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Kraftwerk – Numbers/Computer World (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 25th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

A. Front

“Numbers / Computer • World.. 2” is a song by the German electronic band Kraftwerk. It was released in 1981 on the studio album Computer World and as a single in the same year. In the US Warner Brothers records released it as a promo backed with “Computer Love”.

SIDE A:
Numbers / Computer • World.. 2 6:42
Music By – Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos, Ralf Hutter*

SIDE B:
Computer Love 7:16
Lyrics By – Emil Schult, Ralf Hutter*
Music By – Karl Bartos, Ralf Hutter*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– PRO-A-973
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro, Synth-pop

NOTES:
Kling Klang Produkt
From the Warner Bros. album “COMPUTER•WORLD”
Promotional copy

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
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 Removal: Manual
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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Password: burningtheground

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36 Responses to “Kraftwerk – Numbers/Computer World (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Osc Says:

    Thank you, DjPaulT. You cannot go wrong with classic Kraftwerk, especially not promos. 🙂

    … obwohl Kraftwerk in Englisch seltsam klingt…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Osc 🙂

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  2. AntBee Says:

    Thank you, Paul! Although I have these songs, I will get rid of them so I can have your excellent quality!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re very welcome AntBee 🙂

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  3. Jeff Says:

    Anything by Kraftwerk is ALWAYS welcome!! This song was so futuristic back in the early 80’s and still manages to sound fresh today. I’m so stimulated for your rip Paul. Thanks for making my Cyber-Dreams come true.

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    very ahead of it’s time Jeff 🙂

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  4. NKelly Says:

    Oh wow Kraftwerk! Did i mention i saw them 5 times in a week in Jan 2013 in London, 4 times in 30 hours May 2014 in Vienna and twice in 28 hours in January 2015 in Amsterdam? Lol. Seriously it’s fantastic to have more Kraftwerk here so many edits and remixes from around the world unreleased on CD to date. More please 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    I think these are identical to the album versions which is a shame. If you have any Kraftwerk 7″s i’m sure there are more rarer edits there. I know there’s also a number of rarer mixes on the 1991 issue singles to accompany ‘The mix’ album. This is a good example… http://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Robotnik/release/55173

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    Dirk Reply:

    Wow, NK are you a fan, a magazine-reporter, ..or ocd? 😉 Kraftwerk should honour you. .
    My fav is the longest semi-original version of Models (their own, and after that Balanescu’s one).

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    NKelly Reply:

    Forgot to mention the gigs in 1997 and 2004. Only totals 13. I have a friend who is booked for his 100th Krafterk gig. He may be honoured although i doubt KW will break from tradition and mention it. Of course the friend is also booked beyond 100 too! ‘longest semi-original version of Models (their own, and after that Balanescu’s one)’… ??

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    Dirk Reply:

    I meaned the 1978 french extended mix of Les Mannequins. And by Balanescu I meaned a great violonist, who covered The Model with a string quartet.

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    NKelly Reply:

    My fav is the longest semi-original version of Models / I meant the 1978 french extended mix of Les Mannequins? That’s ‘Showroom dummies’ not ‘The Model’ / ‘Das Model’

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    Dirk Reply:

    Looked it up. You are totally right. I have been delussioned by a bootlegmix of the mannequins&model-songs a friend made.

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    jonathan Reply:

    Are you going to Utrecht, Neil?

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  5. mjb Says:

    Click Removal: Manual

    Very good to see this! Kraftwerk’s music is very difficult to apply any kind of automatic declicker to without also softening all the sharp sounds. This must have taken forever to do by hand. Thanks!

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    Jeff Reply:

    What Paul does simply boggles the mind. The suffering for his art! I love all you technical experts out here to school me in what it takes to bring out the fidelity of a record. It makes one surely appreciate all of what Paul does. I always love when the community here raves about what Paul does, either with a thoughtful comment or when there are donations too. We all need to do what we can to not only preserve the dance disc remix, but to show our humble gratitude with what DjPaulT does. I love this man so very, very much. What a pure and generous soul of light and love he is.

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    This record was pretty tedious Mjb. Manual declicking takes up much more time but the end result is very rewarding 🙂

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  6. mothlooop Says:

    Brilliant!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Mothloop 🙂

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  7. Jay65 Says:

    A real gem Paul. Many thanks 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Jay65 🙂

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  8. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. Do you also have the Telephone Call (12″) from 1986?

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    rough-diamond Reply:

    Or “Musique non stop” too!

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  9. Will McCammon Says:

    Electro classic! So many breakdance memories.

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  10. JTF Says:

    Loved this album

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  11. Davos Via 45 Says:

    The album Computer World is one of the most important foundation of electronic music and still sounds fascinating, hypnotic and unreal to me today, as it sounded when I heard it for the 1st time 30+ years ago. The scary thing, it sounds so up to date! Numbers? Well, yes, just some cool looking dudes with ties, and a German accent, counting in different languages! LOL. The versions from this 12″ are the same as on the album, I compared it to the 1985 CD release, the rip is so good I couldn’t distinguish them from each other.
    Although they released all the albums also with German lyrics, I prefer the English with the German accent, it’s more convincing and fits better with the synthetic sounds.

    …Sie ist ein Model und Sie sieht gut aus…

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  12. Stefano Says:

    Great post. Kraftwerk is always welcome. Thanks Paul.

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  13. Junior Says:

    I always enjoy your Kraftwerk posts.

    Thank you Paul 🙂

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  14. RA Feutz Says:

    Very Cool! Thanks Paul! I had this 7″, it was yellow vinyl in a clear printed sleeve. Sold it for big $$ years ago.

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  15. darym3 Says:

    Sounds great! Thank you.

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  16. Keeneth Says:

    Paul, this is so AWESOME. Never knew this existed, let alone on a 12″ promo. Kraftwerk is one of my all-time favorite bands.

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  17. woz Says:

    Thanks!

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  18. Walter C Says:

    Just downloaded it because I’m always curious about rare KW releases and just discovered something amazing: The mix of ‘Computer Love’ in this promo is DIFFERENT from the one in the album. I’m a big Kraftwerk fan collector an never heard about this (we should call it) ‘Promo Mix’. Thank you very much PAUL.

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    Fred T Reply:

    I’ve been re-creating many Kraftwerk 7″ and 12″ edits from full-length CD sources the last few months and while I’ve been a fan since 1983, researching all these different mixes has been a real education!

    I have to reiterate what Walter C said: The version of “Computer Love” on this 12″ is, without a doubt, DIFFERENT from the album version. I have listened to the “Computer World” album so many times that when I listened to THIS recording of “Computer Love”, I knew literally from the first 5 seconds that it was NOT the album version. Some of the percussion is slightly different, some of the effects and reverb are different and the bass synth is different. Overall, I’d say this is actually a much cleaner mix than the album version.

    From what I have learned, this mix also seems to be the version on the commercial UK 12″ single which coupled “Computer Love” and “The Model”. Furthermore, the USA 7″ single for “Numbers” and the UK 7″ for “Computer Love”/”The Model” have an edited version of this mix. It fades out at 3:45.

    Anyway, I was just about to try and find a copy of this vinyl to buy and record myself, but it seems Paul has done (as usual) a beautiful job of it already! Thank you for this rare treat!

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    Denis M. Reply:

    The most obvious way to distinguish the 12″ mix and the album version is that the former doesn’t have the weird temporal fade out on the left channel around the 50 second mark that plagues all masters of the latter (https://youtu.be/ZtWTUt2RZh0?t=54s). It helps to make this single a more pleasent listen, with it being more refined.

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    mjb Reply:

    I’d say a more obvious way is to check for the bubbly, arpeggiated synth at 0:43. It’s not there at all in the album version, but it is in the single versions, including the one on this 12″.

    Also, I’m not sure about other CD releases from the ’80s, but “Numbers” on the US CD (3549-2) is mastered with severe aliasing (an artifact of poor sample rate conversion) in the first 24 seconds. You can hear it on certain tonal elements, like right after the first beat kicks in, and it’s very visible as a set of harmonic mirror images in a spectrogram. This 12″ and the 2009 CD don’t have this problem. However, they aren’t perfect, either: this 12″ is severely lacking content above 16 kHz, and the 2009 CD has excessive noise reduction. I’m still searching for the perfect mastering.

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