Kraftwerk ‎– Die Mensch•Maschine

Kling Klang ‎– 1 C 058-32 843, Kling Klang ‎– 1C 058-32 843, EMI Electrola ‎– 1C 058-32 843
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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A1 Die Roboter
Music By [Musik] – Schneider*, Bartos*, Hutter*Words By [Worte] – Hutter*
A2 Spacelab
Music By [Musik] – Bartos*, Hutter*Words By [Worte] – Hutter*
A3 Metropolis
Music By [Musik] – Schneider*, Bartos*, Hutter*Words By [Worte] – Hutter*
B1 Das Model
Music By [Musik] – Bartos*, Hutter*Words By [Worte] – Schult*, Hutter*
B2 Neonlicht
Music By [Musik] – Schneider*, Bartos*, Hutter*Words By [Worte] – Hutter*
B3 Die Mensch · Maschine
Music By [Musik] – Bartos*, Hutter*Words By [Worte] – Hutter*

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Released with a non-laminated single sleeve.
Includes a printed cardboard inner sleeve.

[Inner sleeve]
Aufgenommen im Klingklang Studio Düsseldorf.
Gemischt im Studio Rudas Düsseldorf.
Toningenieure Joschko Rudas und Leanard Jackson
mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Whitfield Records.

[Rear sleeve]
Produziert in Deutschland
Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Whitfield Records
℗ 1978 Kling Klang
я твой слуга я твой работник

EMI Electrola [logo]
EMI Electrola GmbH · All rights reserved
Printed in Germany by 4P NICOLAUS GmbH, Köln

Kling Klang Schallplatten
℗ 1978 Kraftwerk
Made in Germany

Catalog# 1 C 058-32 843 appears on labels.
Catalog# 1C 058-32 843 appear on inner sleeve, rear sleeve and spine.

Track B1 'Das Model' is spelled as 'Das Modell' on the label, as opposed to 'Das Model' on inner sleeve and back cover. There's a similar release but with 'Das Modell' on label, inner sleeve and back cover: Kraftwerk - Die Mensch·Maschine.

Track running times taken from the labels (inner sleeve track times are slightly different).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: LC 4513
  • Rights Society (Boxed): GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, machine-stamped, variant 1): 32 843 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, machine-stamped, variant 1): 32 843 B-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, machine-stamped, variant 2): 32 843 A - 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, machine-stamped, variant 2): 32 843 B - 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, machine-stamped, variant 3): 32 843 A-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, machine-stamped, variant 3): 32 843 B-4

Other Versions (5 of 256) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1 C 058-32 843, 1C 058-32 843 Kraftwerk Die Mensch·Maschine(LP, Album) Kling Klang, Kling Klang, EMI Electrola 1 C 058-32 843, 1C 058-32 843 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
4XW-11728 Kraftwerk The Man Machine(Cass, Album) Capitol Records 4XW-11728 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
SW 11728, SW. 11728 Kraftwerk The Man-Machine(LP, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records SW 11728, SW. 11728 India 1978 Sell This Version
CDP 7 46039 2, 7 46039 2 Kraftwerk The Man Machine(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Records, Capitol Records CDP 7 46039 2, 7 46039 2 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
CDP 7 46039 2 Kraftwerk The Man Machine(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Records CDP 7 46039 2 US 1987 Sell This Version


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September 21, 2018

This album is good

it is rather Retro-futuristic. it has a lot of songs and topics which are based on the german life in the WEIMAR Republic
and it has a lot of influence from that era and especially from the silent movies of that era


and with THE MODEL they had their sole number 1 Hit in UK


September 9, 2018
Does anyone have any info on a white vinyl version of this album? It doesn't have anything printed or inscribed in the run off area and I cant really find much out about it. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


March 3, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
Why are the english and german versions of this record mixed up and not easy to find out in the market place overview?


February 21, 2018
Man-Machine is an interresting part of Kraftwerk's legendary discography. It ditches their famous funky rhythms, the only album to do so in fact, in favour of very simplistic, minimalist, robotic and almost machine-like 4/4 rhythms (save for Man-Machine, the only song ironically which uses more of a funk beat). The melodies are also a lot more repetitive and machine-like, giving the album a very futuristic feel to it. I remember buying this album in the early 2000's and being awestruck by how modern it sounded, refusing to believe it was made in 1978. And for its time, this album was insanely ahead of its time, sounding like NOTHING else at the time. Kraftwerk's pure industrial sound on this record is probably what makes it my favourite and in my opinion they never made any album like it before or since. Every single track explores the future of mankind, whether it would be through robots of our own creation, exploring space, future society (dystopian or utopian is never made clear, but Metropolis and Neon Lights evokes images of Blade Runner for sure, years before it was made), as well as technology merging with humanity in the title track, a notion that evokes images from the later cyberpunk movement. The only track which seems a little dated was ironically one of Kraftwerk's biggest hits, The Model. It feels a little bit out of place on the album, but it serves as one of their best pieces of electropop nonetheless with a look at the (sometimes willing) objectification of women.
All in all, Man-Machine is probably one of Kraftwerk's strongest albums and while it was easily overshadowed by Computer World which in my opinion is a much stronger concept album, it still holds a strong second place for me.


January 29, 2016
It's a vilification to assign this Kraftwerk album to "Electro" or "Synth-pop", terms that were not even contrived in the 1970s when "Mensch-Maschine" came out. Kraftwerk have inspired the invention of "Electro" in it's original definition (shortcut for Electrophonic funk) in the early 80s, but the term has become in the mid to late 90s an unspecific all-purpose word in use for all kinds of electronic music. Back in the 70s Kraftwerk was regarded as a Rockband with electronic instruments, but nowadays many people like to believe Rock and Electronic are contrary to each other. Setting the genre to "Electronic" and "Rock", with Style "Krautrock" and "Avantgarde" would say much more about this album than the wishy-washy styles now in use.


May 31, 2015
I have a copy of this album but it seems to be a mixture of a few of the ones above. Based on the below can anyone recommend which I catalog this under or do I need to create a new entry?

Cat# is 2S 068-85444 on back cover with SE in a circle to the right of the cat#

It has Russian, French and English on the cover.

Produced in Germany

Mixed by Joschko Rudas Ans Leanard Jackson Courtesy of Whitfield Records

(P) 1978 Capitol Records Я ТВОЙ СЛУГА Я ТВОЙ РАЬОТНИК

Side A label is red and black with yPartx 85.629 and 2S 068 - 85.444 printed in white
Side B label is white and black with yPartx 85.630 and 2S 068 - 85.444 printed in red

Matrix RunOut Side A (Stamped) : 2S 068 85 444 A YPARTX 85 629 21 M6 322 2965 2
Matrix RunOut Side A (Etched) : KORREKT Pellé
Matrix RunOut Side B (Stamped) : 2S 068 85 444 B YPARTX 85 630 21 M6 322 296 2
Matrix RunOut Side b (Etched) : Pellé

Plain liner but includes a poster.

Thank you


June 3, 2014

stroke of genius


May 16, 2014

How is the style "electro"? Can someone explain?


January 11, 2014
I still can't believe this is from 1978. "The Man Machine" will still keep sounding fresh for years to come and it's a record that truly challenges the test of time. All 6 tracks are excellent of course, the title track is the best track and a true classic, all 6 tracks are classics but, "The Man Machine" is another story. It's pathetic that nowadays, many producers can't produce something that's even partially digestible to the human ear. Instead, you have all that crappy electro-house and pop music that resembles vomit to my ear. A must in any electronic music collection.


February 5, 2012
edited over 9 years ago

My first Kraftwerk record, bought in 1979. Back then this innovative album sounded so futuristic and alien it seemed from another world altogether. And indeed it was, from the world of the-future-to-come. From this album on Kraftwerk got shamelessly closer to pop music - for the sake of pop music, because it was their own interpretation of pop, many times badly understood, but that would reveal itself highly influential.