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Kraftwerk: The Catalogue Box Set [Box set, Original recording remastered]

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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 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here's the first-ever complete remastering of Kraftwerk's eight studio albums, all with magnificent new sound and mini-LP-style packaging for each CD. They all boast big booklets, and this set is the only place you'll find the new remasters of Computer World, Techno Pop and The Mix . Those join Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans-Europe Express, The Man-Machine and Tour de France Soundtracks . It's like bringing Kling Klang Studios home in a box!

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The (almost) ultimate for Kraftwerk fans November 24, 2009
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After many years of rumors about a definitive remastered collection of the Kraftwerk catalogue, now finally comes "The Catalogue", a stylish box set of 8 of the 11 Kraftwerk studio albums (more on the 3 missing albums later).

"The Catalogue" (8 CDs; 351 min.) brings albums 4 through 11 of the Kraftwerk catalogue, starting with 1974's "Autobahn" all the way through 2003's "Tour De France Soundtracks". As a lifelong Kraftwerk fan, I nevertheless did not have a couple of the early albums on CD (I had them on vinyl as a kid), and to now rehear "Autobahn" and "Radio Activity" in all of its remastered glory was quite the fantastic listening experience. The remastered sound on all of the albums are remarkable, albeit less noticable on the last release "Tour de France Soundtracks", as that one was released in quite good audio quality already in 2003. Listening to many of these tracks, it reminds you of the astonishing catalogue of songs from Kraftwerk, and it makes me wish the band would open the playbook a bit more in their concerts, not always playing pretty much the same 'greatest hits'. (I've seen Kraftwerk a couple of times in recent years, most recently opening for Radiohead in March in Sao Paolo).

As to the box set and packaging, it is quite the visual experience. Style has always been a HUGE point for the Kraftwerk experience. The box set is in the format of the old vinyl release, and besides the 8 CDs, there are 8 visual booklets for each of the albums, all in the format of the old vinyl, each being 16 or 20 pages, with pictures and most of the lyrics. It was as though you were back in the 1970s enjoying the vinyl experience, except that you now have the remastered CD pristine listening to go along with it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection November 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
First off, I'm biased. I've liked this group since I was a kid. The music is great. I don't love it all, but it's very good and much of it is classic. These guys have been extremely influential and they helped change the face of popular music. I don't know if it's possible to overstate their contribution to music.

Having said that, if you are on the fence about splurging for the box set, maybe this will help. Three of the CDs are available only in the box set. All three of them are excellent, but one is classic: Computer World. It's been sampled a ton and it's one of the progenitors of hip hop. The beats, the sounds, the humor. These guys were silly and serious at the same time. Not an album to be missed. The others are fun -- The Mix is an amped-up Reader's Digest version of their biggest songs, and Techno Pop contains some great music as well.

An added bonus, the box set has real quality. It's made of thick, sturdy card board. The booklets are well made and have wonderful artwork, and the CD covers and slipcases are superb. Also, the CD labels themselves are excellent. From a graphic design point of view, this collection is a real winner.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great set, but buy the german version instead! September 21, 2010
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the members of kraftwerk are the godfathers of all electronic music. beautiful melodies combined with their perfectionist attention to detail are seen on every kraftwerk album. all of their main albums are available in this one gorgeous box set, only missing some less polished experimental music from their early years. you would be in for a treat if you're hearing all of these albums for the first time in one shot like this. however, don't buy this english version set just yet!

after you've heard and become addicted to kraftwerk's catalogue, you will want to experience this music in the original german. kraftwerk usually releases a german version of each album as well as an international version with english lyrics. the differences are minor, but can get annoying at times.

for example, in the song "pocket calculator" off of the "computer world" album, the english lyrics begin with: "i'm the operator with my pocket calculator." the original german lyrics start with: "ich bin der musikant mit taschenrechner in der hand," which translates as, "i'm the musician with pocket calculator in the hand." the lyrics in both versions then talk about using the pocket calculator to do computational tasks like adding/subtracting as well as controlling/composing (music), which should conjure up the image of a synthesizer. if you didn't know the original german lyrics were referring to a musician, then the rest of the lyrics might not make sense. this song is about the melding of man and machine. the human musician makes music using electronics, breathing life into the electronics, while the electronics in turn serve as an appendage to the musician, making the human more machine-like; each affects the other.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing box set of amazing electronic music December 1, 2009
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No one has had more influence on electronic music than Kraftwerk. They are the pioneers of the genre. When listening through these CD's one can hear many similarities with many of today's artists, not just in the world of electronic music, but music in general.
As for this superb collection, don't be put off by the price; once it sells out, you can only expect this box set to rise incredibly in price. I recommend getting it now, while it's still under say 500 dollars.
The packaging is...well...Kraftwerk. Very clean and immaculate. The remastering of their catalogue is great, giving it even more of a feeling of having been recorded very recently, which is true of Kraftwerk's music in general: Being way ahead of their time.
This collection will only get more expensive than it already is...get it now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A pretty compilation of all the studio albums of Kraftwerk.
Published 16 days ago by Maria Cristina Garcia Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk
What can I say? I just love this catalogue/box set. The sound is astonishing, well balanced and very clean. I also loved the large-size booklets.
Published 8 months ago by Carlos Santana
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely great!
It's great to have all the kraftwerk albums together! I like some better than others, but am enjoying them all and hearing the progression in the music is fascinating, particularly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rachel Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
I'm extremely satisfied with the sound quality of these remastered CDs.
The packaging is a bit "oversized" and could be umbersome to handle but generally OK.
Published 18 months ago by Sandor Zsarnoczay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great body of work from the men-machine with excellent remastering
Got into Kraftwerk after listening to "Trans-Europe Express", and had to get the whole box after listening to "Autobahn". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rauf Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
For Kraftwerk fans, this is a treat, world of difference in sound quality between this set and the original CDs. Read more
Published 24 months ago by John Galt
2.0 out of 5 stars Boing boom chong
I like the music but who really needs to have all these songs? ITs not worth the money. Kraftwerk seem like they are trying to cash in lately, with mainstream concerts and... Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Roland
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing buy, an amazing box!
I am a graphic designer and do packaging design for a living. The new Kraftwerk catalogue box is a beautiful piece of graphic design! Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by Mauricio Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars a very worthy complete collection reset for the lover of Krafterk
A really great set for any lover of Kraftwerk..............but a doco surely could not have been out of the question or even some 5.1 mixes really....... Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by William Corfe
5.0 out of 5 stars The most influential group of the past thirty years
To begin with, the Beatles may still be one of the most influential groups over the past fifty years or so, but Kraftwerk outstrips them by far in influence over the modern pop... Read more
Published on July 24, 2010 by Timothy W. Husbands
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150 bucks? Really?
Give it time, it'll drop down before its release...I hope
Sep 1, 2009 by J. Henderson |  See all 49 posts
tour de france [original recording remastered]
I have both and haven't noticed anything different between them. How much can you "restore" the sound of a record made in 2003, anyway?

Why do I have both? Don't ask.
Nov 28, 2009 by J. L. |  See all 2 posts
Nothing pre-Autobahn!
Its coming out, not sure when though...
Nov 9, 2009 by J. Henderson |  See all 3 posts
Catalogue or individuals?
That would be a good way to do it I guess. I am tempted to buy the german Der Katalog since I have all their albums in English already. Hmm.. hard decision actually.
Sep 7, 2009 by Andre |  See all 3 posts
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