R. Schaad | Harrison, NY | 05/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The live sound is phenomenal...this is official Kling Klang produkt, and if you are a serious Kraftwerk fan, buy this as well as another copy of the 2cd and/or 2 dvd version. The reason being that once you get your hands on this, I can't imagine anyone loaning this out. It's that beautifully packaged! An objet d'art and one for the ages to be certain.
Splurge android, splurge while it's still available, as it is limited...you do want to be a happy little robot, don't you?"
Masters of Their Musical Domain
Husejin Dervic | Austin | 07/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I heard Kraftwerk was back in 1975; my brother bought the Autobahn album after we heard it over the speakers in a record store. We went home and played it front to back. We were floored by the textured landscape Ralf, Florian, and the boys painted with their electronica. My brother went back to his FM album rock, but that experience never left me. I think it was probably the pivitol moment that defined the musical path I would take.
Thirty-plus years later I still marvel at these guys who broke from a natural progression of Central European cultural influence. The aftermath of WW 2 allowed them to develop a new musical heritage since many of their predecessors, one way or another, were victims of the madness that was destroying Europe at the time.
As a result, Krafwerk emerged from the ashes, so to speak, with their progressive forward looking sound that sometimes embraced or forewarned of our closer ties to technology. Moreover, they laid the foundation for the electronic-techno sound along with Neu!, Brian Eno, and to an extent David Bowie. The whole house dance scene can thank Kraftwerk for the infectious beat that drives raves and clubs all night long.
Mininum-Maximum is partly a retrospecitve of Kraftwerk's catalog of music and a progression forward with cuts from the reworked Tour de France Soundtrack. Always the tinkerers, the revamped versions on the disks are as fresh and relevent as any recent comparable effort. I only have the CDs, but after I finish this review I plan on ordering the smartly packaged box set, which includes the DVDs and booklet as well.
Kraftwerk are legendary in the musical field they created. The electronic sounds, many of which have been sampled, are etched in stone. Their music is part of a new European musical heritage. Their contribution to music will be a source of inspiration for many young progressive artists now and in the future; apropos considering Kraftwerks' vision."