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PERGAMON - LIVE AT THE 'PALAST DER REPUBLIK' GDR

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

4.23 | 121 ratings

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5 stars This is one of the best Tangerine Dream's albums! There is only 1 track per side. They are quite different: the side 1 is rather mellow, sounding New Age, opening with a beautiful melodic piano passage; it continues with helium-boosted floating keyboards textures; then, repetitive melodic sequencers begin through floating & dreamy keyboards: the ensemble is EXTREMELY hypnotic and spacy, being absolutely NOT linear nor monotonous. Actually, the side 1 is partly the Live experience of some parts of the Tangram album. On Tangram, it keeps you alert, but here, it transports you in another ethereal quiet world.

The side 2 is completely different, sounding more electronic rock: it starts with very psychedelic, strange & intense streams of keyboards; then, watch out: some repetitive melodic sequencers enter to prepare the arrival of Froese's heroic guitar: he goes in the high notes during more than 8 MINUTES!!!! Unbelievable! His sound is extremely echoed, hard rock and bold; his sound is amazingly clean and distortion-free. This guitar is played with passion, as reveal the numerous tremolos and the VERY sustained notes. This solo is all the time very well supported by Schmoelling's very rich rhythmic keyboards notes and by Franke's complex sequencers. This solo will remain forever as being an EXTREME one! An intense moment is when this solo turns into a keyboards sound: just before it happens, Froese really insistently sustains each note. Then, the solo is immortalized by a delightful set of melodic keyboards, and the ensemble reaches, with the excellent work of Schmoelling and Franke, very intense moments; it pleasantly ends with a gradual decrease of intensity, like if you were on the highway, driving at 140 km/h for 3 hours, then take an exit, and finally, very slowly, reduce your speed to zero.

EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED!

greenback | 5/5 |

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