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Kraftwerk’s The Mix: An Appreciation

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In 1991, Krafwerk released a sort of greatest hits collection of reimagined tracks from previous albums called The Mix. It was met with heaps of scorn from diehard fans, who felt it was somewhat sacrilegious for the group to get under the hood and tinker with their classics. I feel like this album is under appreciated and is itself a classic (right up there behind Trans Europe Express). Kraftwerk has always been about reinventing itself. Most fans don’t even know the band had albums before Autobahn because Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter downplayed their earlier, more psychedelic, sound. For the band and fans alike, Autobahn has always been considered Year One because Kraftwerk wanted it that way. But this whole idea of reinterpretations you own work is pure Kraftwerk despite the lamentations of the faithful. And because it was executed so well, I think The Mix stands on its own as something between a thoughtful greatest hits collection and a musical curiosity.

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