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Trans-Europe Express (Rm) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B002N1AF86
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 26 2011
Format: Audio CD
The theme of this enchanting work from 1977 is travel, giving the impression of a continental train ride with constantly changing scenery.

The overall style resembles their popular track Autobahn, with the same hypnotic qualities but with a wider symphonic scope. The vast melodic sweep provides its most memorable moments in songs like the lilting Europe Endlos and the title track, which reminds me of Bowie's Station to Station in its chugging rhythms.

The most explorative instrumental passages occur on Hall Of Mirrors whilst Metal On Metal and Abzug are both reprises of Trans Europa Express with industrial and dub undertones.

Franz Schubert is a beautiful melodious instrumental which recalls the atmospheric work of Peter Baumann and this magnificent album concludes with Endless Endless, a brief reprise of Europe Endless. This is electronic music at its very best, hypnotic and engaging. Almost as great as their masterpiece Radio-Activity.
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Elegance and Decadence April 7 2010
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having already created the aural electronic equivalent of driving on one of Europe's most famous roadways, Kraftwerk set about making the soundtrack to riding Europe's best known railroad line. "Trans Europe Express" is the electronic album that launched thousands more; everyone from David Bowie to Afrika Bambaataa to Radiohead has cited this album as an influence. In its 2009 remastered incarnation, "Trans Europe Express" gains in clarity and depth, and reinforces the fact that this 1977 album was decades ahead of its time.

This was the album where Kraftwerk began to manipulate not only their sound, but their look. The non-synthesized instruments from "Autobahn" were removed entirely and the interlocking title track/"Metal On Metal"/"Abzug" playout as a trip along the tracks with the monotonous clickety clack of the drum machines simulating the rolling cars. The deadpan voices chant the title and name drop meeting Iggy and Bowie in Berlin (an episode that really happened). It was the sound of the future, and sounds incredible even now.
The Sergeant Pepper's of electronic pop music. March 21 2014
By S. Caton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Timeless, yet deeply rooted in its time. Both nostalgic and fresh simultaneously. Kraftwerk, being one of the most influential bands of all times, is at the height of their artistry on TEE. Simply put, a must have.
Bringing back the late 70's Jan. 26 2014
By G. D. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I heard Europe Endless again for the first time in 20+ years, I got chills, but music does that to me sometimes. TEE is possibly the most iconic electronic album, ever IMHO. The trio of tunes that make up the title cut are mesmerizing. If you can't turn it up, make sure you listen to "Metal-on-Metal in headphones. It is a religious experience.
Iconic Music Of Its Time Aug. 26 2013
By Stephen Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Look, Kraftwerk music is pretty unique, and you either "get" it or you hate it. The music is one remove from minimalist and much like on the classic "Autobahn" is a study in recursive examination of simple interlocking themes. It isn't music for everyone.

As another reviewer with more insight has said, this album represented the point where Kraftwerk were solidly committing to the electronic instrumentation as the vehicle for their vision. Synths are doing all the work on this album without the acoustic and electric instruments that were occasionally in evidence on "Autobahn".

For me the album has many high spots, but I love the audio pun that extends the idea first tried out so successfully with "Autobahn" - Trans Europa Express/Metall auf Metal/Abzug. A musical work that recapitulates the monotony of a transcontinental train journey on a modern train; classic, funny, clever.

That said, I was seriously worried for a while that their next release would be "Watching Paint Dry", until I realized that both Autobahn and TEE had the idea of the tedium being in order to go from somewhere to somewhere else, enabled by modern technology (hence the choice of instrumentation).

In this day and age the analog electronic sound might be too simplistic for ears weaned on rich digital/sampled electronic soundscapes. On the other hand, the cost of finding out has fallen.

Recommended.
Since Christmas, receiver of this gift constantly playing Feb. 13 2013
By Richard A. Bumpus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The receiver of this gift is absolutely loving it. The only thing being played since Christmas. Bought 4 more by Kraftwerk, also being played.

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