Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Technophyll: Power Plant Food

Welcome to Wednesday and an anniversary post that's guaranteed to kling und klang in just the right ways.
That's affirmative, it's a 33-year old FM broadcast out of the Netherlands featuring German electronic originators Kraftwerk in all their mechanistically danceable glory.
Beginning in the early 1970s, these guys helped to invent the whole of modern techno and electronica, so there's no sense in describing what they are all about. If you've ever heard Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa, you know exactly how much of a foundation this band is to the way music sounds today.
This is a composite that brings together the complete broadcast from the best available sources, and the people who assembled it did a marvelous job because it all sounds like the same, excellent capture throughout. It makes fine companion live record to their 1981 Computer World LP.
Muziekcentrum Vredenburg
Utrecht, The Netherlands

01 Intro
02 Nummern 
03 Computerwelt
04 Metropolis
05 The Model
06 Radioactivity
07 Computerliebe
08 Autobahn
09 Pocket Calculator

Total time: 49:00

Ralf Hütter – electronics, synthesizers, vocals
Florian Schneider – electronics, synthesizers, vocals
Karl Bartos – electronics, percussion
Wolfgang Flur - electronics, percussion

composite from 2 different FM cassette masters and a vinyl bootleg of another, assembled by Pavemalk in 2013
This is such a great sounding live document of this inestimably influential group and I hope someday a complete show of this 1981 tour will be officially released. But until that day we have this, recorded 33 years ago today and still sounding as ripped from tomorrow's headlines as it must have sounded to the astounded Dutchfolk assembled at the Utrecht Muziekcentrum that evening!--J.

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