August 21, 2009

Kraftwerk: Werking It

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, original robot rockers Kraftwerk has remastered its entire collection and offering it in one big bunch on Oct. 6, entitled "12345678 The Catalogue." According to our favorite peeps over at Astralwerks, the German computer-dance maestros spent the year upgrading their Kling Klang masters with the latest studio technology and "these eight magnificent recordings still sound like nothing else in the history of music."

On the Beat got a hold of a sampler set of tracks from the remastered tapes, and it's like listening to a whole brand new set of tunes, seriously.

Check it out yourself with one of Kraftwerk's biggest hits, "Autobahn."

Autobahn (remastered)

Autobahn (original)

The proof is in the pudding, right?

"The Catalogue" will be offered in an 8-disc CD box set in a "mini-vinyl" card wallet or individually. However, due to licensing restrictions in the U.S. only five of the eight albums will released as separate CD editions: "Autobahn," "Radio-Activity," "Trans Europe Express," "The Man Machine," and "Tour De France (2003)." As a result, the only way for fans to own the entire catalogue on CD is to purchase the Box Set. It'll also be out in a five-vinyl set and as digital downloads.

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