Cluster — Kollektion 6 - 1971-1981 Compiled by John McEntire
(Bureau B BB242, 1981/2016, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-05-03
Bureau B continues their Kollektion series with this compilation of eleven Cluster compositions curated by John McEntire. John McEntire is a drummer, percussionist, recording engineer, producer, and founding member of Tortoise, The Sea & Cake, Red Krayola, and Gastr Del Sol. And over his career John has collaborated with many groups including Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Stereolab, Spoon, and Blur, to name a few. Bureau B asked him to select tracks from Cluster’s eight official albums from 1971 - 1981 that he felt were the greatest influence on music. So John selected “Zum Wohl,” “Es war einmal,” and “In Ewigkeit” from Soweisoso; “Hollywood” and “Heiße Lippen” from Zuckerzeit; “The Shade” from After the Heat with Brian Eno; “Für die Katz” from Cluster II; “Grosses Wasser” from Grosses Wasser; “Oh Odessa” from Curiosum; “21 32” from Cluster 71; and “Für Luise” (incorrectly identified as “Wehrmut”) from Cluster & Eno. Because of the limitations of having to fit all of this music onto a single disc, three of the tracks had to be shortened. Only the second half of “Grosses Wasser,” the last eight minutes of “21 32,” and the first four minutes of “In Ewigkeit” are provided. The pieces are not arranged chronologically, but instead provide a logical flow through the different phases of Cluster’s music. If you have not yet experienced Cluster, then Kollektion 6 is a perfect introduction to this seminal band.
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more