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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Also named Cluster '71 - yes, that's a great one!
    Cluster '71 was their first album (just called "Cluster" when originally released) hence their second LP was called "Cluster II." They're NOT the same album. Cluster '71 is a lot closer to Kluster, the band they were before Conny Schnitzler left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Cluster '71 was their first album (just called "Cluster" when originally released) hence their second LP was called "Cluster II." They're NOT the same album. Cluster '71 is a lot closer to Kluster, the band they were before Conny Schnitzler left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    Kraan isnt often mentioned either, allthough the first two albums smells of kraut.
    The 'genre' is not that broad since the rest of their albums isnt considered kraut. Neither does Guru Guru or Munju, a.o.
    Kraut is not a sound or a style or even a genre - but there must be something?
    Atypical compositions, no use of cliches or elements from known defined genres? Dunno...
    Where Kraan's debut has the vibe you allude to, their second album Wintrup is very much an underrated, overlooked monster of a rock album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    Jean-Herve Peron of Faust gives an expalnation before Faust launch into.....'Krautrock'
    Funny that the explanation should come from the French member of Faust!

    No idea if it’s true, but I heard that Polydor saw the interest that bands like Can and Amon Düül II were generating, and hired a bunch of musicians and conceptual artists to be Faust to cash in on the trend. If so, it’s funny that some of the best and most typically Krautrock stuff should have such crass beginnings!

    Quote Originally Posted by strawberrybrick View Post
    I see no mention of Cluster, but Cluster II would be a great place to start.
    I really like this one. Not to all tastes, very drony and harsh, but cool to listen to on occasion. I like the inner gatefold, with the picture of the band’s studio/recording/rehearsal space. Were all those instruments used on the recording? GEM combo organ? Cello? Lap-steel guitar? If so, I imagine they’re all heavily electronically processed!

    Quote Originally Posted by spacefreak View Post
    It may seem strange but before the days of the krautrock "revival" of the 90s, when around the genre were more dedicated listeners, I often saw Floh de Cologne mentioned in articles concerning rock in Germany alongside with other "curiosities" as Embryo, Checkpoint Charlie, Moira etc. It's bands like Oktober or Locomotive Kreuzeberg or Ougenweide, that never showed-up. Probably not so obvious references.
    Oktober sound to me like a German-language Yes plus a ton of leftist sloganeering. Weird. Some of Eulenspygel’s stuff strikes me this way too, as does some of the Austrian polit-rock stuff (like P. P. Zahl).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    Funny that the explanation should come from the French member of Faust!
    Actually Zappi Dieirmaier is Austrian and Rudolf Sosna was Russian - so it is even more ironic they be branded as Krautrock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    Actually Zappi Dieirmaier is Austrian and Rudolf Sosna was Russian - so it is even more ironic they be branded as Krautrock.
    Hey, I listed Dom, and that’s ¾ comprised of Hungarian expats!

    Speaking of which, how long until someone mentions Nektar, a band who have never had a German member!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    Hey, I listed Dom, and that’s ¾ comprised of Hungarian expats!
    Along those lines, I always thought the Plastic People of the Universe sounded a lot like a typical "Krautrock" band - and they were 100% Czechoslovak. Maybe all we are doing here is demonstrating, yet again, the uselessness of labeling music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    Along those lines, I always thought the Plastic People of the Universe sounded a lot like a typical "Krautrock" band - and they were 100% Czechoslovak. Maybe all we are doing here is demonstrating, yet again, the uselessness of labeling music.
    Or, demonstrating that the term "Krautrock" -- like the term "Canterbury Rock" -- are stylistic sobriquets, not geographic.

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