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Computer World Import

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The surprise album from the German electronic pioneer scientists surfaced in 1981, three years after their final monumental "Trans Europe Express" album. In the US, they shifted gears by electing to record for Warner Bros after many years with EMI (where they remained outside the US). "Computer World" was a revelation in that the band's sound was so totally refined and perfected, sounding almost other worldly for the times....and that notion still holds true on listening to it today, as the tracks seem to have a cryogenic quality to them, sound fresh and modern. The flow and sequence of the songs is like an elaborate electronic symphony that is playful, intense, tongue in cheek and ultimately exhilarating.

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This is the album pundits like to point to when they accuse Kraftwerk of being digital-age visionaries; an all-too-easy assessment to make in the face of tracks such as "Home Computer" and "Computer Love" (not an ode to one-hand typing!). But to saddle the band with the reputation of sages is to completely miss the low-key wit and all-too-human playfulness of this album. "Pocket Calculator" and "Numbers" (the lyrics: numbers one to eight--period) could be read as tongue-in-cheek ripostes to too much bad "educational" programming, but that would smack of creeping punditry. Computer World is Kraftwerk's most lovable bundle of contradictions: at once its most technologically obsessed album and its most human. --Jerry McCulley

1. Computer World
2. Pocket Calculator
3. Numbers
4. Computer World, Pt. 2
5. Computer Love
6. Home Computer
7. It's More Fun to Compute

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002GYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By SystemStructure on December 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
CLASSIC album. Kraftwerk is so important to EVERY electronic act that followed that I can't really put it into words. They made the foundation for all of it - ALL electronic music owes much to this group. As such, Kraftwerk, that modest, polite group from (of all places) Dusseldorf has become one of the most important bands of all time. Let me just underscore the point once more - EVERYONE - from Aphex Twin to Boards of Canada to Crystal Method... everyone owes something to the Kraftwerk.

Today, listenting to this epic band (with their quirky and naive German sense of humor) is like having a "back to basics" course in musical history. Going back to Kraftwerk is going to square one - hearing the clean, original ideas in electronic music clearly at the fore. It is very cool to hear this album after all these years.

If there is anything else that needs to be said I think it would be that Kraftwerk represents a little known element of the German character. They are playful, witty, simple, humble and very idealistic. Like wide eyed engineers creating a dream project, they forge the future with joy.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Kraftwerk album I ever heard. I was over at a new acquaintance's aparment and looking over his LP collection, seeing rows and rows of albums by groups I'd never heard of: Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Japan, Africa Bambaata, Gary Numan, Cabaret Voltaire, etc. What was all of this stuff?
I came across this bright green cover with a simple monochrome image of an old computer terminal displaying four digitzed heads. It looked like some unknown undergroud band's first album (the one where they do their own graphic design). My friend puts it on his nice hi-fi and the rest, they say, is history. I ended up listening to it twice, then went out the next day and found mint used copies of both the US and German pressings. I am now a certified Kraftwerk junkie.
If you have not heard them before, I would suggest that you start with this album, as I consider it their best. Other top faves are "Trans-Europe Express" and "Man Machine" (and! the German versions if you can find/afford them). For those who want a "newer" sound (ie. all digital), go with "The Mix", but I believe that the individual albums are much stronger than the reworked hits package.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Fred McGhee on July 21, 2004
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What a record. How absolutely visionary, how ridiculously influential, how timeless, how international, how beautiful, how artistic, how technological, and how German all at the same time.

"Computer Love" is my favorite track on the record. I never tire of that song; I mean who can't sympathize with this song's protagonist? The mere fact that I am typing this review of that song and this album should give you an indication of how ahead of its time this project was.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John on July 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Kraftwerk album I ever heard, and though I was already into electronic music (then at age 14) such as Tangerine Dream and Depeche Mode, I remember this album as being an absolute revelation! All the other electronic bands at the time were using commercially available synthesizers to make their music; Kraftwerk had built their own...and their sound was as distinctive as it was exciting. Listening to it now as an adult (especially in this day and age) not only is it still wonderful, undated, and adventurous, but it's literally eerie how prescient this album turned out to be. "Computer Love", "Home Computer" ... the whole album predicted our current computer-drenched society, what with email, cell phones, DNA tracking, cybersex, the Internet... One is almost teasingly left to wonder...when did Kraftwerk know, and who exactly told them? A musical masterpiece; if you've never heard Kraftwerk, start here, then get "The Man Machine" and of course "Trans Europe Express". Over the years I have collected all of their releases but this one stands as their "perfect" release - subtile humor and dry wit mixed with their heavenly clean and stark sound. Certainly the most sampled outfit in music history (even over Zep); their sound alone is entirely responsible for the Detroit techno movement of the late '80's, for which they're often given no credit. As a former DJ, forget the rip-offs; this is the real thing. And 20 years later, it's as good as it ever was. Highly, highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Ulibas VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Computer World is another classic electronic album from Kraftwerk. All the tracks are excellent. There's no dogs on this one folks. The album is short but you'll be replaying it over and over. Back in the day Kraftwerk made some cool and ground breaking music, before they sold out and remixed their best songs.

One of their best discs, highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carlberg on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'd been a fan of the original Krautrockers Kraftwerk, circa "Kraftwerk," "Kraftwerk 2" and "Ralf und Florian." They were definitely part of a growing movement of like-minded musicians, and I loved the direction they were taking music.
Then "Autobahn" came out, and later "Computer World." What the hell? This wasn't Krautrock. It was something... different. Something vaguely commercial, but still with Kraftwerkian accents. At the time I dismissed these albums as attempts to sell out, at the cost of all the innovation they had built up, and of course doomed to failure.
Shows what I knew. They have since become classics, the first salvos in a new style of music which has taken over the world.
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