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Techno Pop Import

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Only available in the U.S. as part of their remastered box set and not sold separately! Digitally remastered edition of this 1986 album from the German Electronic outift. Kraftwerk return from five years of silence to reclaim their throne as leaders of a machine-pop revolution that they themselves began over a decade before. Their Techno Pop album, first released under the name Electric Caf‚ but now restored to its originally intended title, provides a 360-degree overview of a multi-lingual, multi-channel, musically diverse global village. From the block-rocking beats of 'Boing Boom Tschack' to the electronic Funk and computer animation of 'Musique Non Stop', Kraftwerk soar into the digital age. Their first excursion into digital recording finds both beauty and unease in a polyglot world of permanent media overload. Once again, Dusseldorf's test pilots of the musical future effortlessly break new ground. Mute.

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002LCOQS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robodisco on August 10, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Several reviews of this version of Electric Cafe complain about an overly compressed mix and the substitution of the album version of The Telephone Call for the single version. No problems here. I like the hard smack of the compressed percussion in this case, and the single version of The Telephone Call is yet another reason to own both versions, as is the inclusion of the Telephone Call remix. Surprisingly, this tampering does not hinder the integrity of the original version. Besides, this is Techno Pop, not Electric Cafe (Yeah, I know, I know...original title, etc). Electric Cafe/Techno Pop is often cited as one of the low points of Kraftwerk's career, so why do I keep putting it on just as much as the others? While it's true that The Telephone Call and Sex Object aren't Kraftwerk's strongest songs, they are buoyed up by the surrounding tracks, and "side one" is especially strong in it's spaciousness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 2muchTV on July 23, 2014
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Some folks don't like the remastered and re-titled re-release but you really can't go home again. It's a quarter-century later and this work holds up beautifully. Sample the first track and see if you don't find yourself spontaneously singing "Boing, boom-tschak, ping!"
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Antunovic on May 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
To retrieve the name 'Techno Pop' is quite illusive, knowing the fact it was released originally as 'Electric Cafe'. Yes, 'Techno Pop' sounds more consumer friendly a title, but 'Electric Cafe' made its contents less obvious - and a bit more intriguing. Not necessarily with a common theme like any of their previous album up to that point, still 'Electric Cafe' was a nice excursion into the future world, graphically (if not entirely musically) stripped down to its bare minimum.

It's nice to see a bit improved outer/inner front cover graphics, with four computer-generated, severed heads floating in a black vacuum - but in all, additional image memorabilia (especially from this fascinating 3d set produced by Rebecca Allen and Steve Di Paola) could have been more representative of this era for the band. Instead, Kraftwerk played a little too much with 'less is more' here - basically a mere fragment of the fascinating video 'Musique Non Stop', mainly displaying Ralf and Florian's face segments (at least the two have shown some dignity of keeping the original contributors on this album's artwork - Karl and Wolfgang - intact), while some of the images inside the booklet look like bad jpeg reproductions (the images reproduced provide larger pixel display).

And now for the contents - 'Techno Pop' is still a brilliant electronic album that won't age. But the sad part, it is a forced 'Techno Pop' album. Because the contents are slightly changed. One thing I am glad about Kraftwerk's albums - they DO NOT include bonus material. Bonus material would just make these albums a cheap collection of scrap. Kraftwerk made too many concept albums, with a common theme to keep some six to seven pieces together. A perfect dose.
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Short version of telephone call compared to the original vinyl release. Still a great album to buy!
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By enrique b. quinto on September 4, 2014
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Kraftwerk my favorite tech band:)
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One would presume that this re-configured tracklisting (2009) is the one that Ralf Hutter wanted originally for the album ... with the possible addition of "Tour de France" which was also recording during these sessions.
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