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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cluster's peak
This release, produced by recently-departed ex-Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann, is perhaps the best showcase of Cluster in all of their different styles. The first half seesaws back and forth between a Teutonic, motoric style that Cluster hadn't entertained since their 1974 "Zuckerzeit" album and the post-Harmonia simplistic, neo-classical stylings found...
Published on January 27, 2000 by DAC Crowell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Middling Work
I don't know what on earth the reviewer below is on about but Cluster were definitely not in East Germany when they recorded this album! What used to be the first side of the album is full of the careful, melodic music that Cluster had been perfecting since "Zuckerzeit" - some of this is undoubtedly very good, Roedelius' knack of writing charmingly childlike...
Published on August 7, 2002 by Tom


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cluster's peak, January 27, 2000
This review is from: Grosses Wasser (Audio CD)
This release, produced by recently-departed ex-Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann, is perhaps the best showcase of Cluster in all of their different styles. The first half seesaws back and forth between a Teutonic, motoric style that Cluster hadn't entertained since their 1974 "Zuckerzeit" album and the post-Harmonia simplistic, neo-classical stylings found on "Sowiesoso" and their work with Brian Eno. But the second half...the title track...is a landmark work that combines a sweeping, soundtrack-like sensibility with ambient electronics and 'radiospiel'-like effects to create perhaps their ultimate studio composition. This album perhaps better than any other shows off what Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius are capable of. Essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars german greatness!!!, November 27, 2009
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This review is from: Grosses Wasser (Audio CD)
i still remember how i found cluster. i was stuck in mid-michigan (lewiston) but on a trip to detroit i picked up grosses wasser because my grandmother spoke german and it seemed kinda cool. i was stoked beyond belief! i rotated it with bob dylan and the band, kraftwerk and aerosmith in my 8-track had some mad dog 20-20 and i just thought the combination was "right on"!!!! cluster still holds up for me, this album is the best of their work. that "chock" sound they use still remains in my brain. if you like kraftwerk, laurie anderson or the "pop" side of artrock you will like these guys.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from those who taught Eno everything except irony, December 10, 1998
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This review is from: Grosses Wasser (Audio CD)
These Germans make music for aesthetes with a profound sense of wonder and irony. Where Eno often takes himself too seriously and verges on musical sterility, Cluster is able to transform musical ideas into eclectic spatial images. Not merely "Pop" artists, their classical training allows provides them with a richer language with which to juxtaoppose and marry sounds. Thomas Mann, Paul Klee, Max Ernst and Rilke come to mind. I recommend their music to all who love the infinite possibilities of electronic music...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another nice Cluster record, January 31, 2007
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This review is from: Grosses Wasser (Audio CD)
While it is not one of their masterpieces and is maligned in some quarters I personally think that Cluster have come up with another good record, a great one in parts.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling Work, August 7, 2002
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This review is from: Grosses Wasser (Audio CD)
I don't know what on earth the reviewer below is on about but Cluster were definitely not in East Germany when they recorded this album! What used to be the first side of the album is full of the careful, melodic music that Cluster had been perfecting since "Zuckerzeit" - some of this is undoubtedly very good, Roedelius' knack of writing charmingly childlike melodies is well to the fore, but it tends to be a kind of in-on-ear-out-the-other music. In fact Roedelius' "Jardin Au Fou" album, recorded in the same studio at around this time is much more impressive. The title track is just dull and rather sloppy. I'd give this album three-and-a-half if I could but i can't, so three it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Observation (?), April 13, 2002
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rubidium84 (Ft. Calhoun, NE) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Grosses Wasser (Audio CD)
I don't know why I've thought this way about GW's title track, but I'll share it with everyone out there:
Ever since I first heard this piece I've thought of it as instrumental protest music. It seems like they're saying, "Our rights have been supressed, our freedoms taken from us, and all we have left is our arts. It's pointless to resist, so if all we can do is play music, we'll pour our frustration, disgust, and anger into one long piece and hope someone gets the message." Has anyone else thought about the piece this way?
The title "Grosses Wasser" in german means "Great Water", so maybe they're thinking of the former free world as being innundated with a "Great Water" of oppressive governments...
They WERE in communist East Germany when they wrote and recorded the work...
I don't know. Maybe it's not supposed to be taken that way. Just thought I'd share. It's a great album though.
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