I agree with you that even if you don’t know this artist, as soon as you start listening to their work, one start to understand how this group really plays a role in the electronic foundation. It is hard to compared Kraftwerk with other artist simply because this group is the bridge between clandestine and underground music to the popular music back in the time. It is impressive how the most iconic artist’s compositions are influenced by them. Finally I agree with you that Trans-Europe is one of the most influential albums by them, not only because their tracks but because it was the time that Kraftwerk decided to be more professional on their performs and because they now didn’t acted as a improvised group but a sophisticated and experienced one.
Juan E Segovia