Autobahn

Label
EMI UK
Release date
3 Mar 2003
Running length
5 tracks
Running time
31:25

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Autobahn 11:23 168,226
2 Kometenmelodie 1 6:26 60,093
3 Kometenmelodie 2 5:46 57,209
4 Mitternacht 3:46 57,835
5 Morgenspaziergang 4:04 54,168

About this album

Autobahn (German for “motorway”) is an album by Kraftwerk, released in 1974. The album’s 22-minute title track was edited to about 3 minutes for single release and reached #25 on the US Billboard charts, charting even higher around Europe, including #11 in the UK. This commercial success came after the band had released three highly experimental and purely instrumental albums.

Autobahn is not a completely electronic album, as violin, flute, and guitar are used along with synthesizers. The title track features both untreated and vocoded vocals; the remaining tracks are purely instrumental. Kraftwerk used a Minimoog, an ARP Odyssey, an EMS Synthi AKS and various devices of their own design and implementation, such as their famous electronic drums.
The title track is intended to capture the feeling of driving on the Autobahn: from the high-speed concentration on the fast lane, to tuning the car radio, to the monotony of a long trip. Autobahn is also the first of Kraftwerk’s concept albums of sorts, which they have done up to 2003.
The front cover of the original German edition was painted by Emil Schult, a long-time collaborator of Ralf and Florian, who also co-wrote the lyrics to the song “Autobahn”. The version released in the UK on the Vertigo label in 1974 had a differently designed cover, produced by the label’s in-house marketing department.

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  • xCapitanOvvio

    Masterpiece!

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bantha_fodder_

    U.S. cover art is fucking ugly as fuck.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Spoike

    Just kidding. It's not their most accessible album but I find it quite listenable myself if I have the time and patience. It's my favourite Kraftwerk album right now.

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Spoike

    @brunogramacho "Difficult to listen. But its good." - 2deep4u

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • brunogramacho

    can't wait to have my own car and listen to this

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • alfapp

    this album is for eternity

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ClaudioGurgel

    “Autobahn” é um álbum que me intriga muito mais pela qualidade das composições do que pelos timbres, coisa incomum na música eletrônica. É lógico que a desenvoltura no controle de seus minimoogs, arps, vocoders, etc. são virtudes indiscutíveis dos integrantes da banda. Porém as músicas possuem tanta identidade e coerência na temática escolhida que realmente impressionam. A faixa título faz o ouvinte viajar ao longo dos seus 22 minutos, passeando por loops rítmicos extremamente bem cuidados e muito bem compostos e, efeitos sonoros que despertam a imaginação do ouvinte. Texturas, sensações e climas também fazem parte das demais faixas, como em “Kometenmelodie 1”, onde “noises” misturados a pianos lembram longas passagem nebulosas e, “Morgenspaziergang” que cria uma paisagem sonora altamente rural com pássaros, água e uma flauta singela. Se você acha isso impossível, escute...

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    <3

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • incultojurgis

    I LOVE it!

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Propulsive Apollonian music.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    deadset classic.

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Janyslaw

    auf der autobahn

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • brunogramacho

    Difficult to listen. But its good.

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    Listen to this on a good pair of headphones and I'll guarantee you, you will be sold! Pure genius!

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Angelond2

    Don't know if people followed the mid-1970s Groove, R&B, Disco thang: Think "Cerrone 3" or maybe "Parliament Funkadelics" I believe it was. Think about KraftWerk then, or Aerosmith's 1st album, those were the times! Or more esoteric, Walter (later Wendy) Carlos, of soundrack to "A Clockwork Orange" fame.

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
  • FuckinEchoes

    This was made in 1974? Jeepers.

    10 Jul 2010 Reply
  • SideBMusic

    Actually, this is the edited version of Autobahn. The original version was 22 minutes long, not 11, and had synth sound effects like cars whirring past you (in stereo, of course.)

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • FacelessShadows

    Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn... ¬¬

    26 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    nice one. Autobahn drags on a bit thought doesnt it?

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rockyn48

    Love it! Mom discovered it in '74' and we used to jam to it. Fon Fon Fon mit der autobahn....

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
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