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THE MIX

Kraftwerk

 

Progressive Electronic

2.75 | 44 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars "We are programmed just to do, anything you want us to ..."

"The Mix" is Kraftwerk's sole 1991 album that features remixes of their classic tracks andmany are very worthwhile reinterpretations of this most innovative musical style. It is full on techno and some of the tracks are wonderful indulgences into the electronic stream.

'Radioactivity' is a new reinvention of the best track from the so titled album. 'Trans Europe Express' is as good as the original but in my opinion this is an untouchable track.

'It's More fun to Compute' a personal favourite, is given a new treatment and segues into 'Home Computer' effectively. I liked the Dentaku Numbers treatment better than the original and there is a wonderful rendition of 'Autobahn'.

The 6 minute repackaging of 'Electric Cafe's best tracks is a worthy addition. Now for the bad news; the new interpretations of some tracks completely destroys them. The new 'improved' 'The Robots' became a single and perhaps appeased the house music enthusiasts of the 90s, but I was appalled.

Gone are the bizarre pulsating twangs and off beat percussive metrics only to be replaced with a smooth disco like dance rhythm. This is the version the band plays live and I seem to be hearing this every time it is played on TV. It does not hold a candle to the cold stark electro heavy original. Also there is a bad reinvention of 'Computer Love', one of my all time favourites.

However, this is a mix and we are stuck with it. In essence it is better than a simple rehashing of original songs, remixing them, these are all re recorded form scratch, but it is strange how the band think these classic tracks need to be touched at all.

3 stars for the good moments.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |

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