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LIVEMILES

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.33 | 43 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Although the first side was recorded in the US, the public announcement is made in Spanish (pero estamos en Nuevo Mexico, no?).

As usual with TD, the audience had no clue of what they were going to experience while attending one of their concerts (I had the same feeling in '76 in Brussels) but it was most than often a good moment of music, so there is no need to be afraid.

This is again the case with "Live Miles". Although much less spacey than its great live predecessors, it is still a decent work of electronic music even if the upbeat modules from the first part are way too much "dance" oriented to my feel. But since it is combined with some beautiful and traditional (?) keys moments, I can still cope with them. But I won't be too laudatory, though.

The band released an awful lot of soundtrack in the eighties, and classic studio works combined with live material were not the highest priority for the band I guess. Still, they remained the most interesting efforts from that period IMHHO.

Now, to tell you that "Live Miles" is a masterpiece would be quite beyond my thoughts. In my TD enchantments, this album ranges to the likes of "Logos" but no more. Very few high profile parts, little emotion, lack of cold but sublime melodies. For these ones, the band already offered a lot and you can grab as much as you possibly can in their wide range of albums of which highlights are just plenty.

To name them here would consist of a long repetition of most of their albums to tell you the truth. But I wouldn't be so generous with this album: I have upgrade lots of TD works to the next level because there is no other option on PA, but "Live Miles" is just a good album with no need to mark it higher than three stars.

Sublime moments are quite absent, I'm afraid. The listener is at times confronted with pleasant passages (like the "Part I" closing). But these are quite too short, frankly.

In this aspect, I far much prefer the second leg which was recorded in Berlin (home syndrome to perform better maybe?). At least, I feel it more inspired and it corresponds more to the TD ambient philosophy to my ears.

Fine guitar parts, melodic keys and some kind of beauty emanates from this section. At no moment, could I feel the same earlier on in the album. The closing section is just SPLENDID though and fully corresponds with my TD standards.

The global picture still indicates that there is nothing from the other world out here. Nothing extraordinary as TD ought to deliver. But, hey! When one looks to their brilliant discography, there is no harm done at all. Just that this is not a great album. Just a good one deserving three stars. Of which the Berlin one deserves seven out of ten and Albuquerque only five.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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