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Trans-Europe Express

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Import pressing of their 1977 album. EMI.

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It's ironic that electronica's forefathers include two German bands whom, at least on the surface, were polar opposites. On the one hand, there was Can--shaggy, Stockhausen-trained advocates of trance improvisation--and on the other, Kraftwerk: clean-cut control freaks and masters of the pristine machine groove. Yet, even at their most robotic, Kraftwerk manages to locate the soul of the machine, as they demonstrate throughout this 1977 outing. Hell, the mannequin manifesto "Showroom Dummies" alone is worth the price of admission. For a band so closely tied to technology, it's a testament to Ralf and Florain that their music continues to sound fresh more than two decades down the autobahn. --Bill Forman

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Europe Endless
  2. The Hall Of Mirrors
  3. Showroom Dummies
  4. Trans-Europe Express
  5. Metal On Metal
  6. Franz Schubert
  7. Endless Endless


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DQSZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Scagnelli on January 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When one hears that Kraftwerk uses basically all computers and synthesisers to make their msic, you might expect a very jagged and metalic sound. Trans - Europe Express, however, is suprisingly beautiful and very melodic. This album proves that Kraftwerk weren't just brilliant musical engineers and sound creators, but also incredible musically. This is Kraftwerk at their best. All the songs are great and flow beautifully. My personal favorites are Europe Endless and the title track. After almost 25 years, this album still sounds like it was made in the future. Trans - Europe Express is, at least, a very interesting album to listen to and at most a brilliant album, mixing melody with technology.
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Years ago I purchased the EMI version of Trans Europa Express and have enjoyed it so much I decided to add the Capitol version to my last shopping cart so I culd have the English lyrics. When I played it I noticed lots of low-frequency rumble, especially on the first track - Europe Endless. I popped the EMI version in and it is totally quiet! I guess for $10.98 you get what you pay for but I find this recording unacceptable so I ordered the $15.98 version to see if the problem disappears. Here are the details of the "flawed" version:

Audio CD (September 26, 1995)

Original Release Date: 1977

Number of Discs: 1

Format: Original recording remastered

Label: Capitol

ASIN: B00000DQSZ
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The title track to Kraftwerk's 1977 LP is among the most influential and vital singles of the modern era. It's a hauntingly beautiful exercise in electronic minimalism, stripped down to eerie synths, crisp drum machines, and a seductive monotone vocal. When it segues into the next track "Metal on Metal," with its click-clack beats, the recording approaches its very climax. "Trans Europe Express" was released in an era when disco was hitting its peak in popularity and while classic rock bands like Boston were ruling airwaves. Its arrival may have stuck out like a sore thumb, and naysayers may dismiss the album as cold, detatched, and synthetic. But the truth remains that this album, a classic in its own right, is the "Sgt. Pepper" of electronic music, and it deserves to be on as high a pedestal as any beloved rock and roll album. It was powerful enough to transcend many barriers, including hip hop, as Afrika Bambatta stole the title track's synth line for the single "Planet Rock." Beautiful and attention-grabbing in every which way, "Trans Europe Express" is a classic that's also essential listening.
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Kraftwerk was totally unknown to me, before I bought this record. I'd read reviews and I heard samples on some CD-stores' websites, but still, I didn't get it. When I bought it, I felt like....wow!
When Trans-Europe Express was released in 1977 by Kraftwerk, that band had no idea of what that record would change on contemporary music. With its seven or eight numbers, it makes a deep journey in other parts of Europe, that we haven't heard of before - an endless journey, into the music of one of the bands that influenced the world, by changing the standards of alternative music.
The third record from Kraftwerk, Trans-Europe Express, had laid on the early albums of Kraftwerk (1974's Autobahn, the record that most Kraftwerk fans consider the greatest work, and 1975's Radio Activity), but still, it returns a melodic and harmonic sound of truly electronic work.
The albums starts off with "Europe Endless", a part of the journey into Europe, that makes people imagine, how they travel into the beautiful and harmonic world of Europe, within 9 and a half minutes listening of pure electronic work. It turns into "The Hall of Mirrors", the reflecting part of being in a hall with no end with the repeated lyric "Even the greatest stars live their lives in the looking glass". "Showroom Dummies" kicks off with the revolutionary sound of the sound, we most hear in disco, and alternative pop, and moves on with vocals by Ralf Hutter along with the beats.
"Trans-Europe Express", the head-track on the record, takes it away with the sound of a train, the TEE, and is given the metallic beats in a flash of imagination and travelling.
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By A Customer on July 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My first exposure to this band was this album, and via the track, "Europe Endless". I recall saying to myself "if i hear that chord progression once more..........." that was back in 1983. It took a bit of time, but finally I understood what Kraftwerk were telling me. Music should flow seamlessly, trance like, with no sudden bumps in the road, and this is what it delivers. From the foundations of rythm, or texture, they slowly build, gradually adding more, then slowly stripping down, to finally arrive where they began.
This album opens with the beautiful "Europe Endless", this sets the scene for the later half of the album. Next it moves into two fairly straight foward pop tunes, one of which is the classic "Showroom Dummies".
From here Kraftwerk now make their point, "Trans-Europe Express", is an epic track that chuggs along like a train. Travelling smoothly, no detours, no seams, just as music should be in the land of Kraftwerk. "Metal On Metal" arrives, and proves that there is a place for industrial noises in pop with its banging of rubbish cans, and metal precussion. The album then comes to a close just were it began, with "Franz Schubert" and a reprise of "Europe Endless", "Endless Endless". Kraftwerk leave you just were you began.
Many have claimed that Kraftwerk invented hip-hop, electronic pop, and trance. Whatever the case, Kraftwerk are still about, and leave all these trends in there wake.
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