Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Favorite Kraftwerk Albums and Songs

In continuing with this week's ode to German music, I am presenting my favorite songs and albums by Germany's finest group: Kraftwerk. This week marked the release of a new Kraftwerk box set entitled 12345678: The Catalogue. The set includes remastered versions of eight of Kraftwerk's albums, and, if you're unfamiliar with the band, I suggest you pick up the whole thing.

Kraftwerk did not invent electronic music, but they might as well have. They pioneered the genre, creating electronic instruments and brilliant music. Beginning with Kraftwerk in 1970, they developed a wholly unique electronic sound. Throughout the '70s and early '80s, they released several seminal works, thus establishing a blueprint for new wave, synthpop, and electronic for the future generation. Their music was experimental and innovative, but it managed to be fun and accessible. Their early albums are prime examples of krautrock and primitive electronic, and their later albums are some of the best pop albums ever recorded. Without Kraftwerk, modern music would sound pretty different. So enjoy their extensive catalogue of genius.

1. Trans-Europe Express (1977)
2. The Man Machine (1978)
3. Computer World (1981)
4. Autobahn (1974)
5. Radio-Activity (1975)
6. Kraftwerk 2 (1972)
7. Ralf Und Florian (1973)
8. Kraftwerk (1970)
9. Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)
10. Electric Cafe (1986)

(Due to the limitations of YouTube, some of these are incomplete or different versions. But you'll get the idea.)

That's what I think. Yeah. That's what I think.

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