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Electric Cafe Import


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During the mid-’70s, Germany’s Kraftwerk established the sonic blueprint followed by an extraordinary number of artists in the decades to come. From the British new romantic movement to hip-hop to techno, the group’s self-described “robot pop” — hypnotically minimal, obliquely rhythmic music performed solely via electronic means — resonates in ... Read more in Amazon's Kraftwerk Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boing Boom Tschak
2. Techno Pop
3. Musique Non Stop
4. The Telephone Call
5. Sex Object
6. Electric Cafe

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The byproduct of a much anticipated, long-delayed, and ultimately scrapped album to have been called Technopop (and to have contained Kraftwerk's great dance single "Tour de France"), 1986's Electric Cafe suffers only slightly from lacking the thematic focus of previous Kraftwerk albums. Ironically, the '80s techno-pop wave had passed by band founders Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter at this point, but their sly wit ("Boing Boom Tschak," "Telephone," "Sex Object") and melodic inventiveness still stand the test of time. Its segues virtually seamless, Electric Cafe plays like one mega-dance-mix, but with the tasteful restraint that has long been a Kraftwerk hallmark. This is club music for thinking men and women. --Jerry McCulley

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It's still a nice song.
The Spastic Fantastic Mighty House Cat
Because Kraftwerk understood a lot about musical composition and the nature of sound,it was only meant to be.
Andre S. Grindle
This would be a good album to buy for those new to Kraftwerk who want to ease into their music.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on May 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When Kraftwerk's "Electric Cafe" was first released in late 1986, I immediately picked it up on cassette. Back in 1986, I considered it a disappointment compared to their earlier work. It wasn't until 1999, when I picked up the CD to replace my old cassette that I rediscovered "Electric Cafe" in a completely different way. "Electric Cafe" isn't Kraftwerk's best album but it certainly is a crowning achievement. There is more emphasis on rhythm and beat than on any previous Kraftwerk album. Also, the use of sampled repeated phrases (ie: "Boing Boom Tschak") is now commonplace in today's dance music. There also is a slight minimalist approach to this music. Kraftwerk stripped their sound to its bare essentials here keeping the music simple and slightly more repetitive than on previous efforts. There was even one bonafide hit on "Electric Cafe". "The Telephone Call" was in frequent rotation on many dance music stations at the time. The track also is unique because neither Ralf Hutter nor Florian Schneider sing lead vocals on this song. For the first and last time, percussionist Karl Bartos sings a lead vocal.
Although it is slightly underrated and there are better Kraftwerk albums available, "Electric Cafe" has aged gracefully over the years. Many of the sounds that Kraftwerk introduced here have now caught on with a younger generation of electronic musicians. This album was somewhat of a blueprint for what was yet to come with this genre of music. My thoughts on this album are different now than they were in 1986. This album becomes more enjoyable each time I listen to it. It can really grow on you and get you hooked. While it isn't a classic, "Electric Cafe" is a worthy investment. Check it out.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Col Dee on July 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Okay, where do I start? "Electric Cafe" is a masterpiece. Their best album. Not only does it possess the streamlined economy of sound prevalent in other Kraftwerk albums, it combines that with real, cutting wit. I mean, how funny is "Boing boom tschak"? It's not supposed to be taken completely seriously! The rhythms have been honed and layered with precision and calculation. The album is very calculated. Everything is perfect. Everything is there for a reason, and the music woulnd't work without it. For example, the echo stopping the third time the voice says "boing boom tschak" at the very start. If the echo was there as with the first two times, the feel of the music would be very different. One must also point out the variety of sounds on this album is far greater than on any other Kraftwerk album (except "The Mix"). They really used the synths, samplers, vocoders and Robovox (their own synthetic voice generator) to maximum advantage. There are analogue "bleeps" here galore - bent, twisted and coloured with digital processors (every sound is meticulously detailed if you listen closely enough). There are synthetic strings, there are umpteen different snare, bass drum and cymbal emulations. Synthesised guitars. A plethora of new synthetic sounds, more extravagantly detailed than ever before by Kraftwerk and than any songs I have heard coming out these days. Loads of synthetic voices, some blatantly robotic and some very human sounding - "Speak&Spell" could have made a cameo, though! As for the ludicrous insults the title track has suffered in others' reviews, here are some of its lyrics: "aesthetic form, political art, dietary cuisine, in the atomic age". Raising concepts, raising issues, simply and with ambivalence!Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By directions on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The concept behind Electric Cafe was excellent, that is Kraftwerk reflecting on the bands they influenced and incorperating some of the new ideas into their own music. This was the era of synth pop and the "new romantic" movement. New wave had departed from punk and was radio and commercial friendly. Kraftwerk after releasing some of the most influential albums of the 70's (Trans Europe Express, The Man Machine) went through an inactive period and came back with 1981's brilliant Computer World. They attempted to release an album in 1983 called "Techno Pop" but for various reasons, it was modified to become Electric Cafe and released 3 years later. Music Non Stop, Techno Pop and Boing Boom Tschak as a suite are great, using sampling and heavy techno beats for a song (in the remixed version) that was so catchy that it concludes all of Kraftwerk's concerts. This continues the dehumanized, robotic virtues that held every good Kraftwerk song together. On the other hand,a song like "Sex Object" just doesn't work. The lyrics "I don't want to be your sex object. Treat me with feeling and some respect" just don't sound like Kraftwerk when compared to earlier takes on relationships such as the Model ("she's posing for consumer products now and then") or the prophetic "Computerlove". Its not that Kraftwerk ran out of ideas ("Tour De France" intended to be on the album has all of the Kraftwerk virtues). Its just that they didn't stand out so much, since a multitude of bands were by then, highly in debt to Kraftwerk. "Electric Cafe" is a product of its time. It is still listenable and fun but not the place to start for a Kraftwerk novice.
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