View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Trans Europe Express on Discogs. Label: Capitol Records - 2C • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Test Pressing • Country: France • Genre: Electronic • Style: Electro, Synth-pop. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Trans-Europe Express on Discogs. Label: Capitol Records - 1A 15 1,Fame - 1A 15 1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Reissue, Album, Mispress • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic • Style: Electro/5(26). The Trans-Europe Express/Metal on Metal pair of songs is probably the best part of the album, but all of the songs are rather deep and provocative. Unlike most electronic music, it isn't really something you would play at a party. Instead, consider listening to this music if you feel quiet and meditative/5().
The band enjoyed the limelight they found themselves in and moved to make further inroads into the pop charts. Gone therefore were any remaining vestiges of pure Krautrock, to be replaced by strong rhythmic electronic beats, and synth sounds which were pleasing on the ear and radio friendly. The band retained a cold and aloof image to complement the mechanical nature of their preferred sound, but this was all part of the hype. When "Radio activity" failed to enjoy the same level of success as "Autobahn", a major investment was made in upgrading the band's studios and a conscious effort was made to spend the required time on composing melodies which an audience could latch onto and remember.
So was born "Trans-Europe express", an album which unashamedly borrows on the long distance travel concept of Autobahn, while delivering shorter, more accessible tracks. The opening "Europe Endless" originally intended as the album's title toofeatures slightly more melodic singing than on previous albums, but more noticeably a synth melody which is captivating to the extent of almost being whistleable. The singing though becomes even more relevant on the following "The hall of mirrors" which mixes spoken word with Anglicised vocals of the type which featured on songs by band bands such as Visage and Tubeway Army Gary Numan.
The underlying synth beats are of the type favoured by Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre, the minimalism being disguised by occasional synth soloing. The third of the three tracks which constitute a lengthy first side is "Showroom dummies", a song which along with "Europe endless" was released as a single. The releasing of two singles confirms both the band's desire for singles success, and the radically more commercial nature of the product. The track, which was written to reflect a critical comment about the band's on stage appearance, is a sort of dance version of "Radio activity".
The second side of the album takes three separate compositions and and merges them into a mini-suite. The title track forms the first part of the suite, the concept being based around a long distance train journey.
That concept is largely portrayed through rhythmic themes and sounds, not lyrical description. Fanfare like polyphonic synths still a novelty at the time are interspersed with persistent repetition of the album title. It may all sound a bit laboured and indeed dated today, but at the time of its release this was pioneering stuff. The train finally stops at the end of this section, the third main section being dedicated to the composer "Franz Schubert" who presumably once travelled on a long distance train but never thought to compose a symphony about it!
This part is more Tangerine Dream like than anything the band had created up to this point, the floating synths and soft wandering rhythm combining to form something ambient but pleasant.
The album closes with a brief, fading continuation of "Franz Schubert" cunningly entitled "Endless Endless". Purists will scream "sell out" and to some extent they are right. This is though a natural development for the band, and was by far their most accomplished album up to that point. More importantly, it is also a very enjoyable album. After the disaster that was Radio-Activity, which consisted of a couple of simple, catchy Synth Pop tunes amongst a multitude of failed sound experiments, Kraftwerk pulled themselves together to produce a worthy follow up to Autobahn.
With Trans-Europe Express they build on the formula of Autobahn, but this time it is not about automobiles and motorways but instead about trains and railways. The whole of the original second vinyl side of the album Metal On Metal - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express (Vinyl a suite based on the concept of Trans-Europe Express which was a European railway service network that at its maximum extent, incomprised 45 trains, connecting different cities thank you Wikipedia for that information.
As far as I know, this meeting between the group and Bowie actually took place and the line "from station LP station" in the lyrics to Trans-Europe Express is said to refer to the Bowie album of that name. Metal On Metal is Kraftwerk's attempt to mimic the actual sound of a train, and this rhythmic sound experiment is surprisingly listenable and forms a nice passage in the suite. While not quite as satisfying as the Autobahn title track, the Trans-Europe Express suite is one of Kraftwerk's most successful and progressive compositions, Album).
The first half of the album is equally satisfying and the almost ten minute Europe Endless is another highlight of Kraftwerk's career. Even this song is thematically connected with the train concept and describes what can be seen out of the LP of the train while travelling through Europe. If you ever go on a train journey from Paris to Vienna, expect to see both elegance and decadence!
It would have been interesting to see if they could have incorporated the whole Europe Endless into the suite on the other side of the album, but they do indeed refer back to the opening track at the very end of the album.
The remaining two tracks of side one are however entirely unconnected to the overall concept of the album. This can perhaps be seen as a small distraction, but these are fine songs in their own right. In Hall Of Mirrors we get to hear more vocals than usual and even the lyrics are more elaborate and reflective than we are used to from Kraftwerk.
This is another highlight for me. Showroom Dummies is the album's hit song, but as such it is much better than the more famous The Model. Trans-Europe Express was to my mind the pinnacle of Kraftwerk's creative but uneven career.
From the second track, "The Hall of Mirrors", we get some darker and more experimental robo- electro that sounds very deep and oppressed. I only have the German version of this album, so while the lyrics are completely oblivious to me, they definitely sound more man-like and depressing, leading me to believe that this is probably one of the gloomier tracks in the Kraftwerk catalog. It's one of the more classic tracks, and is very dance-able, but it doesn't sound nearly optimistic enough.
The title-track continues this oppressed feeling followed by forceful beat, and by now it should be recognizable that this is another very dark and dead sounding robotic album. The only track on this album that really stands out as filler to me is "Franz Schubert". The name suggests possibly great, romantic composition full of color, but is really just a constant boring beat with minimalistic drones over the top. Nothing colorful here. This album is really great, especially for fans looking for what is basically a darker and more sinister version of Autobahn.
The electronics sound surprisingly primitive, even forconsidering the sounds Jean Michel Jarre was using one year previously on his groundbreaking 'Oxygene'. The best track is the 2nd - 'Spiegelsaal' - a cold repetitive slab of echoey doom, reminiscent of Ultravox's 'Mr X' from This is probably Kraftwerk's darkest album which has a similar feel to early 80' 'Cure' and 'John Foxx'.
The title track emits more of that ice cold feeling that no-one at that time but Germans could produce. Repetitive percussion played in the style of train wheels rotating is pretty much what you get for the next 15 mins. Flangers are used liberally creating a strange whirly atmosphere. The only problem with this album is that it sounds pre-historic in this day and age, particularly that Oberheim keyboard.
But somehow it sounds timeless and is something of an antique. A piece of furniture that is treasured which you dare not touch in fear of defiling it. The way to 'Trans Europe Express' was a pretty long one for Kraftwerk; starting from the more na've sounding first albums, to then reaching a more distinct and unique style 'Authobahn' that included solely Electronic sounds, making them an Electronic band all the way.
But only with 'The Man Machine' the band obtain a sound that is impressively modern. However, the attitude they have towards the music seems to be almost going-somewhat- with the musical current ofthe year where Punk Rock reached it's peak. The sounds are much more twisted and dark, even though they alternate with lighter melodies that remind much more of earlier Kraftwerk.
It is evident though how the band has managed to change distinctively their approach towards this kind of music, bringing the Electronic, proto-Synth Pop sounds into a more Progressive Electronic direction, inserting in a few spots some sparks of Ambient music. Krautrock roots, obviously, are never let go.
The future world where there is no nature, just metal surrounding us. Fiercely dystopian with a surreal joyfulness, Kraftwerk's music has managed to screw and unscrew different emotions that seem to be alien, but in reality are more human than a heart beat. Masterfully constructed, 'Trans Europe Express' offers on the first side three of the greatest Kraftwerk songs: 'Europe Endless' contrasts the moods of the following tracks with a cheerful, Album) synth loop that is the core of the entire song, with a beautiful, memorable melody and the usual soft and tender vocals.
It would have easily been a cut from an album like 'Autobahn'. But then comes 'The Hall Of Mirrors', that has an almost creepy mood, minimalistic synth, and more confident vocals. It is though on the second side of the LP that Kraftwerk explore completely strange and new territories: the title track is the creepiest Kraftwerk song yet, with robotic vocals, almost horror-like melodies, a filtered beat that sort of resembles a moving train. Library and Archives Canada. Singles Top Minimum-Maximum 3-D The Catalogue.
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This milestone in avant-pop modernism later becomes a crucial influence on the early pioneers of hip-hop and sampling, electro and industrial music. Kraftwerk's robot-synthesizer grooves influenced electrodisco hitmakers, experimental geniuses such as Brian Eno and rappers including Afrika Bambaataa, who lifted the title track for "Planet Rock. Europe Endless 2. The Hall of Mirrors 3. Showroom Dummies 4. Trans-Europe Express 5. Metal on Metal 6. Abzug 7.
Heavyweight Vinyl LP Pressing Features a large format booklet of newly expanded artwork and previously unseen images Selections: 1. Europe Endless 2. The Hall of Mirrors 3. Showroom Dummies 4. Trans-Europe Express 5. Metal on Metal 6. Abzug 7. Franz Schubert 8. Endless Endless. Trans-Europe Express (German: Trans Europa Express) is the sixth studio album by German electronic music band lasbattnarposerbe.reureiranpatchcontdamrecavegekaci.coed in mid in Düsseldorf, Germany, the album was released in March on Kling Klang lasbattnarposerbe.reureiranpatchcontdamrecavegekaci.co saw the group refine their melodic electronic style, with a focus on sequenced rhythms, minimalism, and occasionally manipulated vocals. Trans Europe Express - Clear Vinyl LP by Kraftwerk on LP. Electronic, Electro, Synth-pop. Available online.
Trans-Europe Express, an Album by Kraftwerk. Released in on Capitol (catalog no. SW; Vinyl LP). Genres: Electronic.
Trans Europe Express is testament to Seventies cultural optimism, in particular the belief in a 'Europe as one' rebuilding itself from the ashes of a ruinous World War caused by petty nationalisms. The album is a celebration of a Europe without frontiers and passports. If Kraftwerk's hit album and single Autobahn celebrated the joys of travelling without arriving in the humble car then. on the album, a friend casually remarked that its music was like "electronic blues," and suggested it do a song about the Trans-Europe lasbattnarposerbe.reureiranpatchcontdamrecavegekaci.coerk structured the album around the concept of a train moving across a continent that was rapidly becoming borderless and digital.
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Clear Vinyl LP! Released in , Trans-Europe Express (Trans Europa Express) is the 6th studio album by Kraftwerk. The group were refining their melodic electronic style with a focus on sequenced rhythms, minimalism, and occasionally manipulated vocals.
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