Kraftwerk ‎– Kraftwerk

Vertigo ‎– 6641 077
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Spiral Label
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Spiral Label
All Media, Compilation


A1 Ruckzuck 7:47
A2 Stratovarius 12:10
B1 Megaherz 9:30
B2 Vom Himmel Hoch 10:12
C1 Klingklang 17:36
C2 Atem 2:57
D1 Strom 3:52
D2 Spule 4 5:20
D3 Wellenlänge 9:40
D4 Harmonika 3:17

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UK combined release of Kraftwerk's first two German albums (that were released on the Philips label), in a gatefold sleeve. The inner side of the gatefold is an adaptation of the design from the second album.

The initial pressings have the Vertigo "spiral" design inner sleeves and disc labels.
Later copies dating from mid-1970s have plain paper sleeves with a plastic protective inner lining and the Roger Dean designed "spaceship" disc labels. The album was deleted in 1980.

The label erroneously lists D3 as ''Wellenlange''.

℗ 1972
Made in England

Side A & B: Capriccio Music
Side C & D: Ralf Arnie Musikedition

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other ( disc 1): 6499 268
  • Other ( disc 2): 6499 269
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): 6499 268.1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): 6499 268.2
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side C): 6499 269.1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side D): 6499 269.2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [Stamped] - Variant 1): 6499268 1Y//1∆420 1 1 3 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [Stamped] - Variant 1): 6499268 2Y//1∆420 1 1 1 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [Etched] - Variant 1): CHRIS JOHNS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C [Stamped] - Variant 1): 6499269 1Y//1∆420 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D [Stamped] - Variant 1): 6499269 2Y//1∆420 1 1 1 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D [Etched] - Variant 1): CHRIS JOHNS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [Stamped] - Variant 2): 6499268 1Y//1▽420 1 1 1 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [Stamped] - Variant 2): 6499268 1Y//1▽420 1 1 7 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C [Stamped] - Variant 2): 6499269 1Y//1▽420 1 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D [Stamped] - Variant 2): 6499269 2Y//1▽420 1 1 1

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6641 077 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(2xLP, Album, Comp, Spi) Vertigo 6641 077 UK 1972 Sell This Version
CD - 064 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 1 / Kraftwerk 2(CD, Comp, RE, RM, Unofficial) Andromeda (2) CD - 064 Poland 1999 Sell This Version
6641 077, 6499 268, 6499 269 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(2xLP, Album, Comp, RP, Spa) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 6641 077, 6499 268, 6499 269 UK 1973 Sell This Version
6641 077 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk(2xLP, Album, Comp, RE) Vertigo 6641 077 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 1 / Kraftwerk 2(Cass, Comp, RE, Unofficial, Dol) Северная Пальмира none Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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October 27, 2011
edited over 9 years ago
As well as the Wellenlange mistype on the label some copies (not sure how many) have Vom Himmel Hoch spelt correctly on the label, but mistyped as Vim Himmel Hoch on the inside of the original gatefold sleeve. This mispelling was duplicated on the 2005 unofficial reissues, but they do not have a gatefold sleeve. Mine is an original, albeit quite tatty, with swirl inners and labels, and was bought SH mid 80s (so not a bootleg).


September 7, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Strange case of an original reissue, as this is a package of the two first Kraftwerk albums, already released in Germany before as Kraftwerk 1 and Kraftwerk 2. Although Kraftwerk is most remembered for its synthesizer spaghetti, these albums prove that there is more to them than you may have realized. The first album indeed incorporates avalanches of electronics, but hardly any synths. Flute and organ rule. Embryonic forms of later developments are found, like short-ridden rhythms, a narrow harmonic horizon and mechanically affected repetitions. But at times the music veers towards sonic landscapes, industrial sounds inclusive. Where a drummer is heard, both Can and Faust come to mind, but mostly there are alternatively serene and unsettling carpets of sound. This must have sounded completely non-commercial in 1972. By ditching the drums, the second album is only rock by far-fetched association and there is in fact nothing left to connect this music to any anglo-american styling. Some Asian influences can be determined on ''Klingklang''. Much more extreme is ''Atem'', that consists of almost three minutes worth of a breathing human being, slightly electronically altered. A far cry from anything that ressembles the blues! ''Strom'' is a lesson in complete immobility. These courageous attempts make Kraftwerk worth remembering, much more so than their robotics of later date.


January 18, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
Following on from DJ343's comment, the release 'Doppelalbum' is an entirely different Vertigo compilation of Kraftwerk's earlier material. It should not be confused with this release which was basically Kraftwerk's first two German albums (Kraftwerk 1 and 2), released for the UK market in a gatefold sleeve.
Two different labels are in circulation for this release, one is the standard Vertigo symbol as used on all their 70's releases, the other is the rarer white label with black spirals which become very hypnotic if watched while record is spinning on turntable!