5 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kraftwerk's fourth album defined their style and put them on the musical map. While their earlier records had been full of spacy atmospheres but relatively little synthesizer, Autobahn is where they began to incorporate conventional, somewhat pop-oriented song structures and rhythms. The tracks are still mostly instrumental, but the infectious little vocal refrain on the 22-minute title track helped make the three-minute excerpt issued as a single an international hit. While much of the album still features cosmic-sounding textures, the organ riff that emerges toward the end of "Kometenmelodie 2" could have come from a bubblegum pop tune. And the piano, flute, and acoustic guitar at the end of the closing cut, "Morgenspaziergang," can be seen as a farewell to the non-electronic side of the band's early sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kraftwerk's fourth album defined their style and put them on the musical map. While their earlier records had been full of spacy atmospheres but relatively little synthesizer, Autobahn is where they began to incorporate conventional, somewhat pop-oriented song structures and rhythms. The tracks are still mostly instrumental, but the infectious little vocal refrain on the 22-minute title track helped make the three-minute excerpt issued as a single an international hit. While much of the album still features cosmic-sounding textures, the organ riff that emerges toward the end of "Kometenmelodie 2" could have come from a bubblegum pop tune. And the piano, flute, and acoustic guitar at the end of the closing cut, "Morgenspaziergang," can be seen as a farewell to the non-electronic side of the band's early sound.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

somhawk2002 ,

Have The Original

So I'm literally ten years old, and my mother has to drive me to our neighborhood record store, where I place a special order for Kraftwerk's Autobahn.
I would sit and listen to the album for hours, not really understanding the groundbreaking technology being used in 1974.
I still own the original album and am sad it's not represented here, but the remastered version, while lacking the original artwork, seems to be true to the actual recording.
The other cuts were pretty creepy to a 10 year old, but Autobahn was and still is a seminal recording in the evolution of electronic music.
Happy to see that their music survives today for generations to come who can look back in awe at what music used to sound like prior to sampling and laptops.

PapaBear1975 ,

Generation Gap

Being nearly 40 years old, I had never heard of this group growing up. It was one of my young friends who is college aged who introduced me to this group....on vinyl no less, haha! His dad had been listening to the group since high school in the late 70's and my young friend grew up listening to Kraftwerk. SO today after getting the hook from the first song trapped in my head, I dowloaded it. Autobahn will be in heavy rotation on my iPod the next few weeks!

hammerbill ,

Great news-this is the original version

Beware of the silly cut up version found on some compilation albums. This is the iconic group Kraftwerk doing what they did well in their niche in music hall of fame.

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