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Edgar Froese first formed The Ones in 1965. After several private concerts (notably at Salvador Dali's house), the band changes its name for Tangerine Dream.
After a first release featuring Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler "Electronic Meditation" (1969) Tangerine Dream will abandon aleatoric experimentations to concentrate on radical cosmic synth atmospheres. "Alpha Centauri" (1971) will be a landmark of the band's first explorations in electronic realms. Without a regular pulse but just with organ chords, a few manipulated guitar lines and synthesisers effects, "Alpha Centauri" remains an absolute epic and classic cosmic adventure. The following year, the contemplative "Zeit" represents a milestone, an abstract & timeless musical world. "Atem" (1973) whose line up (Froese / Franke / Baumann) will participate to TD's classic years until 1977 is an obscure and mind-blowing electronic symphony.

In 1973 start TD's classic & popular Virgin years. The captivating "Phaedra" contributes to the trademark sound of TD, with Moog arpeggio, pulsating sequencer patterns and powerful synthesisers sounds. An all time classic that launched the band's notoriety and career outside of Germany. Next to "Phaedra", "Rubycon", the live "Ricochet" and "Stratosfear" deliver ethereal and complex rhythmical soundscapes. In 1977, the band released the soundtrack of "Sorcerer" (directed by William Friedkin). A dark, moody atmospheric album (with a rather similar material used in previous albums). "Sorcerer" is also the last studio work with the classic TD line up. The vocalist Steve Joliffe and the drummer Klaus Krieger were employed for Paul Baumann's replacement and record "Cyclone". Disconcerted, the album is badly seen by the public and the critic despite that it introduced many interesting elements to TD's music. In 1979, almost in duet, Edgar Froese and Chris Franke record "Force Majeure".

In the 80s, TANGERINE DREAM knew a long and fruitful career in writing music for screen. The departure of Chris Franke in 1988 marks momentarily a hard blow to the band's musical creativity. During the 90s, TD published numerous live albums, soundtracks. Edgar Froese's son, Jerome integrates the band. They release several albums as "Melrose", "Rockoon"...

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Thief: Original SoundtrackThief: Original Soundtrack
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Chandra - The Phantom Ferry - Part IIChandra - The Phantom Ferry - Part II
Import
Imports 2014
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PhaedraPhaedra
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Finnegans WakeFinnegans Wake
Cleopatra 2013
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Virgin Years: 1977 - 1983Virgin Years: 1977 - 1983
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Electronic MeditationElectronic Meditation
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Esoteric 2012
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SorcererSorcerer
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  • Tangerine Dream at Hechal HaTarbut, Tel Aviv on 18 May 2014
  • Tangerine Dream at heichal hatarbut, tel aviv on 18 May 2014
  • PHAEDRA FAREWELL TOUR 2014 on 20 May 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM PHAEDRA Farewell Tour 2014 on 22 May 2014
  • Tangerine Dream Phaedra Farewell Tour on 23 May 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM PHAEDRA Farewell tour 2014 on 24 May 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM - PHAEDRA FAREWELL TOUR 2014 on 26 May 2014
  • Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 on 27 May 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM PHAEDRA Farewell tour 2014 on 28 May 2014
  • Tangerine Dream at Admiralspalast, Berlin on 30 May 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM PHAEDRA Farewell tour 2014 on 31 May 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM PHAEDRA Farewell tour 2014 on 1 Jun 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM PHAEDRA Farewell tour 2014 on 2 Jun 2014
  • Tangerine Dream at Gasometer, Wien on 3 Jun 2014
  • Phaedra Pharewell Tour on 4 Jun 2014
  • Tangerine Dream at Crocus City Hall on 6 Jun 2014
  • Tangerine Dream at Lensoveta Palace of Culture, St Petersburg on 7 Jun 2014
  • TANGERINE DREAM PHAEDRA Farewell tour 2014 on 9 Jun 2014

TANGERINE DREAM discography


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3.38 | 197 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.54 | 220 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.65 | 227 ratings
Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
1972
3.58 | 191 ratings
Atem
1973
4.16 | 504 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.27 | 558 ratings
Rubycon
1975
3.91 | 345 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.25 | 128 ratings
Sorcerer
1977
3.55 | 230 ratings
Cyclone
1978
3.96 | 295 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.82 | 185 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.46 | 147 ratings
Exit
1981
2.98 | 89 ratings
Thief
1981
3.10 | 120 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.44 | 140 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.55 | 25 ratings
Wavelength
1983
2.26 | 19 ratings
Risky Business OST
1983
3.10 | 33 ratings
Firestarter
1984
2.90 | 23 ratings
Flashpoint
1984
3.00 | 21 ratings
Heartbreakers
1985
2.64 | 76 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.72 | 111 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.27 | 86 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.15 | 37 ratings
Legend
1986
2.70 | 19 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.53 | 22 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.40 | 19 ratings
Three O'Clock High
1987
3.07 | 70 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.55 | 65 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.86 | 44 ratings
Lily On The Beach
1989
2.50 | 12 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can
1989
2.96 | 24 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.84 | 22 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
3.15 | 49 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.49 | 34 ratings
Canyon Dreams
1991
1.89 | 16 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1991
3.13 | 15 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.34 | 13 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin
1992
2.70 | 10 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff (The Man Inside)
1992
2.25 | 12 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.45 | 41 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.77 | 33 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
3.11 | 34 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.96 | 22 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
3.05 | 36 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.90 | 11 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.80 | 26 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
2.91 | 14 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
2.40 | 12 ratings
The Hollywood Years Vol.1
1998
2.16 | 12 ratings
The Hollywood Years Vol.2
1998
2.29 | 15 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.93 | 18 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes II
1998
2.04 | 15 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1998
3.25 | 28 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.08 | 12 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.40 | 17 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
1999
3.03 | 24 ratings
Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.71 | 22 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
2.68 | 10 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
2.75 | 16 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.95 | 17 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2004
3.82 | 29 ratings
Purgatorio (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2004
3.46 | 20 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.05 | 20 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.78 | 32 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.05 | 16 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
2.75 | 8 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
3.29 | 7 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
2007
2.56 | 9 ratings
One Times One
2007
3.43 | 23 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
3.23 | 25 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.15 | 15 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.50 | 6 ratings
Axiat
2008
3.12 | 12 ratings
Purple Dilluvial
2008
3.00 | 17 ratings
Booster
2008
2.29 | 15 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.30 | 18 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
3.33 | 18 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.58 | 14 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.56 | 23 ratings
Flame
2009
3.38 | 8 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry Part 1
2009
3.09 | 11 ratings
Endless Season
2010
1.12 | 7 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
3.63 | 16 ratings
Edgar Allan Poe's The Island of the Fay
2011
3.79 | 14 ratings
The Angel from the West Window
2011
3.53 | 19 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013

TANGERINE DREAM Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.22 | 222 ratings
Ricochet
1975
3.90 | 146 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.53 | 46 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.75 | 104 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.87 | 92 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.47 | 50 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.32 | 41 ratings
Livemiles
1988
3.11 | 29 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.30 | 19 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.39 | 20 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.11 | 8 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.63 | 13 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.33 | 16 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.39 | 19 ratings
Inferno (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2002
3.62 | 12 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.15 | 17 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.54 | 8 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.00 | 8 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
2.40 | 5 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.58 | 7 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.80 | 6 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.16 | 10 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.29 | 7 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.39 | 9 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.15 | 13 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.56 | 9 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.80 | 5 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
2.50 | 6 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
4.38 | 15 ratings
Paradiso (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2006
3.91 | 11 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
3.00 | 3 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
2.31 | 7 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
3.67 | 3 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013

TANGERINE DREAM Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.75 | 9 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.60 | 5 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.61 | 12 ratings
Live in America 1992
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
Dante's Inferno
2006
3.56 | 9 ratings
Tempodrom
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
One Night In Space - Live at the Alte Oper Frankfurt
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
Orange Odyssey - The Eberswalde Concert
2007
3.80 | 6 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.07 | 5 ratings
London Astoria Club Concert 2007
2007
2.67 | 3 ratings
The Epsilon Journey - Tangerine Dream plays Edgar Froese
2008
3.80 | 5 ratings
Loreley Night of the prog Festival Germany 2008
2008
4.53 | 6 ratings
Tangerine Dream - The London Eye Concert
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Lisbon
2010

TANGERINE DREAM Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 8 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.65 | 18 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
3.62 | 7 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.85 | 7 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
3.75 | 4 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.40 | 5 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.60 | 12 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.00 | 5 ratings
Dream Music
1992
2.50 | 4 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.77 | 15 ratings
Tangents
1994
2.40 | 5 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
2.25 | 4 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.19 | 8 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.50 | 7 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.67 | 3 ratings
Sea Of Dreams
1998
2.50 | 4 ratings
Luminous Visions
1998
3.29 | 6 ratings
The Analogue Space Years
1998
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Pink Years
1998
2.53 | 5 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
3.00 | 4 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
3.25 | 4 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
3.50 | 6 ratings
Tangerine Dream
1999
3.92 | 6 ratings
Tang-go
2000
3.96 | 7 ratings
Antique Dreams
2000
3.25 | 4 ratings
i-Box
2000
4.64 | 5 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
4.12 | 9 ratings
Nebulous Dawn (The Early Years)
2006
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Dante Arias Collection
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Dante Song Collection
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
2.83 | 6 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
3.00 | 4 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
3.00 | 5 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
2.75 | 4 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.00 | 4 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.67 | 6 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
3.50 | 2 ratings
Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973
2011

TANGERINE DREAM Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.76 | 10 ratings
Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
1966
3.95 | 20 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.60 | 5 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.50 | 4 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.17 | 4 ratings
Die Melodie Aus Dem Gleichnamigen
1982
4.00 | 3 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
3.33 | 3 ratings
Going West
1984
3.40 | 5 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
3.75 | 4 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
2.44 | 19 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.83 | 6 ratings
Space Flight Orange
2005
3.20 | 5 ratings
40 Years Roadmap To Music
2006
3.60 | 5 ratings
Metaphor
2006
3.67 | 6 ratings
One Night In Space
2007
4.17 | 6 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.76 | 8 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
2.96 | 6 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.33 | 6 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 558 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by BatBacon

4 stars I had actually forgot how exciting this album was until I heard it on my way home from work some days ago. I work in a small supermarket, stressful days and late nights. This night I was almost dying of tiredness, could hardly get my ass on the bus. I guess everyone has this kind of nights, so you probably know exactly what I mean. Then think of the feeling of finding a kind of comfortable seat in a almost empty bus. Its almost midnight and its completely dark outside the bus window, except for some street lights and a few cars passing by.

Usually I would listen to Dark side of the Moon or anything by Sigur Ros at nights like this, but this night I just happened to find some old and forgotten Tangerine Dream albums on my iPod. For some reason I remembered those as pretty hard to get into, a bit disturbing and noisy. "It was so long ago though", I thought and put Rubycon on play and it was a great soundtrack for my travel home.

This isn't an album like you usually know it (you know, with songs and [&*!#]), but then again you don't really expect an usual album from a german synth groupe in the 70s. That would be to simple. Here we have two songs only, but they stretch for over 17 minutes each. Also its hard to say if there really is so much happening in the songs. I guess it is, but slowly and very floaty. Trying to explain it in text would make a quite dry review, so Im not going to try that. A highly surreal painting would probably make more sense than a text, because thats what the record seems to be about. There is no story or any events here, this music is more like a journey to a very strange, some how hunting but very beautiful place. Its the kind of music you can almost see floating through the air, even though you couldn't possibly describe it to anyone.

To be a bit obiective about it (its very hard, but I´ll give it a try) this is probably not something you listen to every day, your brain would probably transform into a mushroom if you did (a quite fantastic mushroom with a smiling face though). This is something you listen to alone when its really late and you are too tired for anything advanced but still want something wonderful to fill your tired brain with. It sounds like Kraftwerk without structure, melody or vocals, which is exactly what you need sometimes.

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 Tangram by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.82 | 185 ratings

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Tangram
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by tdfloyd

5 stars After the exit of primary member Peter Baumann, Tangerine Dream creates a couple of albums with a real drummer and one of them even has lyrics. While both Force Majeure and Cyclone are very good , especially the former, TD reverts back to their glory days and becomes a band with three keyboardists again. They even go back to 2 side long tracks. but that is where the comparison ends. Johannes Schmoelling arrives and immediately his stamp on Tangram is unmistakeable. Almost gone is the icy spacey ness of Phaedra, and in comes a scheen, along with a more melodic soundscape. Brighter, upbeat and a bit catchy in spots, Tangerine Dream hits a sweet spot between space music and instrumental pop/ rock.

I really enjoy this album and rate it a weak 5 star album. It's the best of the Franke, Froese, Schmoelling lineup.

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 Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements' by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.65 | 227 ratings

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Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Xonty

5 stars Before I start, I should say it's extremely rare for me to give such a minimal album a 5-star rating, but this really deserves it! Very narrowly gets one, but the only electronic album I've given a 5-star review to.

Right, where to start reviewing "Zeit"? All 74 minutes consist of improvisation, very few melodies, no lyrics, and no concept of time whatsoever (in a way), and I'm guessing lots of people have gone on about the 7-minute cello intro to "Birth Of Liquid Plejades"? Therefore, I'll try to avoid going through each little sequence of notes, because you really have to experience such an almost otherworldly album to get to grips with it.

Definitely a very risky release and entirely pushing the boundaries of music, let along progressive rock. Although many of the themes on here are "kosmische" and distant, somehow it feels like a very personal album. Again, this may be because of the empathy of Tangerine Dream taking such a risk with it. The effects that the musicians use are just blissful, and there is such a magnificent atmosphere and tension throughout. Always something going on. Also, I'd like to give a hat-tip to Edgar Froese. His "glissando guitar" adds a greatly underestimated quality to "Zeit", and this album cover (painted by himself) is so hypnotic and broad. Feels larger than any other artworks in my collection, because of that bloated black circle centring the solar eclipse in the middle.

The album really requires many listens, and you need a lot of time to really be able to indulge yourself in it without being interrupted (not completed achieved by myself yet!). Unlike albums such as "Ommadawn" and "Agaetis Byrjun", you really have to get INTO the mood during your listen, unlike just being in the right mood to begin with, in my opinion. All sounds quite pretentious but this is an album of 4 self-indulgent 20-minute epics. One of the reasons I love it really. The titles of the music have been very well selected in my opinion, especially "Nebulous Dawn" and the title track. You can really get to experience the music more, and with each title making you think and investigate these extracts from "Largo", the album can be interpreted in so many different ways, almost completely different from the last time you heard it in some cases.

This album is an absolute favourite of mine, and my preferred Tangerine Dream album (the only one I have purchased up until now). The great Piero Scaruffi proclaimed this to be simply "their masterpiece and one of the most important albums of the time, a four-movement symphony which adopted a more electronic format and a looser concept of rhythm." summing it up excellently.

The last thing I'd like to say is that you shouldn't be at all put off by these many negative reviews and the length of "Zeit". Whilst this album does have a lot of lowly rated reviews compared to other electronic classics, look at some of the positive ones! Just as lots of 60s/psychedelic fans cannot comprehend "Trout Mask Replica", or how prog rock fans (like myself) struggle to look past the musical basics and understand the emotion behind indie albums like "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea", "Zeit" falls into the same unfortunate trap...

A-: Definitely a masterpiece, still way ahead of its time. If any of you listen to this for the first time and there is just some appeal to you, buy it! You won't regret it! :P

Birth Of Liquid Plejades: ***** Nebulous Dawn: **** Origin Of Supernatural Probabilities: **** Zeit: ****

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 Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1986
4.47 | 50 ratings

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Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Thandrus

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 bonus. The format is the same as in their previous live recordings - side long tracks only.

Side A is especially beautiful and may be their best live piece ever. I have the Amiga edition of this concert, given to me by my friend, who bought it at the local fair at app. $1. Funny, isn't it?

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 Ricochet by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1975
4.22 | 222 ratings

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Ricochet
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by sturoc

4 stars I must first correct a few of the above reviewers and then will move on to the review proper.

TD are not a Progressive Rock band They are in a category all their own .And I surprised they get recognized here on ProgArchives . But so be it. Great listeners know quality works of music when they hear it !

Chris Franke played drums on certain segments of compositions and tape playback during this concert /tour .He was actually a drummer prior to joining TD. He replaced of all people Klaus Schulze who had been TD's drummer at that time. Baumann did no drumming for TD. There are no overdubs during the mixing of Richocet the Lp was mixed from multiple performances in England and France during their autumn 1975 tour. The M400 Mellotron was played by Froese, Franke and Baumann at various times during a tour . They were two onstage depending on their state of readiness- note: they were not a very roadworthy instrument. The M400 can play simultaneous sounds. TD had custom tape banks made specifically for them so an inifnite number of instruments can be 'stacked' depending on what tape banks are used.

Now I will not pontificate of TD For they stand on their own and need no fanfare. So I will keep this review very brief.

Side 1 Richocet Pt 1: TD at the height of their sequencer use and still incorporating percussion as they have on earlier epics. Froese's elect guitar is even more prominent during this period. Waves of drumming resound thru out the first half then quickly die away awash in early electronics.

Side 2 Richocet Pt 2: Trademark TD Mellotron flute and piano here in the intro. These themes and motifs will be influencing the next tour and future recordings such as Stratosphere, Encore (the 2nd Live lp for them- a double Lp !) TD's Mellotron flute carries one off to the shoulder of Orion and then drops them into a deep melancholy world of longing.

Enough said now listen, alone in a quiet room or outside gazing at the star filled night.....

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 Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements' by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.65 | 227 ratings

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Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by agla

5 stars With " Zeit " Tangerine Dream create a space epic, "2001: A Space Odyssey" style, dedicated to the philosophical concept of time. With this cd they perfected the insights, which had begun to explore in " Alpha Centauri ", long suites for cosmic electronic synthesizers. " Zeit " is a real "trip" electronic no melody, and very minimal, that hypnotizes all the time! Perhaps the same Tangerine they wanted to keep playing this " mantra " electronic without pause! " Zeit ' came out' in a double vinyl and already the dark cover foreshadowed interplanetary travel and cosmic dark atmosphere . The album is divided into four movements and it starts with " The Birth of Liquid Plejades " The sound of the cello makes you get up from the floor for seven minutes, you can hear the influence of Ligeti and his compositions for string quartet, then enters the Moog played by the distinguished guest Florian Fricke and the mind begins to make a journey into inner space aided by a minimal and transcendent synth, as long as the song ends abruptly, leaving a feeling of awakening from a nightmare magmatic and hypnotic . The journey continues with the dark " Neboulous Dawn," the representation of the rising of the dawn nebula, on some planet that does not belong to our galaxy. The reverberations of the VCS3 synth of Franke and Baumann, and the generator of Froese reach the goal, coming slowly in the psyche of the listener. " Origin of Supernatural Probabilities " is the third movement which opens the second side and begins quietly with the chords of the guitar, continuing in an incredible journey with synthetic beats and sounds of the cosmos, always played by the generator of Froese: a song worthy of a saga -dark SF, between galaxies and uncharted worlds. The title track " Zeit " closes this epic sci-fi in a dramatic atmosphere, it looks like the soundtrack of an astral disaster. This is the track most minimal and dark cosmic of cd, which could continue indefinitely if not culminate unfortunately the end to wake up from this trip cathartic and enlightening. Few records like " Zeit " marked a turning point in the history of electronic music of '900, setting new standards, that is where all the electronic music from ambient up to industrial have taken inspiration. A incredible work that should not be missed in any collection.

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 Under Cover - Chapter One by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2010
1.12 | 7 ratings

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Under Cover - Chapter One
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

1 stars An album of Top-40 covers...from Tangerine Dream? An even better question might be: Why not? But the answer to the second question should be obvious after hearing only a few tracks. The project apparently began as a backstage joke. Expecting fans to pay for such a feeble punch line wasn't, however, very funny.

Some of the song selections almost make sense, at least on paper. Tangerine Dream covering PINK FLOYD ('Wish You Were Here') could have provided a fitting homage to one of Edgar Froese's earliest Space Rock role models. And Tangerine Dream playing KRAFTWERK ('The Model') should have been a slam dunk: one pioneering elektronische musik group paying tribute to another.

But the results are almost unrecognizable, and not in a good way. Nobody wants a cover song to be a karaoke copy of the original. But to render such lightweight commercial material even more insubstantial suggests a total collapse of aesthetic perception, unless the joke runs even deeper than I thought. The soft-focus schmaltz in every arrangement carries a hint of satire, with each song layered in enough synthetic sugar to frighten Hansel and Gretel. Need your fix of musical aspartame? Check out the soporific reading of the Eagles hit 'Hotel California'. Or the bombastic club mix of the Chris Isaak ballad 'Wicked Games'. Or the disco-fried 'Norwegian Wood'.

It can't be easy keeping track of Tangerine Dream's mammoth discography. But after a bite of this plastic turkey even diehard fans may not even bother anymore. File the effort in the 'What Were They Thinking' box: the porcelain one, with the tankful of water. And if it was truly intended as a parody of pop music fashions, the biggest laugh might be the album's ominous sub-title: 'Chapter One', a promise (or a threat) of more to come.

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 Phaedra by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.16 | 504 ratings

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Phaedra
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by obiter
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4 stars The quintessential Tangerine Dream experience. Purely electronic, no lyrics, a flow of interlacing sequencer arpeggios.

For the modern ear this is trance/space before it was invented by whoever it is in the 90s has claimed credit for it.

What to do while getting in the mood for this (not in the Glenn Miller or Rush sense): hug kittens and trees and lie outside watching the stars wheel in the sky. I reckon this album is another one for the isolation tank and incense.

Despite some of the sound effects I am reliably informed that no puppies were strangled during the last third of the title track.

Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares reminds me of a few dodgy sci-fi movies where we are meant to be overawed by the passing of some mammoth inter-stellar space craft (or backing the animation of a dying star/decaying planet's orbit: may sound weird but you'll get it if you listen to it). I'm shallow I was suitably awestruck.

Movements of a Visionary has some of those bubbly effects that are the meat and drink of hardened Ozrics fans. I love this but, I'm always yearning for Ed Wynne to take it to the next level.

Sequent C is simply haunting.

Given a choice between Phaedra and Rubycon I'd take Phaedra every time but that's just me. I feel Rubycon is essential and this masterpiece is an excellent addition to any prog collection. But like I say: I'd pick this every time.

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 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 558 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by obiter
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5 stars I've shied away from reviewing this album for a few years.

The real issue is being prepared to set aside time to allow yourself to get involved: suspend the disbelief and engage. If you approach this with a double expresso and a furrowed brow you will miss the point.

This is room lights out, slouch into the massive bean bag amidst the wafting dry ice and pulsing mood lighting album. Better yet an isolation tank with sandalwood incense burning. Ride on your lilo and drift in a sea of sound. The only distraction is having to change the record over. This is one of the reasons to have gone the extra mile on the deck and cartridge.

Since I've misplaced my TARDIS it's hard to really ascribe to this album the significance it deserves. (Although at times it does sound like a 70s Dr Who soundtrack)/

It's hard to imagine anyone who is into prog not having listened to this album a few dozen times. Obviously the lyrics are challenging and mind-altering (as if): this is Tangerine Dream: tighter lipped than Ozrics.

Essential: of course it is. Will you like it? Can't say. Music is like wine: we all have our different tastes. something may be complex and highly regarded: you may hate it. Same goes for Rubycon.

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 Turn Of The Tides by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.77 | 33 ratings

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Turn Of The Tides
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Chicapah
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The outfit known as Tangerine Dream is without a doubt the longest-lived prog band in existence that I have unwittingly and without good reason avoided giving a fair listen. As a musical entity, they've been around since 1967 and, like the Energizer bunny, are still going so it's with a smidgen of embarrassment that I meekly own up to my stark ignorance of their art. A lot of that stems from their genre, progressive electronic. That's never been a magnet for my ears because I prefer vocals and lyrics in my prog rock diet but it's not like I have something against instrumentals in general. On the contrary, I've always been a huge fan of classical symphonies in addition to considering myself a jazz rock fusion buff so it may just be a matter of not being exposed to that much of it more than anything else. I do recall seeing their intriguing album covers sticking out in the record bins back in the 70s and being curious about what it was this odd bunch did, exactly, but I was never enticed enough to shell out my sparse lettuce for one of their LPs. Plus, none of my musician cronies ever said boo about them so they were far from being the talk of the town, so to speak. By doing a little web research recently I quickly learned that one multitalented guy named Edgar Froese is the sole survivor of all the incarnations of the group and, therefore, is the main mastermind that the band revolves around to this day. And, in case you're like me and didn't know squat about them, this is a Germanic combo. In fact, the roster of members and guest artists that have been associated with Tangerine Dream over the decades reads like a list of participants in an accordion-playing contest held at a Midwestern town's Oktoberfest. Just sayin'. Lotta folks coming and going through the studio door, for sure. Anyway, I read that the group was a lot more experimental in the 70s and 80s, did a lot of movie soundtracks for flicks like 'Risky Business' and 'Firestarter' along the way and swerved over into the realm of electronica in the 90s. (I'm still not sure what the 'electronica' connotation means, precisely, but I'm okay with that.) Honestly, I was just hoping to hear some cool stuff.

When I finally decided to sample their wares I was bedazzled by their enormous body of work so I took the old dartboard approach and picked an album at random. 1994's 'Turn of the Tides' got the luck of the draw. The first thing I heard was a peal of thunder, some rain and horse hooves clopping down a cobbled street, all of which were accompanying the familiar theme of Mussorgsky's 'Picture at an Exhibition.' I wasn't sure what to make of that scenario but the music turned out to be a rather straightforward, synthesized rendition of that composer's famously regal score. Not a bad way to start, I figured. 'Firetongues' is next and it opens with an ominous drone before entering into an Alan Parsons Project-styled motif propelled by Edgar's strong, active drum track. A flourish of Flamenco acoustic guitar provides an exciting edge and a true focal point. I really like the overall ambience of their sound, as well. The number was written by Froese's son, Jerome, who had joined the cast in 1990 so it seems that the tangerine didn't fall far from the tree if you catch my drift. Junior also composed the next cut, 'Galley Slave's Horizon,' a song wherein the plodding pace doesn't drag the momentum down too much and the heavily stacked electric guitars fill up the spaces nicely. About halfway through it drops down to a piano-led atmospheric passage that contains a cavernous depth of field (something I always dig). After that the drums reenter to establish a moving rhythm reminiscent of what Sade does so effortlessly. My only complaint is that the adventurous guitar work is buried too far down in the mix to be effective.

Edgar's 'Death of a Nightingale' sports a beautiful modern Asian texture that sets a serene, meditative tone from the start. Linda Spa's soprano sax is a perfect fit and the tune eases along like a peaceful stream. This piece deserves repeated listens. Jerome's 'Twilight Brigade' follows and the light, funky drums strutting under its lush soundscape help to distinguish it from the other cuts but it runs into trouble at the midway point when some ill-advised guitar licks spoil the scenery. Since Edgar, Jerome and some dude named Zlatco Perica are all listed as guitarists it's difficult to finger the perpetrator but it almost sounds like they accidentally left a scratch guitar track in because there are several bad notes that are unnecessarily foisted upon the listener without cause. Other than that rude gaffe I found myself waiting for something to surprise me in the arrangement but it never happened. Jerome's 'Jungle Journey' is next and, while it wasn't what I anticipated due to its title, it's not a big letdown per se. It possesses more of a techno dance groove than the African aura one would expect and, while interesting at times, it's not particularly engaging, either. Edgar's 'Midwinter Night' is decent. It's a simple but warm ballad supplemented by Spa's tender saxophone ride and, all in all, it's not intended to be a jab when I tell you it's unobtrusive music to read a book by. 'Turn of the Tides' brings up the rear. A mysterious intro leads to a Latin disco throb that persists throughout most of the song. Brassy synthesizers hog the spotlight for a while and then the number evolves to project a more ethereal mode toward the end where choir-like voices waft about.

As I indicated earlier in this review, I'm a novice when it comes to this brand of instrumental prog. I really like what Camel did on their 'Snow Goose' album and, at times, this sorta reminds me of the amiable spirit that inhabits that excellent record. I recently discovered the minimalist genius contained in some of Brian Eno's work so I'm slowly but surely widening my horizons by venturing farther into this wing of the prog museum. I guess Vangelis and Kraftwerk are bound to be sitting somewhere on my need-to-hear list, too. While this record didn't exactly wow me I did find it enticing enough to want to hear more from them. While admittedly not all that invigorating or energizing, I can still appreciate their acumen and the professional level of musicianship involved so I'm somewhat satisfied with the final product. 2.8 stars.

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