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VALENTINE WHEELS, LIVE IN LONDON

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.39 | 31 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars The wheels of ubiquity turn one more time

Recorded live in London in 1997, "Valentine wheels" has the feel of being just another Tangerine Dream album. There's nothing of particular value or note here, just a collection of live versions of 10 familiar and less familiar works.

The now established father and son duo are certainly captured excellently in terms of the sound quality (the suspicious among us might say a little too well), and the renditions are spirited and often captivating. The tracks tend to segue from one to the next giving the impression of one continuous suite, with familiar pieces such as "Warsaw in the sun" sitting well next to "Stratosfear '95".

While Zlatko Perica is credited with playing guitars on the album, his contribution is somewhat limited, being only really apparent on the closing "Beach theme". Much of the rest of the music is pretty one dimensional from a sound point of view, with the ubiquitous dueting synthesiser rarely varying their tones.

"Valentine wheels" is one of those albums which is in the main enjoyable, but which is notably unexciting. If you've heard half a dozen Tangerine Dream albums, especially those of the soundtrack variety, then there's nothing here you won't have heard before.

One unusual aspect for a Tangs live album is the way the audience reaction to familiar pieces has been captured during the performances. To hear the audience at any time other than between pieces is most unusual.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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