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Kraftwerk's 'Trans Europe Express' started the musical revolution
Kraftwerk's 'Trans Europe Express' started the musical revolution

Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" is the most important pop album of the last 40 years, though it may not be obvious. The first high-art electronic pop record, "Trans Europe Express" set the tone for the coming revolution, became one of the central texts of hip-hop, pop and electronic dance music. Recorded in the same few months of mid-1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporated Apple Computers in Cupertino, "Trans Europe Express" and its predecessors, "Radio-Activity" and "Autobahn," sparked a similarly massive upheaval with sound. That it was built by a couple of Germans searching for new ideas in a postwar land longing...

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