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Kraftwerk – Tanzmusik (Live in ZDF-aspekte-Studio, 1973)

Ralf & Florian showcase a track from their 1973 album, er, “Ralf & Florian”. Glittering Krautrock jewels proliferate in this lovely, gorgeous track.


Kraftwerk – Kakteen, Wüste, Sonne (Live 1971)

Kraftwerk live in 1971 were essentially the whole of NEU! with Florian Schneider (Ralf Hütter is nowhere to be seen), and they were bridging the gap between the molten, incendiary Avant-Rock of ‘Kraftwerk 1’ and the aforementioned NEU!. Krautrock, yes.

Kraftwerk – Köln II (1971)

The birth of NEU!, live on German TV back in 1971.

Kraftwerk – Heavy Metal Kids

This is from the 1st phase of Kraftwerk, where they sounded like NEU! as imagined by Faust (the NEU! connection was obviously due to the fact that Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother were the rhythmic backbone of this incarnation). This is from some live material from 1971, about a year after they released their absolutely stunning debut album on Phillips; and is definitely in the same vein. Ralf Hütter was taking a break around this time, so this is essentially NEU! with Florian Schneider. (Kraut) Rock on!

Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator

Kraftwerk, the band who could single handedly dispute any Brit’s claims that german’s don’t “get” irony.  Pioneering Electronica from the true originator’s. Bleep’s abound on this track from the bands 1981 album ‘Computer World’.

Kraftwerk – Von Himmel Hoch

The last 2 and a half minutes of this track are the greatest 2 and a half minutes of music ever recorded; the first bulk of the track aint too shabby either.
This is from their 1970 debut album people; and shows a different side to the Kraftwerk that people are familiar with.
At this point, they were the pinnacle of ‘Krautrock’. Like Faust meets NEU!…..what can top that?

Kraftwerk – Tanzmusik

The real solid gem from Kraftwerk’s 3rd album, 1974’s ‘Ralf & Florian’; ‘Tanzmusik’ is a hypnotic glittering jewel full of chimes and beauty.

Kraftwerk – Vom Himmel Hoch (Live in Soest, 1970)

Here’s the original Kraftwerk with their ‘proper’ Krautrock sound with a live rendition of the closing track from their radical and revolutionary debut.

Kraftwerk – Rückstoss-Gondoliere (Live on the Beat Club, 1971)

Kraftwerk Mark 1 at their most NEU!-like on the Beat Club in 1971. The reason for this is probably due to the fact that Ralf was awol and Florian was outnumbered by Klaus and Michael. Krautrock people, Krautrock.

Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck

Kraftwerk manage to make the flute sound good on this, their debut from 1970. This album was before the whole man-machine thing they’re famous for; back during this time the band were a cross between NEU! (no surprise, as Rother and Dinger were part of the band before forming their own Teutonic blast) and Faust. Radical, wayward, and as Kraut as you can get, here is the original Kraftwerk.

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