Monday

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk 1 & 2 - 1970/1971

Having never seen an official release on CD, the first two Kraftwerk LPs have attained legendary status due to their unavailability. That, and the fact that music itself isn't half bad either. Klaus Dinger (later of Neu!) provides the trippy, motororic drumming that forms the slippery backbone of the first LP, while the second reveals the band exploring the possibilities of keyboards and electronic percussion in detail. Given that the band's human drummers were gone by this point, such a shift was already in the wind, but it's the enthusiastic experimentation with drum machines and their possibilities that makes Kraftwerk 2 noteworthy. Much different from the "classic" Kraftwerk sound in the lack of vocals and the way in which the steady beats are sometimes slowed up, down, or destroyed entirely, these two LPs illustrate the band's bold struggle to rid itself of all elements associated with rock music and its successes and failures in attempting to do so. The band has since "disowned" these two LPs, and refuses to acknowledge their existence as part of its discography.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes...these two are classics! Especially love the first one...

It's sad that the band disowned these!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Got these on (worn out) vinyl but have been after digitial versions for AGES. Thanks.

P.S. And, yeah, the debut's a classic...

Gianni said...

yes, awesome!
thanks!

NINOCHKA said...

I wonder why they harbor so much hatred for their own creation?

Whatever their reasons may be, I like both albums. Thank you for sharing. :)