Label: MC - M-196 • Format: Cassette Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release • Country: Poland • Genre: Electronic • Style: Electro, Synth-pop
It saw the group refine their melodic electronic style, with a focus on sequenced rhythms, minimalismand occasionally manipulated vocals.
The themes include celebrations of the titular European railway service and Europe as a whole, and meditations on the disparities between reality and appearance. The album has been re-released in several formats and continues to receive acclaim. Inthe LA Times called it "the most important pop album of the last 40 years.
After the release and tour for the album Radio-ActivityKraftwerk continued to move further away from their earlier Krautrock style of improvised instrumental music, refining their work more into the format of melodic electronic songs.
Karl Bartos wrote that about these rules, stating that "it's not easy to turn knobs on a synthesizer if you are drunk or full of drugs. We always Franz Schubert - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express to keep very aware of what we were doing while acting in public. In mid, Kraftwerk began to work on the album which was then called Europe Endless. Maxime Schmitt encouraged the group to record a French language version of the song "Showroom Dummies", which led the group to later record several songs in French.
The group found the sound the train made was not danceable and changed it slightly. Whereas Radio-Activity had featured a mixture of German and English lyrics throughout the album, Trans-Europe Express went further and was mixed as Franz Schubert - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express entirely separate versions, one sung in English, the other in German.
The artwork for the album cover of Trans-Europe Express was originally Lie To Me - Brook Benton - This Is. to be a monochrome picture of the group reflected in a series of mirrors. This idea was dropped for a photo by New York-based celebrity photographer Maurice Seymour, with the group dressed in suits to resemble mannequins. Stara's image of the group was taken in Paris and is a Franz Schubert - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express retouched photo-montage of Kraftwerk from their shoulders up again posed as mannequins which are shown on the cover of the English version of the album.
The photo for this scene was from the session by Maurice Seymour, taken on the group's American tour. Other photos were taken by Schult that show the group laughing and smiling. These were not used for the album's release. In the s or s melodies were developed and these became culture that we worked from". We had the Bauhaus school before the war and then after the war we had tremendous people like Karlheinz Stockhausen and the development of the Down - Ken Chambers - Double Negative and the electronic classical.
At the same time, the band were keen to move away from their German heritage towards a new sense of European identity and felt that the Trans Europ Express could be used to symbolize this.
The first being the disparities between reality and image, represented by the songs "Hall of Mirrors" and "Showroom Dummies", and the others about the glorification of Europe. The musical style of Trans-Europe Express Franz Schubert - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express described by AllMusic as melodic themes which are "repeated often and occasionally interwoven over deliberate, chugging beats, sometimes with manipulated vocals" and "minimalism, mechanized rhythms, and Franz Schubert - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Expresscatchy melodies".
The song "Hall of Mirrors" has been described as containing deadpan vocals with lyrics that speculate how stars look at themselves in a looking glass. Some versions of the song contain a spoken introduction starting with a count-in of "eins zwei drei vier" as a parody of the band Ramones who started some songs with a quick count-in of "one two Lime Street Blues - Procol Harum - The Best Of Procol Harum four".
Trans-Europe Express was originally released in March Photo stills from this video were later used on the single sleeve for "Showroom Franz Schubert - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express. This new version features a black background with white Trans Europ Express train in the center.
This change has "Metal on Metal" being credited for two minutes of the music with the remainder being a track titled "Abzug" English: "Departure". Initial reviews for Trans-Europe Express were positive.
Music critic Robert Christgauin a review for The Village Voicewrote that the album's "textural effects sound like parodies by some cosmic schoolboy of every lush synthesizer surge that's ever stuck in your gullet—yet also work the way those surges are supposed to work". Modern reception has been very favorable.
Overall, Trans-Europe Express offers the best blend of minimalism, mechanized rhythms, and crafted, catchy melodies in the group's catalog". Its status as modern electronic music's birth certificate is well-earned, but its hallowed reputation should never be allowed to disguise its true value and power as a work of art.
Nor should it obscure a longevity that, 32 years on, we might as well start calling by its real name: immortality". Trans-Europe Express has also appeared on top album lists from a variety of sources. In the late s, the album influenced post-punk band Joy Division as bassist Peter Hook related Traqué - Edith Piaf - Lintégrale De Ses Enregistrements 1946-1963 "We were introduced to Kraftwerk by [singer] Ian Curtiswho insisted we play Trans Europe Express before we went on stage every time.
The tape was played at the venue over the PA system, to be heard by everyone. The first time was Pips [a Manchester club well known for its 'Bowie Room']. Ian got thrown out for kicking glass around the dance floor in time to the track.
It took us ages of pleading to get him back in. It worked because it gets up a lot of momentum. Morris also said: "It reminds me of Cabaretthe film, with all of the s singing. When you get that marriage between humans and machines, and you get it right, it's fantastic. I have to say it's my favourite Kraftwerk album. The information regarding accolades attributed to Trans-Europe Express is adapted from Acclaimed Musicexcept where otherwise noted.
The album entered the charts on 6 Februarystaying in the charts for seven weeks and peaking at number Adapted from Trans-Europe Express liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free Franz Schubert - Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October Penguin Books. The New York Times. The Quietus. Retrieved 21 October Archived from the original on 2 April Retrieved 2 April Retrieved 23 October Retrieved 16 January Slant Magazine.
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