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KraftwerkKraftwerk

Label:Philips – 6305 058
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:Germany
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Krautrock, Experimental

Tracklist

A1Ruckzuck7:47
A2Stratovarius12:10
B1Megaherz9:30
B2Vom Himmel Hoch10:12
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Credits

Notes

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

  • Rights Society (Boxed): GEMA
  • Price Code:
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A side): AA 6305 058.1 Y
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B side): AA 6305 058.2 Y
  • 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
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 13, stamped): 10 AA6305058 1Y 320 1 R
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 13, stamped): 10 AA6305058 2Y 320 1 N
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 14, stamped): 10 AA6305058 1Y 320 2 AE
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 14, stamped): 10 AA6305058 2Y 320 2 AC
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 15, stamped): 10 AA6305058 1Y 320 0
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 15, stamped): 10 AA6305058 2Y 320 0
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 16, stamped): 10 AA6305058 1Y 320 1 U
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 16, stamped): 10 AA6305058 2Y 320 1 U
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 17, stamped): 10 AA6305058 1Y 320 1M
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 17, stamped): 10 AA6305058 2Y 320 1I
  • Matrix / Runout (A side variant 18, stamped): 10 AA6305058 1Y 320 1 C
  • Matrix / Runout (B side variant 18, stamped): 10 AA6305058 2Y 320 1 C

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  • MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
    Edited 8 months ago
    Ooooh my pressing sounds awful blah blah .... Well get a new trouser press you fockers ....

    Mean while Andreas Hohmann!!!!!

    Ps let the new generations ears hear what your hearing...
    Complex innit......

    Ears are incredible at adjusting to the bedrock of sound..

    I still listen to shitty tdk 90s and the sound is still there......

    So audiophiles please stop agonizing ....

    And rock the fock out with the energy!!!!!!!!!!
    Night night sleep tight!
    • vinylfreak.me's avatar
      vinylfreak.me
      Edited 10 months ago
      This music cannot be re-issued.
      Pink Floyd have done that from the original tapes with their separate tracks and if you care buy both, a reissue and an original record and make your own comparison. It takes 50 Euro to learn a lesson for life.

      But in this case here there aren't even any original tapes left.
      All that exists are digitalized versions of already decaying master-tapes or what has been recorded from a well preserved record. This approach fell short for reissues of much less audiophile music such as "Ton Steine Scherben" and their "Keine Macht für Niemand" album, for example, a total waste of money.

      In this sense, apart from being extremely happy still possessing my original record though it being G+ or worse, I find this record still totally underpriced.
      This music is mindboggling. I still do not understand how the second part of side one can keep the first song afloat without any discernable references, it is a trip. A trip that won't work if you listen to any lesser versions but this.
      Trust me while it still is available.
      • j.loves.vinyl's avatar
        j.loves.vinyl
        Great stuff here. Is it just me or does "Vom Himmel Hoch" sound very much sound like something the Beasties Boys would put out, only with (or maybe without) vocals?
        • GalaxyExplorer's avatar
          It is ridiculous that this and Kraftwerk 2 haven't been reissued. What are they waiting for?
          • giullare's avatar
            giullare
            new editions remastered for the 50th anniversary ??!! wow:I hope ☻
            • normanharvey
              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's avatar
                Herr_Lenz
                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's avatar
                  Herr_Lenz
                  Edited 6 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's avatar
                    ttooyyss
                    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's avatar
                      Crijevo
                      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.

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