Originally released in 1971 on Philips, reissued later (with a different cover and different running order) on Sky. On Bureau B for the first time with the original running order and original Philips cover.
The band: founded in 1971 by Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, both key figures in the German experimental scene for electronic and ambient music.
The music: abstract, meandering streams of sound and noise. Epochal, experimental electronics - Cluster 71 was the duo's debut album. According to The Wire "Cluster 71" is one of the 'One Hundred Records That Set The World On Fire'. Very few albums from Germany can lay claim to this honour. "Cluster 71" is a monster: the debut work from the year 1971 (actually just called Cluster) contains a mere three tracks (untitled) and is quite an ordeal for untrained ears - back then, at least. Yet the album pointed the way forward like no other electronic opus.