Kraftwerk to Release (In)Complete “Catalogue”

It kind of pisses me off that Kraftwerk is — six years later — still calling their reissuing of albums numbered four through eleven

Autobahn (1974)
Radio-Activity – (German title: Radio-Aktivität) (1975)
Trans-Europe Express – (German title: Trans-Europa Express) (1977)
The Man-Machine – (German title: Die Mensch-Maschine) (1978)
Computer World – (German title: Computerwelt) (1981)
Electric Café (1986) – (here given its original name of Techno Pop)
The Mix (1991)
Tour de France Soundtracks (2003) – (now titled Tour de France)

“12345678: The Catalogue.”

While I love these records, I don’t think it qualifies as a catalogue unless you are including all the releases you have. Not to mention the ones included in this set are not technically albums one through eight! I’m assuming the first three albums are simply not included because of rights issues, but then the last three have rights issues so that the only way you can get them in their remastered version in the U.S. is through this boxset!

After some research on the Wikipedia article about this boxset, it has also been stated by the founding members of the band that they are considering the possibility of another remastered boxset consisting of the first three releases “Kraftwerk,” “Kraftwerk 2,” and “Ralf und Florian.” It’s important to note that the Ralf und Florian have spent the last six years or so (I guess) remastering these albums all so we can get this amazing compilation. So maybe I shouldn’t complain so much…

According to Wikipedia,

As with previous Kraftwerk releases, the collection will be distributed in two versions: English vocal tracks for international distribution and another (Der Katalog) with German vocal tracks.

The CD Box Set contains 8 x CDs in ‘mini-vinyl’ card wallet packaging, plus individual large format booklets.

The collection will also be available as individual albums in both vinyl and CD format, as well as digital download tracks.

On another note, (and I’ve always wanted to write about this), if you’ve never checked out the Kraftwerk official website, you should spend some time there. It’s pretty basic in its purpose (Flash renderings of some of their more notable melodies), but just sitting back and letting the browser window take over your screen, with the lights low and the Bose 5.1 speakers turned up, you can’t help but crack a smile. German modern art is alive and well – Eat your heart out EN!

Visit the Kraftwerk site here.

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