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  • Vinyl (7 Dec 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bureau B
  • ASIN: B002Q1O3JA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sowiesoso
2. Halwa
3. Dem Wanderer
4. Umleitung
5. Zum Wohl
6. Es War Einmal
7. In Ewigkeit

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7 Songs.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If I was asked to list the ten best albums to come out of Germany, 'Sowiesoso' would be on it. Not only that, it offers a great introduction to electronic music. It represents the triumphal culmination of what Moebius and Roedelius were working on during the 1970s. After Kluster, they made the difficult, clanky industrial sounds found on 'Cluster '71', which they refined on 'Cluster II', before the big leap to 'Zuckerzeit', which contained the charm previous releases lacked. 'Sowiesoso' adjusts the balance between the two: warm, serene, dignified, but above all, deft. The title track exudes sensuality in its complex yet organised layered rhythms and is probably my favourite Cluster track. It is a hard act to follow, but every piece of this album is brimful of quality. Essential listening for any fan of the genre.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
One of a number of recent re-releases, 'Sowiesoso'
by Cluster is an important reminder of the seminal
importance of the work of composers Dieter Moebius
and Hans-Joachim Roedelius in the evolution of
contemporary electronic music.

Their influence remains inestimable.

This simple but wonderful album first saw the light
of day in 1976 courtesy of Hamburg based Sky Records.

The seven tracks on this recording possess a gentle
mesmerizing intensity. The pulsing rhythms and guileless
melodic material, whilst intrinsically meditative in form,
is often curiously uplifting and occasionally very funny.

Starting in the middle on track four, 'Umleitung' has a
gloriously silly central section which sounds like it
could have been produced by a bunch of drunken Druids
dancing round a bonfire. A perfectly pagan diversion.

'Es War Einmal', too, has a magically humourous quality.
The fragile arrangement conjures an elfin fairground out of thin air,
(It really does!!) complete with a tiny merry-go-round (albeit one
with golden crickets rather than the usual garishly painted horses).

'Halwa' is an exotic miniature full of Eastern promise.
The sounds and scents of the souk are tangibly real.

'Dem Wanderer' and 'Zum Wohl' are both pastoral pieces,
shot through with electronic birdsong. Night and day.
The former is midnight music, ('Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
if you like!) dark, tentative and slightly forbidding;
the latter is bursting with sunlight, grace and optimism.

Opening track 'Sowiesoso' creeps into consciousness
with a half-heard steadily measured beat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Watson on 19 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
THE ALBUM COVER SAYS IT ALL. QUIET REFLECTION CALM EVENING GENTLE ARCHITECTURE PERFUMED BRANCHES AND HONEYSUCKLE SCENTED FRONDS OF SAXIFRAGE DEW Y DROPLETS ON TOADSTOOL TOPS. aND IT CAME ON DUE GOOD THYME
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed on 3 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Originally came out in 1976, 'Sowiesoso' is apparently German for 'Any Way Way'. Cluster, by this point (of course) was down to a duo, Dieter Moebius-keyboards & synthesizers and Hans-Joachim Roedelius-producer, audio generator & effects. 'Sowiesoso' is quite far-fetched from most other CD's I've heard. I would best tag this disc as good 'electronic krautrock'. Tunes I thought stood out the most were "Dem Wanderer", "Zum Wohl", the title track and the atmospheric "In Ewigkeit". Those last two I mention runs over seven minutes. This genre is taylor-made for lengthy cuts. Recommended listening
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful 11 Dec 2002
By rubidium84 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes I run across a record that needs no other justification for it's existence than that it SOUNDS good. Sometimes I think people get too involved with the "importance" or "significance" of a musical work, so that they ignore the fact that the music is just plain good. This record is'nt groundbreaking, or visionary (not even for the musicians involved, it's just the logical conclusion of the ideas first presented in "Zuckerzeit") - but it is essential, because it is good.
The album's first track presents the formant for the subsequent pieces - simple synthesizer-based sound paintings that stay close to their origianl structure. One could even say that they are "static". But the way that Cluster blends different organ, piano, and synth lines together into an overall sonic background is simply masterful. Listen to the sense of depth in the title track, or in "Zum Wohl". In this particular track, for example, the band creates, through the subtle use of bird sounds, the effect of playing the song deep inside a forest. Then there is also the final track on the CD, which is unbelievalby slow, while not seeming to be.
It is interesting to note what was going on with other musicians at the time; for example, Eno, while not working on any particular project in '76, had just released his "Discreet Music" album. And Tangerine Dream was recording "Stratosfear" ( the second track of which sounds quite a lot like some of the stuff on "Sowiesoso").
I would recommend this album to anyone interested either in Eno or TD, as well as some of the other german groups (Kraftwerk, etc) or the early works of Steve Roach ("Structures from Silence"). Or of course, to anyone who likes a good piece of music.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Any Way, Way is Zodiac Free 18 Sep 2001
By Nicholas Croft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hans-Joachim Roedelius comes from a family of teachers, preachers, musicians and doctors. Dieter Moebius's origins are more informal, as his long-standing association with the Harmonia Commune of Germany suggests.
Together, they form Cluster, and have produced an extensive discography of meditative electronic music. Sowiesoso, which means 'any way way' was released in 1976. This album was recorded during a particularly fruitful time in Berlin history, before each artist began their solo careers, starting in 1978 and 1983, respectively.
Cluster originally came out of an art music collective called the 'Zodiak Free Arts Lab', which was formed by Conrad Schnitzler ( one of the leaders of Berlin's avant-garde ). The adventurous, experimental spirit of the 1970's German electronic music scene flows throughout Sowiesoso.
Listen attentively, without distraction, to this lovely musical offering, and you may find that you are then transported to far away places, by Cluster's whimsical imagination and abundant musical talent.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Organic Electronic Masterpiece 2 Jun 1999
By Sam Grawe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are familiar with the work Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius have done over the last thirty years, then you know that this album, recorded at Harmonia collaborator Michael Rother's home studio in Forst, is one of their finest moments. This subtle, quiet album exudes an organic pastoral quality rare in the field of electronic music. On some other Cluster albums, like Zuckerzeit, you can definitely tell which songs are by Moebius and which are by Roedelius, leading to fractured sounding record. Sowiesoso, on the other hand, sounds like a true collaboration. The songs are crafted from your typical instruments of the day... hohner clavinet, fender rhodes, acoustic piano, farfisa organ, moogs and arps, etc...sometimes bass and guitar are thrown in (but this is definitely a keyboard dominated affair). Swirling melodic lines, dreamy synth tones, chirping analog rhythm parts, and any number of creative things that these Germans could augment their recording with (bicycle bells and goonish moaning) are present in the mix. Although the sound quality is somewhat lackluster at times (even on the remaster), this album is definitely one of the best electronic records from the 1970's, if not of all time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Finding the 'formula' 24 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On this album, the duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius hit something of a 'stride' that would carry them through their later works. While very early Cluster/Kluster was something of a proto-industrial noise product up through their "Cluster II" release, the mid-70s saw them at work with ex-NEU! composer/musician Michael Rother, both as producer on the mechanistic "Zuckerzeit" album and collaborator on the spectacular Harmonia releases. Rother's influence seems to have toned down the electro-noise influences quite a bit, as this release starts a trend toward a sweeping, often-programmatic proto-New Age type of sound. But this is not some crystal-hugger record; "Sowiesoso" still shows a bit of edge here and there amongst the more tranquil bits. Later releases such as "Grosses Wasser" would explore the directions on this album to further and deeper extents, but this is where Cluster's main body of work...and to a great extent, even what they're currently doing...begins.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cluster - 'Sowiesoso' (Sky) 13 Dec 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1976, 'Sowiesoso' is apparently German for 'Any Way Way'. Cluster, by this point was stripped down to a duo, Dieter Moebius - synthesizer & keyboards and Hans - Joachim Roedelius - producer, audio generator & effects. 'Sowiesoso' is quite far fetched from most any other CD I've ever heard. I would best tag them as good electronic krautrock. The tunes that I thought stood out were "Dem Wanderer", "Zum Wohl", the title cut "Sowiesoso" and the atmospheric "In Ewigkeit". Those last two I just mentioned runs over seven minutes. If you ask me,this sort of music is tailor-made for such lengthy tracks. Recommended, that is if you're a fan of this sort of work.
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