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Tone Float is an LP by the German band Organisation. Organisation was a pre-Kraftwerk band, having only produced and released one album, Tone Float. After the release, members of the group went on to form Kraftwerk.


 [hide*1 Background


The album sold few copies on its UK-only release in August 1969, and is remembered because two of the band members, Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben, later went on to form the group Kraftwerk. It was produced by Konrad "Conny" Plank.

‘The studio was in the middle of an oil refinery. When we came out of the door we could hear the sound of those big flames burning off the fumes – all kinds of industrial noises.’
— Ralf Hütter [2]

Sales were poor and RCA opted to drop the band, which then dissolved following the departure of Hutter and Schneider-Esleben to Kraftwerk.

The album has never been officially reissued, although bootleg CDs and LPs appeared in the 1990s. These often included a bonus audio-track, erroneously titled "Vor dem blauen Bock", which in fact is an instrumental track named "Rückstoss Gondoliere", from a 22 May 1971 performance by Kraftwerk on the Bremen Beat-Club TV show.

This song features the short-lived line-up of Florian Schneider, Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger (Ralf Hütter had left the group during this period to pursue studies in architecture). Rother and Dinger later on formed Neu!.

Track listing[edit][]

All compositions written by Hauf/Monicks/Schneider-Esleben.

Side one[edit][]

  1. "Tone Float" – 20:46

Side two[edit][]

  1. "Milk Rock" – 5:24
  2. "Silver Forest" – 3:19
  3. "Rhythm Salad" – 4:04
  4. "Noitasinagro" – 7:46

[1][2]Detail from the back cover of the 1969 RCA Victor official release – note the traffic cone symbol, also a feature on early Kraftwerk albums.==Personnel[edit]==

  • Basil Hammoudi – glockenspiel, conga gong, musical box, bongos, percussion, vocals
  • Butch Hauf – bass, shaky tube, small bells, plastic hammer, percussion
  • Ralf Hütter – Hammond organ, organ
  • Alfred "Fred" Mönicks – drums, bongos, maracas, cowbell, tambourine
  • Florian Schneider-Esleben – electric flute, alto flute, bell, triangle, tambourine, electro-violin, percussion
Additional personnel

Release details[edit][]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom August 1969 RCA Victor Vinyl SF 8111