Today marks the release of Kraftwerk’s CD and vinyl box-sets. To refresh your memory Kraftwerk is the mega-legendary German electronic band that formed in 1970 and has proceeded to rock the planet with supreme synthpop authority ever since. They were influenced by other great minds like Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground, and the Stooges. Other artists like Afrika Bambaataa and The Sonic Soul Force and Jay-Z have borrowed some of Kraftwerk’s riffs. Some think the band was responsible for the birth of Techno.
The box-sets are digitally remastered and include more artwork than the original releases.
Check out this excerpt from Pitchfork‘s interview with Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter:
Pitchfork: The Catalogue box is something that’s been in the works for some time. What were some of the issues that caused it to be delayed, and how are they resolved?
Ralf Hütter: I was involved in going through the visual archives from the printing studio, the old photographs and the original prints of the original designs for drawings and ideas for the original cover. And that wasn’t really fully worked out when The Catalogue was announced in 2004. We put out a little promo box, and then we toured quite a lot around the world over the last five years. But in between, we went into the archives [and] saw some of the artwork that was never publicized or published in this quality. And there was always something missing or we were not able to do the whole photo as it was planned. So now for the first time, you will see the original artwork in the way it was visually composed by us at the time. All original graphics and more photographs and drawings. And of course, they have been mastered and upgraded for 2009 mastering techniques. So it’s all up-to-date and we’re very happy with the outcome of everything, so now for the first time you’ll see Kraftwerk in the album packaging as it was, complete.
Pitchfork: With the original issues of the albums, why were you not able to realize your vision of it at the time?
RH: Well, it was foldout covers or not so many photographs or print allowed or the colors were messed up. So many mistakes. Like in America, they changed the folds from left to right. Things like that. There was just always so much bad quality and the CD was scanned down from vinyl so there was never really high quality involved. We were not really in control of that at the time, but now for the first time, we have been able to put everything together and then add those drawings or photographs or images or paintings that were not possible for us to put them in the album at the time, in the 70s.
…You can read the rest here.