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Audio CD (September 26, 1995)
Original Release Date: 1977
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Original recording remastered
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.Read more ›
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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This is a marvelous album from the mid 1970s, Better than its predecessor Autobahn and among the finest German Rock ( I hate the 'Kr***rock term - wholly abusive in my view )... Read morePublished 4 months ago by sunnisally
This was a nearly 40 year old re-purchase of this album - I bought it originally in August of 1977, but lost it to a friend in college in the mid-80s. Nice to have the vinyl again!Published 6 months ago by Brian D.
I bought this MP3 album because of a web listing of the top 10 Genre's and this album was listed. I've listened a couple of times just to make sure that maybe I just wasn't... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jay W. Murphy