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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 (August 19, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0000A4G4N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Tour De France 03 - Etape 1
3. Tour De France 03 - Version 2
4. Tour De France 03 - Etape 3
5. Chrono
6. Vitamin
7. Aero Dynamik
8. Titanium
9. Elektrokardiogramm
10. La Forme
11. Regeneration
12. Tour De France

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Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks UK CD album

Customer Reviews

8 minutes long, very good track.
M. Alterio
It showcases how Kraftwerk can make music devoid of anything but rhythm and sounds and still make it compelling.
William Hanna
Kraftwerk fans, buy this CD and love it!
Micah R. Sisk

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Leatherbarrow on August 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wow! After well over a decade of silence I had presumed that Kraftwerk had finally hung up their flashing ties and called it quits. But here's a completely new album! Suddenly the Hutter/Schneider partnership has become one of the longest in pop history, having lasted over 34 years!
So what about the album? Well the opening 5 tracks form a very extended suite of an ORIGINAL track called Tour De France (not to be confused with their breakdance hit of 1983, an updated version of which appears at the album's close almost as an afterthought). This new track is a fine start to the album, though in many ways it sounds the least 'traditional Kraftwerk' of all the tracks. It's very techno, if you know what I mean... Things start to sound more familiar with "Vitamin", a dryly humourous list of a cyclist's dietry supplements!
The next two titles form a single track ("Aero Dynamik" and "Titanium"). This piece is superb! It really put me in mind of the equally dark and punchy "Home Computer" from 1981's Computer World album. Next comes the fiendishly catchy "Elektro Kardiogramm". This piece is cleverly built around the sounds of a beating heart and heavy breathing (no you potty-minds, it's supposed to be CYCLISTS!!!!) After a few listens I found myself subconsciously chanting "Elektro-Elektro-Kardiogramm" under my breath while doing household chores. I warn you, it could happen to you!
La Forme and Regeneration are solo pieces by Hutter, and are really quite lovely; tuneful in that slightly nostalgic way that much of 1977's Trans Europe Express was.
The final song is 1983's Tour De France, lovingly given the up-date treatment like the tracks on "The Mix".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Aranda on November 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had no idea KW were going to release a new album; just two weeks after buying the French import TDF single I came across this while looking for "Ralf & Florian". I've only been listening to KW a short time, but they've become perhaps my favorite group. To make a long story short, the day I saw this I did not hesitate at all to purchase a copy.
And I had no idea what to expect. After such long silences, most groups disappoint their fans with new material. And for a group as legendary and mythical as Kraftwerk, I was very empathetic to the pressure they must have felt, particularly from critics.
Upon first listen I was disappointed, heart-broken really; two of my biggest musical heroes showing signs that their time had come and gone. I hadn't been this letdown since John Lydon's "Psycho's Path".
Then I listened to it again. And again. Although I still had a nagging feeling of letdown, for some reason I could not put this LP down. The first 5 tracks always seemed as if they would go on forever. But then I began to notice the subtle variations, the ever-changing mix, the hooks, melodies, cresendos and how they interwove. Suddenly I felt as though I were listening to some kind of modern synthetic classical peice. Like heroin, you puke the first time; but then you realize you're hooked after it's too late. That's what this album is: musical heroin without the ugly side-effects (ha ha). I've listened to this album nearly everyday since it came out and it never gets old.
After the initial piece, you're totally prepared for "Vitamin". This is definitely single material. It's the most immediatly infectious track of the album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eli on September 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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
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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