Kraftwerk ‎– Kraftwerk

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Philips ‎– 6305 058
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
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Tracklist

A1 Ruckzuck 7:47
A2 Stratovarius 12:10
B1 Megaherz 9:30
B2 Vom Himmel Hoch 10:12

Credits

Notes

Recorded & remixed July-September 1970. Released December 1, 1970.
Made in Germany

Authentic copies have the cone printed with neon orange ink on smooth (but unlaminated) white cardboard.
Original pressing with silver-on-blue paper labels.

Inner side of the gatefold sleeve has a main photograph by concept artist-photographers Bernd + Hilla Becher, famous for their series of multiple images of industrial architecture.
The smaller photos of the musicians were taken at the Essen "Grugahalle" Pop & Blues Festival (2 May 1970) when Hütter & Schneider-Esleben were performing in proto-Kraftwerk band Organisation.

The runout area always shows the matrix number, 10 AA 6305058 [1Y/2Y] 320 in one string. In addition, a single letter or number/letter combination is stamped "lying down" into the runout area, detached from the matrix.

The "AA" in the runout matrix stands for "high volume".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A side, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320
  • Matrix / Runout (B side, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 1, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 1 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 1, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 1 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 2, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 K
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 2, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 M
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 3, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 3, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 1 B
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 4, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 1 U
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 4, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 1 Y
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 5, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 2 AE
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 5, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 2 AB
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 6, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 W
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 6, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 V
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 7, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 X
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 7, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 U
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 8, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 1 Q
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 8, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 1 I
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 9, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 2 AP
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 9, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 2L AN
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 10, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 2 I V
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 10, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 2 II V
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 11, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 1Y 320 1 K
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 11, stamped): 10 AA 6305058 2Y 320 1 M
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 12, stamped): 10 AA6305058 1Y 320 A N
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 12, stamped): 10 AA6305058 2Y 320 A L
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Price Code: Ⓓ

Other Versions (5 of 39) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
941001 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941001 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
6305 058 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Philips (2) 6305 058 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
6305 058 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Philips 6305 058 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(LP, Pic, Unofficial) Not On Label none Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CR 0423-1 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Crown Records CR 0423-1 Italy 2001 Sell This Version

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normanharvey

normanharvey

September 18, 2018
good debut album

of course it has nothing to do with their later works

however ruckzuck is great and it has a prototype of melody like TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS the flute

the other tracks are very experimental
Herr_Lenz

Herr_Lenz

July 15, 2017
Again and again i can hear ralf´s voice on "Vom Himmel hoch" at 7:32 and i think he speech "...und los geht's mit Bass!". It´s not a reason to buy the record, but it´s a funny fact to know.
Herr_Lenz

Herr_Lenz

January 23, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
I came very late to this first release of kraftwerk under his own name. But i like to hear the way from "tone float" to "tour de france soundtracks". For really fans are a must have to complete the real catalog and not the official who is beginning at autobahn.
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

January 30, 2013
This LP should have been a little treasure of the genre of it's time. Sounds like nothing else. They have immediately caught the essence of the Kraftwerkishness on the periodical instruments. Great early attempts to express the tech. in a veird motorised, mechanised rhytmical way. Great!
Crijevo

Crijevo

November 1, 2009
I guess, if I ever heard this album at the same time when devouring 'The Man-Machine', 'Computer-World' and 'Electric Cafe' (which remain the crucial introduction points to me), it would have been a disappointment just the same.

'Kraftwerk', despite the group exploring the technological side even then, is a rudimentary study - a bizarre prototype blending soothing ambient with abrasive sound.

The focal duo of Schneider and Hutter along with their first line-up of fellow musicians here, are just starting to make their 'all electronic' point, in both - sound and vision. The plastic cone is an interesting choice to make that point, but now as we know it - it took two more albums to define the research, before the world would recognise the group's unusual, disciplined concept.

Today, 'Kraftwerk' is still amazingly relevant (if not vague), bordering all that Industrial harshness ('Vom Himmel Hoch' and 'Megaherz' are masterpiece examples of this) and delivering emotional depth kickstarting Kraftwerk's obsession to reconcile man, nature and technology.
_.-M-o-r-B-e-a-T-._

_.-M-o-r-B-e-a-T-._

November 12, 2003
This firts Kraftwerk Album reflects the early roots of the later Electronic-Avantgarde Group, coming from the psycadelic-rock and Kraut Rock. "Ruckzuck" is not only for Kraftwerk Fans a special Track, but is also said to have been one of the favorite Songs of the Group themselves. It is dominated by a flute-riff played by Florian Schneider, and "Ruckzuck" remained for a long time the opener of the early Kraftwerk Konzerts.
Robot11811

Robot11811

April 1, 2003

If music is just organized sound this LP will never qualify as music, Ruckzuck is the only composition with any sort of structure I understand use to be an early concert favorite, if the photo used for the inner sleeve isn't enough proof of Kraftwerks fascination with technology then Vom Himmel Hoch should and will put an end to any remaining doubt. This is the first on record the group begins to experiment with artificiality recreating mechanical sounds this like Klingklang (from the second LP) which focuses and explores on the possibilities of program electric percussion, will eventually become Autobahn however the results here are nothing but primitive and crude examples of Kraftwerks early developmental period, it's a fascinating listening experience, however It should be noted Computerwelt fans should use extreme caution if you don't enjoy other German experimental prog_rock groups like Can or Nue! this won't be for you.
jussumen

jussumen

March 26, 2003

"Rukzuck" is my favourite track by Kraftwerk , a heavy rocking tune with excellent flute sounds , manipulated by moog-synthesizers - "Vom Himmel Hoch" sounds like a war night with heavy bomb attacks . very strange , people used to joke about this record . "no music on it only weird sounds".. . only 'Ruckzuck' is in any way a musical composition .