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LIVEMILES

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.33 | 43 ratings

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3 stars Albuquerque to West Berlin in just under an hour

"Livemiles" (one word) is a live album recorded in 1986 and 1987. There are just two tracks here, "Part one" and,... no wait for it. "Part two". "Part one" was recorded in Albuquerque USA in 1986, while Part two was recorded almost a year later at an open air concert in West Berlin. The sleeve notes appear to imply that the weather was less than kind. Whether both parts were played at both concerts is not revealed in the sleeve notes, but it would surely have been disconcerting for the Berliners to be told they were to hear the second part when the first was at the time unreleased.

Each track runs to almost half an hour, the music being surprisingly upbeat and pacy. Indeed, there is almost a dance feel to Part 1, such is the strong back-beat and melodic main themes. The on/off relationship the Tangs have had with trance over the years is possibly at its most heightened here.

There are occasional slower quasi-symphonic passages, sometimes with voice type synth effects, but the over-riding impression is that the band are keen to are ensure the audience are not allowed to drift off for too long. The sound is of course that of multiple synthesisers with Froese and Franke being joined by Paul Haslinger to form the then current line up. The Berlin gig must therefore have been one of Christoph Franke's last with Tangerine Dream.

Musically, this is some of the most accessible output the band have created. Those who find their avant-garde efforts to be hard to digest would be well advised to investigate "Livemiles", which they will find far more palatable.

There appear to be alternative sleeve images depending on which release you have. Mine has a side view of the band performing on stage.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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