12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the artistic and commercial breakthrough of Autobahn, 1975's Radio-Activity found Kraftwerk consolidating the strengths they had begun displaying on the earlier album. All traces of their flute-playing, longhaired hippie past were eradicated as Kraftwerk fully embraced an all-electronic sound. It was their first album to feature the two-man electronic percussion team of Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flur; hence the increasing reliance on rhythm. And it was the band's most vocal-oriented, pop-friendly album to date, expanding on the accessibility of their first hit single, "Autobahn." The conceptual thread of radio transmission was part of a growing obsession with technological themes, just as the group's commitment to electronic gear was becoming greater than ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the artistic and commercial breakthrough of Autobahn, 1975's Radio-Activity found Kraftwerk consolidating the strengths they had begun displaying on the earlier album. All traces of their flute-playing, longhaired hippie past were eradicated as Kraftwerk fully embraced an all-electronic sound. It was their first album to feature the two-man electronic percussion team of Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flur; hence the increasing reliance on rhythm. And it was the band's most vocal-oriented, pop-friendly album to date, expanding on the accessibility of their first hit single, "Autobahn." The conceptual thread of radio transmission was part of a growing obsession with technological themes, just as the group's commitment to electronic gear was becoming greater than ever.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings
14 Ratings
RayWylie ,

Must have

I have four records including the original of this remaster. It's nice having this on my iPod now and the song Antenna as my ringtone!

hammerbill ,

Techno art beyond the paradigm of just music

Kraftwerk never made it real big. At the time this German based group had a bit of a cult following that had large concentrations in Silicon Valley and with electronics/radio nerds everywhere. This album themed their lives with profound yet somewhat humorous personality for its time. This was art breaking out into uncharted territory with a group of pioneers with just such genius that it took to do so. You often find them highly rated in places mostly intelligent people frequent.

Aido555 ,

Makes me want to do the robot

This is an amazing group with talent I just love it! ;)

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