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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

4.17 | 824 ratings

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4 stars Voilą!

This is the first TD album I ever purchased. At the time of release (which means a long, long time ago).

I was absolutely fascinated by these wonderful and magical spacey sounds from the title track. It was something I had never heard at the time (but I was only fifteen).

Of course, there are people who might tell you that this music is quite loose and full of improvisation (but I'll come back on this while reviewing the great ''Ricochet'' album) still, it brought me into some sort of ''second'' state of mind. ''Phaedra'' did the job in '74 and it still has the same attraction to my ears.

This album starts the most brilliant period of the band (that's my HHO) which will last till the wonderful ''Stratosfear''. I guess that if I loved this record so much at the time of release (and I still do), it is because of its relation with one of my Floyd's fave (ASOS of course). A difficult approach, but once you got there: you just belonged there.

The title track is of course overshadowing the second side but there are delicious moments as well available on side B. The best of all is probably the long and ? mysterious '' Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares''. A moving track which is on par with ''Phaedra'': it holds beautiful keyboards moments (but this is the least one can expect of TD): melodic, cold, and impressive. A second highlight.

IMHHO, this is an excellent album. It will lead to great things to come and IMHHO this is a truly innovative album. I just believe that there are not enough reviews for this album here on P.A. Of ''historical'' influence, this album is for sure a must.

I wouldn't rate it as a masterpiece (because of ''Movements'' and ''Sequent'') but four stars are damned legitimate. Better things are still ahead though.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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