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( 1974 ) - 2009 EU remastered on 180g vinyl LP- An epic ode to the joys of highway travel, Autobahn wraps a mesmerizing beat around a sampled collage of car horns, engine noise, whirring tires and...
Release date 17-02-2009 (originally released in 1974)
2009 EUremastered on 180g vinyl LP - An epic ode to the joys of highway travel, Autobahn wraps a mesmerizing beat around a sampled collage of car horns, engine noise, whirring tires and radio crackle so infectious that US pop press at the time declares that Kraftwerk's music does for driving what the Beach Boys has done for surfing! The impact of this album is so strong that Spin magazine includes it in their list of The 15 most influential albums not recorded by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis or the Rolling Stones.
A Autobahn 22:46
B1 Kometenmelodie 1 6:41
B2 Kometenmelodie 2 5:32
B3 Mitternacht 3:46
B4 Morgenspaziergang 4:03
Kraftwerk's savvy use of pop elements smuggled in a Trojan horse of electronic experimentalism to the broadest audience possible. Most pop genres that followed would incorporate this innovation — new wave, hip-hop, techno and contemporary EDM among them. The German group pulled away from rock music's formal identity while channeling its to-the-jugular pop spirit on Autobahn. They focused on the pulse first and foremost, slowing the tempo down to match the title track's concept, reflecting the feel and sounds of driving down the German autobahn. The concept's irreverence was balanced by the neutral German imitation of Beach Boys harmonies. Pop music had escaped rock & roll, and the electronic pulse would guide the decades that followed.
Originally released: 1974
This release: 2013