Trans Europa Expressby Kraftwerk
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.
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Performance CreditsKraftwerk 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 CreditsBill 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
THAT PET SHOP BOY SOUND DON'T WORK MY KID NEEDS A WHOOPIN OUT