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Kraftwerk 2 [Import]

KraftwerkAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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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 (November 30, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00002NDNN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Klingklang
2. Atem
3. Strom
4. Spule 4
5. Wellenlange
6. Harmonika

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Reissue of the second album originally released in 1972. Rare limited edition. Six tracks. Crown label.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very important September 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I love this record!!!
As I have written in reviews of the 1st Kraftwerk lp and the "Tone Float" lp, if you are expecting "the Robots," or whatever your favorite Kraftwerk song is, this lp will not offer such tunes.
What the lp DOES offer, however, is a band evolving from the long, psychedelic jams of "Tone Float," into a more cohesive duo, and with it, more solid evidence of the future Kraftwerk sound becoming evident. The real show of this is "Klingklang," the lp's 20 minute opener. After a Stockhausen-like opening 2 minutes of disonent bell like sounds, mixing a drum machine with Hutter's ambient keyboards and Schneider's ever present flute, the track settles into a trancy, ambient groove within which there are tempo shifts that could fit well in modern dance clubs (and in fact I mix this song in sets I do, and it goes over quite well).
The rest of the lp shows the duo still rooted in their Stockhausen/ experimental mode, with varying levels of success, mixing in a track of guitar tunings, another with vocoders and harmonizers.
This lp is the 1st major step taken towards what would be known as the Kraftwerk sound. The sound becomes even more pronounced on their 3rs lp, "Ralf and Florian," but "Kraftwerk 2" offers evidence that, however slowly, the shift was being made.
It's a great lp, and well worth owning- indeed, many ambient and leftfield groups, such as Tortoise, Zoviet France, and Labradford, can be heard in parts of this lp. A very important lp, to be sure. Check it out!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Embryonic genesis of genius September 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For KW fans, this is worth a listen. It is a very atmospheric (thanks somewhat to analog recording technology) collection and not as boring as others have said here. The first track does not "speed up and slow down at random". It actually sounds like they deliberately manipulated the tape speed 3 or 4 times, as the pitch also changes. The tune also has at least 4 distinct sections, each of which could have been represented as a separate track. The other tunes are shorter and simpler, but no less atmospheric. This album is very improvisational, so keep that in mind.
However you should BEWARE that this album is not available on CD, so if you buy this you will be getting a bootleg made from vinyl. Mine has scratches you can hear very clearly. It also has a bonus track of KometenMelodie from Concert Classics 1975. Still for me it is worth it. But you will be getting a vinyl bootleg, though decent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not So Boring February 3, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
Others have said this album is a boring, noodling piece of crap but I couldn't disagree more. Yes "ATEM" is just breathing noises and "SPULE 4" has no discernible melody and at first glance "HARMONIKA" sounds like someone just randomly blowing into holes, but if you dig down beneath the surface you'll discover that the stronger tracks make up for this tenfold. (What a dumb word, eh?) KLINGKLANG starts off with a bunch of what sounds like windchimes and bells and moves into ambient-rock territory with Schnider's airy flute work and Hutter's quiet moving piano providing a very interesting melody. Then it moves into an organ/flute/electric cowbell trio that's more washes of sound than rhythm. This too is cool. The last section of the song is sort of propulsive, with semi-screechy, three chord guitar providing the foreground. ATEM is breathing noises with effects, like I mentioned earlier. STROM starts off with an unbelievably distorted guitar intro that moves into a quiet guitar/bass duet. SPULE 4 means queasy and that's all the info you need to know what it sounds like. WELLENLANGE is like SPULE 4 with harmony and a melody, just guitar and bass with some odd sounds and echoes every now and then, and HARMONIKA is just...uh...this is the end of my review. Hope this helps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Their most unusual effort November 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before Kraftwerk became a robot pop group, they were a totally experimental band, and this, their second effort is by far their least accessible effort I have ever heard from these guys. Don't expect to hear "Trans-Europe Express", "The Model", "The Robots", "Pocket Calculator", etc. here. This is by far their most ambient album, and a lot of the cuts really defy categorization. At this point the band still hadn't used synthesizers on this album, but they used flutes, Farfisa electric piano, various guitars, violin, and a primitive drum machine were used. The opening cut, "Klingklang" is the closest thing to resemble a song as it sounds exactly like a precursor to "Autobahn". The next cut, "Atem" (German for "Breathe"), as you might guess, contains little else than just breathing sounds. The rest of this album contains rather odd noodling on guitars and effects, and is truly not to everyone's taste. The closing cut, "Harmonika" is not actually played on a harmonica, but rather a melodica, a little plastic keyboard keyboard instrument you blow in to in which sounds are created by reeds. I definately not recommend Kraftwerk 2 to everyone, and if you're expecting another Trans-Europe Express, this album will bore you, but if you like the more adventurous end of Krautrock, this album might be for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars difficult
its a shame that KRAFTWERK 1 was highly innovative and experimental, it sounded really electronical and interesting

but with this record they went back,despite... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Emalovic
3.0 out of 5 stars oh man, so tough to review something like this
It's tough reviewing early Kraftwerk because if I were to criticize some of their odd experimental ideas, it might come off like I simply don't GET what the band is trying to do. Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by B. E Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk Second Time Out
For all intents and purposes this is,in fact and with the similar cover art this is in fact a continuation of Kraftwerk's first album: one coherant cut and a number of experiments. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Andre S. Grindle
2.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy textural questing
Besides for the pretty decent centerpiece, but lead-off, track there isn't much more to hang your ears around than static sound manipulations at this point in the electro pioneers... Read more
Published on September 8, 2009 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Electronica's Psychedelic Prehistory
This CD, Kraftwerk's second album, is one of the oddest things I've heard in a while. As other reviewers have remarked, do not expect the Robots, Pocket Calculators, Autobahn... Read more
Published on January 19, 2007 by Crazy Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars I JUST NEED THESE ALBUMS!!!
The only albums I need to be a HUGE kraftwerk fan is:

Autobahn,Ralf & Florian,Kraftwerk 1 and kraftwerk 2. Read more
Published on January 2, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different but very good still
Now this is very different from what they would produce later. Still it is very good and should be listened to if you are a fan. A tad expensive and hard to find...
Published on July 18, 2005 by Lovblad
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Surprise
After enjoying but not being blown away by the first Kraftwerk album, I didn't expect this one to be much more, esp. since it gets little to no press. Read more
Published on February 4, 2005 by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Halfbaked and mildly Interesting intrumentals
Kraftwerk are known for their icy, man-machine pop/electronica and there's none of that here. This is a very experimental album that utilizes more conventional instrumentation,... Read more
Published on October 26, 2004 by Chet Fakir
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe boring but as a KRAFTWERK fan you must listen to it
If you have listened to Kraftwerk 1, Kraftwerk 2 may be boring but I think it's great music if you want to relax. Read more
Published on April 3, 2002 by Thomas Morgenthaler
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