Near Silence, a free album for anyone who donates to the Red Cross Japan appeal.
A supercooled album fractured with exclusives, classics and the new.
Richard Barbieri has exclusively re-recorded his classic Japan track ‘The Experience of Swimming'; Charles Webster has donated an exclusive mix from his brand new January Tuesday project, which was only recorded last week; and Eno colloborator Roedelius, one of the electronic pioneers alongside Kraftwerk, has donated his classic ‘Wenn der Südwind Weht'; plus an unreleased High Skies track and new material from Woob and Anne Garner.
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Kraftwerk (German for powerstation) are due to release eight of their albums as a remastered box-set (Kraftwerk: The Catalogue) with expanded artwork. They will also be available individually. Personally I’d rather have the Ralf und Florian album than Electric Cafe, The Mix or Tour de France Soundtracks, there are still five classic and hugely influential albums in there though.
Available this Monday 5th October 2009 (2nd Oktober in Germany), the box set will follow on 17th November in time for your girlfriends Christmas present.
Kraftwerk: The Catalogue
Trans Europe Express (1977)
Man Machine (1978)
Computer World (1981)
Electric Cafe – now renamed to the original working title of Techno Pop (1986)
The Mix (1991)
Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)
Ralf Hutter (from Wikipedia)
“We’ve been digitally transferring all of Kraftwerk’s original recordings and sound sources from our badly degrading master tapes while our engineers, Fritz and Henning, have been working in parallel to remaster our early albums for re-release. So for the first time, our recordings will be available in crisp, clear Kling Klang sound with all the fold-out covers and images our label at the time either messed up or wouldn’t pay for. There will be some alternate mixes of tracks and some unedited versions, but unfortunately we don’t have much unreleased material. We never recorded extra songs or twenty different versions of the same song. We would complete a song and then move forward, always keeping very focused on one Kling Klang project at a time.”
It has also been suggested by Hütter that Kraftwerk could reissue its first three albums in a separate collection after the release of The Catalogue:
“We’ve just never really taken a look at those albums. They’ve always been available, but as really bad bootlegs. Now we have more artwork. Emil has researched extra contemporary drawings, graphics, and photographs to go with each album, collections of paintings that we worked with, and drawings that Florian and I did. We took a lot of Polaroids in those days.”