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Trans Europe Express Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 6 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B002N1AF86
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Digitally remastered edition of this 1977 album from the groundbreaking German Electronic band. Features new cover art.

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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HASH(0x9e3a757c) out of 5 stars Elegance and Decadence April 7 2010
By Tim Brough - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3a75d0) out of 5 stars Bringing back the late 70's Jan. 26 2014
By G. D. Cole - Published on
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.
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HASH(0x9e3a78ac) out of 5 stars The Sergeant Pepper's of electronic pop music. March 21 2014
By S. Caton - Published on
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.
HASH(0x9e3a7dc8) out of 5 stars Iconic Music Of Its Time Aug. 26 2013
By Stephen Mann - Published on
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.

HASH(0x9e3a7690) out of 5 stars Europe Endless indeed! Jan. 13 2015
By Anthony Carrington - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Trans Europe Express is Kraftwerk at their fines. The retains their trademark electronic sound but also as a flavor grandiose in tracks like Trans Europe Express and Europe Endless. Even through the vocals are heavily robotic they still have some warmth to them. The best tracks on the album are Trans Europe Express, Europe Endless, Metal on Metal, and Azburg.