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Tangerine Dream


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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Peter Baumann is on board and so we have the first album with the classic lineup which would stay together for another five years. Organist Steve Schroyder was actually fired before this recording, he ends up joining ASH RA TEMPEL but came back as guest on this one.There is a guest cello quartet which includes Mr.Grumbcow from the band HOELDERLIN.The great Florian Fricke adds some moog as well. "Zeit" is German for "time" and Froese believed that time was motionless and only existed in our own minds. So it's no surprise that this double album is slow going. Funny but I much prefer it to the previous album "Alpha Centauri". TANGERINE DREAM offers up to us 4 side long tracks straight from cold, dark space.

"Birth Of Liquid Plejades" is where our trip begins as sounds (cellos) build quickly until all we hear is spacey and vibrating sounds. Cellos before 3 minutes as other spacey sounds come in, they come and go. It settles 7 1/2 minutes in but the calm is interupted by the sound of space creatures outside the spaceship.They're checking us out.They leave as we continue to drift along in space. Organ comes in late with haunting winds (Florian) letting us know that it's time to get out of here.

"Nebulous Dawn" greets us with deep pulsing sounds. The atmosphere is getting darker and thicker, it's hard to breathe. Something is coming but it passes by, another one arrives and lingers but eventually leaves too. They say there's nothing to fear but fear itself, but fear seems to be everywhere right now. It's so dark. It becomes FLOYD-like 7 1/2 minutes in as sounds pulse and vibrate. It's eerie 9 minutes in and the space creatures have returned. Panic is setting in but we drift out of trouble into "Orgin Of Supernatural Probability". Waves of space roll in gently and it's much more peaceful here. Still there's that dark undercurrent that reminds us that things can change at any second. It does at 4 1/2 minutes. My heart is racing at 6 minutes and we're on the run until 15 1/2 minutes in when it becomes tranquil again. A haunting presence moves in at 17 minutes, but thankfully it passes by 2 minutes later.

"Zeit" opens with dark and haunting sounds that build. Someone is out there after 5 minutes, it's 8 minutes in now and they're still there. Those 3 minutes seem like an eternity. It's 10 minutes in now and I think they've gone, I feel like i've been holding my breath for the last 5 minutes. It's safe now so we start to drift back out in the cold darkness in our search for light.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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