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Ralf & Florian Import
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Not at all. it still sounds wonderfully fresh and bursting full of exciting new ideas. For this is a strange Kraftwerk collection, the album recorded (in 1973) just before they found international fame with Autobahn, which itself was the start of new music genre which led to electronica and hiphop.
And it all began, judging from the CD art, with two modest looking men in a cellar playing about with funny bits of electronic gadgetary.
Every track here is beautiful and engaging, and an intriguing mixture between real instruments (such as the flute) and synthesizers (providing rythmn. melody and sound affects). It all culminates in the wonderful Ananas Symphonie, a dreamy voyage onto what I always thought to be a computerised desert island.
Strangely, Kraftwerk themselves have been reluctant to recognise this, and their first 2 albums, as proper Kraftwerk, calling the albums 'archeology'. But I'd say even if you're mildly interested you should buy this - you'll be in for a treat.
I don't approve of bootlegs and had I known that Kraftwerk have never sanctioned official CD releases (though they are reportedly talking about definitive reissues - but with some new artwork) and wouldn't have bought these editions had I known at the time they were of dubious legality. However, by refusing to barely acknowledge their early work, Kraftwerk have only encouraged illegal editions - and as they are artists of truly iconic status, it is only natural that people want to hear these formative works.
For me, the most important thing about 'Ralf & Florian' is not just how it relates sonically to other important German artists like Cluster - the album has a similar warm, pastoral, gently romantic feel common to the recordings of Cluster.Read more ›
Which is a shame, as this is a lovely, pastoral album. Poised somewhere between motorik chug and pretty noodling, with a gorgeous sparkling sound. I highly recommend it. It's worth it for 'Tanzmusik' alone.
I picked this up on CD in the late 90s, and it's not sourced from vinyl: it sounds like it comes from a master. But there seems to be some concern that other editions are, so buyer beware.
Crown Records Ltd, CR 0425-2, (c) 1995
The sound quality is actually very good but the tracks are in completely the wrong order.
The correct (original) order is printed on the insert, but when you play the CD it goes like this:
1. Ananas Symphonie (13:55)
2. Elektrisches Roulette (4:19)
3. Heimatklange (3:45)
4. Kristallo (6:18)
5. Tanzmusik (6.34)
6. Tongebirge (2.50)
Worth knowing if you're bothered by that sort of thing.
It is rumoured that the 3 Kraftwerk albums may eventually be released, hopefully they will be.
Buy this at your peril though......
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wish I'd read more reviews before buying this album - it's rubbish! I'd expected better as I knew some of the tracks but these appear to be different versions!Published on 12 April 2014 by Julia
If you'd heard this, their third album, in 1973 (and assuming you knew about the German music scene at the time), you'd have put money on Kraftwerk being the first of the... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2013 by Patrick Neylan
I bought this album way back in the 1970's when it was first realest. It has always been a favorite of mine with its laid back sounds. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2010 by Ray
These discs are illegal bootlegs, couterfeited from vinyl, and I'm surprised to see Amazon selling them!Published on 12 April 2010 by feline1