[KRAFTWERK] KW 1 and 2
kraftwerk_za at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Nov 7 10:58:59 CET 2007
I see if you lived in the US you'd be one of
those folks preaching against birth control and
advocating pre-marital abstenence/post-marital
monogamy. Yes, probably the ideal, but HIGHLY unrealistic.
I live in South Africa and I'm one of those people. Music is hardly in the same league as
morals and murder. Just to let you know :-)
Maybe, bying second hand original Philips/Vertigo LPs from that time ? ;-)
Or refrain from buying at all? Nobody as a "right" own/have/listen to all
Nice thinking - please tell me where one would get them in South Africa, or other countries
for that matter. If you look at the likes of EIL, if you got an original - in comparison that
works out at a lot of money down here in Africa for example. Especially as prices have shot
up drastically in recent years. Call it GBP 20 for an LP - that is a few days worth of work in
South Africa, or a month's work in Zimbabwe. Oh, not to forget the huge postage costs, and
anything over GBP10 value we also pay additional VAT (so 17.5% in the UK and then
another 14% over and above) as customs duties. Also, places like here in Africa, they are
still in the stage of getting rid of all their LPs and LP players, so the equipment is very hard
to get, just to play them - let alone connect them to a PC and convert them. I have a few
LPs of Kraftwerk that I got when I was in Holland and England, but no LP player. Also, as
LPs are worthless here, they are not worth selling either (though when I go back to Europe,
I will make a killing!). I actually reckon that I'm among the only people in Southern Africa
who actually have Kraftwerk LPs, and then definitely the rarer ones at that...
Then here's a grey area - I have Exceller 8 and Elektro Kinetik. I didn't have the LP player
or means to convert, but I did get a chance to listen to them. I used my bootlegs, then
edited the songs to sound EXACTLY like the LP's edits. Now, am I a bad boy because I
used CD bootlegs, or am I in the clear because I own the original LPs? And even if it were
bad, who could prove that I didn't just do a straight conversion?
I think Kraftwerk should just act like Neu! did in that although they didn't want to release
their stuff officially, they did anyway because of all the bootlegs. If KW were to release the
first 4 pre-Autobahn albums officially, nobody in their right mind would ever buy the bootleg
release. If you have GBP 15 to spend on an old KW album, do you buy the official one or
the bootleg one? Hard choice... :-) I mean, even here in backward Africa, I can go to the
nearest CD importer and get the Neu! albums officially, whereas before I had to rely on the
bootlegs I got some 9 years ago in Europe.
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