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Ralf & Florian Import

3.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (28 Dec. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00009KTU7
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've loved this early Kraftwerk album for over 30 years and was thrilled when it came out on CD. Would it sound dated I worried?
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.
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By Euromancer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2015
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The first three Kraftwerk albums (namely the eponymous one, 'Kraftwerk 2' and 'Ralf & Florian') have famously never been issued on CD - or so everyone says, or so Pascal Bussy said in the first Kraftwerk biography published back in '93. The fact is that they've scarcely been out of print since the early 90s, albeit in supposedly bootleg forms. I bought my copies in HMV Oxford Street (Tottenham Court Road end, not the original store nearer Marble Arch), which was the largest record shop in Europe, in the early 90s. These days, people seem to be fond of saying that they are sourced from vinyl - and maybe the current editions are - but my editions show no definite proof of this. I also have vinyl editions on the Phillips label of the first two records (in the UK incarnation of a double LP in a black gatefold sleeve), pressed in green and red wax. These sound fine too.

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.
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all Kraftwerk CD's but 3 were remastered ... Kraftwerk 1 + 2 + "Ralf und Florian" were never released "officially" ... so if You want to complete YOUR collection, don't wait for a miracle to happen, this is it ...
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I first purchased this album in 1974 and have played it on and off ever since. I found a CD version at a record fair in Belgium a couple of years ago, bought it (along with Kraftwerk II) played it and binned it immediately. It turned out to be a poorly copied CDR that skipped on just about every track. This version, however, is the real thing. The sleeve could've done with a higher resolution print but the disc is absolutely amazing with an unbelievably crisp sound. Anyone wishing to replace their much loved vinyl version couldn't do any better than Crown Records edition. Superb in every way.Ralf & Florian
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Kraftwerk have rewritten history and would prefer that their first three albums - before the whole complete-synthesis, 'man-machine' thing came together properly - weren't available.
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.
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Just a note / warning about this (obviously bootleg) edition which came from music-discount:

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.
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The first 3 Kraftwerk albums, plus the Organisation album, have NEVER been officially released on CD, so this like all others is a pirate copy sourced most likely from a vinyl copy of the album.

It is rumoured that the 3 Kraftwerk albums may eventually be released, hopefully they will be.

Buy this at your peril though......
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