Sowiesoso

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Sowiesoso
Cluster Sowiesoso Cover.jpg
Studio album by Cluster
Released 1976
Recorded 1976
Studio Harmonia Studio, Forst, Germany
Genre Krautrock, experimental, electronic, ambient
Length 37:18
Label Sky
Producer Cluster & Conny Plank.
Cluster chronology
Zuckerzeit
(1974)
Sowiesoso
(1976)
Cluster & Eno
(1977)
Alternative cover
Album cover containing a shot of the two Cluster members leaning against trees
When Sky records first released the album on CD in the early 90s, this artwork from the back cover of the LP was used as the front cover. Later CD reissues have restored the original artwork.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.2/10)[3]

Sowiesoso is the fourth full-length album by German electronic music outfit Cluster.

Sowiesoso was recorded in just two days in Forst, Germany in 1976 and mixed at Conny's Studio in Wolperath. It was Cluster's first release for Krautrock label Sky Records, a relationship which would last until 1986 including albums with Brian Eno, solo recordings, and three albums by the duo of Moebius and former Cluster member and frequent engineer/producer Conny Plank.

Sowiesoso was Cluster's gentlest and most melodic album of electronic music to that point. Brian Eno had worked with Moebius and Roedelius with Harmonia prior to the recording of Sowiesoso and worked with Cluster again on two albums in 1977 and 1978 and the influence of the British ambient musician is clearly heard on the softer and more controlled sound of this album.[4] Reviewer Russ Curry describes the album this way: "...a fully realized marriage of electronic sounds with a pastoral warmth."[4] Julian Cope included Sowiesoso in his Krautrock Top 50.[5]

The album was first reissued on CD by Sky Records in 1992. It has also been reissued by the American label Gyroscope in 1996, the San Francisco based Water label in 2006 and the Japanese label Captain Trip in 2007.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All song written by Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius.

Side one
  1. "Sowiesoso" – 8:10 (On most CD reissues this track is shortened with a running time of 7:17)
  2. "Halwa" – 2:47
  3. "Dem Wanderer" – 3:47
  4. "Umleitung" – 3:25
Side two
  1. "Zum Wohl" – 6:50
  2. "Es War Einmal" – 5:25
  3. "In Ewigkeit" – 7:10

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Cluster - Sowiesoso review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  2. ^ Doran, John (February 2010). "Cluster - Sowiesoso/Curiosum". Classic Rock. No. 141. pp. 90–91. 
  3. ^ Beta, Andy (2016). "Pitchfork: Cluster: 1971-1981". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. Sowiesoso 
  4. ^ a b Curry, Russ (May 1996). "A Curious History of Cluster". D>Elektro. Thing.de. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  5. ^ Cope, Julian. "A Krautrock Top 50 - Julian Cope". Krautrock.org.uk. Archived from the original on 6 October 2003. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Cluster / Sowiesoso". Captain Trip Records. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 

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