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Cluster 71

ClusterAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bureau B
  • ASIN: B0045WKFTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This excellent 1971 release opens with a wall of eerie mechanical sounds that are similar in texture to the soundscapes that Tangerine Dream was experimenting with on albums like Alpha Centauri (also 1971). Interestingly enough although the sounds on Cluster 71 are very futuristic sounding and highly electronic, the musicians did not use a single synthesizer. In fact, all of the sounds were generated with two organs, a violin, and a cello that were all heavily modified with analog echo machines, sound generators, and effects pedals. The musicians on this album include Deiter Moebius (organ, Hawaiian guitar, audio generator, amplifier), Hans-Joachim Roedelius (organ, cello, audio-generator), and Conny Plank, who not only contributed to the pieces, but engineered and helped produce the album. There are three untitled tracks that range in length from 7'38" to a massive 21'17" and are very similar in texture and mood (all deliciously creepy). My general take on this album is that it stretches the experimental "studio-wizardry" approach of late 1960s Pink Floyd to the point where recognizable form and structure are pretty much thrown out the window. There are no melodies to speak of and each piece is dominated by a creepy and pulsating wash of odd sounds and electronica-like textures. This album was re-issued recently and features the original cover art along with some informative liner notes by Steven Iliffe. All in all, this album makes for some serious listening and should prove to be very enjoyable for fans of 1970-1971 Tangerine Dream and "Berlin School" electronica in general. Highly recommended.

For those of you that are curious, Reodelius and Moebius would go on to form the group Harmonia. Their album Deluxe (1975) is very enjoyable and synth heavy too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cluster - 'Cluster '71' (Water) March 7, 2006
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Originally released in 1971 (so it's noted). I've never seen or even heard of this reissue, until here recently. Looks to have been put out right between the time that Kluster's '70's 'Klopfzeichen' and '71's 'Eruption' had seen the light of day. Oh, 'Cluster '71' holds up to it's name, from every standpoint. Three untitled cuts (as C / Kluster is known for). It's obvious that members Dieter Moebius and Jiachim Roedelius had spent a good amount of time putting this piece of ambient / krautrock together. Track listing: #1 (15:33), #2 (7:39) and #3 (21:14). Felt that all three compositions here served their purpose well. If you're discovering this album for the very first time,like I did, 'Cluster '71' should provide many pleasant listens for you. Save maybe some of your best stash for this one. A should-have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 'Debut' from Cluster!!! September 13, 2007
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1971 marked yet another extraordinary 'debut' from the experimental German Krautrock scene - a dynamic duo known as Cluster. The band actually began life as Kluster and had released three albums under this name until founding member Conrad Schnitzler left for a solo career. With Schntizler's departure in 1971, Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius carried on as Cluster and released a jaw-dropping self-titled album full of timeless innovation and experimentation.
36 years later, "Cluster 71" still sounds almost unlike anything from the period. It's also hard to believe that none of the soundscpaes heard on this album were made with a single synthesizer. Only electronic organs, a Hawaiian guitar and various electronic devices and amplifiers were used.
Right from the start, this album hits a person in the face with the full-blown industrial attack of the 15-minute opening track all the way through the 21-minute closing piece. The music gives the impression that it was recorded in a large industrial plant with various machines performing their own sounds. This is especially apparent in the album's final piece.
There really isn't anything that "Cluster 71" can be compared to (except for maybe Tangerine Dream's "Nebulous Dawn" from their 1972 classic "Zeit"). This album really takes on a life of its own once it hits the ears and is an amazing and somewhat frightening journey into the world of surreal sounds. As time would go on, Cluster would slowly begin to leave their abrasive soundscapes behind them opting for a more melodic and quiet approach. This album shows Cluster at the beginning though - a fresh duo of individuals who weren't afraid to experiment on all four cylinders and successfully pulling out all the stops in the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Nobody did spaced out krauty ambiance better than Berlin's Cluster. Maybe best known for their collaboration with Brian Eno, it was their work leading up to those monumental records that helped usher in a new wave of sound that's been latched onto and updated by many over the years. It's hard not to hear their influence on folks like Mouse On Mars, Aphex Twin and the atmospheric moments of Kid-A era Radiohead. It's always so great to remember and be reminded that they did it all without synthesizers (really, they say so in the liner notes!).

Instead Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Plank were each armed with an organ, effect pedals, analog echo machines, alarm clocks, violin, etc. 3 songs and 40+ minutes long '71 is such a nice record to put the headphones on and begin to wander and fade away into their hypnotizing sounds. It was originally released by Philips, and of course never brought the commercial success a big label would hope for and since it went out of print there have been a few sparse reissues but luckily for us Water have flexed their wonderful reissue muscle and made it available once again with really nice informative packaging, finally giving due credit to one of the more influential groups of the last 35 years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks convincing center
2 1/2

Sure there's enough for ambient enthusiasts/historians to get excited about, but by the time the third and longest track is over, innovative synthetic soundscapes... Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Ecellent
To appreciate Cluster, you first need to forget about the question of what is music and what is sound. That may be great to teach fourth graders about basic verse chorus and verse. Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in a CD
Easily my favorite Cluster album and one of the best '70's German albums, in my opinion. When it starts, you are transported to a dark, foreboding realm - this is surreal,... Read more
Published on October 6, 2008 by Chris Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars More great experimental music
Cluster was one of those groups that I've been long aware of been not until now that I tried anything from them. Read more
Published on November 19, 2007 by BENJAMIN MILER
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ambient album
I first heard of Cluster through the prized Eno connection. It turned out that Eno worked with these German kosmichemusik maestros way back in the 1970s when the great music genre... Read more
Published on April 18, 2007 by Zak
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic krautrock
Cluster are one of the lesser known German groups that sprang up in the psychedelic era of the late 60s & early 70s. Read more
Published on July 3, 2006 by Bradley Selinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Industrial Ambient
It pulses, greates, occasionally wails into the night air ... this is as much a collection of sounds as it is "music" per se, but it's an effective and enjoyable soundscape if you... Read more
Published on March 21, 2006 by Scott McFarland
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