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Autobahn

Kraftwerk

1974

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Autobahn

Rating

3.12

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Notes: 7mins into first song: SOMETHING JUST PLEASE HAPPEN THIS IS LIKE GUCCI GUCCI PRADA PRADA ALL OVER AGAIN 8mins in: Ok maybe I should have been careful what wished for. You know when you get stuck/lost on a video game level and the soundtrack just loops? Yeah… Some of the effects were nice just not used in a nice way. I was constantly checking how long was left on this album and I paid more attention to it than other albums we’ve done so I feel a bit more confident with my vote. This album was the equivalent of a long drive on the autobahn for someone who doesn’t like driving.

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Not completely robots yet. This is a real sweet spot in their catalogue. Last one produced by Conny Plank, which I think is a shame in a way that their creative partership ended here. A real sonic journey. The Beatles of electronic music.

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Sublime. A musical journey.

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Listened while working, which I think is kind of a perfect pairing for the repetition here. I read a bit about Autobahn and it's supposed to effect "like driving down the Autobahn" with the repetition and changes. The brief pauses and little changes after remind me of taking an exit ramp and getting onto some other road. This is probably not my favorite Kraftwerk album (that is likely Trans-Europe Express), but it's probably up there. I haven't really listened to it much lately. I like the inclusion of some traditional instruments like flute, etc. Mitternacht is a nice track, very moody. Reminds me of Berlin Era Bowie/Eno Side B tracks. Morgenspaziergang electronic parts reminds me of some of my test equipment that I modified that does weird stuff. Fun! I do like the inclusion of traditional instruments on the album as a whole. I know this is kind of the last album they do that on.

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Day 27 of Albums You Must Hear... Today’s album is titled Autobahn by German Electronic band Kraftwerk. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a big fan of music that is strictly instrumentation. I really love electronic music, just not as much when it has no words. This is one of those albums. My first time listening to Kraftwerk’s Autobahn, I didn’t know the year of its release, or anything about the creators. When I learned that this was released in 1974, I instantly gained much respect. These guys are innovators of EDM and I would have to imagine that the recourses and technology in the 70’s was scarce enough that you had to A) be super creative and imaginative and B) have the balls to release something so strange and new. 99.9% of music that you hear now utilizes synthesizers, drum machines, auto-tune, recording through MacBooks, and endless applications to create different sounds. Even the music that sounds completely unplugged is most likely plugged in, even in live performances. In 2021 Autobahn sounds generic, but that’s not fair to Kraftwerk. They lead the way in the early 70’s, and the entire music industry over the nearly fifty following years would benefit from them. There are some good melodies here, and this recording is at its finest when you are wearing headphones, especially the noise cancelling kind. In closing, I wanted to take a crap on this album until I learned it was nearly fifty years old, and realized how jaded to musical technology I’ve become. To me, Autobahn isn’t necessarily a must hear, but it is a project that deserves everyone’s respect, regardless of your preference in music. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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KK Slider went off.

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Boring, but I think that's sort of the point. A few parts were rad, but it was just so boring.

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It didn’t werk for me

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Brilliant - SideA is a masterpiece Side B is great. Imagine hearing this album back then!

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fun fun fun on the autobahn fun fun fun on the autobahn FUN FUN FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN FUN FUN FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN FUN FUN FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN

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One of my formative albums from one of my formative bands. Is this you a five star album objectively? No. But it is for me.

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5

Really enjoyed this. The title track has - unsuprisingly - a real autobahn feel to it. Added to my library.

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The sound of optimism in the future. I find this album very uplifting and enjoy hearing the full version of the title track. Sound so ahead of its time, and this version of the album cover has to be one of the most iconic sleeve designs ever.

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This is electronic music with a heart of gold. Happy instead of freaky, if you know what I mean. I had never listened to this album before but it's just my cup of tea. Clearly experimental but not past my ability to easily grok what they are trying to do and appreciate it. I also admire the commitment to the theme. Four stars for how much I like it and an extra star for being almost as old as I am. Talk about groundbreaking. Respect.

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Awesome album. It's an aquired taste. I have listened to it multiple times, just to hear the song 'Autobahn' once again, but I kept listening to the whole album.

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Better than Gary Newman! This would sound much better played in the MGM grand arena during the first set break of a Phish show. Beautiful in some places. Stark in others. There's only so much intentionally de-humanized music one can handle before you just want to radically abandon your biological programming and commit a random act of unfiltered imperfection. So yeah, I'm typing this sentence with my pants down in front of a large window with 5 chickens on the other side. It's ok, they get it. I'm more akin to the hens than to Kraftwerk. We're all naked pecking around in a heavy rain. Kraftwerk is driving a car. B-

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That's a nah from me dog. This was revolutionary at one point, but that was a long time ago.

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Very bland for my taste. Maybe for its time, it was something never done before, I dont know. Just finished listening to it and I completely forgot about it already. 1 star, there's not intereresting substance (for me at least) and I wouldn't listen to it again.

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I get it's pioneering but these seem more like experimental recordings over something you'd want to listen to just to listen to. 2/10.

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did not enjoy. First song was 22 minutes long and for what.

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Electronic music is definitely not my place. However, this album is very good in simulate the annoying of long road trips (at least).

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Not my genre

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I find this all a bit souless and dull to be honest. Also do we need a 22 minute opening track? Complete lack of love and sounds like the soundtrack to a shite arthouse movie. Good cover tbf. 1/5

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Autoballs

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weird

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Didn't make it all the way through...little too off for me.

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Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this but I thought it was pretty shite. 1/5

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Seriously?! A 22 minute opening song. Fucks sake, kill me now. I honestly hate this shit. Who in the hell listens to 42 minutes of boring electronica??

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Shit

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false

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v drained 2day. not much to say. first side is amazing, hypnotic, etc, and even though the second half is generally weaker its still worth a 10 just for that first track alone. imagine listening to this when it came out in 1974 lmao

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это далеко не лучшая работа красивенький, но она прекрасна. 10/10.

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Pretty Good Track 4 best

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Achei muito bom, muito doido o synth imitando os som. Nós dirigimos na estrada.

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whoaaaa, proto-CAN!

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Muy electrónica, pero para tener de fondo mientras se hace algo es bastante buena

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<3

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Sensacional!

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Monumental album. Influential and memorable.

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Rad

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Een epische tocht op de Duitsr snelweg. Lekker dromerig en otherworldly.

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OMG the generator gave me Kraftwerk albums two days in a row. I guess it liked my comments on The Man Machine. Hey, generator, what’s up ;) Yesterday I said that I thought "Neon Lights" was possibly the best song Kraftwerk ever made. As I typed it, a little voice in my head kept saying "Except for Autobahn!" So, I guess now I get to talk about Autobahn, which pretty much makes my weekend. Okay, it’s obviously not for everyone, an acquired taste, as one reviewer put it. But if you have the patience, this album is really worth the listen. Autobahn is next level over next level, something that I have tremendous respect for and also just like listening to. It is a bit of a mood though. I don’t necessarily want to hear it often, but when I put it on, those first 22 minutes just make me inexplicably happy. You get a sense of joy and that they were really having fun on this one, and I guess that’s what I’m feeling a response to, the joy. Musically, the album is absolutely sublime. I love the effects they use to give an impression of vehicles in motion (“Autobahn”) and the sounds of the natural world (“Morgenspaziergang”). It’s an incredibly playful and clever use of synthesizers. The incorporation of traditional instruments adds an extra level of depth you don’t hear in their later albums. This is actually “The Man Machine” in action, the natural/traditional paired with the mechanical/constructed. Go figure. In "Morgenspaziergang," the band masterfully captures the essence of sounds from the natural world like birds and flowing water to create a pastoral soundscape, complete with accompanying Pan's flutes. It's incredibly pretty. “Kometenmelodie 2” is likewise just a lovely, melodic listen. It’s a window into what other electronic artists will be doing 5-10 years down the line. As for the masterpiece of the album, "Autobahn" is the only 22-minute song I will ever care to listen to. I hesitate to even call it a song, because it's bigger than that. It's a far ranging, longform musical journey. I may never make it to the actual Autobahn, but one day I want to just get in the car and take a ride to nowhere with Autobahn playing on a loop. It's what this album was made for. Fave Songs: Autobahn, Kometenmelodie 2, Morgenspaziergang

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This album just takes you somewhere else. It’s so innovative and ahead of it’s time. Who said you can portray emotion with computers?

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Classic stuff

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YEAH KRAFTWERK!!! Already love this.

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Loved this album. Weird rhythms and strange sounds!

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A stunning masterpiece ✨️

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ja!!

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I just really really really liked the sound of all of this I love the flute sounds on Morgenspaziergang So much of this album sounds warm and familiar

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take LSD up your ass and start singing along, along the autobahn. your heart rate will sync with the light flickering in your sad sad office. as you stare into the window, the world turns darker and brighter. congratulations, you are now a lizard again. life as you know it is over, no more worries. enjoy the sun. find the best looking rock you can find. enjoy the sun.

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5

Went from I want an Audi to what are the aliens trying to say very quickly. Synths are still a top tier instrument

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5

German Rush

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I loved this.

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10/10, super cool album I’m surprised electronic music sounded that good in 1973 I was expecting it to sound a little more simplistic or something but they really made the most out of it you can hear all sorts of modern production techniques being used throughout the album and I have no idea how they pulled it off overall just a super impressive album they pioneered genres that led to some of my favorite artists like Big Black Delta and LCD Soundsystem

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5

gesamtwerk. and some bonus flutes

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rating this 5 for the 5 year old who probably loves this

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Easy five. Kraftwerk's best album.

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Titillagið er æðislegt, þótt kaflarnir séu misspennandi. Kometenmelodie 2 er mjög skemmtilegt og lifandi hljóðfærin í Morgenspaziergang eru flott tilbreyting frá hinu hefðbundna Kraftwek soundi. Held ég hendi í fullt hús.

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This album was super weird. Not sure if I have many thoughts about it. I can see its appeal when you come from a technological advancement standpoint but in the current day it left a bit to be desired in my opinion. For the first song I was expecting it go into a Yes-like frenzy of sounds but it never did, instead it kept teasing me with a pseudo chorus about a road made for fast cars. The other, shorter songs were quite nicer but not something I'd listen to regularly. I think my favourite was the third track "Kometenmelodie 2". I realize this mostly an electronic ambient work of music but I honestly expected a bit more lol. However not bad overall, just not my cup of tea. I'll probably enjoy it more on future listen minus the title track. 7/10

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I have heard other songs by this group before. I liked the songs on this album. That being said, for the time this was probably a great album. Now this kind of blends in.

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I wish there was an aready listened function. Album is class, though.

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Always a good one to listen too

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This was a musical journey. It was weird to start, but by the end it was really good.

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Fun at the autobahn

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Ah ze Germans ya very fond of ze autobahn.

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Pretty nice background music

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Title track is pretty cool as it morphs over time. Middle third (?) is favorite section, but I like the vocal parts of the first section (bahn bahn bahn, ist das Autobahn). Side B is less impressive to me. Ordinarily I enjoy ambient electronic, but this was more just beeps and boops than it was coherent songs. Overall, cool stuff.

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So I have listened to this a bunch. My German teacher loved this album. And would play it during tests. It brings back good memories.

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Fun fun fun on the autobahn

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Thoroughly enjoyable early electronic music!

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An important document in music history. I recognize the massive influence this album had in electronic music and synth-pop.

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I think I’ll be able to give this one a five once I’m more familiar with it. One listen wasn’t enough. Autobahn was definitely the highlight of the album

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Groundbreaking

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ahora no le dedique el estudio suficiente a la banda pero me imagino es alemana y estuvo chidito el trip que se agarra con ciertas canciones especialmente la ultima que tiene un toque asiático saludos a toda la banda! buen matecitos de churritos

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Cool and poised and wry, like the most well-dressed cyborg reading haikus

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Really enjoyed it. First time I’ve listened to it all the way through, and was interesting to notice the influences it’s brought to other artists over the years. Weird vibes at the end, almost went a bit chronicles of Narnia. Overall 8/10

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It's almost impossible to listen to this now and appreciate how ahead of its time it was. Some of the instruments used here were brand new, expensive and not widely used. Plus they made their own synths too!

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false

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Very long tracks. Engaging

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Fon fon fon

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Yeaa kraftwerk początki elektroniki, techno trochę. super odkrycie. tour de france super piosenka nie z tego albumu akurat. Puszczę kiedyś na jakiejś imprezie na pewno

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Autobahn is a masterpiece. Some of the tracks are even more experimental in nature and didn't quite jibe with those.

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23 min song was amazing, but the songs with flutes were terrible - however, really glad I took the time to listen to it all. Very impressive - for the time and for now (but mainly for that 23 min song, fantastic)

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Innovative, great material

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Really enjoyed that and can't believe I haven't listened to Kraftwerk more as I'm such a fan of electronica. Could have done without the singing though

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Quality album. One of the first bands I saw live.

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<3

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A me i Kraftwerk mi sono sempre piaciuti. Conoscevo già Autobahn e lo trovo geniale. Non si tratta di un ascolto semplice e magari non tutti lo apprezzerebbero, ma a me questa atmosfera elettronica di altri tempi mi ipnotizza.

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FUN FUN FUN AUF DE AUTOBAHN

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Pioneering ambient work that clearly opened doors for many other synth and pop artists.

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Synthesizer greatest, wie kent het niet? Heerlijke melodieuze muziek. Album is wel vreemd met een liedje van 22 minuten en dan nog een paar kleine tracks. Zou het eerder maxi single noemen. Ik persoonlijk houdt wel van extended versies van liedjes en al helemaal van elektronische muziek. Heel leuk hoe je de auto's voorbij hoort komen of de wolf hoort huilen 's nachts . Deel "2" van de "Kometenmelodie" is ook wel heel goed zeg. De vrolijke panfluit in de ochtend kan ik ook waarderen. De rest mwoa. Geweldig hoe men in de jaren '70 al electronische muziek kon maken. De muziek was de tijd ver vooruit, maar zijn tegenwoordig wel een beetje langdradig en saai. ****

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Need to listen to more of this for sure.

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This was not what I was expecting given Kraftwerk's later work. It's ... symphonic. Sure, it's repetitive but it's also layered, textured, and nuanced. Sure, it's electronic but in a way that somehow feels natural and not overly synthetic and robotic. Autobahn (the title track) in particular, truly feels like driving on an interstate highway at night. They nailed it. I'm impressed.

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Fun album!

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Lovely music for me to listen to

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I think that it's almost impossible to fuck up an electronic album.

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Notice that the artwork looks so exceedingly modern? Smashing album by the way, ambitious in scope and, despite the majority of sounds being generated by electronic means, it has a warmth to the sound - and even a touch of humour. German is the perfect language for this kind of electro-futurism. I miss cold mornings in Berlin.

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Didn't think I would like it be it was white noise which I enjoy for some reason

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autobahn is kraftwerk's crowning moment

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great instrumental German electronica

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Live laugh love, get weird, get dark, get light, get bionic

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Pretty great. Some optimistic songs. Some dark menacing songs. Very filmic. The birth of electronic music.

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Очень круто. Ок. Компьютер.

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A great glimpse into into the early rise of electronic music. A good album to put on while stuck in a German highway. Favorites: Autobahn, Mitternacht

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Cool. Not as catchy as other Kraftwerk stuff but a bonus star for its innovation at the time.

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I'm not the biggest fan of electronic pop music, but I did enjoy this album! First song, autobahn, I could listen to for hours! So soothing and love the lyrics "fan fan fan.. Autobahn!"

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The first of a string of top class albums by Kraftwerk. Certainly not their best work, but it's bright and atmospheric, surmounting Kraftwerk as one of the leaders of the krautrock movement. The star track is obviously the titular piece, which was a massive hit everywhere in the world, but the other songs match the hype exceedingly well, tending to reflect a wide range of emotions, from the optimism of Kometenmelodie 2, the discovery of a hidden land of Morgenspaziergang, and the cautious sense of adventure into the unknown of Mitternacht, that isolates Kraftwerk from the rest of the genre. Definitely one of the more intriguing and non-repetitive krautrock albums out there, and one I'll use to expose people into the genre.

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Really good with some surprisingly pretty songs.

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A bridge between the analog dreamy Kraftwerk and their electronic phase, not their best but still a classic

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Muy interesante, pero muy estraño (lo usual, pues, jaja). Me gusta que cierren con "Morgenspaziergang" porque se siente correcto: después del alboroto, una calma, una caminata matutina. 8/10

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fuhn fuhn fuhn

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Great in its day. Sounds a bit dated now.

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Sintetiza a importância da eletrônica na música. Audição com maturidade.

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zey ar zee fazers ov electronic music

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The title song is 22+ minutes of Germans being weird and I loved every minute of it.

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Solid electronic album

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Not Krap.

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Original

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"Wir fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn!" Album je instrumentalno-ambientalno-progresivno elektronički/futuristički-repetativno-minimalistički u neku ruku i hladan, a opet ima tih dijelova na gdje ima taj neki warm feeling, tipa zadnja stvar. Sviđa mi se, i je, prva stvar je najbolja, ali nemojte zzzzzz na B stranu albuma. Samo da kažem da više preferiram original cover art, ovo je samo znak što je u tom cover artu. Svejedno je dobar ovaj, imam majicu takve boje sa bijelim slovima, piše: "23. Memorijalni turnir Seoce 2018." Tako da ako bi imao ovaj cover art na majici, bila bi druga najbolja majica sa ovom bojom.

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This album reflects a transitory period where Kraftwerk was blending electronic influences and coming out of their Krautrock origins. This album is atmospheric and melodic. Though it is not as fully realized as their later work. It documents early experimentation and for that reason alone it belongs in this list.

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p318. 1974. 4 stars. In terms of influence, this is absolutely massive. Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, Gary Newman and all of the 80's electro/synth bands owe this a huge debt, as well as John Carpenter and anyone working on sci-fi soundtracks in the 1980s. Aural cinema :) If you don't like atmospheric synths then you're going to hate this - but everyone should listen to this once in their lives.

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It's interesting hearing Kraftwerk before they completely turned to robots, musically speaking. The more acoustic instruments (i.e. flute, violin, guitar) was actually a nice bit of fresh air compared to the rest of their discography I've listened to so far. The 22 minute title track is a fun trip itself through the Autobahn itself and a underground level from a video game, and I like Kometenmelodie 2 as well since it's sunshine beaming out of the dark tunnel that was Kometenmelodie 1.

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Bits of this sound incredibly futuristic now - I'm not surprised it didn't catch on at first in 1974. Great album.

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It was good. I read up on the group and was intimidated - sounded a bit too experimental. After listening , I really like the beats/music more than I thought I would.

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As always, weird and intriguing. I had no idea the band had been around since 1969 having only heard them in the 1980’s

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Wild, I listened to it running which worked well, I think I would find it kinda boring in other contexts, but whilst running it felt like interesting a varied

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This still sounds incredible.

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Fun fun fun on the autobahn! I know these are not the lyrics, I know exactly what they're saying, but that's not the point. The point is that this is a creative, relaxing, album of electronic music that I can always go back to (and I do). Now, let us drive, drive, drive, on the Autobahn.

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I've heard this before but can only remember that it was the very early end of synth-driven (no pun lol) music. It's pretty primitive but has this real rich sound to it, like I remember old video games or movie music sounding like... maybe even how I imagined golden age sci fi "sounded" when I was a kid, haha. I'm guessing it's that Moog sound I'm describing there. It's pretty dated in 2021 so hard to honestly rate, but I'll give it a 3/5 for pleasantly reminding me of something I can't quite put my finger on. Not much music does that.

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Its allright

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2.5/4

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Progzão muito bom

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Not as momentous as the last one but good background music for Hindi

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Nice water sounds made by the synths later on

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It was pleasant, had been wanting to listen to Kraftwerk for a while. Not sure I would buy the album but it wasn't a bad listen.

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Bom pra programar...

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The album that got me into Kraftwerk, as much as I prefer their later works, I can see why peeps hold it up as Krautrock's greatest moment. Thing is, it's not Kraftwerk's greatest moment, as this was back when they were trying to be Eno or Neu!, as opposed to showing YMO, Jarre and all those who came later how electronic music ought to be done. If you're into it, that's fine, but there's a reaso why we know them more for Trains, Models, and Microprocessors. Final score: 63/100

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cool eletronica experimental, repetitiva, mas nao tanto quanto techno dos anos 80-90

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Is this Daftpunk?

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The song Autobahn has always had a very special place in my music hart. Nice to have heard the complete album. There has been a period in my life I was very much into al kinds of synthesizer music.

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This is a noise album. It really isn't something I enjoyed. I read that their popular song Autobahn is a 22 minute song expressing a trip on the Autobahn. The album was compared to Tubular Bells but I loved that album. Thus just was too mechanical for me. This album was hard to focus on anything else with it's constantly moving melodies that feel a little like something I would have made at home on a 1980s Casio keyboard. I wonder in concert if these songs sound the same each time they play them? Morgenspaziergang is the best of the album. It is quiet and mostly calming. Birds chirping...water flowing. It feels Asian in places.

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A bit repetitive.

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Way ahead of its time. Didn't know it was possible to do so much electronic music back in the early '70s.

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Kraftwerk is echt wel een dingetje, goede wegluistermuziek

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Ahead of it's time, very electronic-y. 3.5 stars

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se eu for abduzida qd chegar nos ets vai tá tocando isso

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I appreciate this album in a conceptual way, but if I'm honest with myself I don't get that much out of the experience w of listening to it. I think it's a pleasant listen, and kind of funny, but the idea of it holds more weight for me than the execution.

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Whoa?!? There's a robot in my speakers! Very pleasant background music while working on other things.

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Liked Morgenspaziergang the most

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Electrónica. Instrumental. A veces un poco machacona, pero bien en general.

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Interessant. J’ai prefere trNs world express, l’autre album de la liste. 3.25

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Otro disco de solo 4 temas y 42 minutos. No había miedo al espacio vacío en el vinilo. Me ha parecido tener poco contenido. En su época el uso de la electrónica bastaba para justificar este disco y mirando con esos ojos es muy interesante. Sin embargo, a día de hoy ese tipo de sonido está al alcance de todo el mundo.

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No i pojawil sie wreszcie albumik, ktory zawsze mi chodzil gdzies po glowie, bo przeciez ulubiony material z lat 70 bowiego, ktory mial byc inspiracja dla trylogii berlinskiej, jak nazwa plyty wskazuje banda niemiecka, ale szczesliwie plyta praktycznie nie zawiera wokalu, jedynie minuta tytulowego autobahna posiada tekst, wiec nie katuje, wiec po przesluchu juz dokladnie widze ktora strone trylogii zainspirowal kraftwerk u bowiego, chodzi tutaj o ambientowe b sidy, jak na lowie i heroes, album laczy wlasnie ambientowe momenty z szybszym synthem, do ktorych dochodza elementy krautrocka, zwlaszcza na b sidzie, ktorego themem jest nocka, a jak nocka to niebo, a z niebem nocnym do kosmosu juz calkiem blisko, wiec taki kometenmelodien jest refleksja w takich wlasnie klimatach, jak bylo ogladanie nieba, to musi po nim nastac ranek i nim sie wlasnie plyta konczy, wiec jesli strona b to niebo, to strona a ktora zajmuje tytulowy autobahn traktuje o tym co na niemiecich autostradach sie wyprawia, wiec pojawiaja sie synthowe dzwieki ktore maja oddawac co sie dzieje na muzycznej autostradzie, jak na rok 74 to brzmi to strasznie futurystycznie, ale chyba wlasnie taki byl koncept kraaftwerkowcow tutaj, trudno tutaj cokolwiek dodawac na plejke, bo jak dla mnie jest to ambientowa muzyka, wiec calosc lub nic, zwlaszcza pierwsza strona ktora trwa 22 minuty, juz wiem czemu slyszy sie, ze tak bardzo influencyjny na scene popowa byl kraaftwerk

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A bit dated. The famous bits from 'Autobahn' are still enjoyable, otherwise a hard listen and difficult to keep focused on it.

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Weird sounds, not bad at all

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Enjoyable, good background music and there’s nothing wrong with that

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Interesting but not something I'd put on all the time

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I'm guessing the title track, running at 22:48, took up an entire album side. It gets a bit repetitive, but is actually pretty in places. Driving on the Autobahn must be much more relaxing than US Interstates. One must remember this is a pioneering work in synthpop, so if it doesn't sound as polished as later works, that is why.

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1st song was a bit on the short side.

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Hypnotic Germanic vibes

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I liked the album for a change but I’m not sure I’d choose to listen to it again ***

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Very odd music for the time. First ambient music?

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1973 unbelievable

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De lo que he escuchando del krautrock, es lo que más me has gustado. De verdad es bien experimental, pero es agradable (aunque a veces monótono). No es una joya, pero no es un mal álbum.

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Wow! Brought back memories of youth!

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fav : kometenmelodie 2

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pretty interesting- a little sound heavy. felt less narrative and more noisey, but lighter songs like morgenspaziergang and kometenmelodie 2 stand out to me. they’re more classic song structure and build up/ variation

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Not something I'd normally choose to listen to, but an alright first track and I can see how it was revolutionary. 7.1/10

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In conclusione: lo conoscevo chiaramente di nome ma non l'avevo mai ascoltato credo. E' un album che faccio fatica a giudicare secondo i criteri che ho usato fino ad ora. E' un album che risente del peso degli anni probabilmente più degli altri contemporanei per ovvi motivi, ma allo stesso tempo mi ha sorpreso il fatto che suona comunque molto sperimentale ancora oggi. Nonostante sia un album così storico ha un'identità molto forte che non mi sembra sia stata copiata tanto quanto altre cose di fama comparabile. Il fatto di aver usato degli strumenti elettronici quando erano praticamente una novità sembra avergli dato molta libertà espressiva e l'album suona a tratti forse un po' troppo sperimentazione fine a sé stessa, ma è difficile dare molto peso a questa cosa considerando le circostanze. Non so se me lo risentirei però sicuramente è stato un ascolto interessante e immagino che sentirlo nel 74 doveva essere abbastanza sconvolgente. La copertina pure mi sembra un minimalismo avanti coi tempi e potrebbe essere tranquillamente una copertina di oggi, l'ho trovata sicuramente rappresentativa dello spirito del gruppo. Per me è 3 abbondante.

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Based on the first track, I was going to give this album a 4. It seemed batshit but in a good way. I enjoyed the fact that track 1 was like an electronic version of a symphony in a way, with a similar structure. Sadly I didn't like the rest of the album as much, it seemed a little flat, but would be excited to hear more Kraftwerk records.

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I wasnt sure what was happening but I kinda liked it?

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-Chill electronic music -I want it to pick up in intensity, but it isn't -I actually liked everything but the title track cuz it could go on my study playlist

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Autobahn was an interesting listen, at first I was a little skeptical when I saw the length of the title track was over 22 minutes! Upon listening I would never have thought that the album was released in 1974, the sound is well ahead of it's time. It was quite a relaxing listen and really took you through a sonic journey. Best: Autobahn Worst: N/A

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3.8

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Weird as all hell

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cool, fun, quirky album. bet it was pretty. But still, wouldn't want to listen to it again any time soon.

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Genre defining album. Although it's aged a bit, it's still reasonably exciting listening. Unsure as to whether it's interesting enough to listen to again in the future.

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nice, repetative and edgy but nice

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I heard a record that was part-ambient, part-something-else, though of course Autobahn predates that classification system. Kraftwerk doesn't reach the heights of electronic-flesh synthesis they do on Man-Machine, but there are glimpses of human joy through the beats. This time through, I caught those more on the B-side than anywhere else. The title track remains important, just a bit sterile.

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I think I get it ya know? This album is almost 50 years old, and for what that is worth it's extremely impressive. And while it's not really my taste at all, I can see how important it is for music. For my personal taste it isn't super high on that list, but I think it rates well over all.

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Zeer vooruitstrevend voor de tijd, maar anno 2021 een wat moeilijke ‘luister’ voor me.

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I know it's monotonous on purpose, and it did conjure up being in the back of a car on a long trip, but that's just not that enjoyable. Impressive and inoffensive, but not that interesting.

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Enjoyed autobahn a lot the rest less so

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Man, if this album had just stopped after the first track then I’d be here saying it’s a 22 minute masterpiece. Instead, I’m sitting here thinking of car crash puns. Dang.

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This was strictly background for me, but it never intruded. I was kind of surprised at how pleasant it was? I have an impression of Kraftwerk being sort of industrial, but maybe I just didn't know what the hell I was talking about. This sounds like the background of Epcot Center and I don't mean that as an insult.

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FAHN FAHN FAHN ON DA AUTOBAHN -neat early electronic track. everything after was fine.

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No haiku today. Good German techno beat music. Listworthy = 👍

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Although as a certified NUMTOT, I am not "Fond of tha Autobahn" - which is what I assume the "lyrics" to this song are. I did like this song more than I thought. Even that only manages to get it a 3.5

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This brings back fond memories of HBO's "Video Jukebox." A groundbreaking electronic album that still holds up pretty well nearly 50 years later.

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A great album for its time, but it’s time was long ago?

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Enjoyed this record. Very interesting use of synths. I generally like Kosmische Musik (and Bowie's Kosmische Musik influenced stuff from this period) though I don't listen to it that often and I don't gravitate to this style. This record is the progenitor of that sound. Definitely should be on this list.

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Het mogen pioniers zijn in het genre, toch was dit album niet mijn smaak

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First "Electronic" album that I didn't hate. Not to say that I would ever listen to this again, but it wasn't bad. Good background music if your into such as you could basically just have the album loop over and over and never realize it. 3

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Yeah. I know it's classic, formative, etc, but 22min track to start? It just slipped into background mode, and I barely even noticed the change into the following tracks.

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Music from other times. Cant understand when to listen it. Think about ambient music but not sure.

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It's good

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You can see the influence of Can or even Tortoise here, but eventually you'll grow tired of 20 minute songs.

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Doesn't possess the same dystopian quality I liked about The Man-Machine and is instead a lot more experimental so doesn't quite hit the same heights.

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Synth and guitar chill

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Au-to-bahn! Das Titelstück ist ein Klassiker, ein großes Stück seiner Zeit. Kometenmelodie 2 ebenfalls. Rest geht so.

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Not hard to see why this is such a legendary album - to create such hypnotic electronic beats this long ago must have been mind blowing at the time, and I particularly like how long and progressive the title track is. simplistic yet layered synth work that slowly builds and falls. I can't say the rest of the album really stuck with me though, and even the title track felt somewhat sparse at points. I appreciate the influence a bit more than the music here.

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Have only ever really heard Autobahn before, and even then only snippets really. I can imagine really liking this if I had heard this in my formative years.

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Elektronisk, konceptuelt, revolutionerende, tysk

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Not as great as some of Kraftwerk's pivotal work from later in the 70s, but this is them really on the cusp of nailing it. A v fun album

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aight

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The title track, and main suite of the album is great. Kometenmelodie 1 is super hard to listen to. Just grating. Kometenmelodie 2 is nice. Mitternacht and Morgenspaziergang are ambient and experimental. Not something I really feel like listening to. Overall, Side A is great. Side B is not at all my thing, but I can respect it.

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The synth slaps but I'm just not really in the mood for Kraftwerk rn

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I can respect the creativity and originality of this piece. This sounds like what people in the 80’s used in instructional videos to describe what the future will look like. Very impressive that this came out in the mid 70’s. And then after autobahn, the crew was just like “hey check out this crazy sound I learned how to make” and then put those crazy sounds on the album

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I really hope we get the extended version of Autobahn. The spatial engineering on this was very interesting, even in my car sound was traveling from one side to the other, up close and far away. It would've probably been great in headphones. They were definitely trying to contact some extra terrestrials on their HAM radio. Favorite song - Mitternacht

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It’s like Bach programming a first-gen Atari set. Programmatic music with synths mimicking speeding cars … meh. The keys are kitschy as often as they’re catchy. Some weirdly wondrous moments (“Kometenmelodie 2” and closing track), plus obvious bonus points for originality, sure, but hasn’t aged that well. Has KW transcended previous under-ratedness and obscurity to become overhyped/overrated and, thus, underwhelming? Or is its reputation perfectly balanced with its aesthetic quality? 3.2 for 3.

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Los papás de Depeche Mode. Me imaginé a Martin Gore escuchando esto en loop obsesivamente. Muy flashero todo para el 74, pero por momentos necesitaba que terminara de una vez.

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Autobahn started out well. The singing is bad, but thankfully minimal. The middle five minutes (8-13-ish minute mark) were bad too, but Autobahn does come back around. Overall I am impressed with the sound being that this album is from the Stone Age of electronic music. The end of Autbahn sounds a lot like Pink Floyd’s On The Run from Dark Side Of The Moon. At first I was pumped because I thought DSOTM came out in 1975. But alas DSOTM debuted in 1973, making it seem like a ripoff. I like all the other tracks, so this album gets to live solidly in pergatory. The Pink Floyd ripoff is offset by the trail blazing nature of the sound.

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It is certainly influential and inventive, trying out interesting concepts, as the Doppler effect passing sounds in Autobahn, as if cars on a highway, but 20 minutes of that grew stale really quick to me.

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Kinda repetitive but respect because this was in 1974.

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Good, atmospheric, I liked this

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Background music, for some sort of dull sci-fi movie. Influential on lots of artists I do like, but I didn't massively enjoy this. I'm torn between giving it 2 or 3, so will be generous!

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Pretty cool, and hard to believe this came out in 1974. You can hear echoes and influence from this in a lot of 80s music and house music. It's rather abstract, but a fun, chill listen.

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WTF

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-a a a a autobahn

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I swear this was an album previously b/c I've heard it before I think... or maybe it was a different Kraftwerk?

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Not quite what I was expecting from my first Kraftwerk experience. This is way more atmospheric than I imagined it'd be. Nice

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A little different than the other Kraftwerk albums on here. Glad I listened but it didn't really speak to me. Clearly too many Kraftwerk albums on this list.

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Struggling to rate this. It was mad and long and it was long and it was mad. But then again it was very inventive and I know how influential Kraftwerk were at the time and how much they pushed boundaries and explored new tech so I can see how it's a good album in that respect.

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Love this especially Morgenspaziergang not keen on Kometenmelodie which does make up a lot of the album but Autobahn is SO FUN love that tune and I love Kraftwerk so I'm going middle for this album.

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Just not my thing.

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Not quite as horrible as that garbage "the man-machine", but I still didn't like it.

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2/5

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I REALLY wanted to like this album more. I just... couldn't. It's a two for me. I can see how influential this album was to so many, but to me, it just really sounds like a few guys playing with synthesizers.

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Not awful, not my style at all.

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Sounds like Ross's "soundscapes". No thanks.

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The cool kind of weird alternative up to the point when they start to sing... I just don't enjoy listening to German language.

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Aprecio o esforço, mas mt sem nexo pra mim

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Not my thing it sounded like it came from the original Tron soundtrack

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Eh... not my favorite. Some cool sounds going on, just not the kind of thing I feel like sitting down and listening to a whole album of. Favorite Track(s): “Morganspaziergang”

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Weird, early electronic / noise music. The fun fun fun of the autobahn... Creative, but does not move me at all.

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Weird

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Its OK as ambient music but I cannot really remember a thing about it.

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Now I’m a man who can appreciate good electronic music. Even though kraftwerk were one of the originators this album was a bit too wild for me. Sounded like they were having a play with their new synthesiser and just hit record. 2/5

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This is a strange beast. Obviously it was innovative upon its release, and even today it still sounds like a science experiment. It is quite monotonous though. I was expecting to enjoy this much more than I did. I'm glad I've listened, it feels like something that should be heard, like a lesson in the evolution of music, but isn't really something I'd choose to hear again.

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Trippy twisted.

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wtf

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Fan of the autobahn? Yes. Fan of this album? No. Tedious.

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No conecto, no lo disfruto. Soniditos que avanzan sin emoción ni momentos bellos ni nada. No es lo mío.

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The title track is tediously long. The other tracks are fairly incoherent. It’s hard to shit on an album that is universally considered so important and influential. But while I recognise the significance of this album 50 years ago, I would never stick this on to enjoy today.

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What did I just listen to? The title track was the only one that I even remotely recognize...

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Good and bad in equal measure

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The title track is dull and tediously long. The other tracks are fairly incoherent. It’s hard to shit on an album that is universally considered so important and influential. But while I recognise the significance of this album 50 years ago, I would never stick this on to enjoy today.

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Kraftwerk are incredibly important and have some great albums, the most influential electronic act of all time without a doubt. Autobahn however is not the reason for this legacy and does sound dated. It is nearly half a century old but in comparison to similarly aged Krautrock gems Tago Mago or Neu! 75, it is not up to the mark.

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Il brano Autobahn è un polpettone epico e senza motivo, negli altri brani invece ci sono alcune cose interessanti ma sono una piccola parte del disco. Secondo me è un album sopravvalutato.

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what did i just listen to?

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Wild, noisey, comforting, I guess

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Didn’t finish

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Whoa - now this is new to me. Never heard of them, never heard of this, never thought this would be something people wanted to hear. So, anyway, let's go. Autobahn - Song builds like it's trying to introduce something. I would assume that this music was experimental for its day. Reminds me of the Blue Man Group. "Repetitive electronic music" is putting it mildly. That being said, I don't hate it. Fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn. How long is this "song?" Kometenmelodie 1 - Ok - was actually not sure if I was still listening to Autobahn - that song was 22 minutes. Anyway, this is well, like an 80s David Lynch movie. Just synth and piano, and ominous buzzing. Kometenmelodie 2 - Now we're bouncing. Stark contrast to 1. Victorious is what comes to mind. Mitternacht is back to the Kometenmelodie 1 sensibilities. Kometenmelodie 2 is definitely the preferred sound so far. Morgenspaziergang - The last song is like radio waves and a flute. So we're way out there now. Way, way, way out there. Overall, this was a fun diversion into something I've never ever ever thought to listen to. Is it good? To me, not really. It's hardly listenable in terms of a cohesive thing. It's avantgarde in that it is art for sure, but not what I would consider musically appealing. My guess would be these guys are cited as influences to bands like Depeche Mode though.

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The man-machine was better. This is a little to weird. But it has that dark scary technologic vibe that I love. And wow the original album cover might be the ugliest image I have seen yet. The remastered us much better. Damn what a weird album. 2/5 so far

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Langdradig

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Надо как-нибудь внимательнее переслушать, так как синты у них классные

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driving on the motorway ennit

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Nope.

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Pretty cool concept. Not sure if I'd class some of it as 'music' but still enjoyable

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Seemed esoteric and experimental. Felt decent at best and uneasy at worst

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Didn't like this one as much as Man Machine

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ok

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It's the future, apparently. Does that include the bloody flute? 22 minutes was pushing it a little for the title track. The wonky key changes didn't help. At best this could be packaged up as Electro 18.

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initial thoughts: starting out with a 22 minute song huh? bold, but i’ll take it fav from album: autobahn

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boring. autobahn was kinda interesting but yawn

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At the time this album came out it must of been ground breaking new music that blew minds. Feel like a B movie soundtrack that makes for great background noise.

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I wasn’t so keen on this one…

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Decent background music album. Can respect that they are the root of a lot of the artists I like but don’t see myself coming back to this.

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Nah, didn't get this at all. I found autobahn interesting for the first 3 minutes or so...

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The music of bureaucracy, capital, self-interest. It's up to you to decide just how oh-so-arch it is. Just enough for me, but I'll understand if you opt out. What saves them is their love of melody and repetition, which isn't in dispute, though it doesn't come in the usual shape and size. Given how little love is on offer here, I'll take whatever I can get.

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beep boop vroom vroom

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Dull and kinda weird, not my thing

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Not my thing, but cool.

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Ich verstehe es nicht. Ich denke das es ist nich sooo schlecht aber es ist nich für mich. Eine tag ich möchte fahren auf der Autobahn aber nicht heute. Danke meine Freunde. Meine deutsch ist sehr gut.

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Weird

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Disclaimer: Adolf Hitler was a horrible, genocidal maniac. When the Autobahn was created in the 1920s and 30s, it became the first modern national highway system. And it happened largely thanks to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, who invested considerable economic and human capital into its construction. It allowed, among other things, the easier mobilization of the Nazi war machine. And after the war, it inspired the creation of Eisenhower's Interstate Highway System, which in turn solidified the dominance of post-war car culture, lack of mass transit infrastructure, and gas-guzzling and fast food addictions. Were they setting us up for future conquest all along? Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" begins with the title track that feels like you are cruising down the highway with no speed limit, even literally singing "We drive, drive, drive on the Autobahn." Then you take the next exit, and the roads get stranger and more experimental. One song/road was built around a leaky faucet, I think. Both the Autobahn and Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" were ahead of their time, and paved the way for things both great and awful. Only one of them was built by an evil dictator, though.

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Idk how much kraftwerk I need to listen to to before I die but I almost died of boredom from the song autobahn. Overall this album was mildly boring but mitternacht was good

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Not bad, I don't know if it really qualifies as music tho.

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I'm so sorry I still don't massively get this. I liked the last song that was just completely different but the rest of it, left me cold. I know this is meant to be amazing, not sure what I'm missing

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nope

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1974: Autobahn

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"kuuntele tämä, jos haluat maksimoida krapulapäivän kärsimykset"

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barely could listen through the whole thing... i know they are essential for early electro music, still will never listen to it again.

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Barf

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nah chief

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Not good. I suppose for the times this would have been a hip, or cool album but I did not enjoy any of it

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Wish I could unheard this album

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Not my thing.

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C'est nul

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No me voy a molestar ni en pensar que mierda poner aqui

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Infinitely better than The Man Machine, but still bad.

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Why

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About as interesting as fake Bhutan artwork.

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I have enjoyed some Kraftwerk in the past, but this album was pretty terrible. The title track had some interesting parts, but as a whole was WAY too long. The rest of the album just seemed like filler. 1/5

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I really, really hope this is the last Kraftwerk album. A 22 minute lead off of...I don't even know. I thought they were forbearers to electronic music but this wasn't even that.

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not my cup of tea

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Basically just noise.

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05/16/2022 OMG, these guys again? What the fuck.

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Loved it

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