Sunday, March 30, 2014

ACBA: The Bechers for Kraftwerk

Baarn, The Netherlands: Philips, 1970
12" vinyl LP
Edition size unknown

Released in November 1970, the debut album from the electronic band that formed in Düsseldorf earlier in the year, was purely instrumental, performed on a variety of traditional instruments which were altered in post-production. The disk is long out of print and has never had an official CD release. The band has referred to their first 3 records as "archaeology" and have not performed tracks from the debut live since 1975.

The cover is credited to Ralf Hütter, the singer, keyboardist and sole founding member to continue with the group. The gatefold inner sleeve photograph of a power station is by Bernd and Hilla Becher,  who also hailed from Düsseldorf.

Kraftwerk performed at the Sony Centre in Toronto last night (see below iPhone pic).

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