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- Jan 30, 2008
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Yesterday I received the massive Kraftwerk 4 disc set in the mail from Amazon UK. It's pretty amazing. I've never been a huge Kraftwerk fan. Their music always seemed a little abstract to me. But in this context, it works perfectly. The videos consist of complete albums played live at art museums around the world with a whole multimedia show in 3D. It's been edited so the band becomes a part of the videos behind them. Hard to describe, but the graphics are very sophisticated- experimental computer animation. The sound quality is phenomenal. The bass goes all the way down to the basement, and sounds fly around and through the room. It's one of the best multichannel mixes I've ever heard. It's the first music blu-ray I know of released in 7.1 Atmos. My system is 5.1 and 2D, so I'm not getting the full experience, but it still blows me away.
The discs are region free. The first two are concert versions of eight Kraftwerk albums in their entirety... Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop(1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003). The second two discs are the same thing, but just with the computer graphics alone- no concert footage. There is a huge book that has over 200 pages- the largest I've seen in a set like this. It's all pictures and photos in huge double page spreads. The printing is gorgeous with a glossy photo look. I only listened to Man-Machine last night, but I look forward to devouring the whole set.
I take back everything I ever said about Kraftwerk. They aren't just Devo with no sense of humor. They have a singular vision for what they're doing and this set presents it as clearly and forcefully as I can imagine. The price is steep, but there's a single disk version that is cheaper. However I would bet that most people who get the single disc one will end up buying the big box once they see what it is.