Minimum - Maximum

June 7, 2005 | Format: MP3

$14.49
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2005
  • Release Date: June 6, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Kraftwerk This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 2:01:15
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  • ASIN: B000SXLKWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,279 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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A great addition to any dance music mix.
Freeman S. Johnson
The sounds, recording quality and production update and enliven the older songs in a way that may well make them more accessible to a new audience.
GraceNoteX
For Kraftwerk fans, it's...just get it, or you'll hear someone else raving about it.
N. P. Stathoulopoulos

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on June 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After more than 35 years of pioneering the genre of electronic music, the legendary German band Kraftwerk has conquered another first in their long career - a live album and what an album it is!!!

"Minimum-Maximum" is a double-CD recorded during Kraftwerk's 2004 tour and contains music from nearly every era of the group's career (except for their very early experimental period). It is essentially a greatest hits album performed live. For those who may fear that a Kraftwerk live album will sound identical to a studio release, fear not. The music performed here is full of fresh approaches and energy not apparent in their studio albums. The rhythms and sequences are heavier and have more of a punch. Also, the sound of a live audience heard over the course of the entire album adds even more excitement to the musical atmosphere. On "Dentaku", you can hear the enthusiastic Japanese crowd singing along while on "Music Non Stop", you can hear people clapping along with the song's relentless rhythm.

Indeed, all of the music on "Minimum-Maximum" is very well performed and proves that Kraftwerk is definitely an established live band and not just reclusive studio perfectionists. Besides containing great music, the CD booklet also includes several color photos of the band onstage during the concerts standing behind their workstations while images of the music's lyric content is projected on the large screens behind them.

"Minimum-Maximum" is Kraftwerk at their very best. Since they are a band who doesn't tour regularly, this double-live CD defnitely serves as the next best thing to being at one of their concerts.

Buy this disc, put it on, sit back and enjoy the ride!!!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on November 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Kraftwerk walk on stage at precisely the start time on your ticket. They don't say one word. The four of them take their places at their respective lecterns, each fitted with a laptop (looks like a Vaio) and the blips and beeps begin. Who knows what they're doing up there? They could be shopping for new drives or chatting to each other about the characters in the front row.

This is a compilation of lives tracks from the original electronic reich's 2004 tour around the world. It flows together like one show, since indeed they played the exact same set at just about every show.

How different can it sound? It just does. This album sounds amazing. If you've seen this incarnation of Ralf and Florien and the crew, they sound rich, full, punchy, magnificent on stage. The beats, the timbres, the blips, the vocoder action. This is one of the best live albums I've ever heard. It flows perfectly, starting with The Man Machine, which proves that Kraftwerk was inventing beats while everyone else was a census projection. The Tour de France suite is excellent, prompting you to move your head side to side, as if you're watching their colorful, hypnotic video screen while the men-machine themselves hardly move a muscle.

For Kraftwerk fans, it's...just get it, or you'll hear someone else raving about it. The hits are here, a healthy amount of the latest album (Tour de France soundtracks) is here, and about the only improvised part, the long breakdown sequence of Musique Non Stop/Techno Pop, closes the whole thing out. The thing rocks. Numbers is amazing. Radioactivity is heavy and menacing, then mildly pleasant as it reminds us that radioactivity is 'in the air, for you and me'. They sing about Vitamins, and they're obsessed with cycling.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GraceNoteX on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Live albums serve one of four purposes:

- An opportunity to try alternate arrangements and versions of songs

- To capture the energy and expressiveness of a performer in a live setting

- To create a "best of" package that might also appeal to fans who already own the back catalog

- An excuse to pad the artist's catalog and create more product

Minimum-Maximum falls primarily in the first category. Kraftwerk get an opportunity to revisit and re-think some of their finest compositions and breath fresh life into them. Kraftwerk's greatest strengths have always been exploring interesting synth voices and building intricate rhythms out of multiple minimalist parts. The synths sound stunning.

For example, "Radioactivity" leaps out of the speakers with an impact and a richness that the 70s studio recording can't match. The slow motion, restrained, heavy momentum of the original is replaced with an energy and urgency in this version. When the synth hook melody line finally appears over hard hitting percussion and sparse but rich synth textures, it hangs in the air with a crystalline purity and beauty that provides a 3-D sonic depth.

This CD allows Kraftwerk to utilize their strengths (inspired synth programming and sound manipulation, brilliant production, creative variations on themes, exploration of rhythmic subtleties) without running up against their weakness (composition - not that their compositions are weak, but rather Kraftwerk have a hard time composing new material, as demonstrated by the years between releases, and the sparseness of total out-put over a 35 year career).
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