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Tangerine Dream


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4 stars REACTIVE/ESOTERIC 2012 Reissue

`Electronic Meditation' is often disowned by it's participants as `not being intended for release' and other such nonsense (although as Edgar Froese freely admits, he was more than happy to take the money!). This recording came at the end of two or more years of Tangerine Dream Mk I, although as Andy King's meticulously researched sleeve notes will tell you there had been a fair number of passing members of the band even by this point. The line-up who recorded Electronic Meditation would itself be a one off, featuring the mighty trio of Edgar Froese, a young Klaus Schulze and the more senior Conrad Schnitzler.

The album title is slightly misleading, and is somewhat at odds with the music, which is very characteristic of the `freak out' scene of the psychedelic clubs of the time. Schulze is the hyperactive drummer walloping his toms for all they are worth while Froese's wild guitar takes off on wings of fuzz and distortion. Elsewhere there are very obvious `Saucerful Of Secrets' Floydian organ chords creating a churchy atmosphere. The wild card is Schnitzler, who utilises all manner of frightful objects to interject with creaks, groans and unearthly shudders...

Somehow the album works better than it should. It is very cleanly recorded, and with very good separation on the instruments. The album works incredibly well as a snapshot of all of those legendary nights at the Zodiak and tales of 24 hour concerts in small rooms at deafening volume. It is by no means the Tangerine Dream the world knows as purveyors of sophisticated electronica, but a raw reminder of how the German scene developed in the late 60's and early '70's.

This new edition from Reactive is immaculately remastered and features a wealth of new archive material and very detailed biographical information, although no-one seems quite able to recall exactly where it was recorded ! Lost in the mists of time.....

beebfader | 4/5 |


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