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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

4.25 | 846 ratings

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3 stars Tangerine Dream - Rubycon (1974)

The German electronic revolution brought about some strong groups, Tangerine Dream being perhaps the most famous of them. After a period of experimentation and leaning a bit on Pink Floyd's inventions (think of sounds, equipment use, etc.) the band came with avant- garde/experimental 'Zeit', just before their most celebrated progressive electronic period started with records like 'Pheadra' and 'Rubycon'.

In this period, the band would combine its root with its avant experimentation and create atmospheric and slightly melodic electronic albums. Recognisable features are the melody-in- loop (like on Pink Floyd's 'Learning to Fly') and the spacey mellotron & synthesizer sounds that come from both right and left. The sound is a bit muddy, but it helps to create the abstract & dark atmospheres the music is expressing. The album has no weak moments, but nothing is too recognisable or memorable either in my humble opinion. Some composition would not have hurt.

Conclusion. Recommended album for fans of electronic 'progressive' music, but not a memorable masterpiece of any kind in my opinion. Somehow the distinctiveness and melodic passages of pieces like J.M. Jarre's 'Equinox' are still more attractive for me. The small three and a halve rating for this one.

friso | 3/5 |


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