Kraftwerk, the pioneers of electronic music marks the 35th anniversary of their landmark his "Autobahn" with the release of their 8 classic albums remastered and reissued (Astralwerks/EMI) in a deluxe box set . Kraftwerk has been extremely influential on numerous artists over 30 years -- from the Detroit techno sound and the electro NYC group Afrikaa Bambataa, David Bowie and Depeche Mode to Radiohead and Dr. Dre, and everyone else in between! Here's what Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk had to say:
We've been digitally transferring all of Kraftwerk's original recordings and sound sources from our badly degrading master tapes while our engineers, Fritz and Henning, have been working in parallel to remaster our early albums for re-release. So for the first time, our recordings will be available in crisp, clear Kling Klang sound with all the fold-out covers and images our label at the time either messed up or wouldn't pay for. There will be some alternate mixes of tracks and some unedited versions, but unfortunately we don't have much unreleased material. We never recorded extra songs or twenty different versions of the same song. We would complete a song and then move forward, always keeping very focused on one Kling Klang project at a time.
Here's a nice read on the New York Times
The box set is going for $140 on Amazon
Sounds like a nice x-mas gift