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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

4.17 | 823 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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5 stars In general I write tons of reviews about symphonic prog but in fact I should write more about electronic music because I love this genre since the mid-Seventies. My electronic taste is only restricted to Seventies albums by Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Neuronium and Synergy and I am delighted about Cosmic Hoffmann and a bunch of new electronic bands like Free System Project, Red Shift, Airsculpture, Return To The Origin and Rudy Adrian, obviously inspired by ... Phaedra!

For me this album is on the same innovative and exciting level as A Farewell To Kings by Rush, El Patio by Triana and Santana his eponymous debut LP. Listening to Phaedra I try to imagine how mindblowing it must have been when the electronic aficionados heard it for the first time: four compositions (between 2 and 17 minutes) with unique aural landscapes featuring ominous Mellotron layers (wonderful violin-Mellotron waves in Mysterious Semblance..), pulsating sequencers, weird and spacey synthesizer sounds, some psychedelic sounding Farfisa organ (in Movements Of Visionary) and amazing interplay between the three keyboard players Franke, Froese and Baumann. OK, it's not everybody's cup of tea, many would say "boring" but I prefer to describe it as "hypnotizing" and "compelling".

For me it's unique music that still succeeds to generate lots of excitement!

erik neuteboom | 5/5 |


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