Kraftwerk - Autobahn (1977) [NM/EX]
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Kraftwerk - Autobahn (1977) [NM/EX]
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All of our records are play graded and come in a protective outer-sleeve. If you have any questions, please ask.

Catalog Number: SRM-1-3704

Vinyl plays nicely (play-tested). Cover looks great; light scuffing (front/back); front top left corner has creases and back top right corner has surface abrasion. Back has a few surface impressions. Inner sleeve is generic white. Spine is easy-to-read with mild wear. Little shelf-wear along the top and bottom-edge; corners show wear. Opening is crisp with signs of light use. (Not a cut-out.)

Autobahn is not a completely electronic album, as violin, flute, and guitar are used along with synthesizers by the German electronic band Kraftwerk. The 22-minute title track was edited to 3:27 for single release and reached #25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #22 in the Australian chart, and performed even higher around Europe (#11 in the UK #12 in the Netherlands). This commercial success came after the band had released three experimental and purely instrumental albums. The single was believed to be Vertigo Records' only ever international hit. The title track features both untreated and vocoded vocals; the remaining tracks are purely instrumental. Kraftwerk used a Minimoog, an ARP Odyssey, an EMS Synthi AKS and various devices of their own design and implementation, such as their famous electronic drums. The title track is intended to capture the feeling of driving on the Autobahn: from traveling through the landscape, the high-speed concentration on the fast lane, to tuning the car radio and the monotony of a long trip. It describes the A 555 from Köln to Bonn—the first Autobahn ever. It was built under the mayor Konrad Adenauer in 1929 to 1932 without any intersections. The remaining tracks have a two-part structure – an introduction followed by a main section – and are loosely based around a theme of the night, beginning with twin tracks Kometenmelodie (Comet Melody) 1 and 2, then an ominous-sounding Mitternacht (Midnight) and the final track, Morgenspaziergang (Morning Stroll). This last track begins as a dawn chorus bird-song effect created by the electronic instruments, with an extended conclusion that uses a repeating variation of the melodic phrase heard in the first instrumental section of Autobahn.

Kometenmelodie 1 (Comet Melody 1)
Kometenmelodie 2 (Comet Melody 2)
Mitternacht (Midnight)
Morgenspaziergang (Morning Walk)
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