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Kraftwerk

Artist: Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk CD
Label: Germanofon
Regular Price: $16.95
On Sale For: $8.48 
Year: 2006
Format: CD

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Available again and we're told "with superior mastering!" Germanophon was the bootleg label that put Luxembourg on the map in the 90s, but in this new generation, it might be more of a public domain label name -- ie. who knows or cares, it's the only way to hear this music. "After disbanding Organisation (Tone Float, RCA UK-only release/1970) the duo Ralf Hütter und Florian Schneider adopted the name Kraftwerk (Power Plant). The album was recorded between July and August of 1970 in their new Düsseldorf studio. It was co-produced and engineered by Conrad Plank. When released in late 1970 the LP sleeve was designed by Ralf and showcased their adopted trademark -- the traffic cone. From the very opening notes of the LP, it is evident that the duo had put much of the meandering uncertainties of Tone Float behind them, arriving at a more disciplined form of music. Side one opens with 'Ruckzuck', a piece which was to become a live favorite of the duo. The 12 minute 'Stratovarius' follows and gives the impression of a more ordered structure than on the Tone Float LP. The tempo speeds up and slows down to various climaxes, ending with a plaintive violin and flute played over a minimal percussive beat. Side two opens with 'Megahertz' which begins with a low oscillating note slowly developing into waves of industrial sound. This finally gives way to a quiet passage which has an almost classical minimal tune, showing an early understanding of the sort of basic melody lines they were later to use to such effect. On the last track noise swoops from speaker to speaker, tension building as stabs of industrial sound are joined by a tribal drum beat. The intensity and direction of the duo was now clear as the track steps out of the shadows of their contemporaries as a portrayal of industrial sound."
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