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Kraftwerk – Ralf & Florian

Kraftwerk
Ralf & Florian
Label: Philips
Catalog Number: 6305 197
Released: 1973, 70's
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An often overlooked classic, Kraftwerk’s third album is a bridge between the experimental krautrock of the first two albums and the proto-synthpop and electro that would define them as a band. Working again with legendary producer and engineer Conny Plank and recorded at their Kling Klang studio in Dusseldorf, Ralf und Florian is a gorgeous, flowing record that masterfully blends organic instruments with electronics. The album is almost entirely instrumental, with the only vocals being recorded with an early prototype of a vocoder. Florian’s flute echoes along side minimoog, guitar, early rhythm boxes, bells, xylophones and Farfisa organ. The songs are lush and calming with some tracks pointing the way to ambient music that would come much later.

– Cole Kinnear

Recommended – A2 Tongebirge, A4 Heimatklange, B1 Tanzmusik, B2 Ananas Symphonie

Tags: Ambient / Electronic / Krautrock
Tracklist:

A1 Elektrisches Roulette
A2 Tongebirge
A3 Kristallo
A4 Heimatklänge
B1 Tanzmusik
B2 Ananas Symphonie

Credits:

Design [Musicomix] – Emil Schult, Florian*, Ralf*
Engineer – Conrad Plank*
Music By, Producer, Design [Cover] – F. Schneider*, R. Hütter*
Photography By [Colour Photo] – Barbara Niemöller
Photography By [Front Cover] – Robert Franck
Vocals, Keyboards, Strings, Wind [Wind Instruments], Drums, Electronics, Performer [Realisation] – Florian Schneider, Ralf Hütter

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