Trans-Europe Express

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Although Autobahn was a left-field masterpiece, Trans-Europe Express is often cited as perhaps the archetypal and most accessible Kraftwerk album. Melodic themes are repeated often and occasionally interwoven over deliberate, chugging beats, sometimes with manipulated vocals; the effect is mechanical yet hypnotic. Thematically, the record feels like parts of two different concept albums: one a meditation on the disparities between reality and image "Hall of Mirrors" and "Showroom Dummies" share recurring images of glass, reflection, illusion, and confused identities, as well as whimsical melodies, and the other the glorification of Europe. There is an impressive composition ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Although Autobahn was a left-field masterpiece, Trans-Europe Express is often cited as perhaps the archetypal and most accessible Kraftwerk album. Melodic themes are repeated often and occasionally interwoven over deliberate, chugging beats, sometimes with manipulated vocals; the effect is mechanical yet hypnotic. Thematically, the record feels like parts of two different concept albums: one a meditation on the disparities between reality and image "Hall of Mirrors" and "Showroom Dummies" share recurring images of glass, reflection, illusion, and confused identities, as well as whimsical melodies, and the other the glorification of Europe. There is an impressive composition paying homage to "Franz Schubert," but the real meat of this approach is contained in the opening love letter, "Europe Endless," and the epic title track, which shares themes and lyrics with the following track, "Metal on Metal." The song "Trans-Europe Express" is similar in concept to "Autobahn," as it mimics the swaying motion and insistent drive of a cross-continent train trip. What ultimately holds the album together, though, is the music, which is more consistently memorable even than that on Autobahn. Overall, Trans-Europe Express offers the best blend of minimalism, mechanized rhythms, and crafted, catchy melodies in the group's catalog; henceforth, their music would take on more danceable qualities only hinted at here although the title cut provided the basis for Afrika Bambaataa's enormously important dancefloor smash "Planet Rock".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497911448
  • Catalog Number: 791144
  • Sales rank: 6,309

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kraftwerk Primary Artist
Karl Bartos Percussion, electronic percussion, Group Member
Wolfgang Flür Synthesizer, Percussion, electronic percussion, Group Member
Ralf Hütter Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Voices, Electronic Sounds, electronics, Group Member
Florian Schneider Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Voices, Electronic Sounds, electronics, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bill Halverson Engineer
Ralf Hütter Producer
Florian Schneider Composer, Producer
Peter Bollig Engineer
Thomas Kuckuck Engineer
Peter Boug Engineer
Dave Thompson Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic!

    Beautiful sounds on this one. Especially the title track (sends shivers down the spine each time) and its second half, Metal on Metal. Perfectly captures the drama, the peace, the continuity and the excitement of a train trip across Europe. Showroom Dummies is also an awesome track - a quirky, robotic-sounding song with the coolest plot ever. (showroom dummies come to life!!!) At the moment, this, plus Radioactivity (1975) and Tour de France Soundtracks (2003) are my favourite albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Perfect Driving Album

    To try to attempt to look at this album as a dance album is to misinterpret what the music of Kraftwerk actually is. It has more connection to the art rock of Yes, Pink Floyd, and early Genesis. The beauty of this album is not in what is played but how everything is played. It's minimalist and simplistic, yet it seems like it's so much more than simple synthesizer attacks. It is the predecessor of electronic music, utilized a lot in hip-hop and modern dance. One just has to listen really carefully to understand. Overall, Trans-Europe Express is a must-own for all music aficionados.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    I cannot match the descriptions already given to this album by the professional reviewers above, but I have loved this album since I was 7 years old. Listening to it today, it's hard to believe it was recorded in 1977. You can easily hear how they influenced electronic music. One of my favorite albums of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen Before You Buy

    This is not dance, it is not hip hop, it is tinny boring and repetitive. I am sorry this is not my type of music. I bought this from this site after reading the description. It definitely does not fit the description.

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    Posted December 12, 2008

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