Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Die Mensch·Maschine 12" Vinyl 6 EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002), Kling Klang 1C 085-32 843 [none]
La Maquina Humana 12" Vinyl 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 8030
The Man·Machine 12" Vinyl 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) E-ST 11728 [none]
The Man·Machine 12" Vinyl 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SW-11728 [none]
Die Mensch·Maschine CD 6 EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002) CDP 564-7 46131 2 077774613125
Die Mensch·Maschine CD 6 Kling Klang CDP 564-7 46131 2 5099974613120
The Man·Machine CD 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 46039 2 077774603928
The Man·Machine CD 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CP21-6045 4988006636712
The Man·Machine 12" Vinyl 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) S11-56854 077775685411
The Man·Machine CD 6 EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998) 0777 7 46039 2 8, CDEMS 1520 077774603928
The Man·Machine CD 6 Kling Klang 581 6862 724358168624
The Man·Machine CD 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 7243 5 81686 2 4 724358168624
The Man·Machine CD 6 Astralwerks, Kling Klang 50999 3 08302 2 6 5099930830226
Die Mensch·Maschine (Kling Klang Digital Master) CD 6 Kling Klang 50999 6 99589 2 2 5099969958922
Die Mensch·Maschine 12" Vinyl 6 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Kling Klang 50999 6 99589 1 5 5099969958915
The Man·Machine (remastered) CD 6 Kling Klang, Mute 50999 9 66022 2 5, CDSTUMM 306 5099996602225
The Man-Machine 12" Vinyl 6 Kling Klang, Parlophone 5 099996 602218 5099996602218

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Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650384 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/4010 [info]
Wikidata: Q535525 [info]
Wikipedia: en: The Man-Machine [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Kraftwerk/Die-menschmaschine [info]
http://genius.com/albums/Kraftwerk/The-man-machine [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/kraftwerk/die_mensch_maschine/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/22818/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bjb6 [info]

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The opening passage of The Man Machine, released in 1978, is a very particular vision of the future. It's the chatter of servo-motors, the slow whine of monorails, of control signals manipulating remote machines. It's the sound of abstracted production. Over six tracks and 36 minutes, Kraftwerk thoroughly and succinctly explore the impact of technology upon humanity. It's their defining theme and one which makes the group arguably the most important in the canon of popular music.

Opening track The Robots is a remarkably confident statement which sounds contemporary more than 30 years later. It's difficult to imagine a world before the synthetic sounds essayed here became so influential. The words themselves are a manifesto: "we're full of energy / we're dancing mechanic". Kraftwerk embrace the repetition inherent in dance music and equate it with the automation of industry.

Spacelab and Metropolis are instrumentals full of pathos and wonder. Their references to science fiction made fact and Fritz Lang's vision of a future dystopia highlight cultural references that provide extra context for the album's themes. The Model became a UK number one on its reissue in 1981 and as a result is probably the group's best-known song. It identifies an object of desire, a female counterpart for the man machine.

Neon Lights may be Kraftwerk's most beautiful composition. It's a hymn to the unintended beauty of modern life whose synthesizer melodies evoke the neon glow of the city. Once again the music is utterly consistent with the lyrical subject. The album ends with its title track echoing and haunted, gliding effortlessly into a future that is now well on its way to arriving.

The Man Machine is remarkable for its consistency, elegance and absolute deliberation. It's made all the more powerful by the marriage of Karl Klefisch's El Lissitzky-quoting design and the group's appearance as minor variations on a single theme. The remastering and inclusion of previously unavailable photography make this reissue the definitive edition.