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Trans Europa Express
     

Trans Europa Express

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by Kraftwerk
 

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Whether you're hip-hop or drum 'n' bass, it's always cool to be into Kraftwerk. After all, the (usually) four-man lineup most known for "Tour De France" seemed to have an impact on virtually all modern sounds. They were the first band to make electronica as "pretty" to listen to as Mozart or Chopin, and they pioneered the use of computers as instruments before it was

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Whether you're hip-hop or drum 'n' bass, it's always cool to be into Kraftwerk. After all, the (usually) four-man lineup most known for "Tour De France" seemed to have an impact on virtually all modern sounds. They were the first band to make electronica as "pretty" to listen to as Mozart or Chopin, and they pioneered the use of computers as instruments before it was commonplace. Released in 1977, Trans-Europe Express became one of the most influential albums of New Wave during the early '80's. Like their monumental hit (and ode to the road) "Autobahn," the sequence of songs from "Europe Endless" to "Endless Endless," mimics the feel of a journey without destination. The marriage of violins, guitars, and synthesized sounds creates an impression story about how we move and what moves us, while songs such as "Metal on Metal" and "The Hall of Mirrors" literally strike an emotional chord. The odd tribute, "Franz Schubert" is a perfect Kraftwerk masterpiece, so too is the title track. In a little under 45 succinct minutes, Kraftwerk express, in the best possible way, how even technology has texture, color, and warmth.

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"). [The German edition retains its native spellings.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0603497914050
catalogNumber:
791405
Rank:
23234

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kraftwerk   Primary Artist
Karl Bartos   Percussion,Electric Drums,electronic percussion,Electronic Drums
Wolfgang Flür   Synthesizer,Percussion,Electric Drums,electronic percussion,Electronic Drums
Ralf Hütter   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices,Electronic Sounds,electronics,Stimme
Florian Schneider   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices,Electronic Sounds,Vocoder,electronics,Stimme

Technical Credits

Bill Halverson   Engineer
Ralf Hütter   Producer,Artwork,Concept
Florian Schneider   Producer,Concept
Peter Bollig   Engineer
Thomas Kuckuck   Engineer
Johann Zambryski   Artwork
Peter Boug   Engineer

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Trans-Europe Express 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Arkhamite More than 1 year ago
THAT PET SHOP BOY SOUND DON'T WORK MY KID NEEDS A WHOOPIN OUT