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3.71 | 32 ratings

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2 stars Kluster were, at least for their original run, Conrad Schnitzler on the rebound from Tangerine plus Moebius and Roedelius. Eruption captures some live improvisations from the trio performed as part of their final gig together. Schnitzler has reassembled new Kluster lineups since, but in these revivals he has been the only old hand to return.

Since the recordings were captured by Klaus Freudigmann of Schnitzler's subsequent group Eruption, it was inadvertently mislabelled as a Kluster-Eruption collaboration, though it wasn't intended to be one. This is useful context to bear in mind when listening: creatively, the parties involved here are right on the verge of parting ways, with Moebius and Roedelius dropping that harsh K for a gentler C and becoming the Cluster who would be so important on the electronic krautrock scene later on.

The shift in name is apt, because the subtlety and softer edges of Cluster's work are more or less absent here... as, indeed, is much in the way of a cohesive creative agenda. Perhaps precisely because of the differences that would prompt them to part ways, Kluster produce material here which doesn't quite hold the attention, and when you combine that with rather shaky recording quality you have a release which is of interest more to Krautrock historians than for those who are primarily after something rewarding to listen to in its own right.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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