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4 stars I can't imagine what people thought when they heard this music nearly four decades ago. Even today it sounds beamed in from another planet and another time. Cluster somehow made huge droning noisescapes into exceptionally listenable ambient music. The extent of this music's influence is immeasurable, and the first two Cluster albums are far more exciting to me than the more famous equivalents from their brethren Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. I love Kraftwerk, and don't mind TD, but damn, I think Cluster beat both of them to the punch for this type of music. Of course, after the first two Cluster albums, Hans-Joachim and Dieter (not to mention Ralf and Florian) decided to emphasize melody and song form over atmostphere and sound collage, but that doesn't detract from this music's importance, and this type of music is alluded to quite often in their later song-oriented material, especially in Harmonia.

Krautfans who like their Kraut to be a little light on the rock must hear both this and Cluster II.

Kronz | 4/5 |


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