Kraftwerk 45RPM

The Vinyl Factory, in collaboration with The Mott Collection is staging an exhibition of 45 Kraftwerk single covers along with a limited edition publication

The Vinyl Factory, in collaboration with The Mott Collection is staging an exhibition of 45 Kraftwerk single covers along with a limited edition publication (cover shown above)

The exhibition will be at The Vinyl Factory Chelsea gallery on September 13 until October 5, featuring 45 covers, from various European countries, drawn from artist and Punk historian Toby Mott’s pop culture collection (regular CR readers may remember we did a piece on his collection of Crass sleeves in our March 2011 issue).

A publication, limited to 300 copies worldwide, will accompany the show, again featuring all 45 covers. This will also feature a 7-inch disc of a 2009 Kraftwerk interview. Each book will be hand signed by Mott and numbered. They will be Risograph printed and ship on September 12.

Here are some sample spreads:


And more examples of some of the sleeves featured:

including this Hungarian release of Pocket Calculator from 1981

Most of the artwork for Kraftwerk’s sleeves was produced by German painter Emil Schult – see his site here


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  • count me in!!!

  • I’m all for the digital revolution, but there was something magical about vinyl record artwork in the 1980’s. Talking of old school, is that a Commodore Pet on the Computer Love single?

  • Big fan, sounds great!

  • Woes

    Nice ode to Kraftwerk’s Tour de France:

  • Don’t miss the definitive biography Kraftwerk Publikation, by David Buckley, to be published shortly by Omnibus Press.

  • Barty

    Nicely nicely, something just went boooooiiiiiiiiiiing!!!!

  • Ilanit from

    Cool. I miss that low tech touch. wish I could be there.

  • Ilanit from

    Cool. I miss that low tech touch. wish I could be there.


    Love to go 1 4 1 with these covers but I would be worried I couldn’t satisfy them! Be good to slip off the covers! Thought about it though and prob the best answer is just to appreciate them and love them the way they are. Take what I get from them and not brag like I’m some dog. Are we still talking about Kraftwork, Haha!! Really great work anyway!!

  • Whatever your saying, you’ll get over it, maybe but I doubt it!! Have you thought about it this way. It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have never loved at all. I’ve only been in love once and it was Unknown Pleasures! completely boing!! My cover got robed, funny thing was although I missed it like someone had swiped my heart, It was in my thoughts, I could picture it anytime. I know it aint quite the same that’s why I always hoped someone would come up to me in the street and say “sorry mate 15 years ago I robed ya, here is your unknown pleasures LP, now go home have a bath, sit in it, eating a burger king and remember this, life for learning, none of this sh*t is forever enjoy and love,”! But life, that just sounds to damn sweet!! Kraftwork NICE by the way!!

  • Wow, I love the computer monitor sleeve. How cool is that. Takes me back a few years.

  • Phil Evans

    The sample spreads are great! Very impressed

  • Those classic sleeves are amazing! Looks like it was a stunning exhibition