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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 (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute Records
  • ASIN: B002LCOQV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Tour De France Étape 1
3. Tour De France Étape 2
4. Tour De France Étape 3
5. Chrono
6. Vitamin
7. Aéro Dynamik
8. Titanium
9. Elektro Kardiogramm
10. La Forme
11. Régéneration
12. Tour De France

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Re-Issued For 2009! Kraftwerk's 2003 comeback album is re-released and re-mastered for 2009. Many years had passed since any new music had been heard from Kraftwerk, but Ralf and Florian finally returned in 2003 with this album, packed with tunes that still contained their original flair for melody, and had also clearly been influenced by the techno / electronic music scene of the past 2 decades that they had inspired in the first place! Includes an updated version of the 1983 classic Tour De France single. Just one of a series of re-mastered Kraftwerk albums that we have in stock - be sure to check out the rest of the range

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2009
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'Tour de France: Soundtracks' was the 2003 follow up album to the hit single 'Tour de France', originally released in 1983. I've acquired a great bond with both releases - mainly because they both offer different interpretations to the visual aspect of the world famous race. Whereas the original single encapsulated the spirit and energy of rushing around on bicycles through fantastic synthesis and a more commercial feel, the 'Soundtracks' album is a progressive journey through different moods and energy levels, similar to the way in which a modern DJ may build his 'set'.

If you've listened to the original single, then you may notice that this album lists as having 'Tour de France' as the final track. Just to clear up any confusion, it is indeed that very track, but it was re-worked for the 2003 release. It follows a very similar time frame, structure, and of course keeps its melodies and synthesis, but it just sounds that bit more more modern and cleaner. The great news is that its just as good as the original, so you'll always have the option of which to listen to!

Although Kraftwerk have released plenty of albums, I've always felt that few of them took the listener on to a solid journey, leaving gaps as to fillers and genuinely fantastic tracks. 'Tour de France: Soundtracks' seems to clear this up because it has a genuinely honest and strong foundation. The race is one of courage, spirit, struggle and in-definitely requires the mind-set that your body is a machine to send it into a state of stable operation. The album reflects this completely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moody on 11 Aug. 2003
Format: Vinyl
The latest album to celebrate the centenary of the tour de france sees the group return to form after criticism for their more recent work. The old style of kraftwerk roboticism and purity of sounds is here, together with a concept behind the whole package. Quality graphics as expected complete the package. A purchase that will not disappoint and as with previous albums becomes even better with each listening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Pez on 19 Dec. 2012
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The last studio album Kraftwerk turned out, slight change of personnel though Hutter and Schneider still at the helm. In many ways this reminds me of Autobahn, only more so, as this is the whole album on the same theme, not just one side, but then of course, when this came out it was CD's and not vinyl. Seems a bit OTT to remaster a CD that only came out after the turn of the century, and seeing as I did not have the original, it is hard to comment on the remaster. The sound quality is good, very clear and the music is some of the best Kraftwerk have ever come up with, "Elektro Kardiogram" being probably the finest track on the album. You definitely get a semse of the race the music is describing as the music pushes along the pace, speeding and slowing accordingly. I am glad to have this in my collection now and to have my Kraftwerk collection complete, every home should have one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eli on 4 Nov. 2003
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There is [and undoubtedly will continue to be] a fair degree of criticism of this album.
It has been deemed to be too 'repetitive', 'dull' and 'boring'.
Such broad, sweeping charges should cause us to cast a more discerning and critical
eye on both this and other Kraftwerk projects. Take for example, 'Trans Europa Express'
[the German version]. On that album there are 3 sequential variations of the title track;
and the last track offers a brief variation or 'reprise' of the first. Again, two tracks on one
of the most influential concept albums of all time are variants on a singular general theme -
'Computer World' and 'Computerworld 2'. Are you aware that the word 'Computer'
appears in 4 of the 7 track titles; and another includes the word 'Compute'. But this fact
does nothing to demote the undisputed important landmark classic status of the whole.
If you look and listen hard enough then you will also discover that these conceptual
developmental themes are not uncommon in the classical music world either. So it
should come as no great surprise to find two classically trained musicians namely -
Ralph Hutter and Florian Schneider - composing alternate and similar formations of
musical scores. Therefore, TDF soundtracks contains character traits in common with
the aforementioned titles, because although thematically and musically some of the tracks
appear the same, there are in them some notable differences in both sound and musical
arrangements.
To cast off TDF Soundtracks as dull, repetitive and boring after one or two hearings is a
very valid but equally unfair critical misunderstanding of what I consider to be great originality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Andrew Buckingham on 7 Feb. 2015
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It's been years since I last heard Kraftwerk and only by stumbling across a program a few weeks back that showed the Tate modern 3d concert, did I realise what I had been missing. Perfect winter turbo trainer music. Wish it made my cycling as good as the album theme.
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