- Audio CD (June 7 2005)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Live
- Label: Astralwerks
- ASIN: B0009H9NE8
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In 2004, Ralf Htter, Florian Schneider, Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz toured the world playing 69 shows that were unlike anything seen before. A truly unique audio / visual spectacular that prompted global headlines like this from the London Evening Standard, 'Is This the Greatest Show London Has Ever Seen?'. Now in 2005, EMI Records is proud to release a 2-CD live set entitled 'Minimum-Maximum' containing 23 tracks recorded throughout Europe, Japan and the US during the 2004 World Tour. Recorded and mixed with Kraftwerk's legendary precision, 'Minimum-Maximum' is a superb document of the Kraftwerk live experience, featuring virtually all of the band's classics in stunning live clarity. EMI. 2005.
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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1) The sound is amazing. If you listen to this through a decent system, you will be blown away at the production quality.
2) I assume you have heard these songs and this group before, so I won't go into detail on the song-writing. If you don't know this group, then you are in for a treat!
3) One of the big points of mystery is "who does what?" Meaning, what things are actually being played versus what things are sequenced or taped. Well, I don't think this matters much more than a curiosity. It is them, their songs, and their product. Sit back and enjoy the show.
4) Speaking of the show. . . In case you don't know, KW are not known for their dynamic performances, especially lately. You would never know by just listening that Ralf und Florian are in their 60s. . . but, you can certainly tell by the stoic body language and virtually NO interaction with the crowd. I don't feel this detracts from the performance in any way. But, I think it is fair to tell you not to expect a dancefest by them onstage.
That's all for now. I LOVE both the CD and DVD of this and have watched/listened repeatedly since I bought it. I recommend it for all lovers of Kraftwerk, and for anyone interested in learning more about them.
Hint: 1st time listener? I recommend "The Model" "Numbers" and "Computerworld" as well as "Pocket Calculator." Don't get me wrong, they are all great. . . one of my other favorites is "Elektrocardiogramm." Ok, enough of my yakking. Get to it!
I have long been a fan of Kraftwerk, since 1976 when I first heard Autobahn. I have the DVD issue of this concert and love it. So much so that I wanted to have a cd version which costs twice for used what the MP3 version does so I went with the MP3 version.
In their infinite wisdom, Amazon has the system for providing MP3 music offer each song separately with a 4 second space at the end of each selection, so if you are listening to a concert like this or any recording that has one song move to the next like Beatles Abbey Road or so many others that I won't mention titles, the experience leaves you hanging wondering what's wrong and where did the song go only to be jarred back to reality by it continuing four seconds later. If the artists wanted a space at the end of each song they would have included it. Amazon has no desire to recognize this and continues to butcher any and every song they edit this way so we are left with a mediocre representation of a persons art.
And now Amazon wants us to join their Amazon Music unlimited and pay $7.99 a month for Prime members and more for nonmembers just to listen to their "service"?
I have decided and recommend anyone that agrees to stop buying MP3 music from Amazon and use Windows media player to rip CDs and Plex to play through a Roku or a similar device until Amazon can get their act together and offer a quality product that reflects the original.
One note about buying this CD on Amazon - DON'T BUY THIS CD FROM NEWBURY COMICS - THEY WILL SEND YOU A CUT-OUT VERSION OF THE CD. (A CD with a hole drilled through the case and artwork.) This CD is out of print here in the US - buy it from AmazonUK or *bay.