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Kraftwerk 3-LP Bundle – Trans-Europe Express, The Man-Machine & Computer World

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Save over 25% when you buy these iconic albums together with this vinyl bundle offer!*

Kraftwerk was formed in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1969 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Widely considered innovators and pioneers of electronic music, Kraftwerk was among the first successful acts to popularise the genre. The group began as part of West Germany’s experimental krautrock scene in the early 1970s before fully embracing electronic instrumentation, including synthesisers, drum machines, and vocoders. Wolfgang Flür joined the band in 1974 and Karl Bartos in 1975, expanding the band to a quartet.

Kraftwerk developed a self-described experimental ‘robot pop’ style that combined electronic music with pop melodies, sparse arrangements, and repetitive rhythms, while adopting a stylised image including matching suits. The band’s work has influenced a diverse range of artists and many genres of modern music, including synth-pop, hip hop, post-punk, techno, ambient, and club music.

Three iconic Kraftwerk albums are presented here as a vinyl bundle offer – Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978) and Computer World (1981).

All three albums have been pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

See below for full product description.

Kraftwerk 3-LP Bundle – Trans-Europe Express, The Man-Machine & Computer World

 

Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express (Limited Edition on Clear 180g Vinyl)

Released in March 1977, Trans-Europe Express is the sixth studio album by Kraftwerk. Across the album Kraftwerk celebrate Europe's romantic past and shimmering future with a glistening panorama of elegance and decadence, travel and technology. The infinite vistas of Europe Endless and Endless Endless bookend the album, which includes the unsettling kafka-esque fable The Hall of Mirrors and Showroom Dummies - Kraftwerk's elegantly ironic reply to critiques of their deadpan manner. But it is the streamlined rhythmic locomotive of Trans-Europe Express which dominates with its doppler-effect melodic swerves and hypnotic, pneumatic, piston-pumping rhythm. Along with its sister track Metal on Metal, which New York DJ Afrika Bambaataa would re-construct five years later for his own seminal Planet Rock, this milestone in avant-pop modernism later becomes a crucial influence on the early pioneers of hip-hop and sampling, electro and industrial music.

Trans-Europe Express continues to receive universal acclaim. Steve Huey of AllMusic wrote that the album ‘is often cited as perhaps the archetypal (and most accessible) Kraftwerk album… Overall, Trans-Europe Express offers the best blend of minimalism, mechanized rhythms, and crafted, catchy melodies in the group’s catalog’.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Europe Endless
  2. The Hall of Mirrors
  3. Showroom Dummies

Side Two

  1. Trans-Europe Express
  2. Metal On Metal
  3. Abzug
  4. Franz Schubert
  5. Endless Endless

 

The Man-Machine (Limited Edition on Translucent Red 180g Vinyl)

Released on 19 May 1978, The Man-Machine is the seventh studio album by Kraftwerk. A further refinement of their mechanical style, the album saw the group incorporate more danceable rhythms.

Over supple processed rhythms which predate the rise of European techno and trance, Kraftwerk address automation and alienation, space travel and engineering, The seductive allure of urban landscapes and the vacant glamour of celebrity. Clipped and funky, The Robots adds another dimension to Kraftwerk’s ultra-dry sense of humour. Behind its intoxicating melodic pulse, The Model is a highly prophetic satire on the beauty industry, so ahead of its time that it only becomes a UK chart-topper by accident three years later. And Neon Lights is Kraftwerk’s most achingly romantic song to date, a sci-fi lullaby for cities at twilight.

Reviewing the album in 1978, Andy Gill of NME stated that ‘The Man-Machine stands as one of the pinnacles of 70’s rock music’, adding that ‘the sparsity of the lyrics leaves the emphasis squarely on those robot rhythms, chilling tones and exquisite melodies.’ Mitchell Schneider from Rolling Stone found that the ‘chilling restraint and relentless sameness’ of the lyrics and music are tempered by Kraftwerk’s sense of humour and ‘sheer audacity’, which makes for a listening experience that is ‘strangely pleasant in an otherworldly way.’

Track Listing

Side One

  1. The Robots
  2. Spacelab
  3. Metropolis

Side Two

  1. The Model
  2. Neon Lights
  3. The Man Machine

 

Computer World (Limited Edition on Translucent Yellow 180g Vinyl)

Released on 10 May 1981, Computer World is the eighth studio album by Kraftwerk. The album deals with the themes of the rise of computers within society. In keeping with the album’s concept, Kraftwerk showcased their music on an ambitious world tour. The compositions are credited to Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, and Karl Bartos. As was the case with the two previous albums, Computer World was released in both German- and English-language editions.

The album’s cover shows a computer terminal (apparently based on one made by the Hazeltine Corporation) displaying the heads of the four band members.

Computer World was ranked the second best album of 1981 by NME. In 2012, Slant magazine placed Computer World at No. 25 on its list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s. In 2018, Computer World was listed by Pitchfork as the 18th best album of the 1980s. Rolling Stone named Computer World the 10th greatest EDM album of all time in 2012.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Computer World
  2. Pocket Calculator
  3. Numbers
  4. Computer World 2

Side Two

  1. Computer Love
  2. Home Computer
  3. It’s More Fun to Compute

 

* Please note:

– Discount does not apply if titles are bought individually.

– This time limited offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

– This special bundle offer is not available retrospectively.