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11 authorised remixes of their classics Trans-Europe Express, Pocket Calculator etc including the non-LP track Dentaku.

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This 1991 Kraftwerk collection of often drastically remixed "greatest hits" offers a good, if slightly skewed, overview of the Dusseldorf legends' career. Inspired by the band's continuing influence on modern pop, dance, and techno, founders Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter tweak Kraftwerk's sonic foundations with the intention of making their music more club-friendly. While some of the faithful have lamented the tinkering, The Mix presents a distinct, typically idiosyncratic take on modern club music. It also represents the way Kraftwerk usually sounds in their infrequent live forays; witness the reworking of "Radioactivity" into an unexpected (the band has been notably apolitical) antinuclear statement aimed largely at Britain's Sellafield installation. The Mix bows to trend in concept only; the execution is pure Kraftwerk. --Jerry McCulley

1. The Robots
2. Computerlove
3. Pocket Calculator
4. Dentaku
5. Autobahn
6. Radioactivity
7. Trans Europe Express
8. Abzug
9. Metal On Metal
10. Homecomputer
11. Music Non Stop

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Justin Zellers on November 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"By pressing down my special key, it plays a little melody." Those are words that all fans of electronic music are familiar with. They come from the 1981 song, Pocket Calculator, by the German techno group Kraftwerk, possibly the most influential group on all modern music. Pocket Calculator as well as many other Kraftwerk greats are found on the astounding disc titled, The Mix, a reworking of classic Kraftwerk hits from the 70's and 80's that would inspire genres such as new wave, rap, and techno. This disc has great beats, creative samples, innovative sounds, and catchy hooks. After pioneering the sound of synthesized music over three decades ago, Kraftwerk impressively stands atop the heap of the big-beat wasteland spawned in their wake and reassert their place in history with this hit spectacular. Back in the early seventies, Kraftwerk exploded onto the music scene in Europe with the release of the single Autobahn. They were tapping into a sound that would end up changing music forever. The roots of rap, techno, dance, and new wave were born in the release of this song and the many others to follow. The singles kept on rolling as the music industry began to take notice, as did the first generation of Kraftwerk fans. The latest release, The Mix, showcases those singles with 90's modifications. The beats are mostly samples of electronic sounds created with synthesizers, but are much more creative than any of today's mainstream techno, R&B, and rap group's sounds. Instead of distorted guitar, booming bass, and screaming voices, Kraftwerk uses an array of sounds that are unique when compared to such acts as The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, and Crystal Method.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard of Kraftwerk before 1991. In my thirst to broaden my musical horizons I spotted The Mix in the record store and asked someone about it. It sounded like my cup of tea, so I bought it and took it home. I was surprised that a band like this was making this kind of music in the 1970's. They were definitely pioneers. Their brand of electronic music was different from what I had been listening to. So much synth can sound repetitive and cold, but Kraftwerk has heart in their music. Just listen to "Autobahn", "Computer World", "Pocket Calculator", "The Robots", "Radioactivity" and "Home Computer." They're great songs, classics. The entire compilation of eleven tracks combine to make a classic recording. The tracks are not the originals but have been remixed. Even better, because this is a must have for any rock collector and certainly for anyone who listens to new wave, rave, techno, electronica, ambient, jungle, etc. because these guys were the beginning of synthetic based music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maine Writer VINE VOICE on August 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These are retakes of some of the better known Kraftwerk songs retrofit to more energetic, pulsing rhythms. The only song that isn't here, but should have been, is Tour de France, which was released as a vinyl EP many ages ago. I'm not sure whether it is available on CD.
Anyway, this is a great rethinking of classic Kraftwerk that shows off the significant talent of these German boys. Classic Oberheim synths, lyrics for the alienated android, and, now, even organics can dance to it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Reams on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If having to pick one cd by Kraftwerk for someone who has never heard of them before, or who cringes every time someone mentions electronic music, this is probably the cd to start them on. Since this seems like a compliation cd, it would make sense to recommend it to someone who is not familiar with Kraftwerk's different alterations of each of their songs. Kraftwerk's regular albums usually deal with one song and have many experimentations of one title. For people who are not intense fans of Kraftwerk might abhor listening to the same song again, so this cd is perfect for the virgin electronic listener. Since the cd is titled "The Mix", you should assume that the songs have had some things done to them for this cd specifically. Yet it shows more of their diversity and they sneak it in as they did with the songs on the original cds. Autobahn, Trans Europe Express and Pocket Calculator are perfect examples of this. I found that I enjoyed every song on this cd, and found it impossible to pick one that seemed more creative than the other. Also, most non Kraftwerk listeners will recognize many songs that have been played briefly on classical radio stations ironically. It was quite amusing to hear the first few minutes of a Kraftwerk song on a station as it was preparing to give the news report. Probably best to start with this cd first, and if you like what you hear, get one of their regular cds and you'll find you appreciate their real "mixes" a lot more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wintermutant@hotmail.com on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Well, I haven't followed Kraftwerk throughout their career (I couldn't have; I'm only 18! Computerworld came out the year I was born), so I can't give a longtime fan's perspective. For a new listener, however, this album puts a slightly more modern, beat oreinted face on Kraftwerk with an amazing result (not that Kraftwerk's classic releases weren't amazing, too). This is the most complex electronic music that I have ever heard, with layers upon layers of programmed rythem and instrumentation. The result is perfectly orchestrated without being stiff, and fast without being repetitive. I can listen to this album time after time, and it never gets boring. The first song alone is well worth the purchase price (and try playing that Russian sample at the beginning backwards for a cool hidden message!).
If there were one CD that I could take into outer space with me, this would be the one. I would reccomend it as a good starting point for people new to Kraftwerk, and to longtime fans.
WE ARE PROGRAMMED JUST TO DO
ANYTHING YOU WANT US TO,
WE ARE THE ROBOTS.
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