Label: Delta Music - DA 20 704 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation Picture Gatefold • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop • Style: Bass Music, Electro, Pop Rap
It Tour De France - Various - Break Dance - Break first issued in Junepeaking at number 22 in the United Kingdom 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 had used on earlier tracks such as "Metal on Metal" from Trans-Europe Express and "Numbers" from Computer World. Instead, the song is a joie de vivre celebration of cycling, marking the group's increasing interest in the sport.
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 Tour De France - Various - Break Dance - Break version.
The sleeve design depicted the band on road bikes in a pacelinesuperimposed across an angled representation of the French national flag. The piece was also included in the 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 Thames Sake - Crown Court - Capital Offence by a group called "10 Speed".
In Germany it was released in both German and French language Rebellion (The Dawn Of Angry) - Chryseis - Battles Sunset, one on each side of the vinyl disc, but in other countries the versions of the song that were issued were sung Carmen Cavallaro - The Magic Music of Hollywood in French.
Typically, the seven inch sides were edited down versions of the longer tracks released on twelve inch singles. Sleeves for later UK pressings of this version included the message "As featured in the film Breakdance " on the front. The CD also included the seven-inch single edited mix of the song re-titled "Radio Version" and a QuickTime format file of the video, featuring an edited version of the Kraftwerk remix with German lyrics "Multi-Media-Track" over an amended video.
The video itself was re-edited to remove sequences showing the incarnation of the band and now comprised only archive footage of Tour de France cyclists, such as the Italian champion Fausto Coppi and the French champion Jacques Anquetil. A completely new recording was made for the album Tour de France Soundtracksbased on the original arrangement. The album was remastered and re-released in For the release a video clip with footage was released.
The Kevorkian-Video had also its video. The release had the same video like the Version. This may be a mis-pressing or promo as it has the same sleeve and catalogue number as the earlier release; replaced by 2 below, it was also released in Australia as EMI ED It is a unique rhythmic instrumental track.
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