Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Trans Europe Express12" Vinyl7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)2C 068-82306
Trans Europa Express12" Vinyl8
Kling Klang1C 064-82 306
Trans-Europe Express12" Vinyl7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)E-ST 11603
Trans-Europe Express12" Vinyl7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SW-11603
Trans-Europe Express12" Vinyl7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SN-1630107777163011
Trans Europa ExpressCD8
  • DE1986-02-27
EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002)CDP 564-7 46133 20077774613323
Trans Europa ExpressCD8
EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002)CDP 564-7 46133 25099974613328
Trans‐Europe ExpressCD7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46473 2077774647328
Trans-Europe ExpressCD7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46473 20077774647328
Trans-Europe Express12" Vinyl7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)S11-56853077775685312
Trans-Europe ExpressCD7
  • US1995-09-26
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 0777 7 46473 2 8077774647328
Trans-Europe ExpressCD7
  • JP1999-09-29
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)TOCP-530964988006771567
Trans-Europe ExpressCD7
  • GB2003-07-21
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)581 6852, 7243 5 81685 2 5724358168525
Trans Europa Express (remastered)CD8
  • US2009-10-06
Astralwerks, Kling Klang50999 3 08303 2 55099930830325
Trans Europa Express (Kling Klang 2009 Digital Remaster)CD8
  • DE2009-10-09
Kling Klang50999 6 99588 2 35099969958823
Trans Europa Express12" Vinyl8
  • DE2009-10-12
Kling Klang50999 6 99588 1 65099969958816
Trans Europe Express12" Vinyl8
  • GB2009-10-12
Kling KlangSTUMM 3055099996602010
Trans Europe Express (remastered)CD8
  • GB2009-10-12
Kling Klang, Mute50999 9 66020 2 7, CDSTUMM 3055099996602027
Trans Europe Express (remastered)CD8
  • CA2009-10-13
Kling Klang50999308303255099930830325
Trans Europe ExpressCD8
Kling Klang, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)791405-2603497914050
Trans-Europe ExpressCD7Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)7 46473 2762185144220
Trans-Europe ExpressCD7Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 0777 7 46473 2 8762185144220
Trans Europa Express12" Vinyl7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)038 15 7587 15099915758712

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Showroom Dummies
included in:Three Originals The Capitol Years
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 238) (order: 238)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 256) (order: 256)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/2877 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Kraftwerk/Die-menschmaschine [info]
https://genius.com/albums/Kraftwerk/Trans-europe-express [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fgfd [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/22852 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/kraftwerk/trans_europa_express/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000194538 [info]
Wikidata:Q523372 [info]

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Trans Europe Express began its journey in 1977 and, as with other Kraftwerk albums, it's a beguiling mix of nostalgia and futurism. Although the rail network that gave the record its name was disbanded in 1984, it remains a resonant metaphor for the idea of a federal European culture deliberately set out to counterbalance the cultural dominance of America.

The record begins with Europe Endless, a paean to the continent's "elegance and decadence". Its wistful, haunting nature sets the scene for an album that establishes connections between personal, classical and industrial themes. The Hall of Mirrors and Showroom Dummies express the discomfort felt by the group at the impact of fame and initiate a seldom-observed psychological theme that would culminate in the group's presentation of themselves as robots on their next album, The Man Machine.

The title track continues the theme of technology and travel first explored in the Kraftwerk's surprise 1974 hit Autobahn. Pop's restless rhythms are inextricably tied to the ceaseless movement of the 20th century, and a line can be traced from the sonic evocation of the railroad in the delta blues to Trans Europe Express and thence via Afrika Bambaata into contemporary dance music. And what could be more romantic than the long train journey travelled on this epic? Yet there's a thunderous rhythmic force throughout that's frighteningly unstoppable. At times it's like standing too close to an express train racing past, lights ablaze in the darkness. The album closes with the dreamy Franz Schubert and then Endless Endless's grainy voice echoing into a final silence. It feels as though a long journey is at an end.

This remastered release combines the minimal TEE graphic developed for the group's ongoing world tour with the original studio photographs that appear to portray the group as 1930s radio stars or wealthy accountants in marked contrast to their role as sonic innovators. This underlines a mysteriousness that has seen Trans Europe Express's stature grow gradually but inexorably over the last three decades.