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Tangerine Dream biography
Formed in Berlin, Germany in 1967 - Still active as of 2018

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...
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TANGERINE DREAM discography


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TANGERINE DREAM top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.35 | 321 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.55 | 352 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.65 | 386 ratings
Zeit
1972
3.57 | 307 ratings
Atem
1973
4.17 | 787 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.25 | 909 ratings
Rubycon
1975
3.97 | 540 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.34 | 209 ratings
Sorcerer (OST)
1977
3.64 | 352 ratings
Cyclone
1978
4.02 | 469 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.94 | 306 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.49 | 244 ratings
Exit
1981
3.20 | 158 ratings
Thief (OST)
1981
3.22 | 202 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.48 | 229 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.77 | 59 ratings
Wavelength (OST)
1983
3.08 | 67 ratings
Firestarter (OST)
1984
2.94 | 52 ratings
Flashpoint (OST)
1984
2.90 | 43 ratings
Heartbreakers (OST)
1985
2.81 | 138 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.73 | 187 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.31 | 132 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.27 | 71 ratings
Legend (OST)
1986
2.89 | 43 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.55 | 40 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.72 | 36 ratings
Three O'Clock High (OST)
1987
3.03 | 99 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.71 | 114 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.85 | 77 ratings
Lily On The Beach
1989
2.95 | 52 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.81 | 44 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
2.41 | 22 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can (OST)
1989
1.95 | 28 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1990
2.94 | 85 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.50 | 70 ratings
Canyon Dreams (OST)
1991
2.60 | 29 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.23 | 24 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin (OST)
1991
2.41 | 20 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff / The Man Inside (OST)
1991
2.17 | 22 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.46 | 71 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.74 | 64 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.80 | 63 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.92 | 34 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
2.90 | 64 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.90 | 23 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.19 | 44 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
3.03 | 29 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
1.77 | 28 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1997
3.33 | 33 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes 2
1998
2.72 | 32 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.62 | 13 ratings
Quinoa
1998
3.26 | 53 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.41 | 25 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.37 | 29 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
2000
3.04 | 38 ratings
The Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.70 | 41 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
3.26 | 34 ratings
Inferno
2002
2.62 | 20 ratings
The Melrose Years
2002
2.77 | 31 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.95 | 28 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2003
3.58 | 51 ratings
Purgatorio
2004
3.51 | 35 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.11 | 34 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.92 | 52 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.07 | 29 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
3.84 | 31 ratings
Paradiso
2006
3.18 | 17 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
2.65 | 17 ratings
One Times One
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Destination Berlin
2007
3.38 | 37 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
3.01 | 44 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.13 | 29 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.10 | 20 ratings
Purple Diluvial
2008
2.66 | 25 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.66 | 28 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
2.94 | 31 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.71 | 26 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.51 | 32 ratings
Flame
2009
3.61 | 22 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part I
2009
3.33 | 9 ratings
Winter In Hiroshima
2009
2.31 | 7 ratings
Dream Mixes 5 [Aka: DM V]
2010
3.18 | 22 ratings
The Endless Season
2010
1.48 | 26 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
3.58 | 47 ratings
The Island Of The Fay
2011
3.45 | 29 ratings
The Angel From The West Window
2011
2.63 | 13 ratings
Finnegans Wake
2011
3.44 | 38 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
3.78 | 13 ratings
The Castle
2013
3.06 | 15 ratings
The Cinematographic Score GTA 5
2014
3.08 | 12 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part II
2014
3.86 | 52 ratings
Quantum Gate
2017
3.20 | 16 ratings
Light Flux
2017

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

4.34 | 349 ratings
Ricochet
1975
3.94 | 239 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.81 | 83 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.80 | 179 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.99 | 155 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.26 | 111 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.33 | 66 ratings
Livemiles
1988
2.96 | 55 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.29 | 30 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.39 | 31 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.09 | 13 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.64 | 26 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.70 | 28 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.59 | 20 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.32 | 34 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.48 | 15 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.11 | 17 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
3.00 | 11 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.41 | 15 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.73 | 11 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.14 | 16 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.13 | 12 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.86 | 18 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.06 | 18 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.73 | 13 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.36 | 6 ratings
Brighton - March 25th 1986
2005
2.31 | 7 ratings
Cleveland - June 24th 1986
2005
3.00 | 9 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Tangerine Dream
2006
3.57 | 11 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
2.67 | 3 ratings
Orange Odyssey
2007
2.67 | 3 ratings
One Night in Space
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
Loreley
2008
2.67 | 3 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live @ Dussmann Berlin
2009
3.71 | 17 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
2.83 | 6 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
3.83 | 6 ratings
Zeitgeist Concert
2010
2.67 | 3 ratings
Knights of Asheville
2011
2.67 | 3 ratings
The Gate of Saturn (Live at the Lowry Manchester 2011)
2011
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live at Admiralspalast Berlin
2012
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live In Budapest at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
2012
2.67 | 21 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
3.00 | 9 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
3.91 | 14 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
3.22 | 9 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume One
2015
3.20 | 5 ratings
Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014
2015
3.38 | 10 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume Two
2016
4.11 | 9 ratings
Live at Philharmony Szczecin-Poland 2016
2016
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Sessions 1
2017
4.00 | 7 ratings
The Sessions 2
2018
3.27 | 6 ratings
The Sessions III
2018
3.75 | 7 ratings
The Sessions IV
2018
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series - Volume Three
2019
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live at Augusta Raurica Switzerland 2016
2019
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Sessions V
2019

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

3.73 | 14 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.90 | 10 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.95 | 18 ratings
Live in America 1992
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Inferno
2004
3.67 | 6 ratings
Dante's Inferno
2006
3.67 | 12 ratings
Tempodrom
2006
3.57 | 7 ratings
One Night In Space - Live at the Alte Oper Frankfurt
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
Orange Odyssey - The Eberswalde Concert
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
35th Phaedra Anniversary Concert
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975
2007
3.75 | 7 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.07 | 5 ratings
London Astoria Club Concert 2007
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
The Epsilon Journey - Tangerine Dream plays Edgar Froese
2008
3.67 | 7 ratings
Loreley Night of the prog Festival Germany 2008
2008
4.26 | 10 ratings
Tangerine Dream - The London Eye Concert
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Izu (Live In Japan 2009)
2010
3.25 | 4 ratings
Live In Lisbon
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Budapest at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Admiralspalast Berlin
2013
5.00 | 2 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - London
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
Revolution of Sound
2017

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

4.80 | 10 ratings
Alpha Centauri/Atem
1976
4.65 | 17 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.69 | 28 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
4.50 | 4 ratings
In the Beginning
1986
3.49 | 16 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.76 | 15 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
3.86 | 7 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.67 | 9 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.85 | 23 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.17 | 10 ratings
Dream Music
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
(3)
1992
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.85 | 24 ratings
Tangents
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Collection
1994
2.50 | 6 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
2.43 | 7 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.19 | 12 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.48 | 12 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.47 | 17 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 1
1998
2.28 | 17 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 2
1998
2.88 | 8 ratings
Luminous Visions
1998
3.25 | 8 ratings
The Analogue Space Years
1998
2.86 | 7 ratings
The Pink Years
1998
2.52 | 8 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
3.00 | 7 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dream Dice
1998
2.25 | 4 ratings
Sea Of Dreams
1998
3.33 | 6 ratings
Tangerine Dream
1999
3.89 | 8 ratings
Tang-go
2000
3.94 | 12 ratings
Antique Dreams
2000
3.56 | 9 ratings
i-Box
2000
4.50 | 6 ratings
Dream Sequence
2000
4.35 | 8 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
An Introduction to...
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
High Voltage
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Lamb with Radar Eyes
2004
4.75 | 4 ratings
The Essential
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Collection
2006
4.12 | 16 ratings
Nebulous Dawn (The Early Years)
2006
3.00 | 6 ratings
The Dante Arias Collection
2007
3.00 | 6 ratings
The Dante Song Collection
2007
3.17 | 6 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
3.17 | 12 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
3.17 | 6 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
3.00 | 8 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.25 | 8 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.71 | 7 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
3.00 | 9 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
DM 2.1
2007
2.75 | 4 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Antique Dream Land
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Very Best of Tangerine Dream
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 2
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Vintage Years Anthology
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Electronic Magic of Tangerine Dream
2008
3.00 | 22 ratings
Booster
2008
3.43 | 7 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
3.22 | 9 ratings
Axiat
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2009
3.50 | 4 ratings
Booster 3
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ballads
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Power and Motion
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Cool Races
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Vintage Vanguard
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Independent Years
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Electronic Journey
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Run to Vegas
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ride on the Ray; The Blue Years Anthology 1980-1987
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Booster 4
2011
4.71 | 15 ratings
The Virgin Years 1974-1978
2011
4.00 | 6 ratings
Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973
2011
4.60 | 10 ratings
The Virgin Years 1977-1983
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 5
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 6
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
Lost in Strings Vol. 1
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Decades: 1980s
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Decades: 70s
2013
4.33 | 3 ratings
Ultima Thule
2013
3.33 | 15 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream Live
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Deep Run to Vegas
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Out of this World
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
Booster 7
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ultima Thule
2016
3.63 | 8 ratings
Quantum Gate / Quantum Key
2018
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Pink Years Albums 1970-1973
2018
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987
2019
4.94 | 16 ratings
In Search of Hades (The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979)
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
Recurring Dreams
2019

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

2.84 | 17 ratings
Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
1966
4.01 | 27 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.00 | 2 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
1974
3.50 | 2 ratings
Extracts from Rubycon
1975
4.50 | 2 ratings
Excerpt from Ricochet
1975
4.20 | 5 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
4.00 | 1 ratings
Betrayal/Grind
1977
4.00 | 2 ratings
Monolight
1977
4.33 | 3 ratings
Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Excerpts from Force Majeure
1979
4.44 | 9 ratings
Tangram
1980
5.00 | 2 ratings
Choronzon
1981
3.40 | 10 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.12 | 7 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
2.44 | 8 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cinnamon Road / Hyperborea
1983
3.75 | 4 ratings
Going West
1984
3.82 | 11 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Streethawk
1985
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tiergarten
1985
4.00 | 8 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
3.00 | 2 ratings
Dancing on a White Moon
1987
3.67 | 3 ratings
Tyger
1987
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Time for Heroes
1987
4.00 | 2 ratings
Marakesh
1988
3.67 | 3 ratings
Alexander Square
1989
4.00 | 3 ratings
Optical Race/Mothers Of Rain/Sun Gate/Ghazal
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
House of the Rising Sun
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
Oranges Don't Dance
1990
2.40 | 24 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.67 | 3 ratings
Rockoon Special Edition
1992
3.50 | 2 ratings
Big City Dwarves
1992
3.00 | 3 ratings
Dreamtime
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
Turn of the Tides
1994
3.33 | 3 ratings
Midwinter Night
1994
4.00 | 2 ratings
Shepherds Bush
1996
3.50 | 2 ratings
Jim & Pablo: Der Meteor
1997
4.33 | 3 ratings
Das Mädchen auf der Treppe
1997
4.50 | 4 ratings
Limited World Tour Edition 1997
1997
2.22 | 4 ratings
Towards the Evening Star
1997
3.33 | 3 ratings
Sony Center Topping Out Ceremony Score
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ça Va - Ça Marche - Ça Ira Encore
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Astrophobia
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Stereolight
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Meng Tian
2000
3.75 | 4 ratings
DM 4 Bonus CD
2003
3.33 | 3 ratings
Astoria Theatre London
2003
3.64 | 11 ratings
Space Flight Orange
2005
3.33 | 9 ratings
40 Years Roadmap To Music
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2006
3.55 | 11 ratings
Metaphor
2006
3.36 | 11 ratings
One Night In Space
2007
4.50 | 2 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Promo
2007
3.75 | 12 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.73 | 13 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
3.00 | 11 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.73 | 11 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
Choice
2008
3.25 | 4 ratings
Armageddon in the Rose Garden
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Cage in Search of a Bird
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Zeitgeist
2010
3.00 | 4 ratings
Mona da Vinci
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Gate of Saturn
2011
3.17 | 6 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.18 | 9 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014
3.18 | 9 ratings
Quantum Key
2015
3.36 | 5 ratings
Particles
2016
4.33 | 3 ratings
Light Flux EP
2017
4.00 | 3 ratings
Tear Down the Grey Skies
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Pledge Access Pass
2017
4.50 | 2 ratings
Run To Vegas/Leviathan
2018

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 Quantum Gate by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.86 | 52 ratings

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4 stars I can't believe that only one other review exists on PA of this album! Haven't you all heard! TD is back!

1. "Sensing Elements" (13:33) containing a lot to remind listeners of the TD of old, this is one great epic; not the same as the old but definitely capturing the spirit. Very nice layering of multiple themes coming from multiple instruments with, of course, the trademark sequences. Ulrich Schnauss is a melody god. (28/30)

2. "Roll The Seven Twice" (6:25) opens with a sequence that sounds almost disco-danceable over which several other repetitive sounds are added over the course of the first 90 seconds. It's hypnotic and yet danceable. At the two minute mark an Arp-like synth enters to take the lead before another electronic rhythm track is added to give it a definitive Euro-electronic dance groove. Various synths interject intermittent lead melodic motifs in the song's final 90 seconds. Nice. Makes me nostalgic for European dance clubs. (8.75/10)

3. "Granular Blankets" (5:03) downtempo multi-layer rhythm track with multiple synth leads alternating over the top before marimba-like sound takes the lead. At the end of the third minute a trip-hoppy synth-drum track familiar to all who know Ulrich Schnauss' previous solo work kicks in while violin takes the lead soaring with a long sustain above the rest. Pretty cool. (8.5/10)

4. "It Is Time To Leave When Everyone Is Dancing" (6:36) The song we were all forewarned that we'd hate (because of the blatant dance-oriented tracks). Once we've moved past the long, bouncy synth intro, the Euro-disco beats kick in and a repetitive synth wash chord begins to repeat every four seconds for a very long time as very little else is really developing elsewhere. I have to admit, the repetition of that synth hit is alone quite distracting and disenchanting. Luckily it fades in the fourth minute and we subtly shift into a slightly different soundscape (with the same tempo and beat). This is, at least, much more interesting and tolerable as the weave between synths and fuzzy guitars is nice. (8.25/10)

5. "Identity Proven Matrix" (5:18) presents a very cinematic heavier-edged sound--much like the Thief soundtrack work and after (Hyperborea). There is an actual structure with melodic theme pattern here--like ABACAB. (8.25/10)

6. "Non-Locality Destination" (9:59) the only song on the album containing Edgar Froese tracks (he died just before the material for this album was created), it's spacey and slow with prominent electric guitar, but then in the third minute a sequencer rises and takes control. After a section of sequencer only, other synths and guitar tracks work their way into the weave, working up to a mini crescendo just before a searing electric guitar takes the lead and foreground at the five minute mark. I can understand the PINK FLOYD comparisons with this one. Synth washes and other synthesizer activity take over for the final VANGELIS-like three minutes. (17.25/20)

7. "Proton Bonfire" (8:25) opens with sustained, subtly shifting synth was which is soon joined by multiple- instrument space wave sequence. This is really cool! Weird muted guitar strums and mini-Moog lines (and others) enter the weave at the end of the second minute but then all fade away in the first part of the fourth minute. Composition of the rhythm track completely changes as does that of the lead instruments (no more sequencer, no more weave over the top). I am reminded of the simple, spacious songs on Vangelis' Voices album. In the sixth minute current rhythm track slowly fades leaving synth wash and electronic keys to fill the space with lushness. Very old school TD (77-79) to these ears. (17.75/20)

8. "Tear Down The Grey Skies" (6:17) opens with a very cool hypnotic trance beat and sound before heavily treated sequencer joins in. Old synth leads with a slowly ascending arpeggio before developing into more variable lead melody. Cool key shift at the end of the second minute. Sound and feel shift at the 2:30 mark though the sequencer rhythm remains the same--for a while. More frequent key shifts in the lower end until a drop out at 4:20. All returns a half a minute later, with same old synth picking up where it left off. Music decays into more space-ocean wash for the final half minute. (8.75/10)

9. "Genesis Of Precious Thoughts" (9:10) a cinematic song that has a very compelling construction of spacious sections intermixed within the more hard-driving sequenced parts. Hoshiko Yamane's violin is the most consistent and driving thread throughout the first half--an element that makes it so much more engaging and emotional, but when it goes absent for the middle section, there is a noticeable let down in the level of engagement. Luckily it returns for the final minute. Nicely done! (18/20)

Total time 70:46

This is definitely the closest thing I've heard to pre-1985 Tangerine Dream since 1984. Lovely to hear! And a whole album of fairly consistently high quality TD stuff at that!

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music and a true return to form of the great TANGERINE DREAM! Long live the immortal spirits of Edgar Froese, Peter Baumann, Klaus Schulze, and Christopher Franke!

 Zeit by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.65 | 386 ratings

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Zeit
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars Halfway into 1971 and a couple of months after the release of 'Alpha Centauri', Tangerine Dream finally established its legendary line-up of Froese, Franke and Baumann. Next to a couple of concerts in 1971 they also recorded a 30 minute soundtrack for the German Television production 'Vampira' which unfortunately as yet remains unreleased (officially at least). By the time they retreated into the Dieter Dierks' studios in May 1972 to record 'Zeit' they already were a well-oiled unit that managed to improvise and record this 75 minute opus in no more than 10 days.

Without doubt this is the most extreme of all TD albums. The band intentionally wanted no rhythm or melody but a calm counterpart to balance against the years of noise and harsh sounds that preceded. This album is Franke's tribute to Ligeti's and Stockhausen's works from the 60s. Froese's earlier heroes (Floyd and Hendrix) are nowhere to be seen in these desolate cosmic outskirts, and while both 'Atem' and 'Alpha Centauri' featured some percussion to stir things up, here we are just left with droning organ, synth and sound effects that slowly weave arrhythmic and a-tonal waves of sound. Most of the albums and concerts in the following years contain echoes of the spooky cosmic sound that is developed here.

Ambitious as this modern classic music on electronic instruments is, I has never really convinced me. Each track has its moments but apart from 'Nebulous Dawn' they all run 10 minutes too long as far as I'm concerned. I do enjoy Schulze's Cyborg and Tangerine Dream's own further explorations in this style, but after 30 years with this album I dare to state it will never be a favorite - allthough it keeps growing a bit on me.

For fans of this album it might be a good idea to pick up the 2011 Esoteric release of Zeit which has an extra CD featuring a recording of a November 1972 concert from Tangerine Dream. This concert, dubbed 'Klangwald' (or Sound Forest in English) offers pretty much the exact same style of minimalistic non-melodic, non-rhythmical sound carpets as 'Zeit'.

Not the kind of album to sit and relax to, it is an important, ambituous and influential album in the world of electronic music. But Tangerine Dream's ambitions got ahead of them, Franke and Baumann had barely turned 19 when it was recorded and challenging Ligeti at his art at this age you're bound to end up with the shorter straw. Nevertheless it's another unique TD experience.

 Underwater Sunlight by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.73 | 187 ratings

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Underwater Sunlight
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

2 stars In a 2004 New York Times article, Douglas Mcgowan of Yoga Records defined "New Age" as "the musical sound of contentment and peace." The prior year, Frank Hoffmann of Sam Houston State University said "new age music evolved out of a shared consciousness" among musicians who believed "that music should be based on harmony and consonance, rather than dissonance...employ soothing instrumental sounds...and elevate space to a key role." Referring specifically to Tangerine Dream, Hoffmann also suggested that the group's "recent work has veered dangerously close to the new age genre." As a consumer of Tangerine Dream's early discography (Electronic Meditation, Alpha Centauri, Zeit, and Atem), I must admit that I think that Hoffmann's being generous, especially if he connects new age music with (artistic) danger.

Anyway, Underwater Sunlight fits the definition of "new age music" pretty nicely. The biggest difference between "Dolphin Dance" and Ray Lynch's new-age classic "Celestial Soda Pop" is that "Dolphin Dance" is more new-agey: it's less dissonant and at one point (2:41, to be exact), the guitar even emulates a pan flute. And "Song of the Whale Part 1," which opens Underwater Sunlight, utterly epitomizes new age music, down to the soothing instrumental sounds, the spacey atmosphere, and the fluty lead synth.

Underwater Sunlight is about as straightforward and safe as can be, which puts it in a special category of new age music, a category which I predict will be the first in which computers will overtake human composers. I guess this means that Underwater Sunlight does indeed possess some redeeming value; it succeeds at evoking "the musical sound of contentment and peace."

One reason that I don't care much for this album is that new age music isn't my cup of tea, which I'll admit is pretty subjective. A possibly more neutral claim is that Underwater Sunlight is unchallenging compared to, say, Zeit, a work that errs on the side of convolutedness rather than caution. And for that reason, I'd suggest that prog-rock fans give Zeit, or any of Tangerine Dream's first four albums, before diving into Underwater Sunlight. Unless, of course, you dig new age music.

 Transsiberia (OST) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.72 | 32 ratings

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Transsiberia (OST)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

3 stars Ok, this is about a train. A famous one and likely one of the most exciting travels by train that can be done. The album is the soundtrack of a documentary about the Transiberiana, which I have never seen but I guess it should be very interesting from the images point of view.

From the musical side is not as bad as I was expecting. At this point in time TD is a family affair between Edgar and his son Jerome, and having to represent a train makes the choice of the electronic drumming very easy for the first track "Yaroslav Station".

Probably in the "Smoky Karlow", which I think is a city in Poland, the train slows down. The tempo is less "trainful" and the melody is melancholic. Maybe there's a Karlow somewhere else, but looking at some pictures it doesn't look very "smoky". It's very green, instead. I don't think there's any relationship with the Russian ambassador shot dead in Turkey in 2016. Anyway, this track is too repetitive also for the TD standards.

Back on the train for the "Siberian Lights". If I didn't know that's TD I would have thought to Vangelis for the sounds. The tempo is more or less the same of Chariots of Fire and the keys sound very smilar. Luckily the melody is very different and in the end it's everything but bad.

No drums in honor of one of the biggest rivers in the world. Jenissey (Yenissey) crosses all the Siberia south to North to the Arctic Ocean, and the track bringing its name is really beauty. Slow and clam, it returns a sense of quiet maestosity. This track values the whole album.

The Baikal Lake is one of those places in the world that I'd like to see. Iced in the winter but warmed by a volcano in its depth that causes the ice to melt, crash and reform continuously. Unfortunately we are back to the train and the disco rhythm is unable to transmit the right sensations. Of course one should also see the images to find out whether they are well commented by the music, but without images this track for me is a skip.

"Samowar Juris" surely meant something in the movie, but I can't find a reason to dedicate a track to a decorated teapot, even if traditional in the area and probably of great value for collectors. Ok, let's have a train in the wagon-restaurant, but this track is nothing special even if not as bad as the previous one.

Ulan Ude is a city with two faces: I've seen pictures of enormous Lenin's statues together with apparently untouched Buddhist temples. Strange to say, in this album the tracks with no percussion are less boring than those with a rhythm. This one has a symphonic flavor and I can imagine it performed by a string orchestra. Not a masterpiece, but a good one.

"Chingan Night" is another rhythmless track. Chinga is another ig river and in the area a meteorite was found and is now in a museum in St. Petersburg. Funny to say, the word "Chinga" in Spanish slang has a very raw meaning. Google it... Another quite good track, anyway. It makes me remind of "Blade Runner Blues".

"Russian Soul" proceeds on the same territories of the previous track. It's full of "Ooh sounds", I think that with a real soprano it would have sounded much better. Again I have in mind Vangelis and the voice of Vana Veroutis on his Heaven and Hell. Sorry Froeses, but that's another league.

The travel ends when the sea is reached. The "Golden Horn" is a bay in Vladivostok, on the Japan's sea. Very little happens on this track which is good for the end titles.

There's something good so I round up the rating which is a little below the 3 stars but not as bad for 2.

 In Search of Hades (The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2019
4.94 | 16 ratings

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In Search of Hades (The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Alpha Centauri by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.55 | 352 ratings

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Alpha Centauri
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Tangerine Dream bandleader Edgar Froese made some substantial changes on Alpha Centauri, the group's second album. Most obviously, he replaced both of the other members of the band. But the really significant difference between Alpha Centauri and Electronic Meditation, the group's debut, is that Froese has dispensed with much of the experimentation and all of the freak-and-roll jamming, bequeathing the latter to Ash Ra Tempel and other West German bands.

As a result, Alpha Centauri is not a very daring album, at least not musically - - and somehow that works. The key, I believe, was in recognizing which aspects of Electronic Meditation could be recombined to create a cohesive sound. Alternately, Froese might've seen Tangerine Dream's first album the way I do: a juxtaposition of ambient and freakout jams - - two very different styles. Perhaps he decided against trying to travel two roads at once.*

Although it's definitely minimalist compared to its predecessor, Alpha Centauri still seems overdone in places; the flute and sound effects in the second half of the title track is one such case. But in general, the album is a slight improvement Electronic Meditation, and is a logical bridge between Electronic Meditation and their 1972 double-LP Zeit.

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* Interestingly, my (digital) copy of the album contains a bonus track, "Ultima Thule Part 1," which was released as a single in 1971. It uses rock instrumentation, including a drumkit playing a steady beat - - quite different from either of the albums to that point.

 Electronic Meditation by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.35 | 321 ratings

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Electronic Meditation
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Electronic Meditation has a three-part structure: (1) the experimental, anything-goes opening track "Geburt" ("Genesis"); (2) the three-track body of the album, which alternates between atmospheric ambience and guitar-and-drums freakouts; and (3) "Auferstehung" ("Resurrection"), a recap of the ambient portions of the album.

The pattern of interspersing ambient, often keyboard-based passages and freak-and-roll sections is a Krautrock trademark which would be repeated, for example, on the self-titled debuts by Faust (1971), Ash Ra Tempel (1971), and Mythos (1972). The freakout sections on Electronic Meditation are confined to the body of the album, comprising about 28 of the 37-minute runtime: "Reise Durch Ein Brennendes Gehirn" ("Journey Through a Burning Brain"), which closes Side One, and "Kalter Rauch" ("Cold Smoke") and Asche Zu Asche" ("Ashes to Ashes"), the first two tracks on the reverse.

The loose guitar experimentation which opens "Reise Durch Ein Brennendes Gehirn" provides a segue from the free-for-all "Geburt," in which the instruments are used as much for sound effects as for music. But soon "Reise Durch" is in relatively calm ambient territory. The guitars begin to re-assert themselves around 5:30, and after a few minutes they signal the eventuality of a freak & roll section which will begin in earnest about a minute later. Rhythm guitarist Conrad Schnitzler* and drummer Klaus Schulze play a rhythm, but it sounds like they're in a different studio, located on different planet, from lead guitarist Edgar Froese. This situation dissolves into an organ-based resolution around 11:00, which, with a rather abrupt tape splice, is replaced by a similar but distinct organ part playing slow-changing chords, accompanied only by flute filigrees - - in other words, more ambience.

The chillout-followed-by-freakout pattern repeats on "Kalter Rauch," but not on "Asche Zu Asche" which is four minutes of (relatively) laid-back freakout. This is the segue from the body of the record to the two-part final track. "Auferstehung" begins with the organ slowly changing chords, over which there are some spoken-word segments; the second half of the track continues to be ambient, but more atmospheric and less distinct.

In comparison to other early-1970s krautrock, Electronic Meditation is good, although it would soon be surpassed, for example, by the 1972 debuts of Neu! and Mythos; Ash Ra Tempel's Join Inn (1973), and Klaus Schulze's first two albums (Irrlicht (1972) and Cyborg (1973)) - - so I wouldn't call it essential listening for the average prog-rock fan. But its historical importance would be difficult to understate; those other albums might not have existed without Electronic Meditation to point the way.

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*I'm assuming it's Schnitzler here.

 Zeit by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.65 | 386 ratings

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Zeit
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Some have claimed that Zeit: Largo in Four Movements is a tough album to get into, but I'd say it's a tough album to get too much of. Maybe it's the similarities between this 1971 album by Tangerine Dream and the first solo albums, from 1972 and 1973, by former TD drummer Klaus Schulze. Interestingly, Schulze's replacement, Christoph Franke, has switched almost completely to playing keyboards on Zeit, as Tangerine Dream essentially abandons rhythm for this, their third LP and first double album.

Schulze is one of my favorite artists, and as tempting as it is for me to believe that he conceived of his early work entirely on his own, Zeit makes it clear that at the very least, he and Tangerine Dream were mutually influential. Schulze left the group after its 1970 debut album, Electronic Meditation, and co-founded Ash Ra Tempel which released its self- titled debut the following year. Side Two of Ash Ra Tempel, "Traummtaschine" ("Dream Machine"), is a bridge between Tangerine Dream and Schulze's early LPs. Of course, "Traummtaschine" is not a solo effort; fellow Ash Ra Tempel member Manuel Göttsching collaborated with Schulze to create the "electronics" which distinguish the piece. Anyway, Schulze was long gone by the time Zeit was released in August 1972.

Zeit's seventy-five-minute runtime is divided into four pieces ranging in length from seventeen to twenty minutes, an artificial limit imposed by the LP format (i.e. and e.g., five fifteen-minute works would have taken the same hour and a quarter, but couldn't be distributed among four LP sides without splitting some of those pieces across LP sides). When Yes committed to the one-song-per-side double-album format for Tales from Topographic Oceans, they wound up having to elaborate a bit, padding the sides to get them to LP-side length.* Yes's desire to create a cohesive, lyrical and musical tetralogy required them to artificially balance the sides. Whether or not realizing the concept was worth the compromises is a question of taste.

But here Tangerine Dream has an advantage: the text which connects the for pieces of Zeit is as indeterminate as the mists of spacetime apparently referenced by the titles of the four movements. ("Birth of Liquid Plejades," "Nebulous Dawn," etc.). And whereas Yes intentionally differentiated the music on the four sides of Tales to accentuate (or perhaps contrive) differences among the concepts of the sides, Zeit is as close to four variations of a concept than four pieces that complete a puzzle. My edition of the album (downloaded from emusic in 2017) does not include liner notes, but judging from the many online images of LP gatefolds and CD booklets, no grand theme is claimed for Zeit. Although an overarching concept might be inferred from the movement titles or from the solar eclipse on the cover, it would be a vague one indeed; "zeit," meaning "time" in English, would just about encompass it.**

The common descriptions of the music itself - - "dark," "ambient," "dark ambient," and so on - - are pretty accurate. The "dark" label seems intended to inoculate the album against charges that it's a "new age" work, as might be assumed from the term "ambient." I'm not sure of the definition of "new age music," but Zeit is insufficiently upbeat for me to classify it as such. It is certainly ambient music, but it's also much more minimalist and much less fusion-oriented than music (pejoratively) referred to as "new age." It's certainly darker than Alpha Centauri, the group's previous effort, or than Electronic Meditation, although it's not sinister, as the term "dark" might imply; it has the fewest jarring moments among the four Tangerine Dream albums released on the Ohr label (1970-1973).

My introduction to Tangerine Dream was the 2002 anthology Journey Through a Burning Brain, the first disc of which covered the Ohr years. Once I got the four individual albums, I expected to like Zeit the least, since it was a Schulze-less double album. It's not perfect; some of the sci-fi space-invaders sound effects are a bit much; they detract from "Nebulous Dawn" and the title track. But due to its compositions and its consistency, Zeit is the best of Tangerine Dream's early LPs.

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*On the other hand, the LP version of the first Tales track, "The Revealing Science of God" was reduced by two minutes to fit it the LP. Perhaps similarly, the movements of Zeit were edited to fit various audio formats; apparently the original 45-second introduction to the fourth side was excised from all releases for more than twenty years.

**the Pleiades system has existed for somewhere around 100 million years; the cover depicts an event which has happened for the past 4.5+ billion years; the nebulous dawn of our galaxy occurred well over 13 billion years ago, shortly after the beginnings of the universe - - if that's what "Origin of Supernatural Probabilities" refers to.

 Atem by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.57 | 307 ratings

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Atem
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars On Atem Tangerine Dream is still firmly rooted in 'Krautrock,' the musical scene the group help establish - - or more precisely, its spacey 'kosmische musik' variant. And yet there are hints of the kinds of drama that sound well-suited for the film-soundtrack work the band would pursue beginning later in the 1970s.

Half of Atem ('breath' in English) is the title track, whose twenty minutes spans the first side.'Before a minute has elapsed, percussionist Christopher Franke establishes a beat, and a rhythmic Mellotron motif begins, although it's soon overtaken by organ and synth parts that largely ignore the briefly-established tempo and key. Just three minutes into the piece, Franke has abandoned the beat, instead playing rolls and other patterns as the original motif occasionally threatens to surface amid the confusion. An explosion at 5:35 is followed by a collapse to near-silence which marks the end of what most people would recognize as music on Atem. The remaining fifteen minutes of Side One is formless, though pleasant; the piece approaches a crescendo in its final minutes, but never exactly gets there. In the meantime, the piece meanders into incidental-music territory: some passages sound vaguely like film music.

Side Two is somehow even more atmospheric, especially on 'Fauni-Gena' and 'Circulation of Events.' The album ends with the relatively experimental - - and relatively brief - - 'Wahn,' whose first part is a crazed echo of the early going of Side One. This similarity creates a nice transition from the end to the beginning of the album. 'Wahn' is aptly named, as it translates to 'delusion,' or 'mania,' or perhaps 'false hope.' It's disjointed, confusing, manic, particularly in comparison to the LP as a whole.

Interestingly, in the Tangerine Dream discography, Atem follows Zeit. Since the 'basic' German alphabet is comprised of the same 26 Latin letters used in English, A follows Z; the recursion in album alphabetization is reflected in this looping from the end of the second side to the beginning of the first.

I think there's more going on in the 40 minutes of Atem than in the 75 of Zeit, and yet in some way Atem is the less interesting album. Maybe that's because Zeit gives the listener more time to hear between the lines, so to speak.

At any rate, Atem is a good album, albeit not at the level of its predecessor.

 The Keep (OST) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.19 | 44 ratings

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The Keep (OST)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

3 stars Resurrected at the end of the 90s from a soundtrack composed for a 1983 movie and including things that (i have read it) weren't in the movie. Possibly, the material was once discarded. It's not bad. After some releases made at home by the father and son combo that TD turned into, at least here we have a reprint from one of the old lineups.

I have to say that sometimes it sounds more like a VANGELIS album than a Tangerine Dream's (which I don't think is a bad thing at all). "Voices From A Common Land" seems taken from "China". The percussion on "The Challenger's Arrival" reminds me to Pink Floyd's "Obscured By Clouds", at least in the first half. The second half is quite psychedelic. The closer "Heritage Survival" is similar to what Peter BARDENS was doing at the end of the 80s.

There are elements which appear extraneous to the "regular" Tangerine Dream, starting with the Latin choir of "Puer Natus Est Nobis". "The Silver Seal" is unusually dark, it sounds like the Russian SENMUTH (who will sound that way ten years after). "Arx Allemande" is also unusual: a sort of baroque canon in an electronic format where the artists show that they can play complex partitures.

There are also tracks more in line with the usual TD style, like "The Night In Romania", "Sign In The Dark" is a quick return to the Virgin period, "Weird Village" goes even more far, to their Pink Period. I think many TD fans would have loved hearing them playing again the kind of things that they did on Zeit as well as "Supernatural Accomplice". "Parallel Worlds"may come from the Virgin period, with sounds typical of the late 70s TD.

Anyway, this is one of the few TD soundtracks which have something interesting and that can be listened as to a real studio album, probably because it has been produced about 15 years after and integrated with some additional material.

A good album.

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