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Kraftwerk 1 (LTD Re-Issue)
Kraftwerk 1 (LTD Re-Issue)
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, New Age, Rock
Reissue of the debut originally released in 1971. Rare limited edition. Four tracks. Crown label.


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All Artists: Kraftwerk
Title: Kraftwerk 1 (LTD Re-Issue)
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 8/3/1999
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, New Age, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Europe, Continental Europe, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 029667414128, 4995879031612, 766485729026


Album Description
Reissue of the debut originally released in 1971. Rare limited edition. Four tracks. Crown label.

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This is truly one of my favorites from Kraftwerk
BENJAMIN MILER | Veneta, Oregon | 06/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many of you already know Kraftwerk as one of the major electronic pioneers, who had a big impact on synth-pop, electronic, dance, and techno. 1974's Autobahn helped launch these guys in to international superstardom. But they already had three albums released prior to Autobahn (not including 1970's Tone Float, when Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider were with a group called Organisation). After the breakup of Organisation, the duo simply decided to continue on as Kraftwerk and released their debut, Kraftwerk 1 near the end of 1970. If you're only familiar with their dancy synth albums, like Trans-Europe Express or Computer World, this album would be a big shocker. Guitars, flutes, real drums, and organs are used, but no synthesizers. The only electronic sounds here are produced off sound generators. This is the album that sticks closest to the Krautrock scene of the time (which consisted of Amon Düül II, Can, Ash Ra Tempel, early Tangerine Dream), exploring a post-psychedelic style of music relying on jams and experimental passages and electronice effects. Kinda like imagining how Pink Floyd might have sounded like if they learned a thing or two from Karlheinz Stockhausen. This isn't the dance-floor friendly stuff that they'll later be known, to say for sure! The album opens up with "Ruckzack", which will surprise anyone who grew up in the 1980s watching the PBS series Newton's Apple, as that very song from this very album was used as its theme song! The song starts off with that familiar flute theme, with the organ, then they go in to a lengthy and bizarre percussion experiment, before going back to the original theme. "Stratovarius" is perhaps the most psychedelic of the pieces, with lengthy psychedelic guitar excursions, before the electric violin kicks in and start going in to more experimental Krautrock territory. "Megaherz" reminds me a bit of Pink Floyd, especially the organ. Florian Schneider also provides us with some bass flute while the organ is being played. "Von Himmel Hoch" is perhaps the most disturbing one. Electronic sounds simulating the sounds of crashing aiplanes keep occuring for the first couple of minutes before they go off creating more strange electronic effects. This album might not be for the dance crowd like Kraftwerk's best-known albums, but for those who enjoy the experimental side of Krautrock, this is an album to get."
Matt Robot | North Carolina, US | 06/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm listening to this for the first time as I write this and there's a lot going on. Picture prog-rock mixed with new age, jazz, funk, psychodelic rock...all occuring at different times in what I view as a highly experimental project, considering it was done in 1970. Very fact the Kraftwerk 2 (1971). If all you've heard is their "robot" electronica, you may be in for a shock...but a refreshing shock. I, on the otherhand, knew what I was getting into: a more organic, earthy sounding Kraftwerk...when they had long hair. Thus, my attempt to prepare you."
Duh, me like this CD
Toe Jam is Fun | somewhere stupid | 06/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a shame that this is so unavailable! I bought this at a record store for $21.91, and for this record, that's cheap! This is a lost classic, and one of Kraftwerk's best. A song-by-song breakdown will be easier for me to do then actually writing a real review, so here goes:

RUCKZUCK: Dig that crazy flute man! I played this song in my music class and you should have seen their faces. I love this song. It starts off with a nice catchy flute and organ riff, then completely collapses at about 2 1/2 minutes, then picks up again with a new, much weirder riff, than at around six minutes changes back to the original riff, completely stops, comes back, then stops for a photo finish. Needs to be heard! 5/5

STRATOVARIUS: Cool. Starts off with some weird organ, then goes into some factory noises (sounds like they're making a Stratovarius, which was probably the whole point), then goes into an eight-minute Krautrock-y jam. Not as good as RUCKZUCK, but pretty @#$% good! 4/5

MEGAHERZ: Kinda boring. I don't listen to this much. It starts off (I'm repeating myself aren't I?) with engine noises, then just sort of goes into an organ and flute drone, with some electric percussion in the background (at least I think that's what it is, sounds like some kind of amplified shaker). 3/5

VOM HIMMEL HOCH: Crazy good! As one reviewer below stated, it starts off with a couple of minutes of airplanes (or bombs) crashing to the earth, then there's more electronic noises (some of it sounds like electronic quacking or farting, my friend and I cracked up), then some cool organ? and great drumming propelling the song to its climax which is (surprise) more crashing airplanes! Yay! 5/5

What's too bad is they got rid of their acoustic drummers because that goes great with this sound. But the band might not have evolved into the wonderful dance-electronic act it is today, or it might have (gasp) gotten worse! if they hadn't left.
Well, that's all the comments I have for today boys n girls, so I'm gonna shut up and leave you alone.

OOOPS! ONE FINAL COMMENT: Buy this or die.