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Kraftwerk – Tour De France (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 10th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

A. Front

“Tour De France” is a song by Kraftwerk. It was first issued in June 1983, peaking at number 22 in the UK singles chart. It is notable for the use of sampled voices and mechanical sounds associated with cycling that were used to supplement a simple electro-percussion pattern – an approach Kraftwerk have used on earlier tracks such as “Metal on Metal” (from Trans-Europe Express) and “Numbers” (from Computer World). The music is credited to Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider and Karl Bartos; the lyrics are credited to Ralf Hütter and Maxime Schmitt, a French label associate of the band. The melody appears to quote a fragment of the opening section of Paul Hindemith’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano” (“Heiter Bewegt”).

For Kraftwerk, Tour De France was a departure from the technological tone of the two previous albums, The Man-Machine and Computer World. Instead, the song is a joie de vivre celebration of cycling, marking the group’s increasing interest in the sport. Of the current line-up, Ralf Hütter and Fritz Hilpert have been known to take part in cycling events.

The track was originally recorded with the intention of being included on the subsequently abandoned Techno Pop album. The single was originally released on seven and twelve inch vinyl, and as a cassette-single. It has the most complicated set of variants of any Kraftwerk song, having been variously edited and remixed to the point that there is no completely definitive version.

The sleeve design depicted the band on road bikes in a paceline, superimposed across an angled representation of the French national flag. The design was adapted from an image that had appeared on a 1953 Hungarian postage stamp, one of a sport-themed set commemorating the opening the Népstadion (People’s Stadium) in Budapest.

The piece was also included in the 1984 film Breakin’, also known as Breakdance internationally. Although the song did appear briefly in the film, Kraftwerk did not let the song appear on the movie soundtrack; instead, a cover version of the song was released by a group called “10 Speed”.

SIDE A:
Tour De France (French Version) 6:45

SIDE B:
Tour De France (Remix) 6:47
Engineer – Larry Alexander
Mixed By – François KevorkianKraftwerk
Remix – François Kevorkian

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Tour De France U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #4

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– 0-20146, Warner Bros. Records ‎– 20146-0 A
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro, Synth-pop
Credits: Lyrics By – Schmitt*, Hutter*
Music By – Schneider*, Bartos*, Hutter*
Producer – Kraftwerk

NOTES:
Made in U.S.A.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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33 Responses to “Kraftwerk – Tour De France (US 12″)”

  1. MJK Says:

    SUPERB…BRILLIANT…Thank you very much – I love Kraftwerk all over the years ago.
    Regards from Germany :).

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MJK 🙂

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  2. Sharlee Says:

    Thank you, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Sharlee 🙂

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  3. NKelly Says:

    Amazing. Please, please more Kraftwerk. There is so much stuff completely unreleased on CD. Edits, Edits in foreign languages etc. They are begging for your amazing treatment!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks NKelly. I think I have a couple more singles that I will try to post in the future 🙂

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  4. ex15 Says:

    Like the previous comments I’d welcome more from Kraftwerk, in particular Autobahn if it’s available..

    As always, thanks Paul. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welome Ex15 🙂

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  5. Thomas Says:

    Excellent choice! Sadly the CD single is brick-walled to the max from remastering. Very excited to see you did this one! Thank you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Thomas. Enjoy!

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    ric Reply:

    I agree, the CD Single is really really loud and brickwalled.
    Thank god for your BTG rip, Paul!
    Even though this didn’t crack the UK Top 20, I remember it lingering in the Top 40 region for ages! A survivor this is…

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  6. partytimeboy Says:

    Thanks for letting us have this great classic ripped with your superb quality!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Partytimeboy 🙂

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  7. DLG Says:

    Thank you so much! As you say, there are sooo many versions of this. My favorite is probably the 7″ version, though to my knowledge it’s never been released on CD.

    I also like the near-replica they created for the 2003 Tour De France album. Since that remake is over 5 minutes in length, I edited it down to match the original edit as close as possible for regular listening. Hopefully someday they put together a comprehensive collection of their material that includes all the various mixes / edits. Thanks again!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome DLG your mix sounds fun 🙂

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  8. Junior Says:

    One of my fave Kraftwerk singles. I love the Francois K remix too.

    Thanks for the splendid rips, Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  9. Andie Says:

    Ja, Danke!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Andie 🙂

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  10. Brad Says:

    so glad you’re back and feeling better! much love.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Brad I am glad to be back. Much love to you too 🙂

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  11. Omar Says:

    I have the 2003 cd single . But this is just as good. Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  12. JTF Says:

    Thanks! I still can’t believe they scrapped the LP.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah it’s a shame JTF.

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  13. Guss Says:

    Thank you Paul!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Guss 🙂

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  14. bfore Says:

    Hi Paul!

    I have this Enhanced CD-single from 1999

    http://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Tour-De-France/release/28077

    It’s digitally remastered, brickwalled, but they managed to keep the dynamics.
    I compared it to your HQ rip in an audio editor and the difference in sound is minimal.
    The Kling Klang Analog Mix on the CD is the same as the French Version on the 12″.

    Whatever source, this classic track with excellent mixes, from the history makers of
    electronic and dance music, it’s a “must-have”.

    And don’t you dare being soon sick again, you gotta do a lotta rip before r.i.p. 🙂

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  15. Disco-D Says:

    Great choice, Paul. A classic!
    I dug out my old edit that I did for a breakdance competition here in the UK.
    The edit is based on the arrangement used in the film Breakin’/Breakdance.
    [Boy moonwalking with broom outside corner shop]
    Enjoy 🙂

    http://www74.zippyshare.com/v/94654171/file.html

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    NKelly Reply:

    Thanks!

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  16. Jeff Says:

    Kraftwerk were such the innovators. I almost think they stopped releasing any new music is because the pressure to out-do themselves was immense and peoplee expected a lot from them for each new release. They not only came up with fantastic rhythms and sounds, but they could fashion a melody that would stick in the brain. So happy to be reveling in your new vinyl rip Paul. Absolutely superb!!!

    Jeff

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  17. NKelly Says:

    BTW i saw Kraftwerk live in 1998 and 2003 here in the U.K. Also 5 times in London Feb 2013 and i will be seeing them 4 times in May 2014 in Vienna. These last 9 shows were / are in 3D. I was at the very front all 5 times last year. The music was pumping and they sound better than ever and look great in 3D. ‘Autobahn’ when done in it’s latest 15 minute version (it varies each night depending of course which album is the main feature) sounds far better than ever. Also, ‘Music non-stop’ sounds better than ever too when done as the final track of the night!

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  18. Jason Says:

    Thank you for this one Paul.

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