The Man-Machine

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The Man-Machine
Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine.png
Studio album by Kraftwerk
Released 19 May 1978
Recorded 1977–78
Studio (see Studios)
Genre
Length 36:10
Label
Producer
Kraftwerk chronology
Trans-Europe Express
(1977)
The Man-Machine
(1978)
Computer World
(1981)
Singles from The Man-Machine
  1. "Die Roboter"
    Released: May 1978 (Germany)
  2. "Das Model"
    Released: September 1978 (Germany)
  3. "Neon Lights"
    Released: December 1978
  4. "The Robots"
    Released: 1978 (UK)
  5. "The Model"
    Released: November 1981 (UK)

The Man-Machine (German: Die Mensch-Maschine) is the seventh studio album by German electronic music band Kraftwerk, released in May 1978. It includes the singles "The Model" and "The Robots".

Upon its release, the NME stated: "The Man-Machine stands as one of the pinnacles of 1970s rock music."[1] Although the album was initially unsuccessful on the UK Albums Chart, it reached a new peak position of number nine in February 1982,[2] becoming the band's second highest-peaking album in the United Kingdom after Autobahn (1974).[3] The Man-Machine was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 15 February 1982, denoting shipments in excess of 100,000 copies.[4]

Background and release[edit]

The Man-Machine is the first Kraftwerk album to have Karl Bartos co-credited as a composer along with Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Emil Schult co-wrote the lyrics for "The Model".

In October 2009, a remastered edition of the album was released on CD and digital download by Mute Records in Europe and by Astralwerks in the United States,[5][6] with heavyweight vinyl editions released in November 2009.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
Drowned in Sound 10/10[9]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[10]
Mojo 5/5 stars[11]
Q 4/5 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[13]
Select 5/5[14]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[15]
Uncut 4/5 stars[16]
The Village Voice B+[17]

The NME wrote a glowing review and said: "Kraftwerk manage to convey the entire 'melange of elements' by musical means alone: the sparsity of the lyrics leaves the emphasis squarely on those robot rhythms; chilling tones and exquisite melodies." Critic Andy Gill also praised the "complexity of construction", saying "there's a lot more than electronic percussion in there".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Words Length
1. "The Robots" ("Die Roboter") Hütter 6:11
2. "Spacelab"
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
Hütter 5:51
3. "Metropolis"
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos
Hütter 5:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Words Length
4. "The Model" ("Das Model")
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
3:38
5. "Neon Lights" ("Neonlicht")
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos
Hütter 9:03
6. "The Man-Machine" ("Die Mensch-Maschine")
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
Hütter 5:28

Credits[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[18]

Personnel[edit]

Kraftwerk[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ralf Hütter – production, album concept
  • Florian Schneider – production, album concept
  • Joschko Rudas – engineering
  • Leanard Jackson – engineering

Visual art[edit]

  • Ralf Hütter – cover, artwork reconstruction (2009 remaster)
  • Günther Fröhling – photography
  • Karl Klefisch – lettering
  • Johann Zambryski – artwork reconstruction (2009 remaster)

Studios[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 56
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 15
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 24
Chart (1981) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[25] 130
Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 9
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Italian Albums (FIMI)[27] 94

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gill, Andy (29 April 1978). "Mind Machine Music". NME. 
  2. ^ "1982 Top 40 Official Albums Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. 20 February 1982. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kraftwerk" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 15 February 1982. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Man Machine [Original recording remastered]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Man Machine (Remastered) by Kraftwerk". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Man Machine [VINYL] [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Huey, Steve. "The Man-Machine – Kraftwerk". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Power, Chris (13 October 2009). "Album Review: Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine: Remastered". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  11. ^ Snow, Mat (November 2009). "Gut Vibrations". Mojo. London (192): 110. ISSN 1351-0193. 
  12. ^ "Kraftwerk – Man-Machine CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 468–69. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  14. ^ Harrison, Andrew (June 1995). "Kraftwerk: Radio Activity / Man Machine / Computer World / The Mix". Select. London (60). 
  15. ^ Med57 (3 June 2005). "Kraftwerk – Computer World". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Cavanagh, David (16 October 2009). "Uncut Reviews: Kraftwerk – Reissues". Uncut. London. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 4, 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ Die Mensch·Maschine (liner notes). Kraftwerk. Kling Klang. 2009. 50999 6 99589 1 5. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 170. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  20. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kraftwerk – Computerwelt" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  21. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Album_Artiste_Choisi.php
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  23. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  25. ^ "Kraftwerk – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Kraftwerk. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  27. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Kraftwerk – Die Mensch-Maschine". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  28. ^ "British album certifications – Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Man-Machine in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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