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Tribute to Kraftwerk: Cracking the Code

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Unlike many of the tributes in the Vitamin Records catalog, A Tribute to Kraftwerk: Cracking the Code is a quite serious. Instead of utilizing studio musicians to perform the pioneering German electronic group's tunes as Dixieland jazz, chamber music, or cocktail whimsy, Vitamin enlisted relatively unknown electronic artists -- themselves representatives of the genre Kraftwerk helped create -- to interpret 13 songs from the band's catalog. Milwaukee's Broke Box opts for a more percussive bottom end in their version of "Computer Love," but they retain the winsome melody of the original. Ambidextrous' addition of tabla drum on "The Model" is great, and Alex Xenophon's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Unlike many of the tributes in the Vitamin Records catalog, A Tribute to Kraftwerk: Cracking the Code is a quite serious. Instead of utilizing studio musicians to perform the pioneering German electronic group's tunes as Dixieland jazz, chamber music, or cocktail whimsy, Vitamin enlisted relatively unknown electronic artists -- themselves representatives of the genre Kraftwerk helped create -- to interpret 13 songs from the band's catalog. Milwaukee's Broke Box opts for a more percussive bottom end in their version of "Computer Love," but they retain the winsome melody of the original. Ambidextrous' addition of tabla drum on "The Model" is great, and Alex Xenophon's pulsating, whirring "Trans-Europe Express" suggests the robot ambience of Air. For the most part, however, the musicians involved in Cracking the Code don't distort their source material as much as they try to emulate the simplistic genius of Kraftwerk's still-evolving, often experimental equipment with modern musical implements. In that sense, this tribute might be a self-fulfilling prophecy of what Kraftwerk was trying to do. Fortunately, it's also a mildly entertaining one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2000
  • Label: Vitamin Records
  • UPC: 027297853225
  • Catalog Number: 8532

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Radioactivity - Binary Sequence (6:33)
  2. 2 Computer Love - Broke Box (3:57)
  3. 3 Endless Europe - Mare Nigrum (5:32)
  4. 4 The Model - Ambidextrous (5:16)
  5. 5 Music Nonstop - Jun-Jun Clinic (5:15)
  6. 6 Showroom Dummies - Reload (3:56)
  7. 7 Pocket Calculator (6:12)
  8. 8 Metal on Metal - Waves (5:12)
  9. 9 Antenna - Beam Up (4:59)
  10. 10 Tour de France - Prof. Krupky (4:26)
  11. 11 The Man Machine - Shockwerks (5:53)
  12. 12 The Robots (5:17)
  13. 13 Trans Europe Express - Alex Xenophon (9:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Reload Track Performer
Stuart Breidenstein Track Performer
Dyamichrome Track Performer
Technical Credits
Steve Kilbey Composer
Kraftwerk Composer
John Golden Mastering
Ralf Hütter Composer
Marty Willson-Piper Composer
Florian Schneider Composer
Dare Mason Composer
David Haerle Executive Producer
John Lindland Executive Producer
Rex Quick Executive Producer
Vagabond9 Cover Art
Myke Smith Graphic Design
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