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Tour De France [Original recording remastered]

KraftwerkAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Prologue (2009 - Remaster)0:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tour De France Étape 1 (2009 - Remaster) 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tour De France Étape 2 (2009 - Remaster) 6:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tour De France Étape 3 (2009 - Remaster) 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chrono (2009 - Remaster) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Vitamin (2009 - Remaster) 8:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Aéro Dynamik (2009 - Remaster) 5:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Titanium (2009 - Remaster) 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Elektro Kardiogramm (2009 - Remaster) 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. La Forme (2009 - Remaster) 8:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Régéneration (2009 - Remaster) 1:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tour De France (2009 - Remaster) 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B002N1AF8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The centenary of the Tour de France marks the conceptual starting line for Kraftwerk's first album in over a decade. From the chunky cyber-funk of "Vitamin" to the restless metallic shimmers of "Aéro Dynamik," this is emphatically the sound of 21st century techno visionaries. "Displays more intellectual rigor, subtle discipline and attention to detail than many of their younger contemporaries can ever dream of attaining." - The Wire "A work of near-genius." - Mojo

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Eli
Format:Audio CD
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There is [and undoubtedly will continue to be] a fair degree of criticism of this album.
It has been deemed to be too 'repetitive', 'dull' and 'boring'.
Such broad, sweeping charges should cause us to cast a more discerning and critical
eye on both this and other Kraftwerk projects. Take for example, 'Trans Europa Express'
[the German version]. On that album there are 3 sequential variations of the title track;
and the last track offers a brief variation or 'reprise' of the first. Again, two tracks on one
of the most influential concept albums of all time are variants on a singular general theme -
'Computer World' and 'Computerworld 2'. Are you aware that the word 'Computer'
appears in 4 of the 7 track titles; and another includes the word 'Compute'. But this fact
does nothing to demote the undisputed important landmark classic status of the whole.
If you look and listen hard enough then you will also discover that these conceptual
developmental themes are not uncommon in the classical music world either. So it
should come as no great surprise to find two classically trained musicians namely -
Ralph Hutter and Florian Schneider - composing alternate and similar formations of
musical scores. Therefore, TDF soundtracks contains character traits in common with
the aforementioned titles, because although thematically and musically some of the tracks
appear the same, there are in them some notable differences in both sound and musical
arrangements.
To cast off TDF Soundtracks as dull, repetitive and boring after one or two hearings is a
very valid but equally unfair critical misunderstanding of what I consider to be great originality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD.

Tour de France Étape 1, 2, and 3 are rather more like 1 big track split into 3 parts. It's rather like a cycling version of the Autobahn track from their classic album Autobahn. All of the songs on the CD have a nice sound to them, it's easy to relax too, yet at the same time, I can imagine cycling to it as well. I wasn't sure if I would like this as much as their older stuff, but it turned out to be great.

(This review is for the 2003 edition titled Tour De France Soundtracks, however, this is not truly a remaster but a repressing as it was already recorded on high quality digital equipment. I believe the only difference here is the tracks are divided up slightly different where they flow together)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wrong track listing December 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There is no track called "Kling Klang" The extra track is a quicktime video of "Tour De France 03 Version 2". Amazon retains CDNow's bad habit of getting the track listing wrong. The video is great, but I can't understand why the domestic release did not include it. I hate having to buy an album more than once!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT is repetative. But it is about bicycle riding. October 23, 2013
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Bicycle riding. You turn the pedal and you go fowards. Go down a hill and you go faster, Go up a hill and you sweat. You keep pumping your legs and maybe you go faster, depending on your fitness. This is a great soundtrack for bicycle riding. I love bicycles and the Tour de France and I love this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius September 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The only Kraftwerk recording that I've never had.
It was well worth the wait.
I highly recommend it to old and new fans of Kraftwerk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Yes June 20, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Absolutely fantastic. However, some songs are continuations of others for example É Tape 3 transitions into the song Chrono, dragging the song out longer than it should. Other than that, it is purely brilliant.
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