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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brain
  • ASIN: B000QUU2Y8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
After Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius released Cluster II in 1972, they uprooted themselves from their base in Berlin and moved to the village of Forst in North-West Germany. It’s something of a cliché that bands like to get back to nature when they feel stale, sometimes heading for a rustic farmhouse in order to produce something rootsy, or a collection of traditional folk songs, but this is obviously difficult when you’re a synth-based duo producing seminal electronic music. Instead, Cluster were joined by Michael Rother of Neu!, with whom they formed Harmonia. Before releasing their debut, Musik Von Harmonia in 1974 though, Rother produced this album for Roedelius and Moebius.
Zuckerzeit (‘Sugar Time’) is well named, because after the stark and (at times) testing Cluster II, this is an altogether sweeter affair. The music here seems much denser, there’s more colour and a much greater degree of poppiness, all lending the album a pleasingly light and upbeat feel. One very obvious difference to Cluster II is the extensive use of drum machines, meaning that where tracks had previously consisted of layers of synthesiser noise, they now have a definite rhythm, seeming to free the melodic side of the band. Actually, I suppose this isn’t really a band at all: it’s an album put together by two separate artists operating under a collective title, with Moebius and Roedelius each contributing five tracks. Although this kind of behaviour rarely produces a unified outcome, here the album holds together nicely, possibly because this isn’t an album by a band on the point of disintegration – indeed, as both Cluster and Harmonia they were to continue working together to great effect for some time to come.
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This is the bedrock of modern electronic music and a remarkable achievement. Only short, but essential. There is a straight line from this to techno, ambient and bands like - for example - Radiohead, et al. At the centre of the movement crassly called Krautrock, this is stands shoulder-to-shoulder with similar innovators of the time like Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, etc. and is a fine way to discover experimental music from this era.
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I bought this album having been impressed by the last track Heisse Lippen , which is on the compilation album Deutsche Elektronische Musik.It`s probably the best track on the album, which all begins well enough with the bouncy Hollywood and the slightly slower Caramel.Then it turns a bit experimental with the tracks Rote Riki and James which are full of weird and wonky sounds. Most of the other tracks are built around repetitive electronic drums, which drive the music on. All in all , it`s tracks are short and accessible , which means they don`t outstay their welcome.
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Format: Vinyl
In my experience Dig-a-log with Lilith album pressings are very low quality with heavy distortion at both high and low ends of the frequency range. I've purchased two albums, the other is Zuckerzeit by Cluster, and they both suffer with poor audio quality. As most collectors know, vinyl is not cheap at £20 to £30 an album these days. I learnt the expensive way; parting with nearly £50 for two great albums that I can't listen to. I must hasten to add that I'm not in the retail record business. I'm just trying to alert potential purchasers to the possible pitfalls of new pressings. Buyer beware & be vigilant to save from disappointment.
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This review mostly will consist of the query, already asked, as to why this great album has till now a grand total of one review. This will only on the most superficial level redress the balance, and almost all I'm going to do is say that I love the album, unlike anything by anyone else, amongst other things for which Moebius and Roedelius should be as well known as Kraftwerk, and compared to whom an act like Neu are even, dare one say it, a little bland - a bit of a minority opinion I imagine.

If characters in a Brothers Grimm story stumbled across some cottage in the forest, emanating from which were peculiar odours and atmospheres, this could well be the album they'd be listening to or maybe making inside - allowing for those inside's fortunate encountering of 70s analogue synthesisers and iffy drum-machines. Upbeat, deep, warm, strange, even danceable, at times a little slight perhaps. Where an act like Kraftwerk seem to come out of the more 'civilized' refined tradition of Western culture, this one might argue bubbles up more from the fertile, more haphazard, folk underworld. Not though to get too worried about or carried away with such notions, it might contain a bit of truth. Just to add, along with checking out the Cluster offshoot Harmonia's work, Roedelius's Selbstportrait 1 album from this era is also a real treasure.
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