Kraftwerk ‎– Kraftwerk 2

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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

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Credits

Notes

First release comes in foldout cover.
The cone is printed with fluorescent green ink on smooth (but unlaminated) white cardboard.

Produced, recorded and mixed 26.9. - 1.10.1971 at Star Musik Studio (Ralf Arnie), Hamburg.
All titles: Ralf Arnie Musikedition

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Made in Germany

In runout on both sides one letter appears turned for 90°.

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  • Rights Society: GEMA

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6305 117 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2(LP, Album, Pic, Unofficial, Blu) Philips 6305 117 Unknown 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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normanharvey

normanharvey

September 18, 2018
their sophomore album is weak

it is boring and it does not happen too much here

Schmokfinnchen

Schmokfinnchen

November 25, 2017
I bought it on November 24, 1971
Release was ostensible Jan 1972
???
giullare

giullare

September 15, 2014
KW 1, KW 2, Ralf anf Florian remastered in CD, but....WHEN WHEN WHEN?????
Crijevo

Crijevo

November 1, 2009
Comparing 'Kraftwerk 2' to the group's self-titled debut, it discreetly shows a tiny drift towards the synthetic pattern many are more comfortable with. The opening number 'Klingklang' (a term which would later serve as their fifth 'accompaniment' in the wake of a recording studio), creates this beautiful repetitive sequence, singlehandedly informing the two of their crucial albums released by mid-seventies - 'Ralf und Florian' and most notably, 'Autobahn'.

However, it still remains a research rather than a seriously conceived, brushed album - 'Klingklang' itself being sort of 'multi-suite' clocked in well over 16 minutes, occasionally twisting in and out of regular rhythm speed which might either confuse or irritate the listener (especially if experienced on a standard long player).

'Atom' introduces with scary breathing processed heavily into the mix - simple, a bit formless, but still intriguing aural experience for the most patient. 'Strom' is the perfect example how Kraftwerk don't get intimidated by the avant-garde extremes - here the unusual electric guitar wall of sound is delivered, from a childishly naive doodling to Fleetwood Mac-like dreamscape. Here it is quite notable that Kraftwerk try out ideas, delivered by their then-former bandmates Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother on their own debut album as Neu!

'Spule 4' adds a flirt with the exotic, a bit nightmarish LSD-trip; still there is too much silence interrupted with intrumental fillers that albeit growing towards the end of the piece, get nowhere particular. Same goes for 'Wellenlaenge' - a bit of a tease more than something we would like to get back to, even though this particular piece provides a nice sketch to early morning atmosphere.

'Harmonika' on the other hand delivers a beautiful 'chamber music' effect - it sounds more like a harmonium from what is suggested by the title. If only it was a bit more processed through a tiny sound effect (let's say reverb or space echo)... still it is one of the album's truly fine and ear pleasing moments.

In all, 'Kraftwerk 2' seems lost between progress and noisy still lives. While the ideas, Ralf and Florian (along with Conny Plank) applying here, somehow extend this early minimalist approach of theirs - apart from a die-hard fan, to someone as curious to discover it, 'Kraftwerk 2' still offers little actual merit of things to come. Recommended and respectable on its own terms, but just as confused a document.

While it stands the test of time, like the debut, it also suffers for its overspreading art (genius).
Robot11811

Robot11811

March 25, 2003

KW 2 like its predecessor is compleatly instrumental, this (like the first one) probably won't appeal to Kraftwerks' core audience, you have to know Ralf & Florian were just a pair of German hippies having fun only it's sometimes hard to distinguish the difference between art or just noise. Like minimal? Atem (Breath) consist of nothing more than Schneiders' breathing into a mic with echo unit, If this ever were attempted again I would prefer the breathing sounds of Darth Vader Kling Klang (Ringing Sound) is undoubtedly the LPs centerpiece, this composition like strom and spule 4 sounds like its made from separatet pieces. For this and most of KWs early output co-producer Conny Plank deserves just as much credit and recognition as Ralf & Florian themselves.