Kraftwerk - Toccata Electronica 1995

Reloaded 14/May/2015 One of my favourite 'unofficial' recordings by any artist. The various remixes are clearly very professional and also quite intriguing. The bands minimalist approach on their website and other searches I have made don't give much away about this recording. It is clear however that some mainstream music websites are unaware this was never officially released by the band. 
Toccata Electronica is possibly the most stunning bootleg of Kraftwerk ever 'released'. Comprising of rare and different remixes of many well known Kraftwerk songs this bootleg first surfaced in 1995 as a CD with professional looking packaging and high quality audio. Different pressings including differing artwork and CD labels are in circulation however the front cover is usually the one shown opposite.

On one CD version the band are called 'Kundendienst' and Kraftwerk are not mentioned on this CD at all. On another version released as a CD the band is confirmed as Kraftwerk but the album is called "Kundendienst". Toccata Electronica is however overwhelmingly the most produced and circulated version of this compilation both as CD and as music files on line.

There remains a significant error on this release namely track eight which contains a sample taken from the Kraftwerk song Home Computer but the song is actually by a techno group called 'Time To Time' who comprised of Martin Recke, Stefan Grino and Udo Weiler. 

Like many other so-called Krautrock bands Kraftwerk was heavily influenced by the pioneering compositions of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Hütter has also listed The Beach Boys as a major influence, which is apparent in its 1975 chart smash, Autobahn. Fellow bandmember Joey Pursel also made a similar remark comparing Kraftwerk's German identity to the Kinks and their strongly-English brand of pop/rock.

Kraftwerk's lyrics deal with post-war European urban life and technology—traveling by car on the Autobahn, traveling by train, using home computers, and the like. Usually, the lyrics are very minimal but reveal both an innocent celebration of, and a knowing caution about, the modern world, as well as playing an integral role in the rhythmic structure of the songs. Many of Kraftwerk's songs express the paradoxical nature of modern urban life—a strong sense of alienation existing side-by-side with a celebration of the joys of modern technology.

All of Kraftwerk's albums from Radio-Activity onwards have been released in separate versions: one with German vocals for sale in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and one with English vocals for the rest of the world, with occasional variations in other languages when conceptually appropriate. 

Source: Studio Soundboard.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3 variable 242kbps average.

Genre: Electronic music, synthpop, Krautrock, experimental music.

Album: Full original version.

Track List:

01. Computer World (Robotron-Mix) [0:05:41.97]
02. Tour de France (Orig. 1983 Kevorkian Ext. 12" Remix) [0:06:46.22]
03. Techno Pop (1983 Version) [0:04:34.93]
04. Metropolis (Machine-Version) - Live Utrecht 10.12.81 [0:05:37.64]
05. The Model (Catbonic-Mix) [0:05:19.53]
06. Neon Lights (Ton-Up-Mix) [0:05:25.33]
07. Pocket Calculator (East-West-Mix) [0:05:22.13]
08. Zehn kleine Negerlein [0:04:49.80] * NOT Kraftwerk
09. Radioactivity (Kevorkian 12"-Remix) [0:07:27.36]
10. (Demo) Die Roboter (Special German Kling-Klang-Remix) [0:03:42.97]
11. Les Mannequins (Orig. 1978 Ext. French Remix) [0:06:03.69]
12. Dentaku (Orig. 1981 Ext.-Remix) [0:04:56.64]
13. Tour de France (Orig. 1983 German Kling-Klang-Version) [0:06:51.66]
14. Stratovarius (Live Bremen 21.6.71) [0:05:38.33]

Website: Official HERE.

Reloaded 14/May/2015 - download link in comments.


Beehive Candy said…
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Anonymous said…
Seems to have gone? Thanks for all the other great stuff though....
khanada said…
is there any possibility this could get uploaded again, please? the link is no longer working. thanks. :)
khanada said…
is there any chance the link could be uploaded again, please? it's no longer working. thanks! :)
Beehive Candy said…
Download Link:

Password: reload15-003#

Reloaded 14/May/2015

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Unknown said…
Brilliant! I had ripped this from YT and have been really digging it for a while. It's great to have a high quality copy. Excellent mix!
Anonymous said…
Thanks so much for sharing this!