Kraftwerk ‎– Tour De France Soundtracks

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When this album was first released in 2003 it was called "Tour De France Soundtracks". When re-issued in 2009 and onwards, it was shortened to just "Tour De France".

Tracklist

Prologue 0:31
Tour De France Étape 1 4:28
Tour De France Étape 2 6:41
Tour De France Étape 3 3:56
Chrono 3:19
Vitamin 8:09
Aéro Dynamik 5:05
Titanium 3:21
Elektro Kardiogramm 5:16
La Forme 8:41
Régéneration 1:16
Tour De France 5:10

Versions (34)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
591 708 1, 7243 591708 1 7 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(2xLP, Album, 180) EMI, EMI 591 708 1, 7243 591708 1 7 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk Tour De France (CD, Album, Unofficial) Astralwerks (2) none Russia 2003 Sell This Version
ASW 91708-1 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(2xLP, Album) Astralwerks ASW 91708-1 US 2003 Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(2xLP, Album, TP) Not On Label none UK 2003 Sell This Version
591 708 2, 72435 91708 2 4 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album) EMI, EMI 591 708 2, 72435 91708 2 4 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
ASW 91708-2, 72435 91708 2 4 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album) Astralwerks, Astralwerks ASW 91708-2, 72435 91708 2 4 US 2003 Sell This Version
07243 473263 2 5 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) EMI, Gala Records (5) 07243 473263 2 5 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
591 710 2 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) EMI 591 710 2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
591 710 2, 72435 91710 2 9 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) EMI, EMI 591 710 2, 72435 91710 2 9 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
7243 5 91710 2 9 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) EMI 7243 5 91710 2 9 Argentina 2003 Sell This Version
591 710 2, 72435 91710 2 9 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) EMI, EMI, Kling Klang, Kling Klang 591 710 2, 72435 91710 2 9 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
KW3 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Copy Prot., Promo) Kling Klang KW3 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
591 710 2 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Copy Prot., Unofficial) EMI (2) 591 710 2 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
TOCP-66224, 72435 91708 2 4 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Enh) Capitol Records, Capitol Records TOCP-66224, 72435 91708 2 4 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
KW4, 708761804225 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Promo, Copy Prot.) Astralwerks, Astralwerks KW4, 708761804225 US 2003 Sell This Version
591 708 2, 72435 91708 2 4 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Unofficial) EMI (2), EMI (2) 591 708 2, 72435 91708 2 4 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
591 710 2, PM 520, 72435 91710 2 9 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Unofficial) EMI, EMI, EMI 591 710 2, PM 520, 72435 91710 2 9 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
591 710 2, PM 520, 72435 91710 2 9 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Unofficial) EMI, EMI, EMI 591 710 2, PM 520, 72435 91710 2 9 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
MTL-136 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Album, Unofficial) Music For The People MTL-136 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
OR 3214 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label (Kraftwerk) OR 3214 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
0724359171043 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(Cass, Album) EMI 0724359171043 Hungary 2003 Sell This Version
591 708 2, 72435 91708 2 4 Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks(Cass, Album, Unofficial) EMI (2), EMI (2) 591 708 2, 72435 91708 2 4 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
50999 9 66109 1 6, STUMM 310 Kraftwerk Tour De France(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Kling Klang, Mute 50999 9 66109 1 6, STUMM 310 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
50999 9 66109 1 6 Kraftwerk Tour De France(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Kling Klang, Parlophone 50999 9 66109 1 6 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
50999 6 99593 1 8 Kraftwerk Tour De France(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Kling Klang, EMI 50999 6 99593 1 8 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
50999 3 08304 2 4 Kraftwerk Tour De France(CD, Album, RE, RM) Kling Klang, Astralwerks 50999 3 08304 2 4 US 2009 Sell This Version
50999 6 99593 2 5 Kraftwerk Tour De France(CD, Album, RE, RM) Kling Klang, EMI 50999 6 99593 2 5 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
TOCP-70818 Kraftwerk Tour De France(CD, Album, RM) Kling Klang, Mute, EMI TOCP-70818 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
50999 9 66109 2 3, CDSTUMM 310 Kraftwerk Tour De France(CD, Album, RM) Kling Klang, Mute 50999 9 66109 2 3, CDSTUMM 310 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
50999 6 99593 2 5 Kraftwerk Tour De France(CD, Album, Unofficial) Kling Klang (2), EMI (2) 50999 6 99593 2 5 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
5099969959318 Kraftwerk Tour De France(LP, Album) Kling Klang, Parlophone 5099969959318 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
50999 6 99593 2 5 Kraftwerk Tour de France(CD, Album, RE, RM) Kling Klang, EMI 50999 6 99593 2 5 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
50999 9 66109 2 3 Kraftwerk Tour De France(CD, Album, RE, RM) Kling Klang, Parlophone 50999 9 66109 2 3 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
WPCR-80046 Kraftwerk Tour De France(CD, Album, RE, RM) Warner Music, Kling Klang, Parlophone WPCR-80046 Japan 2014 Sell This Version

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donotseemecricket

donotseemecricket

June 20, 2017
referencing Tour De France Soundtracks, 2xLP, Album, 180, 591 708 1, 7243 591708 1 7
The people talking bad about this record are missing the point, perhaps. I think it's facinating, or maybe very fitting that the very artists that were influenced by Kraftwerk and went on to pioneer what became Detroit Techno, would in turn create a sound and style of music that would then cycle back to Kraftwerk again. This album is proof of that. I have listened to heavy doses of Detroit Techno over the years, and while I also grew up on old school Kraftwerk, this album was not one of the ones I listened to much at all. Today, the influence is obvious to me. It was Kraftwerk upgrading their sound. There is a well known (to techno fans) interview of Mad Mike Banks on Detroit Radio. In this interview he talks about meeting Kraftwerk when UR toured Europe and was playing in Germany in the early 90s. He says one of the conversations that was had, was asking them why they hadn't put out any new music. Basically he was trying to convince them that they should continue to make music, because what they did was so ahead of its time, they had plenty of time to wait for the rest of the world to catch up, and their sound was just as relevant as ever. And well, eventually we did get a new Kraftwerk album in 2003. It would only make sense that the electronic music that they influenced would in turn come back to influence them in those 17 years. This is a great album. I enjoy it just as much as their old ones, and in fact more than a few.
CJ_Reign

CJ_Reign

March 28, 2017
referencing Tour De France Soundtracks, 2xLP, Album, 180, 591 708 1, 7243 591708 1 7
For those who complained that this is dull album or doesnt show anything revolutionary in sound - come on people, give it up. Music is fun generally. Revolutionary in sound passed almost 15 years ago, as theres nothing new nowadays, just a wide variation on what we all know. Subgenres mix all the way and then some journalists or artists claim the discovered something new - theres nothing more wrong than thinking that way. In fact, this album by Kraftwerk is nothing new, but just their approach in new forms that are now popular (or were when they made their TDF album). In 2017 you might ask, still sound ok ? I answer yes, even though its only deep techno/electro/electronia sound mixed with Kraftwerk. For me they noted carefully whats good in modern electronica music and used it in proper way to redefine themselves and here we have their proposition on music electronia. I kind of like it. First part of album (TDF etape 1, 2 and 3) seems like just a look on what can they do with classic tech house'y thing and retweak to their style. Although in some parts it may sound as someone else put their hands on arrange...but the rest of album is a classic KW, quite distinctive at times, but as others said not revolutionary. Again, for me its good album, it just fits my taste. But its not their best work. Easy.
KI3

KI3

November 19, 2016
referencing Tour De France Soundtracks, CD, Album, Copy Prot., Promo, KW3
This release is a pain to rip in EAC or dbPoweramp. It isn't in the CueTools Database either, but the KW4 variant released in the USA is. Both releases also suffer from a tick about 40 seconds into Chrono, while the release version does not.
Native12

Native12

November 16, 2015
referencing Tour De France Soundtracks, CD, Album, 591 708 2, 72435 91708 2 4
My copy of this release has a tiny black 'Le de Tour france' sticker on the case. Looks like this is the Tour de France logo, used to promote the race, but not sure for which year.
Tinman999

Tinman999

January 1, 2015
referencing Tour De France Soundtracks, 2xLP, Album, 180, 591 708 1, 7243 591708 1 7
Really not sure of this version I have, only clue is french version. and titles of tracks are in french.
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

June 26, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Tour De France Soundtracks, 2xLP, Album, 180, 591 708 1, 7243 591708 1 7
Here is a list of why the Tour De France is an absolutely amatheur product TECHNICALWISE. I just mention the artistical-side.
1.- This is one of the worst soundquality recording I've ever heard from the electronic-genre. They made it even worse with the remastering series which is absolutely shit soundqualitywise. Just listen the Electric Café! That's an audiophile rec. This, as it is, without any remastering is worse than a cassette. With that is almost a boosted dictaphone. No deep sounds and there's no high-ends at all. It all sounds like there's nothing above 10kHz, instead of the avaliable 20kHz. But apart from it all: every single sound and minute is very cloudy, plastic and dynamicsless. Interestingly some tracks are worse than the others. Even more interestingly the single of Aero Dynamics includes the track in much better soundquality and it means that their PC stored-formula of the tracks are supposingly much better than those ones appears on the final result: on the CD. Why?
2.- The whole album is not completed. Sounds are missing, empty parts are present, lack of idea.
3.- The sound-engineering is horrible: I rarely heard such an unbalanced mix concerning some timbres and instruments. Just take the kick drum on the first parts as an example.
4.- Sonic timbres: Many of the sounds are absolutely amatheur on this CD. Kick drum, hi-hats, basses, some lines has no character and presence at all. Some ultracheap-sounds. Nearly all is a DIY job on a small household PC even in 2003. 8 Years before that, I've made all superb within my PC-softwares. So there's no real reason to sound sooo bad in 2003 in every aspect.
5.- Many of the sounds were overmanipulated on rubbish softwares. Those sounds became more dull and flat and became NOISY what is really a questionmark for me, while all the software-based soundgenerating stayed in the digital-domain. It means that even they wasn't satisfied with the result. They tweaked and experimented with them a lot. All sounds are not spontaneously bombastic and effortless but contraversary.
6.- The whole CD doesn't comply to the CD standard. The digital noise is at so high-level that the product could be ca. 8 bit in dynamics level instead of 16bit. Incredibly annoying. I calculate it on request.
7.- Personally me, I don't like the concept in all. Cycling is not worth singing about so pathetic way, let it be left to, say the Queen! 1 Song was very OK in 1983, this is an excess. The remixed TDF track lacks of something originality and the snare is bad.
8.- There's almost no a good melody-line on the whole album. Karl Bartos took that away.... For example: Vitamin and La Forme is terrible melodywise, Elektro Kardiogram is not completed. The latter's single version has a melodyline added.... was a waste....
9.- Most of the things is missing from the Kraftwerk, what was present a few years back. I'm happy to hear the album and I LIKE it but I'm very angry about the ultra-cheap and amatheur soulutions Kraftwerk were using here. I don't debate about the artistic content but technicalwise I don't know any worse album on the planet and I'm seriously speaking. That's all about Kraftwerk's mastery and professionalism... Did they ever listened the CD???? And then the Electric Café afterwards?.......
lancelot323

lancelot323

February 23, 2008
referencing Tour De France Soundtracks, CD, Album, ASW 91708-2, 72435 91708 2 4
Kraftwerk have been ahead of their time since they started recording in 1971, and this record proves it. It was 17 years since the release of Electric Café, and the boys returned to the recording studio for the 100th anniversary of the world's most grueling sporting event...And they capture the feeling of the race PERFECTLY. You can hear it in every subtle nuance of the first 5 tracks; The ticking cymbals that remind one of bike chains...The breathing of the racers...You can feel the speed and turns.

An album truly worth it for the first 5 tracks alone, but that's not to say that the rest of the album is a throw-away, no sir. "Vitamin" is a throw-back to classic 'Werk if there ever was one...Slow funky rhythm, awesome synth melody...Aero Dynamik & Titanium, like the first 5 tracks, slowly build into each other, and the remixed version of the original 1983 "Tour de France" is quite welcome here.

While not as groundbreaking as, say, Autobahn or Trans-Europe Express, this is an excellent addition to anyone's Kraftwerk collection, and album collection, period.