Organisation ‎– Tone Float

RCA Victor ‎– SF 8111
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo


A Tone Float 20:38
B1 Milk Rock 5:24
B2 Silver Forest 3:18
B3 Rhythm Salad 4:04
B4 Noitasinagro 7:46

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Produced for Rainbow Productions

On cover:
© 1970 RCA Limited

On labels:
© 1970
Manufactured by RCA Limited England from master recordings of RCA Records.

Original LP on RCA Victor.
Not to be mixed up with bootleg pressings without RCA Victor labels, but with the same cat#, that were widely distributed. The front cover must have 'RCA' and 'Victor' lettering in the top corners, otherwise it is a bootleg.
Some more recent bootleg versions (2016) have identical covers. Watch for the colour of the labels, originals are orange. Also make sure of matrix numbers, detailed below.

The cover is unlaminated, printed on thin cardboard. The inner sleeve is the standard RCA thin plain paper type, with die cut label holes and curve cut top edge.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): XGBS 0291
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): XGBS 0292
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped - Variants 1 & 2): XGBS 0291- 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped - Variants 1 & 2): XGBS 0292- 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched - Variants 1 & 2): AIB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched - Variant 1): BIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched - Variant 2): BIC

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DS 04 Organisation Tone Float(LP, Album, Unofficial) Drone Syndicate DS 04 Unknown Sell This Version
941000 Organisation Tone Float(CD, Album, RP, Unofficial) Germanofon (2) 941000 Russia 2020 Sell This Version
SF8111 Organisation Tone Float(LP, Album, Unofficial) RCA Victor (2) SF8111 UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk ~ Organisation Kraftwerk ~ Organisation - Tone Float(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Kraftwerk), Not On Label (Organisation) none Unknown Sell This Version
DS-04 Organisation Tone Float(LP, Album, Unofficial) Drone Syndicate DS-04 Unknown Sell This Version


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May 21, 2020

not comparable to KRAFTWERK

not easy to listening
the only title with Structure is MILK ROCK


September 3, 2019

a new edition remastered for the 50th anniversary ??!! wow:I hope ☻


August 11, 2019
This is one of my all time favourite albums! No, It Is not Kraftwerk. Do not mix this up with Kraftwerk. This is something else. It takes very sensitive souls and fingers to create stuff like this. Hear the percussion dance with the organ and the flute and violin! Its pure genious!


December 27, 2018

Interesting ! This record was released in the UK only in late 1969 and was of course a commercial and critical failure.

Schneider and Hütter later founded KRAFTWERK and we all know that they became legends and the ''inventors'' of electronic music. This album has unfortunately no structure. The tracks (all of them are instrumental) sound unstructured and boring. It does not happen to much. Some guys beat on bongos and other instruments. Like some guys from the stone age who try to make music

the only OK track is MILK ROCK. Which sounds a bit indian but it has some kind of structure.

This album sold only 1000 Copies from 1969-1970 and RCA fired them. It was not released in their native Germany.

This and KRAFTWERKS 3 first albums had not been released on CD or digital download


June 8, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Experimentally it works to great effect at times, even to an extent where it can almost be confused with the work of Zoviet:France, Muslimgauze or a certain Z'ev. The Residents and Throbbing Gristle aren't that far from this either (think of "Eskimo" or "Journey Through a Body" minus the obscene tape loops)... On the other hand, it is quite on par with Frank Zappa and Spirit to name a few. But then, considering the whole of the "creative mess" this is, whatever the guess yours might be, you won't miss.

In all, as we now know it, this is the earliest pre-Kraftwerk material commited to vinyl. Produced and released in a sort-of limbo though, with Hütter and Schneider already re-adapting themselves as Kraftwerk slightly later (interestingly enough, the plastic cone happens to be a sole key element connecting both these incarnations, appearing on Organisation's LP as well as on Kraftwerk's next three proper studio albums).

Interesting that this music doesn't really sound dated - at the same time it's improvisation (lost between jazz and prog identities) and organised playing that landslides into weird experimentation, like from a distant late night radio programme losing itself back and forth into the airwaves. You can sense - at least regarding Hütter and Schneider - that they were onto something here. They didn't know what it was or how to call it... They were given a chance to make this record and its main intention was to capture the moment the best way possible. Results vary, although nothing here is actually irritating to listen to. Just demanding.

And one thing many continually insist upon is the myth this is actually a "Kraftwerk" album when in fact it's not, for all the audible reasons. And "song" titles aren't helping either. Conceptually, both are their own worlds. One was the ignition and the other was the expansion. Therefore lies a reason why Kraftwerk never gave it second thought, including this doodle affair shoulder to shoulder with their later, better known material - because this cannot be more remote than it actually is from the electronic minimalism they developed and pioneered in later years.


December 11, 2015



April 24, 2015
I wonder why Ralf Hütter didn't get a composer credit on this LP. Odd.


March 29, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
It's too bad this, and the first three Kraftwerk albums won't see an official reissue. I can't see why the band has such a poor attitude towards anything they did pre-Autobahn? They probably were embarrassed with them. I realize the shock fans might be if they're only familiar with their post-Autobahn material. After all, if what they know is from Trans-Europe Express, Man Machine, Computer World, etc., then hear one of their early ones would likely be put in shock, and might hate them (those early Kraftwerk albums aren't exactly accessible, but neither was the early Tangerine Dream, or post-Syd Barrett pre-Meddle Pink Floyd). Pink Floyd were embarrassed of Ummagamma (particularly the studio material) and Atom Heart Mother, but they consistently stayed in print all these years (I've even seen those titles in Wal-Mart), which I'm certain wouldn't be if it weren't for the worldwide fame they achieved with Dark Side of the Moon and afterwards. Even Tangerine Dream never disowned their first four albums on Ohr, so those four albums have consistently seen many reissues through the years on bewilderingly different labels.

Tone Float, which was originally never released as a Kraftwerk album, was released as an Organisation album, on RCA in the UK only, and the original LP is super-rare, and probably the rarest of anything Kraftwerk-related. It's only these unofficial reissues that the Kraftwerk name was slapped on, because it would draw more attention for the Kraftwerk collector who has to have everything from them and related.

Really, I don't find Tone Float all that bad. Of course, you can't compare this to Trans-Europe Express, but then you can't do that with the first three Kraftwerk albums either. It's what it is, early Krautrock album with percussion, flute, organ, oscillators, drums, guitar. As a matter of fact, if it weren't for Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider's future with Kraftwerk, this would have been regarded as a "long lost Krautrock" album. There's a psychedelic vibe going through a lot of the music, and while there's a frequently minimalist approach, it gives you very little reminder of something like Trans-Europe Express. I've ran across lots of albums frequently maligned that I actually enjoy. It's just a fact it's very little like what would make their successor Kraftwerk so famous (and even Kraftwerk had to struggle for three albums before they got their big break in 1974 with Autobahn). I know that my opinion might not make everyone change their mind, but then you have to decide for yourself, but I'm sure you probably wouldn't want to fork out the big money for an original LP.