The Catalogue

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The Catalogue
Box set by Kraftwerk
Released 5 October 2009[1]
2 October 2009 (Germany)
23 November 2009
(box set)
Recorded 1974–2003
Genre Electronic, krautrock
Label Kling Klang
EMI
Mute
Astralwerks
Producer Ralf Hütter
Florian Schneider
Fritz Hilpert
Henning Schmitz
Conny Plank
Kraftwerk chronology
Minimum-Maximum
(2005)
The Catalogue
(2009)
Alternative cover
Cover of the German-language edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Clash (9/10) [3]
No Ripcord 10 /10 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (9.5/10)[5]
The Daily Telegraph 4 /5 stars[6]
Uncut 5/5 stars[7]

The Catalogue (German language edition: Der Katalog) is a boxed set comprising eight albums by Kraftwerk that were released from 1974 to 2003. All albums are digitally remastered, with most of the cover art redesigned, including rare photographs in the liner notes that were not part of each album's original release.

Due to licensing issues, three of these albums--Computer World, Electric Cafe (now re-christened with its original working title of Techno Pop)[9] and The Mix—are unavailable in the U.S. except as part of the boxed set. The Techno Pop album contains a slightly revised track listing from its predecessor Electric Cafe: the song "The Telephone Call" now appears in its much shorter single mix, and that single's b-side remix, "House Phone," has been added as a proper album track.

Contents[edit]

The albums included in the boxed set are the following:

Formats[edit]

As with previous Kraftwerk releases, the collection is distributed in two versions: English-language vocal tracks for international distribution and another (Der Katalog) with German-language vocal tracks. The boxed set contains eight CDs in mini-vinyl card wallet packaging, plus individual large-format booklets. On October 5, 2009, Kraftwerk released several remastered albums with redesigned artwork.

Release[edit]

Front cover of the 2004 promo version of The Catalogue.

The boxed set was initially planned for release in 2004 on compact disc and vinyl format and was distributed as a promotional boxed set on compact disc. Copies were often sold on eBay for high prices. An actual release date was not announced and the project remained unreleased for years, despite having a page on the Kraftwerk Web site during this time.

The individual remastered albums were eventually made available on compact disc in October 2009, while an 8-CD boxed set and heavyweight vinyl versions followed in November.[10][11] Due to licensing restrictions imposed by Warner Music Group, the albums Computer World, Techno Pop (formerly known as Electric Café) and The Mix have only been made available in the US from Astralwerks Records as a part of the box set, or individually as imports.[12][13] The collection may also be purchased in three different configurations from the group's Klingklang Shop; with a t-shirt, with a set of mouse pads or all three items together.[14][15]

Proposed second boxed set[edit]

Ralf Hütter suggested that a second Kraftwerk boxed set containing the band's first three albums would be released in 2010[dated info] but there has been no official news regarding such a project or an amended release date.

Reception[edit]

- “Finally, after cancellation and consternation Kraftwerk’s back catalog gets remastered and reissued. We think it’s—whisper—better than the Beatles.” *****
- Record Collector

"Yes, the remastering is a huge improvement. The sound shines like brand new—a punchier low end, crisper syn-drums, even more shimmering neon lights. And warmer human voices. Looking back, it's remarkable how concise these albums are, averaging around 40 minutes and seven songs each, as is the fact that such feats were achieved by purely analogue means. Even in 2009, compare them to tour-mates Radiohead, and its debatable which band [is] truly the most forward-looking. —Mojo

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.emimusic.nl/external/microsites/Catalogus/binnenkort.html
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Review: The Catalogue". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Salmon, Ed (2009-08-10). "The Catalogue review". Clash. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ Caldwell, Sean (2009-12-24). "The Catalogue review". No Ripcord. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  5. ^ Ewing, Tom (2009-12-01). "The Catalogue review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  6. ^ Perry, Andrew (2009-10-05). "The Catalogue review". The Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  7. ^ Cavanagh, David. "The Catalogue review". Uncut. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ Perlich, Tim (April 2004). "article". Now Magazine, Toronto. 
  9. ^ "Uncut.co.uk". Uncut.co.uk. 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  10. ^ Mute Records. Retrieved 4 November 2009 from Mute.com.
  11. ^ EMI Germany. Retrieved 20 August 2009 from EMImusic.de
  12. ^ http://www.astralwerks.com/kraftwerk Astralwerks Records
  13. ^ http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2012680 Discogs.com
  14. ^ https://www.klingklang.de/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=21&products_id=56 Klingklang Konsumprodukt GmbH
  15. ^ https://www.klingklang.de/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=57 Klingklang Konsumprodukt GmbH
  16. ^ Witter, Simon (Spring 2006). "article". Dummy (magazine). 

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