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Tangerine Dream


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4.28 | 319 ratings

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5 stars ''Tangerine Dream''. Live !

I was quite hooked with the band in the mid seventies starting with ''Phaedra''. After my purchase of ''Ricochet'', I attended one of their concert at the Brussels university (Paul Emile Janson Auditorium). It was on a cold winter evening: February 9, 1976.

What I discovered that night was quite different than what I could imagine. Most of the concert was almost pure improvisation and fantasy. I could hardly recognize parts of the musical pieces proposed. I remember that I had quite a mixed feeling at the time, because even if I spent some wonderful moments, I was quite unaware of such a ''jamming'' attitude.

For the ones who know the configuration of that auditorium (only old Belgian freaks can know that - hi Hughes), it was first intended for students who attended their lectures. So, there were longs rows of chairs (fixed in the ground), and in front of these a long desk to allow the students to take notes.

The evening of the concert, I can tell you that the atmosphere was quite ''foggy'' and that most of the audience had their heads on the desks and were probably tripping very, very high. Since I never took any substance (so far), I was looking at the band and listening to it in a crystal clear state of mind (but we were not many in this situation).

This is why ''Ricochet'' has a special meaning to me. It reminds me of this concert and a special period of my life (the best ones since I was a teenager).

In terms of music, I have to say that I prefer the wonderful ''Rubycon'' to this one. It was more ''organized'', more melodic and expressed more beauty. More feeling.

I have to confess that I consider side one of ''Ricochet'' only as good, no more. But hell! Side two is truly wonderful and do compete with the best works from this band. The TD essence is there, the magical spacey sounds are there. In one word: the great ''Tangerine Dream'' is there.

If I had to base my review on the pure music, I would rate it as a four star album; but there are so many souvenirs linked to this piece of music that I will add one more emotional star.

ZowieZiggy | 5/5 |


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