Boomkat Product Review:
Deluxe box set featuring all original albums plus one unreleased (Konzerte 1972/1977), remastered by Willem Makkee plus booklet featuring essays on each album and rare photos.
Cluster's influence on the development of electronic music cannot be overstated. The original trio of Conrad Schnitzler, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius released two seminal albums as Kluster before Roedelius and Moebius replaced the K with a C and continued as a duo. They produced eight albums in their most innovative period between 1971 and 1981, two of them together with another pioneer of electronic music, Brian Eno.
Cluster anticipated much of what would later emerge in such varied styles as industrial, ambient, electro and even synthpop. Some call Clusterís music avant-garde, others Krautrock or Kosmische Musik. Few would dispute their immense influence on the music of younger generations, even though commercial success largely eluded them. Hence their first album, as a microcosm of their entire oeuvre, made the list of 100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No One Was Listening) in The Wire magazine.
The box set contains all eight of the regular albums which represent their main phase, plus a previously unreleased album of two live recordings from the years 1972 and 1977. All of the albums have been remastered by Willem Makkee. Asmus Tietchens has contributed an exclusive text on the evolution and significance of the band. The booklets also include essays on each individual album:
CLUSTER 71 originally released 1971 on Philips 6305074
CLUSTER II originally released 1972 on Brain 1006
ZUCKERZEIT originally released in 1972 on Brain 1056
SOWIESOSO originally released in 1976 on SKY 005
CLUSTER & ENO originally released in 1977 on SKY 010
ENO MOEBIUS ROEDELIUS/AFTER THE HEAT originally released in 1978 on SKY 021
GROSSES WASSER originally released in 1979 on SKY 027
CURIOSUM originally released in 1981 on SKY 063
KONZERTE 1972/1977 previously unreleased