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Radio-Activity (2009 Remaster)

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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.

Customer Reviews


Loved these guys in the late '70's and am so glad I found they had been remastered and rereleased. Try 'em you'll like 'em (tastes just like chicken)!

Makes me want to do the robot

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

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.


Formed: 1970 in Düsseldorf, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the mid-'70s, Germany's Kraftwerk established the sonic blueprint followed by an extraordinary number of artists in the decades to come. From the British new romantic movement to hip-hop to techno, the group's self-described "robot pop" -- hypnotically minimal, obliquely rhythmic music performed solely via electronic means -- resonates in virtually every new development to impact the contemporary pop scene of the late- 20th century, and as pioneers of the electronic music form, their enduring...
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