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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

4.28 | 321 ratings

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4 stars I must first correct a few of the above reviewers and then will move on to the review proper.

TD are not a Progressive Rock band They are in a category all their own .And I surprised they get recognized here on ProgArchives . But so be it. Great listeners know quality works of music when they hear it !

Chris Franke played drums on certain segments of compositions and tape playback during this concert /tour .He was actually a drummer prior to joining TD. He replaced of all people Klaus Schulze who had been TD's drummer at that time. Baumann did no drumming for TD. There are no overdubs during the mixing of Richocet the Lp was mixed from multiple performances in England and France during their autumn 1975 tour. The M400 Mellotron was played by Froese, Franke and Baumann at various times during a tour . They were two onstage depending on their state of readiness- note: they were not a very roadworthy instrument. The M400 can play simultaneous sounds. TD had custom tape banks made specifically for them so an inifnite number of instruments can be 'stacked' depending on what tape banks are used.

Now I will not pontificate of TD For they stand on their own and need no fanfare. So I will keep this review very brief.

Side 1 Richocet Pt 1: TD at the height of their sequencer use and still incorporating percussion as they have on earlier epics. Froese's elect guitar is even more prominent during this period. Waves of drumming resound thru out the first half then quickly die away awash in early electronics.

Side 2 Richocet Pt 2: Trademark TD Mellotron flute and piano here in the intro. These themes and motifs will be influencing the next tour and future recordings such as Stratosphere, Encore (the 2nd Live lp for them- a double Lp !) TD's Mellotron flute carries one off to the shoulder of Orion and then drops them into a deep melancholy world of longing.

Enough said now listen, alone in a quiet room or outside gazing at the star filled night.....

sturoc | 4/5 |


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