The Man-Machine  

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The Man-Machine is a 1978 album by Kraftwerk. It was released in German as Die Mensch-Maschine. It contains the song "The Model" which was a #1 single in the UK in 1982.

This was the first Kraftwerk album to see Karl Bartos co-credited with song-writing along with Hütter & Schneider. Emil Schult co-wrote the lyrics for "The Model".

Musically, it builds on Trans-Europe Express. The initial recording had been made at Kraftwerk's own Kling Klang studio, but further work was done at nearby Studio Rudas, where Detroit sound engineer Leanard Jackson of Whitfield Records, who had worked on Rose Royce's second album the previous year, was hired to work on the final sound-mix.

The album was voted #96 on Q magazine's List of 100 Greatest Albums and #92 on Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Albums of the 1970s.

English release

Side one

  1. "The Robots" (Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos) – 6:11
  2. "Spacelab" (Ralf Hütter, Karl Bartos) – 5:51
  3. "Metropolis" (Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos) – 5:59

Side two

  1. "The Model" (Ralf Hütter, Karl Bartos, Emil Schult) – 3:38
  2. "Neon Lights" (Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos) – 9:03
  3. "The Man-Machine" (Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos) – 5:28

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