Limited and hand signed Boxset, 1000 copies.
1. 12“ Vinylalbum „Communication“2. exclusive poster „I´m the Message“3. limited 7“ vinyl single „Life“4. limited 7“ vinyl single „15 Minutes of Fame“5. 3 x 7“-sized photoprints6. 1 additional photoprint signed by Karl Bartos7. Digipak Album CD „Communication“8. USB Card inkl. all audio formats, 12“ Remix by Matthew Herbert, Video, Graphics.
Re-Mastering by Michael Schwabe, Monoposto Düsseldorf, Germany.
Communication is the debut solo album by ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos. Originally released in 2003 – 13 years after leaving the legendary electronic group – it has now been entirely and pristinely re-mastered for re-release, complete with the bonus track »Camera Obscura« – a song that eschews the term ‘bonus’ and in the context of the re-release becomes ‘essential’. The album is a concept record that deals with communication at the incredibly pivotal time in electronic media and digital culture, shortly after the turn of the millennium. “Communication’ is about the way images shape our view of the world and how electronic media is going to change the contents of our culture.” (Karl Bartos, 2003)
The Lost Album
Fate or just bad luck? The fact is, Bartos' former Kraftwerk colleagues also released an album in 2003, their first after a ten-year break and since Bartos left the band. The media predictably focused their attention on Kraftwerk’s Tour de France Soundtracks and it certainly didn't help that Bartos was a co-author on the Kraftwerk classic, and album defining, »Tour de France«. This is hardly surprising giving that Bartos was also the co-author of such genre-changing electronic hits as »The Model«, »The Robots«, »Numbers« and »Pocket Calculator« – these are just a few songs that were created during his time in the classic line-up from 1975 to 1990, arguably Kraftwerk’s most fertile and pioneering period. Even today, people still refer to him as “the second from the left”, referring to his role and placement as the melody-maker of significant Kraftwerk albums such as The Man-Machine (1978) and Computerworld (1981). Personnel changes and cost-cutting measures at his record label, Sony, only further hindered the promotion of Bartos’ album. Overall, rotten timing, and luck – combined with a collapsing music industry trapped in a spin, having no idea how to deal with the digital revolution it was fast approaching – were major factors in stopping the record from receiving the momentum and backing it required, and deserved. It was so overshadowed that Communication is often selfdeprecatingly referred to as his “Lost Album”.Bartos produced Communication with sound engineer Mathias Black at his home studio in Hamburg between August 2002 and January 2003, but the album's concept had already been developing in the mind of Bartos since the turn of the new millennium. The album captures his reaction to the all-encompassing influence of digital media on society, cultural awareness and communication, the very basis of contemporary human existence. Prior to releasing Communication Bartos was a busy man. Under the moniker Electric Music, he released the albums Esperanto (1993) and Electric Music (1998). With Bernard Sumner (New Order) and Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths), he composed the second album by Electronic, Raise the Pressure (1996). He also wrote songs for, and with, Andy McCluskey (OMD) and worked internationally as a producer.