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Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2

Posted By : SteveJobs | Date : 25 Jan 2010 11:38:11 | Comments : 4 |
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Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2

Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2 (1972)
XLD Rip | Flac (Tracks-6) Cue, Log, m3u, md5, st5, ffp | complete Artwork 300 dpi | 206 MB
Bootleg | Krautrock | 1972 | Germanofon | 941002

'Kraftwerk 2' is the second studio album by Kraftwerk, released in 1972.

The album was entirely written and performed by Hütter and Schneider in late 1971, released in January 1972, with the sessions produced by the influential Konrad "Conny" Plank.

"Nobody wanted to play with us because we did all kinds of strange things… feedbacks and overtones and sounds and rhythms. No drummer wanted to work with us because we had these electronic gadgets."
— Ralf Hütter


Perhaps the least characteristic album of their output, it features little obvious use of synthesizers, the instrumentation being largely electric guitar, bass guitar, flute and violin. The electronics on display is generally in the realm of 1960s tape-based music more usually produced in academia, with much use of tape echo (for example the massed looping flute layers of "Strom"), reverse & altered speed tape effects.

Overall the sound has a rather muted, twilit, dusky feel, similar in feel to "Megaherz" on Kraftwerk's debut album.
The lengthy, almost side-long "Kling-Klang" which opens the album is notable for its use of a preset organ beatbox to provide the percussion track. It opens with a clangourous Stockhausen-like metallic percussion montage and gives rise to the unmistakable Kraftwerk sound. Later, the song title also became the name of the band's own self-built studio, in Düsseldorf.
"Atem" is a recording of breathing, while "Harmonika" features a tape-manipulated mouth organ.

The cover design, credited to Ralf and Florian, further hints at a deliberate association with conceptualist art, being a virtual repeat of the first album's Pop Art design – except printed this time in fluorescent green and with slight modification by the number '2'.

It was eventually released in the UK, combined with the first Kraftwerk album as a double LP package, by the Vertigo label in March 1973.

No material from this album has been performed in the band's live set since the Autobahn tour of 1975, and to date, the album has not been officially reissued on compact disc.
The band is seemingly reluctant to consider the release as a part of their canon; in later interviews, Schneider described the first three Kraftwerk albums as "archaeology". However, pirated CDs of the album have been widely available since the mid-1990s on the Germanofon and Crown labels.



Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2

Tracklisting

1 Kling-Klang 17:36
2 Atem – 2:57
3 Strom – 3:52
4 Spule 4 – 5:20
5 Wellenlänge – 9:40
6 Harmonika – 3:17


Credits

Ralf Hütter – organ, electric piano, bass, rhythm machine, xylophone, harmonica.
Florian Schneider-Esleben – flutes, violin, guitar, effects, xylophone.
Conrad Plank – sound engineer.


XLD Log
X Lossless Decoder version 20100123 (115.4)

XLD extraction logfile from 2010-01-24 18:43:34 +0100

Kraftwerk / Kraftwerk 2

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6 | 39:15:00 | 03:16:67 | 176625 | 191391


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Posted By: kadichon56 Date: 25 Jan 2010 13:08:28
"…and to date, the album has not been officially reissued on compact disc" — I don't understand???
Posted By: SteveJobs Date: 25 Jan 2010 14:00:16
@ kadichon56: Germanofon was a bootleg label based in Luxemburg which specialised on out of print Krautrock albums. (Kraftwerk, Neu!, Harmonia) For a long time this was the only way to get these albums on CD. Usually Germanofon did a nice job with recreating all the original artwork, but as they had no access to the mastertapes the CDs were sourced from vinyl. Some other Krautrock bands later did re-release their origiinal albums, but Kraftwerk have refused to re-release anything prior to Autobahn ever since. (So the "official" Kraftwerk discography starts with the band's fourth album, not counting the pre-Kraftwerk Organisation LP...)



Here are the links for all pre-Autobahn Kraftwerk albums:

Kraftwerk - Organisation - Tone Float (1970)
http://www.avaxhome.ws/music/Kraftwerk_Organisation_Tone_Float.html

Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk (1970)
http://www.avaxhome.ws/music/Kraftwerk_Kraftwerk.html

Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2 (1972)
http://www.avaxhome.ws/music/Kraftwerk_Kraftwerk_2.html

Kraftwerk - Ralf und Florian (1973)
http://www.avaxhome.ws/music/Kraftwerk_Ralf_und_Florian.html

Enjoy!
Posted By: SteveJobs Date: 25 Jan 2010 16:33:08
Yes, those Germanofon-guys did something similar in the 90s to what Dr. Robert and other vinyl rippers do today. :-)
(Today the vinyl rippers have much better equipment.)

But as we don't know nothing about the equipment and dithering Germanofon used and as these releases were sold as bootlegs, I think it is correct to list them in the bootleg-category.
Some might say that bootleg isn't the right term and would call them pirate releases.

But you are right those albums sound fine.
Posted By: Mobius Date: 20 May 2010 09:26:21
Please, if possible reupload to MEGAUPLOAD (like ORGANIZATION album) Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk 2 and Ralf und Florian.
Thanks for your posts...