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Minimum Maximum by Kraftwerk

Minimum Maximum

by Kraftwerk

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* Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
* Format: Live
* Label: Astralwerks / Emd
* ASIN: B0009H9NE8
* Average Customer Review: based on 44 reviews. (Write a review.)
* Amazon.com Sales Rank: #4,286 in Music (See Top Sellers in Music)
Yesterday: #2,749 in Music

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Disc: 1
1. The Man-Machine Listen Listen
2. Planet Of Visions Listen Listen
3. Tour De France Etape 1 Listen Listen
4. Chrono Listen Listen
5. Tour De France Etape 2 Listen Listen
6. Vitamin Listen Listen
7. Tour De France Listen Listen
8. Autobahn Listen Listen
9. The Model Listen Listen
10. Neon Lights Listen Listen
Disc: 2
1. Radioactivity Listen Listen
2. Trans Europe Express Listen Listen
3. Metal On Metal Listen Listen
4. Numbers Listen Listen
5. Computer World Listen Listen
6. Home Computer Listen Listen
7. Pocket Calculator Listen Listen
8. Dentaku Listen Listen
9. The Robots Listen Listen
10. Elektro Kardiogramm Listen Listen
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Editorial Reviews
The Godfathers of Glitch and the Kings of Kling-Klang come out of seclusion with a double live CD culled from various concerts on their 2004 tour. Minimum-Maximum is essentially a greatest-hits album with an audience applauding and occasionally shouting. Without them, of course, you'd never know the album was live, since Kraftwerk is the band that put the programming in pop music. Not much has changed with them since the 1980s. They're still wired to the same sonic circuitry as on Electric Café in 1986, sculpting glistening electro-soundscapes that pulse but never quite groove. And they still sing in that flat, German-accented English and French with Speak and Spell electro-voices. But rather than sound dated, this has a timeless charm, especially since Kraftwerk are among the few Kraut rock groups with a sense of humor. With only two studio albums in the last 20 years, you have to give them credit for not caving in to current electronica and techno trends--Kraftwerk remain resolutely electronic. Even their samples sound synthesized. But also give them credit for some of the most relentlessly glistening electronic music ever crafted, and a sound that remains surprisingly pure. All the hits are here, from "Autobahn" to "Tour de France," but nicely buffed to a high chrome finish. --John Diliberto
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful:
KRAFTWERK LIVE!!!, June 7, 2005
Reviewer: Louie Bourland (garden grove, ca United States) - See all my reviews
After more than 35 years of pioneering the genre of electronic music, the legendary German band Kraftwerk has conquered another first in their long career - a live album and what an album it is!!!
"Minimum-Maximum" is a double-CD recorded during Kraftwerk's 2004 tour and contains music from nearly every era of the group's career (except for their very early experimental period). It is essentially a greatest hits album performed live. For those who may fear that a Kraftwerk live album will sound identical to a studio release, fear not. The music performed here is full of fresh approaches and energy not apparent in their studio albums. The rhythms and sequences are heavier and have more of a punch. Also, the sound of a live audience heard over the course of the entire album adds even more excitement to the musical atmosphere. On "Dentaku", you can hear the enthusiastic Japanese crowd singing along while on "Music Non Stop", you can hear people clapping along with the song's relentless rhythm.
Indeed, all of the music on "Minimum-Maximum" is very well performed and proves that Kraftwerk is definitely an established live band and not just reclusive studio perfectionists. Besides containing great music, the CD booklet also includes several color photos of the band onstage during the concerts standing behind their workstations while images of the music's lyric content is projected on the large screens behind them.
"Minimum-Maximum" is Kraftwerk at their very best. Since they are a band who doesn't tour regularly, this double-live CD defnitely serves as the next best thing to being at one of their concerts.
Buy this disc, put it on, sit back and enjoy the ride!!! ( )
  pantufla | Jan 31, 2006 |
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