Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

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Current members:
Ralf Hütter (1970–1971, 1971-) Lead Vocals, Vocoder, Synthesizers, Keyboards, Organ, Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Henning Schmitz (1978-) Electronic Percussion (1978–) Sound Engineering
Fritz Hilpert (1987-) Electronic Percussion, Sound Engineering
Falk Grieffenhagen (2013-) Video Technician

Former Members:
Karl Bartos (1975-1991) Electronic Percussion
Klaus Dinger (1970-1971) Drum
Wolfgang Flür (1973-1987) Electronic Percussion
Andreas Hohmann (1970) Drum
Eberhard Kranemann (1970) Bass Guitar
Thomas Lohmann (1970) Drum
Houschäng Néjadepour (1970) Electric Guitar
Michael Rother (1971) Electric Guitar
Florian Schneider-Esleben (1970–2008)
Charly Weiss (1970) Drums
Plato Kostic (a.k.a. Plato Riviera) (1970) Bass Guitar
Peter Schmidt (1970) Drums
Emil Schult (1973) Electric guitar, Electronic violin
Klaus Röder (1974) Electric guitar, Electronic violin
Fernando Abrantes (1991) Electronic Percussion, Synthesizer
Stefan Pfaffe (2008-2012) Video Technician

Maxime Schmitt has been a close friend of the group as well as an advisor and collaborator.
Emil Schult has also collaborated on many releases, contributing both lyrics and graphics.
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Kraftwerk Discography

Albums

6305 058 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk (Album) Philips 6305 058 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
6305 117 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2 (Album) Philips 6305 117 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
7105 147 Kraftwerk Ralf & Florian (Album) Philips 7105 147 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
6305 231 Kraftwerk Autobahn (Album) Philips, Philips 6305 231 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
5C 062-82087 Kraftwerk Radio-Aktivität (Album) Kling Klang, HÖR ZU, EMI Electrola 5C 062-82087 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
TC-E-ST 11603 Kraftwerk Trans Europa Express (Album) Kling Klang, Kling Klang TC-E-ST 11603 UK 1977 Sell This Version
R-134034, SW-11728 Kraftwerk Die Mensch·Maschine (Album) Kling Klang, Kling Klang, EMI Electrola R-134034, SW-11728 US 1978 Sell This Version
33C 262-64370, CLEM-1029 Kraftwerk Computerwelt (Album) Kling Klang, EMI Electrola 33C 262-64370, CLEM-1029 Mexico 1981 Sell This Version
EMD 1001-1 Kraftwerk Electric Cafe (Album) Kling Klang, EMI EMD 1001-1 Israel 1986 Sell This Version
TCP 2519 Kraftwerk The Mix (Album) Kling Klang, Electrola TCP 2519 Turkey 1991 Sell This Version
591 710 2 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks (Album) EMI, EMI 591 710 2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
7243 5 60616 2 0 Kraftwerk Minimum-Maximum (Album) EMI 7243 5 60616 2 0 Europe 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GB 2.7 Kraftwerk Ruckzack(Acetate, 7") Philips GB 2.7 South Africa 1970 Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk Ruckzack / Himmel Hoch(Acetate, 12") Philips none UK 1970 Sell This Version
6003 356 Kraftwerk Kohoutek - Kometenmelodie(7", Single) Philips 6003 356 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk Ralf & Florian(Acetate, 12", S/Sided, Dem) Philips none Germany 1973 Sell This Version
7461 001 Kraftwerk Mitternacht / Morgenspaziergang / Kometenmelodie I (EP, Single) Philips 7461 001 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
6147 015 Kraftwerk Kometenmelodie 2 (Single) Philips 6147 015 UK 1974 Sell This Version
VE-DJ-9, VE-203 Kraftwerk Autobahn (Single) Philips VE-DJ-9, VE-203 US 1974 Sell This Version
3C 000 70069 Kraftwerk / Nomadi Kraftwerk / Nomadi - Radioactivity / Quasi Quasi(7", Promo) Capitol Records 3C 000 70069 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
JCL 604 Kraftwerk Radioaktivität (Single, Maxi) Kling Klang, EMI Electrola JCL 604 South Africa 1975 Sell This Version
3C 000-70074 Urszula Dudziak / Kraftwerk Urszula Dudziak / Kraftwerk - Papaya / Radioactivity(7", Jukebox) Arista, Capitol Records 3C 000-70074 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
3C 006 85077 Kraftwerk Trans Europa Express (Single) Kling Klang, EMI Electrola 3C 006 85077 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
3C 000 - 70095 Kraftwerk / Kiki Dee Kraftwerk / Kiki Dee - Trans-Europe Express / Loving And Free / Amoureuse(7", Jukebox) Capitol Records, The Rocket Record Company 3C 000 - 70095 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
CLX 104 Kraftwerk Showroom Dummies (Single) Capitol Records CLX 104 UK 1977 Sell This Version

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xavier1982

xavier1982

July 15, 2015
Aaaah kraftwerk is a great band
the man machine is my number one favorite album like the robots is my number one favorite song about them
paskaloman

paskaloman

April 12, 2014
Hi everybody.
Hope someone can solve a little doubt.
On forum Italia we discussed about a misprinting or varation name of band Kraftwerk found Kraftwork.
http://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Autobahn/release/5456863
as you can see on labels:
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=5456863
We have to decide if it's really a misprinted incorrect name or band had good reason to have a variation name.
Thank you for a kind reply.
P@sk@.
frendleeguy

frendleeguy

March 28, 2014
I managed to find a 7" copy of Kommetenmelodie and Autobahn on Warner Brothers, any kind of rarity in that?
graphicequaliser

graphicequaliser

January 24, 2014
I have an early gatefold double vinyl album of their first 2 albums as one, but this was an original release. It was on Vertigo records and was done in a powerplant (hence their name). It had a picture of a modulated sine wave on the cover. I can't find it on the internet! Yet, a couple of years ago, I could find it, and it was fetching a couple of hundred GBPs a copy! Has it gone ultra-rare?
hortonjupiter

hortonjupiter

May 21, 2013
Around 11 or 12 years ago a friend and musical compadre of mine asked me "What if they're serious?"

Suddenly Kraftwerk seemed horribly earnest and devoid of all charm, "icy" as the usual dull script goes, and I foolishly went off them almost instantaneously. WHAT was I thinking? Of course they're serious! And of course they're not serious at the same time, such a depth of intelligence and wit. How the hell could a group be "serious" delivering lines like "Interpol and Deutsche Bank, FBI and Scotland Yard...COMPUTER WORLD!" in those deadpan voices? Kraftwerk are so funny it hurts. And of course the records are as brillant as they always were, one of the great beautiful and spiritual monuments to human endeavour. What was I thinking? After being lucky enough to get tickets to see them perform T.E.E. (or most of it anyway, the cheats!) at the Turbine Hall recently I'm happy to say that I rediscovered these monumental and inspirational artists and am currently bopping about the room like a massive cunt to anything and everything they ever made.

Just the greatest, no question. And fuck all that "godfathers of techno" bollocks you dullards, this music is on another plane.
Timequake

Timequake

February 1, 2013
Kraftwerk have inspired a lot of my work. I admire their approach whereas space is considered as an musical instrument.
rwells35

rwells35

August 6, 2012
Kraftwerk are THE inventors of Techno!

Much of their music is utterly inspirational.
meltdog

meltdog

September 19, 2008
Techno starts with a K,and all other genres after 1980.Kraftwerk.Sheer brilliance , the more i have listened to them over the years the better they sound.I first heard them in the early 1980s.I really took notice though when i heard their Autobahn lp,given to me 15 years after its release.At the time i was listening to techno and house, and immediately heard the roots after playing Autobahn.Then i read some sleeve notes from a comp album which told of there influences ,the interviewed people then changed my outlook on music forever.
turlubuki

turlubuki

September 16, 2008
Kraftwerk are usually characterized as the Beatles of electronica,well Kraftwerk were more important than Beatles!Most people believe that Kraftwerk were the first electronic group,that's not true but they were the most popular and did some innovations such as the first drum machines and they first used sequencers.The hits Telstar(tornados),Dr.Who(ron grainer),Popcorn (Gershon Kingsley and the remake by hot butter)are some tracks that predated Kraftwerk's electronical period.But if it wasn't for them electronica and other kind of music such as italo disco,hip hop would be different.In my opinion after listening to their last album tour de france soundtracks they should better live in silence if they don't have anything important to record because in this way they will destroy the path that they built in the 70's and the 80's.
Bleep43

Bleep43

July 14, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
It's very difficult to try and capture the essence of Kraftwerk in so many words, but there is no doubt that they are the most influential "band" since the Beatles. Many artists have sold more records and enjoyed greater commercial success, but after nearly 40 years since Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider-Esleben met in Dusseldorf, their artistic vision has flowered to such a great extent that it is very difficult and probably impossible to imagine the current state of electronic music without them.

Kraftwerk's brilliance has been to marry avant-garde electronic concepts that had been furthered by such European luminaries as Stockhausen and Schaeffer, to an outright pop sensibility that stemmed from their love of the AngloAmerican influence of The Beach Boys and The Stooges. Their dogged determination was influenced no doubt by the "Year Zero" climate that exisited within Germanic artistic culture at the time, but Kraftwerk were different to contemporaries such as Can, Tangerine Dream and Neu! in that whilst exploring new sonic possibilities, from "Autobahn" onwards they enchanted their music with a romantic vision of the past, albeit celebrating technology, which in itself is forward-looking, thus becoming "retrofuturist". The "Mensch Maschine" concept, detailing man's interaction with technology is prevalent throughout their work from 1974 onwards, culminating with their most recent album "Tour De France Soundtracks".

Musical change often comes from a clash of dynamics, and none was more explosive than the appearance of "Trans Europe Express" in New York in 1977, as Kraftwerk's sharp, metallic sound transformed both disco and hiphop dramatically. It is one of popular music's most endearing ironies that a band so white as Kraftwerk would end up being deeply influential to many black American musicians.

The german word "Gesamtkunstwerk" or "Total Art" best depicts Kraftwerk; in that everything they do is artistic - from their live shows, their album covers, even their interviews - and it is another facet of them that is so endearing that in an age that Kraftwerk predicted (see Computer World), an age when information on anyone is available at the touch of a button, that they are probably the most mythological of all bands.

We are now reaching a peculiar period in electronic dance music - where nostalgia has kicked in, and some of us older fans yearn for times and sounds of the past. Kraftwerk provide that nostalgia, but yet suffuse it with absolute clarity, knowledge and the philosophy that like a bicycle, if you stop, you fall off.

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