Kraftwerk ‎– Kraftwerk 2

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Crown Records ‎– CR 0424-1
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Tracklist

A1 Klingklang 17:36
A2 Atem 2:57
B1 Strom 3:52
B2 Spule 4 5:20
B3 Wellenlänge 9:40
B4 Harmonika 3:17

Notes

Recorded only by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Bootleg.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): CR 0424-1 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): CR-0424-B1

Other Versions (5 of 35) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6305 117 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2(LP, Album, Gat) Philips 6305 117 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
6305 117 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Gre) Philips (2) 6305 117 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
9118 003 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2(LP, Album) Philips 9118 003 France 1973 Sell This Version
CR 0424-2 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Crown Records CR 0424-2 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
6305 117D Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Philips (2) 6305 117D Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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sladerecords

sladerecords

September 16, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
crown awful vinyl at least mine are. watch out with these.
cvoltaire02

cvoltaire02

April 27, 2004

Kraftwerk's third release (if you include the 'Tone Float' release under their previous incarnation 'Organisation'). By this time, the group had shrunk to a duo, consisting only of Ralf and Florian, most of the others forming Neu!. It's a very minimal release that may be disappointing to those who know of the group's later efforts. Most of the tracks don't really go anywhere, some minimal guitar strumming and picking, spare synth and flute; 'Atem' only consists of heavy inhaling and exhaling into the microphone.

The 'Klingklang' track is the highlight of the LP, as well as the longest, clocking in at over 17 minutes. Hints of what was to come are evident in the melodic bubbling synth arrangements held together by simple drum machine patterns. Some improvised treated flute nicely complements the track. It sounds a little like what Kraftwerk's offshoot contemporaries in Neu! were doing at the same time: simple looping harmonies and steady mid-tempo percussion. This track is also found in an edited version on their early Exceller8 compilation that compiles previously released material from 1971-1974.

It's too bad this Italian re-issue/bootleg doesn't have the original artwork. The original cover art depicted weird heiroglyphic designs against a tan background with the 'Kraftwerk' font in the upper left corner. This 'cone' thing is functional but boring.

My advice, pick this up if you're a completist or very open-minded. If you're expecting a more electronic sound, then start with the succeeding 'Ralf & Florian' and leave this one for the collectors.