I've been listening to these guys a lot recently in light of Moebius' death and it really is clearer to me now more than ever before that they're among the absolute top tier of the Krautrock/Kosmische Musik groups. Their stuff is just brimming and in some cases overflowing with creativity and innovation. Much of the music they made early on has little if any precedent. Zuckerzeit -> Grosses Wasser are a little more conventional in the sense they at least seem to take melody and structure into mind, but those albums are fantastic as well and still sound totally fresh today.
@daa-lmb "Krautrock" is a silly tag because so much of the music described as such really has little or no relation to "Rock," either in the way it's performed or as an influence upon its creation. "Kosmische Musik" is really the far more appropriate name for the German music of the period, in addition to omitting the ethnic slur. Can, Faust, Amon Duul (II), Neu! and some others could in some ways be said to tie in to Progressive Rock, but Kraftwerk, Cluster, Roedelius, Harmonia, Popol Vuh, Moebius & Plank, etc., don't. There really was no "scene" that unified these acts at the time and many of them weren't aware of the existence of the others; the idea of "Krautrock" was a construct of British music journalism. However, since the German music of the period is largely: A) original B) unique C) influential D) fucking awesome, it's helpful to have a tag to refer to it collectively. "Kosmische Musik" works but more people are aware of "Krautrock," so Krautrock is more commonly used.
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" talking about krautROCK tag, have always been wondering what does cluster have in common with rock." A lot of krautrock in general has nothing to do with rock.
Saw German Cluster live in San Francisco... must have been mid/late-90s? They played with Amber Asylum and some space rock projects. Killer show and so mellow. Everyone was just sitting on the floor. I think I have a t-shirt from it somewhere.....
Krautrock - Music for Your Brain. A spectacular mix, a magical whirlwind of sounds and colors, To go on a journey beyond the meaning of time and space... a pleasure renewed with each listen. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....