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Sorry, it's "auf Englisch" but here it is.
am 5. Dezember 2009
If you're like me, and you want to hear Kraftwerk in their original German language versions then don't hesitate buying this lavish, praiseworthy collection. Kraftwerk put a lot of pride (and love!) into this box set. The box itself is equal to four cds arrayed in a square, which feels very much like an album. Inside is a series of album sized glossy programs featuring artwork from the original 1970's and early 80's vinyl album releases. It's as if the tiny cd liner notes always irked Kraftwerk, and the inclusion of the programs is their way of saying, "Let's go back to the lush graphics available in a large visual format during the LP era of popular music." And good for them! It's a bold move for them to do so.
As for the sound? It's superb. My English friend and I write and record music, so we are familiar with recording techniques for both stringed instruments and synthesizers (with drum computers thrown in for good measure.) We have both been marveling at how pristine the synths sound on this collection. Stereo panning of various synth washes sound beautiful with the sound clearly separated amongst the channels. This is especially a treat for headphone listening. It should be noted that 24 bit remastering for groups like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles reveals punchier bass and drum sounds. You may find yourself asking, "How would a group like Kraftwerk sound in 24 bit remastering, if they utilize only synthesized instruments?" The warmth of the analogue bass and guitar would seem intuitively to be absent. I'm not sure of the audio principles involved, but for some reason, the remasters sound great. The sound is uncluttered, inspired, and meticulous. Kraftwerk were indeed visionaries whose music refuses to be dated even thirty five years after the release of Autobahn.