• All original albums plus one unreleased (“Konzerte 1972/1977”), remastered by Willem Makkee
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 Cluster’s 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” in The Wire magazine, the ultimate purveyor of good taste.
Bureau B’s box set contains all eight of the regular LPs 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 71originally released 1971on Philips 6305074
CLUSTER IIoriginally released 1972on Brain 1006
ZUCKERZEIToriginally released in 1972on Brain 1056
SOWIESOSOoriginally released in 1976on SKY 005
CLUSTER & ENOoriginally released in 1977on SKY 010
ENO MOEBIUS ROEDELIUS - AFTER THE HEAToriginally released in 1978on SKY 021
GROSSES WASSERoriginally released in 1979on SKY 027
CURIOSUMoriginally released in 1981on SKY 063
previously unreleased:KONZERTE 1972/1977A1 Fabrik, Hamburg 1972 21:26B1 Festival International de la Science-Fiction, Metz 1977 22:43