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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.82 | 27 ratings

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3 stars An interesting idea - partly succeeding.

I am not at all a devotee of Electronic Music, the odd exception being a longtime preference for (selected) TD works. The sad reality is that the more I hear from the band, the less I appreciate what's on offer.

Whilst I am prepared to "endure" some of their longer tracks and just waiting for the "juicy" moments to come, I have always been tempted to get the software and edit the pieces to my liking. Herr Froese must have realized that I am not the only one and did the job himself.

Discs 1-3 contain excerpts from their earlier and more thoughtful works - ones I am very fond of - remixed in superb quality. Unfortunately, Herr Froese could not resist of interfering with the original material by overdubbing some tracks while removing bits that were an integral part of the originals. The end result is, shorter, more to the point excerpts and lesser musical value. Er, sometimes you just can't win... and I am holding onto the originals and will get that software some day. Still, discs 1-3 would make a good introduction to someone not familiar with TD.

Disc 4 is OST (soundtrack) territory and as such, totally forgettable in place of serious compositions.

Disc 5 contains tracks that I am not at all familiar with. At first (and last) listen, I am dealing with filler material here, hardly worth bothering with. The only exception is "Silver Scale" that would fit on "Tangram", or "Force Majeure". Elsewhere, the odd, interesting fleeting second just won't suffice.

Whilst here, I must add that some titles that refer to magnificent Australian landmarks, completely fail to capture the essence of such (yes, I live in Oz). This seems to be a recurring blemish on Froese's reputation for attaching an irrelevant tag on the latest tune recorded.

Discs 1-3 would probably deserve around 4, whereas discs 4-5 are barely qualify for 2.

Another example of where less material would have been more in overall effect.

BORA | 3/5 |


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