German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk have announced that the 2009 UK and German vinyl 12345678 Catalogue remasters are to be made available as limited edition, individual heavyweight LPs on October 9, most of which have never been pressed on coloured vinyl before.
There are the eight UK LPs – Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans Europe Express, The Man- Machine, Computer World, Techno Pop, The Mix and Tour De France – and 6 German LPs in total. The German editions (the first ever digital versions of which were announced earlier this year) are the 5 German language versions with the addition of “Radio-Activät” which features German song titles on the artwork although the audio remains the same as the UK pressing.
The new vinyl reissues are pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, and the range of coloured vinyl is dynamic; from the striking translucent neon yellow of “Computer World” through to the translucent blue of “Autobahn,” they sound and look immaculate. The sleeves are pressed to the highest production standards, bringing new vibrancy to the stunning cover artworks and visuals conceptualised, created and produced over five decades by Ralf Hütter. Each of the albums comes complete with an illustrated booklet featuring some of Kraftwerk’s most visionary and iconic imagery.
Kraftwerk’s unrivalled influence on electronic music and popular culture can be currently found on display at London’s Design Museum where the critically acclaimed “Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers” exhibition is currently being held.