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Autobahn (2009 Remastered Version)
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Considered as their last step before going completely electronic on Trans Europe Express, Autobahn still maintains the idea of what a Kraftwerk album should sound like, but it is more organic, (as there seems to be guitar, flute, and other organic noises in the recordings). The beautiful track opener is a 22 minute ride that one must take completely. If your commute to school or work is that length or longer, I highly reccomend just putting Authobahn in and letting the cd take you were it needs to.
The rest of the album is complete genius as well. They begin songs with these organic underwater sounding interludes, almost having a creepy vibe to them,,,but then they would blast into an uplifting electronic melody and rhythms.
The last track is best described as if you walked into some mystical garden in the Shire and mostly everything organic around you grew an electronic voice. Birds, water, everything transforms and Kraftwerk is in the background accompanying/creating these electronic vibes. To me this song is just soothing and great to relax to.
To close, if you have an open mind and are interested to listen to a transitional ( and the foundation for electronic music to come) Kraftwerk record, then purchase this album. It is beautiful, and while the melodies can be understood by pretty much anyone on this earth (Kraftwerk's universal appeal makes them on in a million I believe), their structures and genius can astonish even the profound music lover.Read more ›
For those of you who are not musicians, you may not know what MIDI is. MIDI allows synthesizers to be played into a MIDI recorder (a.k.a. a sequencer). The sequencer then plays back all the parts electronically. Think of a sequencer as the paper used in an old player piano. When you click play on the sequencer it plays back all the sequenced parts in perfect tempo. All the great electronica, from pioneers New Order to all of todays electronic and techno artists use MIDI. In the early days of MIDI, New Order used midi mainly to play back repetitive notes such as basslines and drums.
MIDI did not exist until the early 80's, a decade after Kraftwerk started recording music. Kraftwerk had to play every single instrument live and in 1 take. That makes listening to their music that more impressive when you hear a 22 minute "live" masterpiece such as "Autobahn."
Anyone can mimic this music with today's modern technology, but these guys were doing it 30+ years ago with nothing more than some analogue synthesizers and a multitrack tape recorder. Impressive
The compositions on this album include the massive 22'42" Autobahn, along with the 12+ minute Kometenmelodie, and two shorter pieces in the 3-4 minute range. The title track really is pretty good although there is very little of an "outer space" feel to the piece - a property that got me into electronic music in the first place.
There are however a few moments on the album where the spaciness of Berlin School electronica turns up (as on Kometenmelodie 1). The effect of this moment is diminished pretty rapidly however, with the bouncy rhythms and bright, cheery melodies of Kometenmelodie 2. Hands down, my favorite track on the album is the short and gloomy Mitternacht. I especially appreciate the experimental approach of this track and it is certainly the most interesting too.
Given my complaining about the mechanical textures, the album closes on a surprisingly pastoral note with the track Morgenspaziergang. This track does feature bubbling synth textures but disproportionately more in the way of acoustic textures including piano and woodwinds.
All in all, this is a pretty good album of electronic music and is worth adding to the electronic collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have had this in vinyl for decades. It was a singular experimental sounding album when it came out and one many collectors surely own, but the music is definitely dated. Read morePublished 29 days ago by MP
I started listening to Rolph and Florian (Kraftwerk )in 1974 because it was the most positive uplifting music a 16 yr old had ever heard. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill C.
It's an amazing album. It's amazing to think how the did all these amazing effects with equipment at the time. I really love the son Autobahn, it great to drive to. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matthew Cassidy
This album isn't the first one that Kraftwerk made, but it is agreed by many fans to be the first one released that really established the band, and gained them... Read more
Interesting but very dated. Overrated. Would not recommend. I own and buy a lot of music and this was a quick throw away.Published 8 months ago by M. Mann
When I first heard this in 1974 it changed how I thought about synthesizers. The song "Autobahn" set the template for the future.Published 9 months ago by Richard L. Filaccio