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Edgar Froese


Progressive Electronic

3.60 | 45 ratings

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3 stars Interesting collection of new compositions and leftovers from Stratosfear and Cyclone era, featuring the same sounds and drummer as on the Tangerine Dream Cyclone album. With a bit more scrutiny, Froese might have culled an excellent single album out of the abundance of material here. At full double album length, the album overstays its welcome a bit, unless you are a fan of course.

Metropolis sounds like a ceremonial march from Vangelis. It's not bad but too long, Froese did a much more successful 5 minute remix of this piece in 2005. Era of The Slaves is a nice addition to the concurrent TD albums. As usual with Froese, the moog sequencing is less developed and less challenging then Chris Franke's ventures with the instrument, making the track too monotone, even at 8 minutes. The mellotron is beautiful as usual.

The 21 minute Tropic of Capricorn runs very smooth in the first half, but the seconf half lacks the drive and inspiration to make it work. There is a gentle romantic piano section that loses some of its charm by the buzzing synths that are added on top of it.

Nights of Automatic Women is more fun. It's an obvious leftover from TD's Cyclone, featuring the same sequence and drums as Madrigal Meridian but I like the sound of the synths and Froese's improvisations here. Icarus sounds like another leftover, this time from TD's Sorcerer, some of the themes also bring Encore to mind. Not bad but too long.

After two shorter pieces, the closing Pizarro should sure be of interest. It sounds almost like a 1973 kraut excursion with muffled percussion, rhythmic guitar and mellotron. A 1977 buzzing bee synth improvises around the kraut drone.

Not a mandatory item but a very nice listen for fans of the 1976-1978 Tangerine Dream period. 3.5 stars

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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