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GREEN DESERT

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.28 | 94 ratings

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rgmeli64
3 stars After "Atem", TD suffered their first identity problem. There were 4 albums (one of them the double-lp "Zeit") and things weren´t working exactly as they liked, so ´73 was a strange year for the group.

While Baumann travelling in the East, Froese and Franke decided to record something at Berlin to present some music for the Virgin label, who had shown some interest in the group, always in order of their early ´70´s catalogue. They began experimenting with new equiptment, including a mamooth analog rhythm controller, minimoog and new phaser. Eventually all this new stuff allowed them to obtain drum machine-like sounds (there were not at that time) and to improve Franke´s sequencing technique that pretty soon would be a trademark of TD sound.

Musically the 4 pieces seems to be a catalogue of tone varaitions, balancing from the hipnotic rythms to the ambient and more relaxing ones. I think that it represents a stronger rupture with the AlphaC-Atem period than Phaedra did. Probably it fits better with Sorcerer and the final days of Baumann than with the chronologically next.

Historically it´s an important album ´cause it secured a five-year contract with Virgin, so they could use the advance income for purchasing new stuff - the most important the big Moog modular synth - and create their own universe in the following records.

i got this one as a part of a TD Box which contains - lp format - EM, Zeit, AC, Atem and this Green desert, as well as a booklet with information and photos. Sometimes, in a rainy afternoon, is a singular experience to hear all of them in order and let your mind reach another dimension.

rgmeli64 | 3/5 |

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