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ATLANTIC BRIDGES

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

2.49 | 5 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars A smooth crossing

"Atlantic bridges" is the first of two compilations of material taken from Tangerine Dream's Melrose period in the late 1980's and first half of the 90's. Unfortunately, there is no indication on the sleeve that it is a compilation, giving the misleading impression that this and the following "Atlantic walls" are new works. The source albums include "Optical Race", "Lily on the Beach", "Melrose", "Rockoon", "Turn of the Tides", "Tyranny of Beauty" (1995) "Dream Mixes I & II" and one track from "Timesquare (Dream Mixes Vol. 2)".

These albums are to be plundered on a regular basis for compilations, for some reason there are many more collections with tracks such as these than of the band's earlier period. I suspect this is due to TDI music, the band's official in house label appear to now own the copyright to these albums but not to those on Virgin etc.

The albums are rather tame affairs when compared with the band's early work, devoid of the experimentation and pioneering sounds which made the Tangs a band to be admired and revered. They tend to be smooth, bordering on the ambient, and sailing ever closer to the new age style which Rick Wakeman found so alluring around the same time. Titles such as "Long Island sunset", "Paradise cove" and "Turn of the tides" give a good idea what to expect.

My version of this and the accompanying "Atlantic Walls" is a re-release on the Noble Price label. The packaging is truly appalling, with no details of the albums the tracks come from, of the band members, or even of the year of release. The sleeve illustration is of a lot of coloured boxes, with not a bridge or a picture of the Atlantic Ocean in sight. I am at a loss therefore to explain the title other than to assume that it is to do with the Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles studio connection vs. German roots of the band.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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