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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1 Phaedra
CD1-1 Phaedra 17:36
CD1-2 Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares 9:41
CD1-3 Movements Of A Visionary 7:55
CD1-4 Sequent C' 2:18
Bonus Tracks (Steven Wilson 2018 Stereo Remixes)
CD1-5 Phaedra 17:37
CD1-6 Sequent C' 2:21
CD2 Phaedra Out-Takes
CD2-1 2nd Day 20:31
CD2-2 Flute Organ Piece 10:57
CD2-3 Phaedra Out-Take Version 2A 20:37
CD3-1 Phaedra Out-Take 1 11:43
CD3-2 Phaedra Out-Take 2B 5:42
CD3-3 2nd Side Piece 1 13:02
CD3-4 2nd Side Piece 2 9:17
CD3-5 Organ Piece 5:49
CD4 Live At The Victoria Palace Theatre, London (16th June 1974)
CD4-1 Victoria Palace Concert: Part 1 46:54
CD5-1 Victoria Palace Concert: Part 2 28:16
CD5-2 Victoria Palace Concert: Encore 13:01
CD6 Oedipus Tyrannus
CD6-1 Overture 10:58
CD6-2 Act 1 16:42
CD6-3 Act 2: Battle 10:05
CD6-4 Act 2: Baroque 8:53
CD6-5 Act 2: Zeus 5:39
CD6-6 Act 3 22:08
CD7 Live At The Rainbow, London (26th October 1974)
CD7-1 Introduction By John Peel 2:36
CD7-2 Rainbow Concert: Part 1 36:51
CD7-3 Rainbow Concert: Part 2 29:22
CD8-1 Rainbow Concert: Part 3 37:55
CD8-2 Rainbow Concert: Encore 12:27
CD9 Rubycon
CD9-1 Rubycon: Part 1 17:14
CD9-2 Rubycon: Part 2 17:35
Bonus Tracks
CD9-3 Rubycon (Extended Introduction) 15:04
CD10 The Royal Albert Hall, London (2nd April 1975)
CD10-1 Royal Albert Hall Concert: Part 1 70:33
CD11-1 Royal Albert Hall Concert: Part 2 40:13
CD11-2 Royal Albert Hall Concert: Encore 13:46
CD12 Ricochet
CD12-1 Ricochet: Part 1 16:59
CD12-2 Ricochet: Part 2 21:04
Bonus Tracks (Steven Wilson New Stereo Remixes)
CD12-3 Ricochet: Part 1 17:06
CD12-4 Ricochet: Part 2 21:21
CD13 Stratosfear
CD13-1 Stratosfear 10:33
CD13-2 The Big Sleep In Search Of Hades 4:27
CD13-3 3AM At The Border Of The Marsh From Okefenokee 8:48
CD13-4 Invisible Limits 11:25
Bonus Tracks
CD13-5 Coventry Cathedral (The Original Film Soundtrack) 34:02
CD13-6 Stratosfear (Single Edit) 4:17
CD13-7 The Big Sleep In Search Of Hades (Single Edit) 3:24
CD14 Encore
CD14-1 Cherokee Lane 16:24
CD14-2 Monolight 19:53
CD14-3 Coldwater Canyon 18:05
CD14-4 Desert Dream 14:47
Bonus Tracks
CD14-5 Encore 3:14
CD14-6 Hobo March 4:49
CD15 Cyclone
CD15-1 Bent Cold Sidewalk 13:07
CD15-2 Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender 5:02
CD15-3 Madrigal Meridian 20:30
Bonus Tracks
CD15-4 Haunted Heights 6:11
CD15-5 Baryll Blue 7:19
CD16 Force Majeure
CD16-1 Force Majeure 18:18
CD16-2 Cloudburst Flight 7:28
CD16-3 Thru Metamorphic Rocks 14:30
Bonus Tracks
CD16-4 Chimes And Chains 4:47

Disc 17 Phaedra (5.1 Surround Sound & 96 Khz / 24-bit Stereo Steven Wilson Mixes)
BR17-1 Phaedra 17:36
BR17-2 Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares 9:41
BR17-3 Movements Of A Visionary 7:55
BR17-4 Sequent C' 2:18
Oedipus Tyrannus (5.1 Surround Sound & 96 Khz / 24-bit Stereo
Steven Wilson Mixes)
BR17-5 Overture 10:58
BR17-6 Act 1 16:42
BR17-7 Act 2: Battle 10:05
BR17-8 Act 2: Baroque 8:53
BR17-9 Act 2: Zeus 5:39
BR17-10 Act 3 22:08
Disc 18 Ricochet (5.1 Surround Sound & 96 Khz / 24-bit Stereo Steven Wilson Mixes)
BR18-1 Ricochet: Part 1 17:06
BR18-2 Ricochet: Part 2 21:21
Bonus Visual Content
BR18-3 Tangerine Dream At Coventry Cathedral 27:50
BR18-4 Signale Aus Der Schwäbischen Strasse 44:44

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UMC ‎- 772 711-9
boxset compilation
released 14 Jun 2019

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Review by Warthur
5 stars This lavish boxed set offers up one of the most expansive explorations of Tangerine Dream's 1970s material during their stint at Virgin. As well as the officially released studio and live albums from that era - Phaedra, Rubycon, Ricochet, Stratosfear, Encore, Cyclone and Force Majeure - the set also offers much in the way of bonus material, including two discs of rough working material from the Phaedra sessions, a whole swathe of live performances from the time period, and an entire studio work - Oedipus Tyrannus - which hadn't seen the light of day before.

Oedipus Tyrannus is an interesting transitional piece between Phaedra and Rubycon, though calling it a 'lost album' is not quite accurate; composed as the soundtrack to a stage play, it is instead a forerunner of the group's lucrative byline in movie soundtracks which they'd get into by the end of the decade (notably, since it didn't come out on Virgin, the soundtrack to Sorcerer isn't on here). Sure, it's the spookiest and most ethereal soundtrack work they've done, given the after-echoes of Phaedra evident on it, but stuff like the battle sequence shows them perking up and showing more energy than typical for their long-form pieces at this time.

As far as the newly cleaned-up live shows go (with the exception of Ricochet and Encore), the Victoria and Rainbow concerts are dazzling improvisations from a group at the top of its form, having just produced Phaedra but with pieces like Zeit and Alpha Centauri still in its rear view mirror. Sheer spacy fun on both counts, with preludes of Rubycon on the latter. The Royal Albert Hall concert and the Coventry Cathedral performance (the latter of which is provided as a 34 minute bonus track on the Stratosfear remaster here) likewise provide a logical bridge between Rubycon and Ricochet.

The set overall seems to be a bit front-loaded; whilst there's stacks and stacks of delicious extra goodies from the Phaedra/Rubycon era in the form of live performances, Oedipus Tyrannus and the like, these extras fade away rapidly, with 1976-1979 more or less entirely represented by the albums released at the time (with a few bonus tracks here and there). Perhaps it was felt that between them Ricochet and Encore already provided enough coverage of the Tangerine Dream live experience in the second half of the decade. The set also doesn't include their soundtrack to Sorcerer - though few collections of the Virgin Years stuff do (if any) due to rights issues.

Nonetheless, such complaints are minor matters, the issues in question greatly offset by the riches on offer here. If you're already a major Tangerine Dream fan of this period, you might be tempted by this set anyway thanks to the loving restorations of the material, the nicely preserved live shows, and a whole gosh-darn studio double album's worth of unreleased Oedipal magic. If not, even though the box can be a bit of an investment, the sheer amount of bang you get for your buck here makes it worthwhile in my book.

Review by admireArt
5 stars As good as it could possibly go!

An up to date remastered Boxset/Compilation, (plus live unpublished works including the real soundtrack of "At Coventry Cathedral", plus an unofficially then, now officially published work "Oedipus Tyrannus/1974", plus some remasters of emblematic jewels sound engineered by Steven Wilson & additional unpublished outtakes from their masterworks), which recounts the amazing rise and sadly rapid downfall of one of the greatest Progressive Electronic ensembles there has been ( which Virgin records covered from 1973 to 1979, though Tangerine Dream as such began in 1970 with their debut album "Electronic Meditation" captained all way through by the long gone Edgar Froese), deserves, beyond my personal disregard for "Stratosfear", "Force Majeure "& "Cyclone", an easy 5 star rating.

Some sour cherries can´t spoil the cream of the crop.

In terms of money think of it as an investment rather than an expense, that it is how it will sound to your ears.

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