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Kluster: 1970-1971


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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B0015X6RL2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Kluster 1 (Electric Music) und Texts
2. Kluster 2 (Electric Music)
Disc: 2
1. Electric Music und Texts
2. Kluster 4
Disc: 3
1. Eruption 1
2. Eruption 2

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German ambient space-rock pioneers Kluster were originally a trio featuring Conrad Schnitzler, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, and Dieter Moebius. During their brief life span they recorded three LPs, all available in this deluxe box set. Klopfzeichen and Zwei-Osterei, recorded in 1969 and 1970 respectively, were the trio's only two studio albums. The trio's third album, Eruption, was a live recording of the band's last concert in 1971. All three are amazing examples of pioneering ambient music featuring guitar, percussion, keys, and cello heavily processed with echo, filters, and tape machines to create a unique effect, unlike anything else at the time.

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Caesar M. Warrington on June 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
German ambient/krautrock pioneers Kluster were originally a trio featuring Conrad Schnitzler, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, and Dieter Moebius. Between 1969-1971 they recorded three albums: KLOPFZEICHEN (1969), ZWEI-OSTEREI (1970), and ERUPTION (1971), all available in this box set.

KLOPFZEICHEN and ZWEI-OSTEREI were the trio's only two studio albums. The third, ERUPTION (aka SCHWARZ), was a live recording from the group's last concert in 1971. All three are amazing examples of the experimentation into ambient sound occurring in Germany during that time. Featuring guitar, percussion, organ and cello with sound processing devices, tape machines, echo and filtering, Kluster could create effects and textures which were beyond those of more electronically oriented contemporaries like Tangerine Dream. Kluster's music has been best described by Steven and Alan Freeman in their encyclopedia of Krautrock/Kosmische Musik, THE CRACK In The COSMIC EGG, as "music that oozed electricity--stark, bleak, industrial, and nightmarishly unnerving."

Conrad Schnitzler left Kluster in the middle of 1971. Moebius and Roedelius carried on with Cluster (note the initial letter "C"), briefly with Conny Plank, and later as a duo.

In 2007 Schnitzler, along with American Michael Thomas Roe and Japanese Masato Ooyama, resurrected the Kluster name to record KLUSTER 2007.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on April 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A specially designed 3-CD box set to give you Kluster's three 'actual' - proper, legit (however you wish to put it) albums on CD reissue. There's 'Klopfzeichen' ('69), 'Zwei-Osterei' ('70) and my personal favorite of the three krautrock classics - 'Eruption' ('71) See my reviews of each one of the titles. Keep in mind that following the release of these lp's, member Conrad Schnitzler left the band, then they changed their name to Cluster. This was 'true' industrial hard rock before it became known to the masses. Simply, a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SP VINE VOICE on January 31, 2010
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All I can say is this is a great box set and it is worth every dollar.
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Actually, the title for this review should be simply "Everything in one box", but let's face it: if you're reading a review of Kluster, you NEED this. Sure, the fancy packaging of the recent Bureau B reissues (replicating the original vinyl, from what I can tell) is missing, but the music and the highly informative AND entertaining booklet more than make up for that. If you own one Kluster album, you really do need to own them all. KLOPFZEICHEN and ZWEI-OSTEREI, their two studio albums, were recorded on the same day in two sessions (the text accompanying each respective A-side was added later). Listening to this, it's hard to believe it only took one day to make this kind of pre-industrial/dark ambient/noise sound. The live album, ERUPTION, is perhaps even MORE intense! ERUPTION also has a lack of spoken word; while I don't mind that addition, some folks find it a distraction from the music, so it could be considered a plus. As previously stated, some may find the somewhat minimalist packaging to be a detriment, but at the end of the day it's the contents that matter, and believe me, these three albums matter. Absolutely recommended to all fans of krautrock (though there's no rock per se to be found here), cosmic music, and the prehistory of what became industrial music. Besides, you can pick up a second-hand copy (or a new one, if you're lucky) of this now out-of-print set for only eight to ten dollars more than one of the Bureau B reissues, so why not!
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