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

3.32 | 364 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.57 | 410 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.69 | 459 ratings
Zeit
1972
3.59 | 360 ratings
Atem
1973
4.16 | 899 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.23 | 1029 ratings
Rubycon
1975
4.01 | 624 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.40 | 243 ratings
Sorcerer (OST)
1977
3.69 | 409 ratings
Cyclone
1978
4.01 | 535 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.97 | 358 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.50 | 275 ratings
Exit
1981
3.22 | 181 ratings
Thief (OST)
1981
3.30 | 235 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.49 | 263 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.74 | 66 ratings
Wavelength (OST)
1983
3.03 | 78 ratings
Firestarter (OST)
1984
2.89 | 55 ratings
Flashpoint (OST)
1984
2.85 | 48 ratings
Heartbreakers (OST)
1985
2.87 | 160 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.69 | 216 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.44 | 153 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.27 | 81 ratings
Legend (OST)
1986
2.87 | 48 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.54 | 43 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.65 | 38 ratings
Three O'Clock High (OST)
1987
3.09 | 118 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.72 | 130 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.95 | 89 ratings
Lily on the Beach
1989
2.94 | 57 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.80 | 47 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
2.21 | 24 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can (OST)
1989
1.91 | 29 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1990
2.93 | 98 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.47 | 78 ratings
Canyon Dreams (OST)
1991
2.54 | 31 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.16 | 26 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin (OST)
1991
2.33 | 21 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff / The Man Inside (OST)
1991
2.07 | 25 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.45 | 78 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.75 | 69 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.80 | 70 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.87 | 38 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
3.03 | 68 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.81 | 24 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.16 | 48 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
3.01 | 32 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
1.76 | 30 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1997
3.31 | 34 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes 2
1998
2.65 | 31 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.61 | 22 ratings
Quinoa
1998
3.24 | 56 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.37 | 26 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.33 | 32 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
2000
3.03 | 38 ratings
The Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.64 | 42 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
3.23 | 39 ratings
Inferno
2002
2.50 | 21 ratings
The Melrose Years
2002
2.68 | 34 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.91 | 28 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2003
3.58 | 53 ratings
Purgatorio
2004
3.52 | 36 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.05 | 35 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.86 | 53 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.06 | 31 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
3.81 | 33 ratings
Paradiso
2006
3.06 | 17 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
2.41 | 17 ratings
One Times One
2007
2.33 | 3 ratings
Destination Berlin
2007
3.35 | 41 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
2.99 | 46 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.12 | 31 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.12 | 20 ratings
Purple Diluvial
2008
2.59 | 25 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.54 | 27 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
2.95 | 34 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.72 | 28 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.54 | 32 ratings
Flame
2009
3.55 | 23 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part I
2009
3.33 | 12 ratings
Winter In Hiroshima
2009
2.95 | 9 ratings
Dream Mixes 5 [Aka: DM V]
2010
3.00 | 22 ratings
The Endless Season
2010
1.45 | 26 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
3.60 | 49 ratings
The Island Of The Fay
2011
3.43 | 30 ratings
The Angel From The West Window
2011
2.59 | 15 ratings
Finnegans Wake
2011
3.43 | 42 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
3.72 | 20 ratings
The Castle
2013
2.91 | 16 ratings
The Cinematographic Score GTA 5
2014
3.19 | 16 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part II
2014
3.88 | 78 ratings
Quantum Gate
2017
3.22 | 22 ratings
Light Flux
2017
3.62 | 49 ratings
Recurring Dreams
2019
4.00 | 60 ratings
Raum
2022

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

4.37 | 406 ratings
Ricochet
1975
4.00 | 272 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.83 | 93 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.81 | 198 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.98 | 180 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.21 | 130 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.34 | 74 ratings
Livemiles
1988
2.96 | 60 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.25 | 33 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.36 | 32 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.00 | 13 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.64 | 26 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.71 | 31 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.48 | 22 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.33 | 36 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.41 | 16 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.05 | 18 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
2.64 | 11 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.34 | 16 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.68 | 12 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.09 | 18 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.09 | 14 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.81 | 19 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.00 | 20 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.65 | 14 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.23 | 7 ratings
Brighton - March 25th 1986
2005
2.15 | 7 ratings
Cleveland - June 24th 1986
2005
2.97 | 11 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
2.33 | 3 ratings
Tangerine Dream
2006
3.48 | 12 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
2.25 | 4 ratings
Orange Odyssey
2007
2.25 | 4 ratings
One Night in Space
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
Loreley
2008
2.25 | 4 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
2.25 | 4 ratings
Live @ Dussmann Berlin
2009
3.56 | 18 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
2.75 | 8 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
3.63 | 10 ratings
Zeitgeist Concert
2010
2.25 | 4 ratings
Knights of Asheville
2011
3.40 | 6 ratings
The Gate of Saturn (Live at the Lowry Manchester 2011)
2011
2.50 | 4 ratings
Live at Admiralspalast Berlin
2012
2.25 | 4 ratings
Live In Budapest at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
2012
2.53 | 21 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
2.80 | 10 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
3.84 | 18 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
3.00 | 10 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014
4.27 | 11 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume One
2015
2.83 | 6 ratings
Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014
2015
3.41 | 13 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume Two
2016
3.90 | 10 ratings
Live at Philharmony Szczecin-Poland 2016
2016
3.93 | 15 ratings
The Sessions 1
2017
3.82 | 11 ratings
The Sessions 2
2018
3.40 | 11 ratings
The Sessions III
2018
3.68 | 10 ratings
The Sessions IV
2018
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series - Volume Three
2019
3.00 | 4 ratings
Live at Augusta Raurica Switzerland 2016
2019
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Sessions V
2019
4.06 | 7 ratings
Live at Reims Cathedral 1974
2020
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Sessions VI
2020
3.86 | 7 ratings
The Sessions VII
2021
4.00 | 1 ratings
Silent Green Session 2022
2023
5.00 | 1 ratings
Botanique Orangerie Session 2022
2023

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

3.73 | 14 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.70 | 10 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.89 | 18 ratings
Live in America 1992
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Inferno
2004
3.67 | 6 ratings
Dante's Inferno
2006
3.62 | 13 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
3.50 | 4 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
4.20 | 11 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
3.60 | 5 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 | 2 ratings
Revolution of Sound
2017

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

4.78 | 9 ratings
Alpha Centauri/Atem
1976
4.70 | 20 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.73 | 36 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
4.60 | 5 ratings
In the Beginning
1986
3.50 | 19 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.80 | 16 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
4.00 | 8 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.45 | 11 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.75 | 22 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.00 | 9 ratings
Dream Music
1992
2.50 | 2 ratings
(3)
1992
2.00 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.82 | 27 ratings
Tangents
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Collection
1994
2.50 | 6 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
1.86 | 7 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.24 | 14 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
3.90 | 10 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.50 | 13 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.38 | 17 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 1
1998
2.17 | 17 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 2
1998
2.38 | 8 ratings
Luminous Visions
1998
3.24 | 9 ratings
The Analogue Space Years
1998
2.88 | 8 ratings
The Pink Years
1998
2.53 | 9 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
3.00 | 8 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
2.63 | 8 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Dream Dice
1998
1.50 | 4 ratings
Sea Of Dreams
1998
3.22 | 9 ratings
Tangerine Dream
1999
3.82 | 9 ratings
Tang-go
2000
3.91 | 14 ratings
Antique Dreams
2000
3.50 | 10 ratings
i-Box
2000
4.00 | 8 ratings
Dream Sequence
2000
4.22 | 9 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
2.00 | 5 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
2.50 | 2 ratings
An Introduction to...
2004
2.50 | 2 ratings
High Voltage
2004
2.00 | 2 ratings
Lamb with Radar Eyes
2004
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Essential
2006
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Essential Collection
2006
4.09 | 18 ratings
Nebulous Dawn (The Early Years)
2006
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Dante Arias Collection
2007
2.33 | 6 ratings
The Dante Song Collection
2007
3.00 | 7 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
3.14 | 14 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
3.00 | 8 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
2.90 | 10 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
2.40 | 5 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.25 | 8 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.29 | 7 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.60 | 10 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
2.50 | 4 ratings
DM 2.1
2007
1.75 | 4 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
2007
2.00 | 2 ratings
Antique Dream Land
2007
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Very Best of Tangerine Dream
2008
2.60 | 5 ratings
Booster 2
2008
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Vintage Years Anthology
2008
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Electronic Magic of Tangerine Dream
2008
2.96 | 26 ratings
Booster
2008
3.13 | 8 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
3.00 | 10 ratings
Axiat
2008
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2009
2.67 | 6 ratings
Booster 3
2009
2.00 | 2 ratings
Ballads
2009
2.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Power and Motion
2009
2.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Cool Races
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
Vintage Vanguard
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Independent Years
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Electronic Journey
2010
3.67 | 3 ratings
Run to Vegas
2010
3.67 | 3 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
2010
4.00 | 5 ratings
Ride on the Ray; The Blue Years Anthology 1980-1987
2011
2.67 | 6 ratings
Booster 4
2011
3.94 | 23 ratings
The Virgin Years 1974-1978
2011
3.97 | 11 ratings
Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973
2011
4.54 | 13 ratings
The Virgin Years 1977-1983
2012
2.60 | 5 ratings
Booster 5
2012
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream
2012
2.60 | 5 ratings
Booster 6
2013
3.33 | 3 ratings
Lost in Strings Vol. 1
2013
2.50 | 2 ratings
Decades: 1980s
2013
2.50 | 2 ratings
Decades: 70s
2013
3.25 | 4 ratings
Ultima Thule
2013
2.93 | 14 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream Live
2014
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Deep Run to Vegas
2014
2.67 | 3 ratings
Out of this World
2015
3.00 | 4 ratings
Booster 7
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ultima Thule
2016
3.91 | 11 ratings
Quantum Gate / Quantum Key
2018
4.63 | 7 ratings
The Pink Years Albums 1970-1973
2018
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987
2019
4.89 | 28 ratings
In Search of Hades (The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979)
2019
4.11 | 9 ratings
Pilots of Purple Twilight (The Virgin Recordings 1980-1983)
2020

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

2.85 | 19 ratings
Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
1966
3.98 | 28 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.33 | 3 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
1974
4.00 | 3 ratings
Extracts from Rubycon
1975
4.50 | 2 ratings
Excerpt from Ricochet
1975
4.07 | 6 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
4.33 | 3 ratings
Betrayal/Grind
1977
4.00 | 2 ratings
Monolight
1977
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender
1978
4.00 | 3 ratings
Excerpts from Force Majeure
1979
4.44 | 9 ratings
Tangram
1980
4.50 | 2 ratings
Choronzon
1981
3.33 | 12 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.09 | 9 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
2.63 | 13 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
4.50 | 2 ratings
Cinnamon Road / Hyperborea
1983
3.20 | 5 ratings
Going West
1984
3.55 | 11 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
2.33 | 3 ratings
Streethawk
1985
2.67 | 3 ratings
Tiergarten
1985
3.80 | 10 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
2.33 | 3 ratings
Dancing on a White Moon
1987
3.04 | 5 ratings
Tyger
1987
1.67 | 3 ratings
A Time for Heroes
1987
3.50 | 4 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
3.50 | 12 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
3.65 | 14 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
3.50 | 4 ratings
A Cage in Search of a Bird
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Zeitgeist
2010
3.20 | 5 ratings
Mona da Vinci
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Gate of Saturn
2011
3.43 | 7 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.25 | 13 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014
3.23 | 11 ratings
Quantum Key
2015
3.53 | 10 ratings
Particles
2016
4.60 | 5 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
4.50 | 2 ratings
8.17pm Session - Triangle
2020
3.33 | 3 ratings
Phaedra 2014
2020
4.00 | 6 ratings
Probe 6-8
2021

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987 by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2019
4.00 | 4 ratings

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The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The mid-1980s found Tangerine Dream focusing far more on their movie and television soundtrack work than on standalone studio albums - which means that this boxed set isn't really telling the whole story when it comes to their activities from 1985-1987. Further complications arise from the inclusion of Green Desert, because whilst that release was finished off with additional recordings in the 1980s the earliest components of it came from the 1970s.

Nonetheless, this is a good value collection offering a nice snapshot of the New Age-tinged style that the band adopted in this era. Aside from on Green Desert, the spacey style of their 1970s works is absent, and this is very much in the style they adopted in their mid-1980s soundtrack work, making this a bit less essential but still worth a shot for fans.

 Tyger by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.09 | 118 ratings

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Tyger
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This mid-1980s Tangerine Dream album offers up more breezy synth music in the New Agey vein they'd been working in at around this time - of the rest of their discography it perhaps is the closest to Underwater Sunlight in style, which makes sense given their close proximity in recording and release. The twist this time around is that Jocelyn B. Smith is here to add some solemn vocals to the proceedings, borrowing heavily from William Blake (hence the title). It works reasonably well; Tangerine Dream hadn't really experimented with vocals since Cyclone, but then again they were a very different now than they were then, having left their 1970s spaciness behind in favour of producing crisp, clean 1980s synth work suitable for soundtrack use. Pretty good, but not a classic.
 Cyclone by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.69 | 409 ratings

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Cyclone
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 728

Tangerine Dream was formed in 1967 by Edgar Froese, a musician who tried to convey to the music the impressionism of Salvador Dali's painting, of which he was a collaborator and a personal friend. It started out as a Pink Floyd's style band, gradually starting to venture into hype with the newly emerged electronic music with the invention of the Moog synthesizers. We are obviously talking about music that is played by human hands on electronic instruments and not contemporary programmed music. The band's music is instrumental and environmental, not having a commercial success, although they reached the top 10 in England with their album "Phaedra", actually a landmark of the electronic music. The electronic music invented by them would quickly evolve into the more techno style of bands like Kraftwerk.

Tangerine Dream is one of the most influential electronic groups of all time and their influence can be felt even today. Their music has made an immeasurable impact on ambient, new age, techno, trance, and prog rock, as well as modern film score composition. But, it only was only in their musical period known as "The Virgin Years" that Tangerine Dream became to be more known with some of their best works, namely, "Phaedra", "Rubycon", "Ricochet", "Stratosfear", "Encore" and "Force Majeure". It's of this phase too the album that will be reviewed today, "Cyclone", released in 1978.

"Cyclone" is an album on which Tangerine Dream began to explore the possibilities of the first digital sequencers, more secure and accurate, immune to the voltage fluctuations that so compromised in live performances, disrupting the programmed rhythms. But, after the departure from the band of Peter Bauman, "Cyclone" brought some other changes, with the recruiting of the drummer Klaus Krieger and the multi- instrumentalist Steve Joliffe, who had previously been in the band for a brief period in 1969. Jolliffe, in addition to his skills as a musician, also offered to the fluid equation of the Tangerine Dream his services as a vocalist, an idea much debated between Edgar Froese and Richard Branson of Virgin, certainly reflecting a strategy to enhance the commercial potential of the group. The improvisation continued to be a constant, but the music was more structured and from the interaction of Krieger's drums and Franke's sequencers a more pronounced rhythmic dimension emerged, perhaps even more "rock", with the group clearly wanting to grab a part of the prog audience that flowed to see concerts like those of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, Genesis or Yes. The album has three tracks, which isn't a strange thing by them. It starts with "Bent Cold Sidewalk", a song with thirteen minutes. The track starts with synthesizers, followed by Joliffe's flutes. Soon their vocals appear which, in a way, mischaracterize the band's music. In the second part of the theme there are electronic vocals and flutes in the best Jethro Tull's style amid layers of synthesizers. In a way, it has a sound similar to Pink Floyd's earlier works. The second track "Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender" is too short, especially when we are talking about Tangerine Dream. It's based on their characteristic synthesizers, but the introduction of vocals makes it a bit more dynamic. Incidentally, the voices on this track in particular reminded me a lot of progressive rock bands from the 80's like Pallas, for instance. The "Madrigal Meridian" suite closes the album and covers the entire B side of the old vinyl with more than twenty minutes. It's a song entirely based on the classic style of the group. The keyboards in the background together with the organ give a perfect climax as if we were in a suspense film. The song has several nuances and changes of tempo, with the entry of synthesizers in the middle of the drums played in a simple way and with many electronic effects led by Klaus Krieger. The guitar incursions make the theme even more complete, which continues to grow more and more, being enriched by the use of a saxophone, Moogs and stacks of synthesizers. Although it doesn't have vocals, the use of other instruments in front of the suite left the more progressive and psychedelic side of the group exacerbated, bringing them closer to some other bands, twisting the nose of the most purists. So, in a way, Tangerine Dream became much closer to the English progressive sound, leaving aside the more electronic and characteristic German's sound.

Conclusion: Atypical is the best adjective that can define "Cyclone". At the time, Tangerine Dream was a renowned electronic prog group formed by Baumann, Froese and Franke. With Baumann's departure, Froese and Franke decided to innovate, bringing Joliffe to take care of wind instruments and vocals. This change was considered heresy by many of band's followers who didn't understand the new proposal presented. Many negative reviews have been said about Steve's vocals, especially that his singing style did not match the sound presented. But to say that his voice is bad is close to exaggeration. The album's poor acceptance led the redirection of the band again, which culminated in Jolliffe's departure and the return to the electronics in the following year with the aforementioned "Force Majeure". But, if you like prog rock with elements of electronic and psychedelic music, "Cyclone" is a nice and highly recommended album.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Le Parc by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.87 | 160 ratings

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Le Parc
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Hailing from an era when Tangerine Dream were arguably focusing on movie soundtracks far more than studio albums, Le Parc is an exception to that rule (though even then, some of the selections here would be used as soundtrack work). Their mid-1980s transformation here is largely complete; the spacey sounds of their 1970s releases are largely absent, and in its place are sleek, then-modern digital synthesisers, a cool cyberpunk atmosphere, and catchy synthpop-esque cadences, but with sufficient flashes of inventiveness to make this all seem compelling and original rather than blandly generic. Provided you aren't averse to shorter compositions and a fairly light, accessible tone, there's a lot to enjoy here.
 Sorcerer (OST) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.40 | 243 ratings

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Sorcerer (OST)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Though it was recorded in between Stratosfear and Encore and released in 1977, many compilations of Tangerine Dream's Virgin years don't include Sorcerer - probably due to rights issues since it wasn't actually released on Virgin, coming out instead on MCA. The anomaly may be explained by Sorcerer's game-changing nature - though the big departure isn't so much the music (which is in the classic spacey Tangerine Dream style) but in its purpose, since this is the first movie soundtrack that Tangerine Dream would compose.

As such, it represents the first chapter in a whole other strand of the Tangerine Dream story - one which arguably would become more important than their non-movie work by the mid-1980s. At the same time, good chunks of this - including the Main Title - are much more in the style of early works from Zeit to Rubycon than the slick digital approach of much of their later soundtrack efforts - note how there was a years-long gap in between them putting the finishing touches on this and tackling Thief, their next soundtrack album, and the one which really kicked off their soundtrack career.

The difference is less due to the quality of the music - this is perfectly solid Tangerine Dream in nice bite-size portions, at least on a par with Thief - and more due to the relative successes of the film they were attached to. Sorcerer was a cinematic oddity which was something of a commercial failure, whilst Thief was a smash hit whose aesthetic presentation made a huge splash - and, of course, the music was very much part of that presentation. Set aside from the movie, however, the music of Sorcerer is a decent but oft-overlooked bit of mid-1970s Tangerine Dream; the main thing holding it back is the sense that we are just getting extracts from longer pieces here.

 Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1966
2.85 | 19 ratings

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Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A moment ago I was very surprised to find out the origins of this song that I heard yesterday in a recent, awarded Italian film Nostalgia, directed by Mario Martone, based on a 2016 novel by Ermanno Rea. What a nice surprise! I didn't spot the song credits at the end of the film, I was too busy spotting the proper Tangerine Dream pieces. I would have never guessed the song was NOT by some American or British psychedelic rock band of the late 60's, in the vein of QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE. With the help of the trailer and lyrics googling, I discoverd it was recorded by the German beat group called THE ONES, fronted by Edgar Froese before he founded TANGERINE DREAM. Of the list of musicians on this single, Froese is the only one I know.

'Lady Greengrass' is an excellent slice of the Psychedelic Rock movement circa 1966-67. The playing and production are of good quality, and for a debut recording from 1966, that's really something to appreciate. As Easy Livin points out in his review, a good comparison is the Syd Barrett era PINK FLOYD, songs such as 'See Emily Play'. I like the vocals very much, and the drumming is great. The song's mood is charmingly hippie-ish and dreamy. [ 4/5 ]

The B side song 'Love of Mine' is less interesting to me. This song is angrier and bluesier than 'Lady Greengrass', and I'm not fond of the organ and the sharp horn-like sound. The raw energy is reminiscent of the early THE WHO. [ 2½ /5 ]

 Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973 by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
3.97 | 11 ratings

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Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 700

Tangerine Dream is a German progressive electronic band that was formed in Berlin in 1967 by Edgar Froese. "Sunrise In The Third System ? The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973" is a compilation album of Tangerine Dream that was released in 2011. As its name indicates this is a compilation that is only focused in the first years of the career of the band, the years that became known as "The Pink Years". Thus, has only tracks that belong to the first five albums of the band when Tangerine Dream was linked with their record label Ohr, "Electronic Meditation", "Alpha Centauri", "Zeit", "Atem" and "Green Desert", despite this last one have just been released in the 80's. So, from "Electronic Meditation" we have "Genesis" and "Journey Through A Burning Brain". From "Alpha Centauri" we have "Alpha Centauri", "Sunrise In The Third System" and "Ultima Thule, Pt. 1". From "Zeit" we have "Birth Of Liquid Plejades" and "Zeit". From "Atem" we have "Atem" and "Wahn". From "Green Desert" we have "Green Desert" and "Indian Summer".

"Sunrise In The Third System ? The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973" has eleven tracks. "Genesis" is dominated by Schnitzler's scratchy creaking cello, combined with wild drumming and furious flute sounds performed by their guest, Keyserling. After a while something like a rhythm develops, but as soon as this is the case, the piece is already over and it goes straight and abruptly into its second track. "Journey Through A Burning Brain" begins as a freeform piece, then the organ enters with mighty tones, and finally the piece develops into a garish guitar orgy. This is a track that encapsulates the whole krautrock vibe and it's a perfect example of crunchy rock and roll. It's probably the highlight on "Electronic Meditation". "Alpha Centauri" has an interesting improvisation based around spacey electronic sounds, organs and Froese's guitar. At the end goes into a poem spoken in German and climaxes into one of the few cases of human vocal-harmonies on a band's album. The flute makes a fine atmospheric contrast. It's an incredible spacey and timeless experience. "Sunrise In The Third System" is a stealthy and hypnotic piece, with a dense organ and a ghostly flute. It has a clear nod to Pink Floyd thanks to the sound of the organ. It forms a perfect introduction to the main cosmic journey, a kind of decompression chamber that helps the listener get acclimated to the alien landscape of Tangerine Dream's world. "Ultima Thule Part 1" is an excellent song despite be short, an absolutely astounding piece. It offers a very edgy music, dominated by some heavily distorted guitar sounds, which is still kept in the style of their debut album. This is an accessible slice of psychedelic rock that implemented heavily distorted guitars and drums for a change. "Birth Of Liquid Plejades" is the first movement of the album "Zeit". It opens with the gloomy sounds of cellos improvising around some droning chords. After about eight minutes, it has transformed into a more electronic piece, maintaining the same doctrine of forlorn ambiance, except through the use of droning synthesizers. It's hard to pinpoint a particular idea here, but it's incredible the way it can captures such powerful emotion so abstractly. "Zeit" is the last movement of the four movements on their album "Zeit". It consists of free form synths and electronic effects along with Froese's guitar. It goes into full avant-garde weirdness with a barrage of terrifying sounds. It leaves the listener with the possibility of returning to the land or continuing the journey towards unexplored coordinates. "Atem" has a kind of a mysterious and epic ancient feel. It picks up the thread that started three years earlier with "Electronic Meditation", with Franke's impetuous drumming dictating the rhythm in a swarm of noises and effects, the organ and the synths to leave a liquid trail. "Wahn" in the beginning is a bizarre conglomerate of vocal excesses, Mellotron bursts and echoing drums beat out of the cosmic frame. In the first minute we have voices before the powerful finale with drums and lots of a Mellotron work. "Green Desert" is a nice atmospheric piece that begins with synthetic humming and shimmering. This merges into an extended and carried guitar solo by Edgar Froese, accompanied by some creative and driving drums by Christopher Franke, as well as all sorts of electronic sounds such as strings or choirs. "Indian Summer" offers wave movements and scattered string chords that come across as suspiciously modern. This sound image is interspersed with delicate melodic lines. This is a very mellow piece on which some synthesizers take the lead from time to time.

Conclusion: "Sunrise In The Third System ? The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973" is a great compilation album of Tangerine Dream, another one exclusively focused on their first musical era. As I mentioned above, we have only tracks that belong to the first five studio albums of Tangerine Dream that were recorded between 1970 and 1973, despite the last one, "Green Desert" have only been released in 1986. This is a very interesting compilation album because it covers their psychedelic period, their most experimental and avant-garde phase. So, if you aren't much acquainted with this early phase of the band that is less known, this compilation album is a great starting point and a good introduction.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 White Eagle by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.30 | 235 ratings

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White Eagle
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by shantiq

5 stars Read a lot of the reviews here and frankly I cannot believe what I am reading. Folks do not seem to understand that Tangerine Dream is in effect three different bands (with give or take the same personnel) three different periods during which they played completely different music[s]

The first period goes until 1972/73 probably including Atem The second period is definitely the golden period the albums there are Phaedra Rubycon Ricochet Stratosphere and Cyclone Possibly Force Majeure

Then they slip into the third period and the third period is basically the very beginning of the longest period which is film music and electronic New-age film-like music. A serious fan of the band like myself 🙂🙃😉 adores all three periods equally. The genius that was Edgar Froese did not sit still he moves on ... the first period was the acid period insane to my ears in 2023 pretty difficult to listen to especially the very first album Electronic Meditation it has a chalk on the blackboard or steel scratching on steel which is very difficult to listen to for any length of time; Alpha Centauri and Zeit and Atem are very spacey you are going through the stars here you are travelling to far-flung nebulae

You cannot keep doing this for years as it is too extreme so they came down to Earth again for the most successful-musically period probably the Phaedra to Force Majeure period

There we have arguably the two most famous albums Phaedra and Rubycon there is no arguing with those they are masterpieces absolute masterpieces ... but then again you could not stay there for any length of time so Edgar and his men moved onto the very lucrative film score lodestone and stayed there forever afterwards they never returned to the Acid-fuelled 1970 Music as indeed there would be no point they did not return to the melodic early sequencer phase of Phaedra and Rubycon they went somewhere else

They went deep into the 80s and 90s the Noughties and to my knowledge although I don't listen to Tangerine Dream after 1990 ie I do not listen to the new works that is I listen to the old works which are still gobsmackingly good this album here White Eagle yes it does sound like Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark or China Crisis or any English Liverpudlian outfit from that period and it is amazingly brilliant in the way that it does have what these bands had but it does not have a voice on top of the music NO vocals but the music carries you places as did the music from the first two periods so I think in many ways some of the reviews I read here earlier on are comparing chalk and cheese. They are comparing a Datsun car with a horse And obviously do not appreciate this album here White Eagle as it is for what it is. Is is not Electronic Meditation and not Phaedra and never intended to be. It is of an entirely different register.

White Eagle is any North Amerindian Chief you can imagine it is also a channeled entity which is followed by many around the world. I have no idea whether Edgar Froese was aware of that and I do not intend to research that; it is irrelevant. The music speaks for itself which is powerful. I repeat once again all three iterations of Tangerine Dream are unbelievably brilliant they are the Pink Floyd of Germany. That level. Maybe by the 1990s they got a little formulaic and some of the albums were almost cut-and-paste productions but by 1982 nothing like that; it was pure liquid gold for which I am eternally grateful to Edgar and his men

Highly recommended and yes very much of its time : 1982

PS: Not always sure folks know that Tangerine here is a reference to the city of Tangiers and not the fruit .... took me years 🙂 🤣😎 to glimpse that ... Tangiers synonymous with kif of course ...

 Alpha Centauri by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.57 | 410 ratings

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Alpha Centauri
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Boi_da_boi_124

5 stars Review #127!

Tangerine Dream's second album, 'Alpha Centauri', was probably the most organic they ever sounded. The synths are only background effects and flute, organs, and occasional percussion are in the forefront. Like many of their other albums, 'Alpha Centauri' is prone to long, droning song structures. All three but the first, 'Sunrise in the Third System', are long and slow pieces. "Sunrise" is a wonderful little bite-sized portion of ambience. Surprisingly intense. 'Fly and Collision of Comas Sola' is a beautiful ambient piece. The synths make a simple hum and other elements zoom in and out, painting an interesting picture (one that changes every listen). The flute here is mesmerizing, and the drums are superb. This would fit well on 'Zeit'. The sidelong title track is just a collage of droning sounds that ring beautifully, creating a sea of noise. There are many interesting sounds here, from what sounds like whale calls to the hum of a refrigerator. Very eclectic, and in the best way. This early Tangerine Dream album is an amazing one that everyone should own and/or listen to. 'Alpha Centauri', for your consideration. Prog on.

 Cyclone by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.69 | 409 ratings

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Cyclone
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Boi_da_boi_124

5 stars Review #126!

Tangerine Dream and lyrics? Surely, it can't be true, yet it is. And 'Cyclone' is a great album, not something that should happen. 'Bent Cold Sidewalk' kicks off the album, using a plethora of esoteric and interesting techniques to create the best sound possible, such as vocoders, a blend of electronic and acoustic instruments (like that amazing flute), aggressive vocals, pairing drums with Moog (now that's odd), and so forth. Thirteen minutes of bliss. 'Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender' is very fast paced and fun. It is my least favorite track of this record, but still solid. 'Madrigal Meridian', a sidelong instrumental piece feels like a second 'Phaedra', an electronic epic that still knows to keep the beat flowing. I prefer 'Phaedra', but this track holds up well. Anyways, 'Cyclone', highly recommend to anyone, regardless of if you think you'll like it or not, because you might surprise yourself. Prog on.

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