signiture sounds, samples and... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by M. T. Beecroft-stretton
5.0 out of 5 stars La Forme
Greater and better informed writers than I have written great reviews of this album. All I can really say is that I listened to nothing else for three weeks after I bought it... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by Richard Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk: Tour de France is a Tour de Force
For some odd reason, I have never got around to getting a copy of this Kraftwerk album before now. I've seen the band in concert and I've had all the band's other works for a long... Read more
Published on 16 July 2010 by G. Gensbygel
5.0 out of 5 stars man and metal in perfect harmony
For many years, Kraftwerk were a musical museum piece - poised forever at the junction of futurism as the world overtook them. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2009 by Mr. M. A. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars alan.808
one of the best albums I have ever bought. its constantly being played in my car after 6 weeks
Published on 1 July 2009 by Alan Sherratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
I was recomended this CD for turbo training music, I have found that is just what I wanted and can only recomend it if you do turbo training.
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophistication is the key...
Still sounding as modern as ever, the original single of Tour de France makes its way on Kraftwerks 2003 album 'Soundtracks', a follow up to the original single. Read more
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