Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

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Krautrock > electronic experimental > electro-pop band from Düsseldorf formed in 1970.

Formerly known as Organisation, Kraftwerk debuted live as the trio of Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider-Esleben and Charly Weiss at the Tivoli Popfestival, Aachen on 11 July 1970. Klaus Dinger took over as drummer after that. Gigs between 26 December 1970 and 30 July 1971 omitted Hutter, with various line-ups including Michael Rother and others. Dinger & Rotrher then split-off forming Neu!. First known Hutter/Schneider gig is 2 February 1972 at the Fabrik, Altona, Hamburg, which instigated the partnership that developed into the well-known electro pop band continuing for decades with an expanded line-up after the hit single Autobahn.

Current members:
Ralf Hütter (July 1970 to December 1970, January 1972-) Lead Vocals, Vocoder, Synthesizers, Keyboards, Organ, Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Henning Schmitz (1978-) Electronic Percussion (1978–) Sound Engineering
Fritz Hilpert (1987-) Electronic Percussion, Sound Engineering
Falk Grieffenhagen (2013-) Video Technician

Former Members:
Karl Bartos (1975-1991) Electronic Percussion
Klaus Dinger (1970-1971) Drum
Wolfgang Flür (1973-1987) Electronic Percussion
Andreas Hohmann (1970) Drum
Eberhard Kranemann (1970) Bass Guitar
Thomas Lohmann (1970) Drum
Houschäng Néjadepour (1970) Electric Guitar
Michael Rother (1971) Electric Guitar
Florian Schneider-Esleben (1970–2008)
Charly Weiss (1970) Drums
Plato Kostic (a.k.a. Plato Riviera) (1970) Bass Guitar
Peter Schmidt (1970) Drums
Emil Schult (1973) Electric guitar, Electronic violin
Klaus Röder (1974) Electric guitar, Electronic violin
Fernando Abrantes (1991) Electronic Percussion, Synthesizer
Stefan Pfaffe (2008-2012) Video Technician

Maxime Schmitt has been a close friend of the group as well as an advisor and collaborator.
Emil Schult has also collaborated on many releases, contributing both lyrics and graphics.
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Kraftwerk Discography

Albums

Kraftwerk Kraftwerk (Album) Philips Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2 (Album) Philips Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Ralf & Florian (Album) Philips Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Autobahn (Album) Philips, Philips Canada 1974 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Radio-Aktivität (Album) Kling Klang, HÖR ZU, EMI Electrola Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Trans Europa Express (Album) Kling Klang, Kling Klang US 1977 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Die Mensch·Maschine (Album) Kling Klang, Kling Klang, EMI Electrola US 1978 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Computerwelt (Album) Kling Klang, EMI Electrola Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
1C 264-46 311 Kraftwerk Computerwelt(Cass, Album) Kling Klang, EMI Electrola 1C 264-46 311 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Electric Cafe (Album) Kling Klang, EMI France 1986 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk The Mix (Album) Kling Klang, Electrola Turkey 1991 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks (Album) EMI, EMI Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Minimum-Maximum (Album) EMI Europe 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Kraftwerk Ruckzuck Philips South Africa 1970 Sell This Version
6003 356 Kraftwerk Kohoutek - Kometenmelodie(7", Single) Philips 6003 356 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Ralf & Florian Philips 1973 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Mitternacht / Morgenspaziergang / Kometenmelodie I (EP, Single) Philips Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Kometenmelodie 2 (Single) Philips UK 1974 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Autobahn (Single) Philips US 1974 Sell This Version
Kling-Klang Verlag GmbH Kraftwerk Mitternacht(Acetate, 10", Mono) Philips Kling-Klang Verlag GmbH 1974 Sell This Version
3C 000 70069 Kraftwerk / Nomadi Kraftwerk / Nomadi - Radioactivity / Quasi Quasi(7", Promo) Capitol Records 3C 000 70069 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Radioaktivität (Single, Maxi) Kling Klang, EMI Electrola South Africa 1975 Sell This Version
3C 000-70074 Urszula Dudziak / Kraftwerk Urszula Dudziak / Kraftwerk - Papaya / Radioactivity(7", Jukebox) Arista, Capitol Records 3C 000-70074 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk Trans Europa Express (Single) Kling Klang, EMI Electrola Italy 1977 Sell This Version
3C 000 - 70095 Kraftwerk / Kiki Dee Kraftwerk / Kiki Dee - Trans-Europe Express / Loving And Free / Amoureuse(7", Jukebox) Capitol Records, The Rocket Record Company 3C 000 - 70095 Italy 1977 Sell This Version

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grahamdhudson

grahamdhudson

April 20, 2016
I have a gatefold double vinyl album that is in a black sleeve with sound-waves in blue and white. Bought new around 1970. And just called Kraftwerk. Although I see some tracks listed here I don't see that version? It is on Vertigo with the black and white psychedelic label. I think later versions had the spacecraft?
xavier1982

xavier1982

July 15, 2015
Aaaah kraftwerk is a great band
the man machine is my number one favorite album like the robots is my number one favorite song about them
paskaloman

paskaloman

April 12, 2014
Hi everybody.
Hope someone can solve a little doubt.
On forum Italia we discussed about a misprinting or varation name of band Kraftwerk found Kraftwork.
http://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Autobahn/release/5456863
as you can see on labels:
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=5456863
We have to decide if it's really a misprinted incorrect name or band had good reason to have a variation name.
Thank you for a kind reply.
P@sk@.
frendleeguy

frendleeguy

March 28, 2014
I managed to find a 7" copy of Kommetenmelodie and Autobahn on Warner Brothers, any kind of rarity in that?
graphicequaliser

graphicequaliser

January 24, 2014
I have an early gatefold double vinyl album of their first 2 albums as one, but this was an original release. It was on Vertigo records and was done in a powerplant (hence their name). It had a picture of a modulated sine wave on the cover. I can't find it on the internet! Yet, a couple of years ago, I could find it, and it was fetching a couple of hundred GBPs a copy! Has it gone ultra-rare?
hortonjupiter

hortonjupiter

May 21, 2013
Around 11 or 12 years ago a friend and musical compadre of mine asked me "What if they're serious?"

Suddenly Kraftwerk seemed horribly earnest and devoid of all charm, "icy" as the usual dull script goes, and I foolishly went off them almost instantaneously. WHAT was I thinking? Of course they're serious! And of course they're not serious at the same time, such a depth of intelligence and wit. How the hell could a group be "serious" delivering lines like "Interpol and Deutsche Bank, FBI and Scotland Yard...COMPUTER WORLD!" in those deadpan voices? Kraftwerk are so funny it hurts. And of course the records are as brillant as they always were, one of the great beautiful and spiritual monuments to human endeavour. What was I thinking? After being lucky enough to get tickets to see them perform T.E.E. (or most of it anyway, the cheats!) at the Turbine Hall recently I'm happy to say that I rediscovered these monumental and inspirational artists and am currently bopping about the room like a massive cunt to anything and everything they ever made.

Just the greatest, no question. And fuck all that "godfathers of techno" bollocks you dullards, this music is on another plane.
Timequake

Timequake

February 1, 2013
Kraftwerk have inspired a lot of my work. I admire their approach whereas space is considered as an musical instrument.
rwells35

rwells35

August 6, 2012
Kraftwerk are THE inventors of Techno!

Much of their music is utterly inspirational.
meltdog

meltdog

September 19, 2008
Techno starts with a K,and all other genres after 1980.Kraftwerk.Sheer brilliance , the more i have listened to them over the years the better they sound.I first heard them in the early 1980s.I really took notice though when i heard their Autobahn lp,given to me 15 years after its release.At the time i was listening to techno and house, and immediately heard the roots after playing Autobahn.Then i read some sleeve notes from a comp album which told of there influences ,the interviewed people then changed my outlook on music forever.
turlubuki

turlubuki

September 16, 2008
Kraftwerk are usually characterized as the Beatles of electronica,well Kraftwerk were more important than Beatles!Most people believe that Kraftwerk were the first electronic group,that's not true but they were the most popular and did some innovations such as the first drum machines and they first used sequencers.The hits Telstar(tornados),Dr.Who(ron grainer),Popcorn (Gershon Kingsley and the remake by hot butter)are some tracks that predated Kraftwerk's electronical period.But if it wasn't for them electronica and other kind of music such as italo disco,hip hop would be different.In my opinion after listening to their last album tour de france soundtracks they should better live in silence if they don't have anything important to record because in this way they will destroy the path that they built in the 70's and the 80's.

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