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PERGAMON - LIVE AT THE 'PALAST DER REPUBLIK' GDR

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4.45 | 61 ratings | 6 reviews | 46% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Quichotte, Part One (23:33)
2. Quichotte, Part Two (22:38)

Total Time: 46:11

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Line-up / Musicians

- Edgar Froese / keyboards, guitars
- Chris Franke / keyboards
- Johannes Schmoelling / keyboards

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Originally released as "Quichotte" in 1980 by Amiga in East Germany / Virgin LP 1986 /Essential-Castle CD 1996

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4.45
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(46%)
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Review by greenback
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
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!

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Posted Thursday, December 29, 2005

Review by Chris S
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4 stars This is the defining live album from TD in the 1980's. Live Miles is good but Pergamon, recorded live in East Germany in 1986 is an abundantly strong piece of music. It is comprised of two halves, " Quichotte Part 1" and " Quichotte Part 2". The first piece is largely based on the Tangram Set themes, and as this was one of their top five studio releases, then you won't be left dissappointed. " Quichotte Part 2" however is the real jewel, the atypical build up from all TD members until Edgar Froese plays which must undoubtedley rank as one of his best guitar solo's this reviewer has ever heard him play. All the time Schmoelling and Franke's input of equally high standard. There is also a Force Majeure feel to this piece as well which hearks back to their peak from a creative standpoint. The energy on this album throbs and pulses and guarantees to get your adrenalin going. Best played loud. I cannot praise this enough, four and a half stars!

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Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
5 stars It's a fact that in the 80s the live stage is where Tangerine Dream are able to place good music. In addition, this is the re-release of the "Quichotte" live album from a concert of, I think, 1980.

It's probably because after a number of movie soundtracks that were, as PA defines, good but non-essential, and sometimes neither good, that this album appeared to me like a miracle.

Not only we are back to a suite divided into two side-long tracks because of the limitations of the vynil, the initial piano riff shows how skilled the band members are and this is something that doesn't happen very often: TD music doesn't leave room to solos or virtuosity and the first minutes of Quichotte are a spectacular exception.

The music has a bit of the newage mood that will be quite a constant later in the 80s, but it's still on the chords of Ricochet or Cyclone.

Surely the best TD release of the 80s, the last to have some psychedelic and spacey moments.

No more words. An album strongly recommended to everybody.

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Posted Friday, September 09, 2011

Review by tszirmay
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5 stars Beloved older brother of the Poland album !

Pergamon is the highest rated Tangerine Dream album, a significant indication that these Berliners were no studio twiddlers only but could garnish a stage with their elaborate electronic rock. In fact they have proven themselves rather brilliantly on a series of live renditions from Ricochet, Encore, Poland and this stunner! The opening piano work is a new revelation for the band and it delicately leads with guide-like precision through the ultra- ironically titled "Quichotte" suite and into the farthest celestial horizons. Being West Berliners and sensing the approaching downfall, they must have felt exhilarated to play to fellow countrymen sadistically separated by an inward-firing windmill of death, a few deadly meters the gulf between two distinct yet brethren universes. Not just Reagan but music could "tear down that wall" of artistic freedom, which can only survive in a free, albeit at times faulty society. East Bloc musicians had a hell of a time in between arrests from the secret police in asserting their musical vision, using innuendo, irony and creative humor in vilifying a system that was pure ideology and little else. The DDR must have been extremely leery of these surely imperialist spies on keyboards but the people's mood was to revolt and the agreement was surely a compromise, good-will gesture from the dour Erich Honecker., head of the German socialist paradise.

So Live at "the Palast der Republik" recorded in 1980 and released in 1986 is an entirely symphonic affair, with unusual latitude given to tones that are not always profuse with the band such as flute settings on the synths and denser bass synth programming throughout. The textures are silky as opposed to experimental, almost classical with hefty allotment for form over substance. When Edgar picks up his guitar on the second track, the inexorable electric squeals must have been heart-stopping, drenched in echo-like despair, all platformed by Franke's rhythmic onslaught and Schmölling's more traditional yet sparkling piano, e-piano and synth leads. I mean, wow! I am sure many an audience member thought" I have been missing out on THIS!" or "THIS was verboten?", and things changed, piece by little piece, everywhere in the Warsaw Pact at the same time. A final series of solos are evidently exalted in its bliss, portraying a new approaching dawn. What a thrill!

Just like with Poland barely 3 years later, the scene must have been a surreal atmosphere of endless contrasts from the icy cold imprisonment to the bristling heat of renewal, from elegant piano to bubbling synthesizes gasps and shearing guitar leads. A rapt audience of mostly party officials hypnotized by musical travel and sonic exploration, where the only visa requirement was a ticket to the show. They went home, dreamed tangerine and vowed to implode their system (hey Egon Krenz, the two Gunthers, Schabowski and .Kleiber! How ya doin'?).

And who says that music cannot change the world!

If you ever need to choose 1 Tangerine Dream album, let it be this one.

5 crying Vopos.

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Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Review by richardh
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4 stars A perhaps overlooked Tangerine Dream live recording that captures them almost at their peak.Johannes Schmoelling had just joined Froese and Franke and here gives their music a real shot in the arm.Within electronic music this trio has never been bettered IMO. Stylistically this is similar to their other release in the same year Tangram.The first part opens with an extended electric piano section that is like Tangram Part One.Here they develop it a bit more.The second part is more electronic driven but also features some nifty guitar work that takes it all up another level.Great stuff and ideal for the headphones.Safe 4 star album that as far as live Tangerine albums go is only slightly behind Ricochet and Poland but on a par with the excellent Logos and Encore.One to add to your collection without doubt

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5 stars Really, a stunning album. Although one might have contradictory impressions about TD's studio albums from 80's, the live recordings are all killers. Here the band presents itself as gloriously as in Ricochet and Encore, but a bit of new age melodic sensibility constitutes a really welcome musical bo ... (read more)

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