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

3.33 | 230 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.53 | 256 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.68 | 266 ratings
Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
1972
3.58 | 222 ratings
Atem
1973
4.14 | 581 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.25 | 662 ratings
Rubycon
1975
3.90 | 398 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.29 | 155 ratings
Sorcerer
1977
3.56 | 262 ratings
Cyclone
1978
3.98 | 337 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.89 | 213 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.43 | 176 ratings
Exit
1981
3.11 | 115 ratings
Thief
1981
3.13 | 142 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.45 | 161 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.65 | 37 ratings
Wavelength
1983
2.24 | 30 ratings
Risky Business OST
1983
3.07 | 44 ratings
Firestarter
1984
2.90 | 33 ratings
Flashpoint
1984
2.96 | 29 ratings
Heartbreakers
1985
2.81 | 98 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.83 | 133 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.31 | 103 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.26 | 49 ratings
Legend
1986
2.74 | 23 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.56 | 26 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.50 | 24 ratings
Three O'Clock High
1987
3.07 | 81 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.59 | 80 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.87 | 55 ratings
Lily On The Beach
1989
2.44 | 16 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can
1989
2.95 | 33 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.79 | 29 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
3.15 | 64 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.45 | 50 ratings
Canyon Dreams
1991
1.85 | 20 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1991
2.95 | 20 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.29 | 16 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin
1992
2.58 | 12 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff (The Man Inside)
1992
2.13 | 15 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.48 | 53 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.75 | 40 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.87 | 46 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.90 | 27 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
3.03 | 45 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.82 | 13 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.67 | 33 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
2.89 | 16 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
2.34 | 13 ratings
The Hollywood Years Vol.1
1998
2.09 | 13 ratings
The Hollywood Years Vol.2
1998
2.33 | 20 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.66 | 23 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes II
1998
2.00 | 17 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1998
3.23 | 35 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.00 | 16 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.33 | 21 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
1999
3.01 | 27 ratings
Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.59 | 28 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
2.61 | 14 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
2.63 | 19 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.90 | 21 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2004
3.61 | 41 ratings
Purgatorio (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2004
3.48 | 24 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.06 | 25 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.80 | 36 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.04 | 19 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
2.44 | 9 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
3.00 | 8 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
2007
2.40 | 10 ratings
One Times One
2007
3.43 | 26 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
3.20 | 29 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.08 | 17 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.14 | 7 ratings
Axiat
2008
3.08 | 12 ratings
Purple Dilluvial
2008
2.95 | 18 ratings
Booster
2008
2.38 | 18 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.41 | 22 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
3.29 | 21 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.54 | 16 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.47 | 25 ratings
Flame
2009
3.25 | 12 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry Part 1
2009
3.00 | 15 ratings
Endless Season
2010
1.35 | 16 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
4.24 | 26 ratings
Edgar Allan Poe's The Island of the Fay
2011
3.68 | 19 ratings
The Angel from the West Window
2011
3.53 | 25 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
2.63 | 8 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013
3.00 | 7 ratings
Grand Theft Auto V - The Cinematographic Score
2013

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

4.23 | 258 ratings
Ricochet
1975
3.88 | 173 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.68 | 56 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.81 | 130 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.94 | 116 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.45 | 69 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.35 | 51 ratings
Livemiles
1988
3.12 | 37 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.27 | 24 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.38 | 25 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.00 | 9 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.53 | 17 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.74 | 20 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.32 | 24 ratings
Inferno (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2002
3.58 | 15 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.21 | 25 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.48 | 11 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.06 | 12 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
2.17 | 6 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.50 | 9 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
2.58 | 12 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.00 | 13 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.53 | 10 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.60 | 5 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
2.50 | 6 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
4.27 | 18 ratings
Paradiso (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2006
3.79 | 14 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
3.00 | 4 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
2.57 | 14 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
3.43 | 7 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
3.89 | 8 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
2.33 | 3 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014

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

3.72 | 10 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.50 | 6 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.69 | 13 ratings
Live in America 1992
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
Dante's Inferno
2006
3.60 | 10 ratings
Tempodrom
2006
3.80 | 5 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
4.35 | 8 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)

4.58 | 12 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.68 | 24 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
3.53 | 11 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.79 | 10 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
3.60 | 5 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.00 | 5 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.65 | 14 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.04 | 6 ratings
Dream Music
1992
2.50 | 4 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.81 | 19 ratings
Tangents
1994
2.40 | 5 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
2.25 | 4 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.11 | 9 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.43 | 12 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.67 | 3 ratings
Sea Of Dreams
1998
2.50 | 4 ratings
Luminous Visions
1998
3.26 | 6 ratings
The Analogue Space Years
1998
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Pink Years
1998
2.50 | 6 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
2.91 | 4 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
3.50 | 6 ratings
Tangerine Dream
1999
3.92 | 6 ratings
Tang-go
2000
3.96 | 8 ratings
Antique Dreams
2000
3.20 | 5 ratings
i-Box
2000
4.64 | 5 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
4.13 | 11 ratings
Nebulous Dawn (The Early Years)
2006
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Dante Arias Collection
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Dante Song Collection
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
3.00 | 9 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
2.83 | 6 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
2.75 | 4 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.00 | 4 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.50 | 6 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
3.00 | 4 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
4.00 | 5 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)

2.74 | 11 ratings
Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
1966
3.97 | 21 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.60 | 5 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.08 | 5 ratings
Die Melodie Aus Dem Gleichnamigen
1982
3.00 | 5 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.67 | 3 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
3.33 | 3 ratings
Going West
1984
3.33 | 6 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
3.75 | 4 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
2.45 | 20 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.71 | 7 ratings
Space Flight Orange
2005
3.00 | 5 ratings
40 Years Roadmap To Music
2006
3.57 | 7 ratings
Metaphor
2006
3.29 | 7 ratings
One Night In Space
2007
4.00 | 7 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.72 | 9 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
2.88 | 7 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.14 | 7 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008
3.50 | 2 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements' by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.68 | 266 ratings

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Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by steelyhead

2 stars Better Life Thru Chemistry

Please, if you are a normal person who mind your own business and haven't had something stronger than a beer on your system, stay away from this double CD. It is not intended to you.

There's no way someone can convince me that there's music hidden somewhere here. 3 spins and I couldn't find It.

There's no rhythm, no melody at all here only a lot of sounds that if you are a fortunate human being and have some peyote at home will serve as a backsound to your delirium tremens.

I love TD, seriously I do, but this is simply not their best CD.

Please don't try this at home.

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 Alpha Centauri by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.53 | 256 ratings

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Alpha Centauri
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars 1970 was again a turbulent year for Tangerine Dream. A new drummer had to be found after Schulze's exit and later on in the year also organist Conrad Schitzler left to form Kluster. But chances were turning for Froese when meeting with Chris Franke, only 17 at the time but already an established name as a jazz drummer in the original line-up of Agitation Free. The organist seat however remained problematic. One Steve Schroyder joined for the recording of 'Alpha Centauri' in January 1971 but due to his erratic behavior he had already left again by the time the album was released in March 1971. Also one Udo Dennebourg (flute) and Roland Paulyck (synth) joined for the recording session but never toured with TD.

'Alpha Centauri' marks the real start of Tangerine Dream's foray into electronic music; it covers a lot of new ground and is therefore a very representative album of their so-called 'Pink Years'. Pink? Pink must be the very last color that comes to mind when trying to describe this music; besides pitch black I'm rather seeing 'dark fiendish green' and 'sickly violet'. But no, 'Pink Years' simply refers to their Ohr label which sported a pink ear ('Ohr' in German) as the label's symbol.

'Sunrise in the Third System' - We kick off with a wonderful piece for organ, it resembles the track 'Genesis' from their previous album but now with organ and electronic effects in the lead. This time properly recorded onto a state of art 8-track in Dieter Dirks studios in Cologne. Legend has it they spent 3 weeks perfecting the sound of the organ, it's an anecdote that demonstrates how TD's history is intertwined with the development (and sometimes 'taming') of new instruments and pieces of equipment.

'Fly and Collision of Comas Sola' - One of the new toys for the boys was the VCS3 synth that features prominently here. The spirit of Pink Floyd is still strong and just like the second track of the debut, the 'Celestial Voices' part of A Saucerful of Secrets' again forms the basis for a gradually intensifying piece with thundering drums and solo flute. Is this post-rock 20 years before someone thought of that word? I think it is. This is one of my favorites from their 'Pink' era.

'Alpha Centauri' - If the first half of the album was an electronic perfection of their free-form rock past, the next 22 minutes will take us into the future, and while we're there, also into deep alien space. When Chris Franke joined TD, he didn't just bring his skills as a drummer along but also introduced Froese to contemporary composers like Ligeti and Stockhausen. The next album 'Zeit' would fully indulge in those influences but they are already felt strongly here. In fact the entire first 18 minutes are very vanguard, with free-form flute playin dueling against atonal noise from the VCS3 and other sounds processed through modulators, oscillators and echo boxes. What makes it attractive is that after 18 minutes of chromatic discord we are rewarded with 4 minutes of harmonic relief when a celestial choir of voices joins the Hammond organ for a grand finale. Still, it's a difficult piece to get into, fascinating but not exactly appealing.

'Oszillator Planet Concert' - In June 1971, Tangerine Dream performed on the Ossiach festival in Austria, a 10 day festival concentrating on world music but also featuring TD, Weather Report and headlined by Pink Floyd. Only 10 minutes from the TD gig have been released and feature on the 2011 Esoteric reissue of 'Alpha Centauri'. By that time Peter Baumann had already joined so for fans this historic recording is worth checking out. The music is very much in the vein of 'Zeit'

'Ultima Thule parts 1 and 2' - In August 1971 TD released this single, taking them on an interesting trip back to psychedelic rock. It's like a last nod to Pink Floyd's 'Umma Gumma' before they would venture into the bleak emptiness of 'Zeit'. The tracks were previously released on a 2008 compilation and they make for an interesting addition on the 2011 Esoteric reissue. If only to demonstrate how the band was still experimenting with different styles and approaches.

As with 'Zeit' and 'Atem', it will take some patience and indulgence from the listener in order to connect with this trip of eerie sounds, dissonance and spooky atmospheres. The groove and melody that made later Tangerine Dream albums popular is still absent so don't be surprised if it takes you 20 years - if ever - to get it, but in places this is sure a stunning work. 3,5 stars.

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 Electronic Meditation by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.33 | 230 ratings

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Electronic Meditation
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars 'Electronic Meditation' was recorded in October 1969 shortly after Edgar Froese asked drummer Klaus Schulze and violin/cello player Conrad Schnitzler to join Tangerine Dream. TD had been around since 1967 and was known to perform free form live jams that sometimes lasted up to 5-6 hours. In those 2 years the band had seen more than 15 line-up changes already and also the Froese, Schulze, Schnitzler incarnation would hardly last a year as first Schulze and then Schnitzler would leave TD in the course of 1970 to join Ash Ra Temple and Kluster. Not credited but also part of the 'Electronic Meditation' recording were Thomas Keyserling (flutes) and Jimmy Jackson (organ).

No official recordings have survived from the 67-69 period and even the release of 'Electronic Meditation' was an accident rather than anything premeditated: there just happened to be a 2-track tape recorder running while they were jamming' It wouldn't be the last time that chance played an important part in TD's music. The tape found its way to Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser who released it on his recently founded record label Ohr.

'Genesis' - Contrary to what its title might suggest, 'Electronic Meditation' contains no electronic instrumentation whatsoever, instead it's free from experimental rock with an uncanny mix of guitars, drums, organ, cello, flute, sound effects and tape recorders. 'Genesis' demonstrates this very well with its eerie slide guitar and tuneless cello drones. As it goes along, distant tribal drums and seemingly random flutes add to what I believe to be a very exciting track, exemplary for what TD was about during their stay on the Ohr label.

'Journey Through A Burning Brain' - Later on Froese would cite contemporary artists such as Ligeti, Stockhausen and Salvador Dali as primary influences but in these early years it were the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Hendrix that shaped his music, along with early Pink Floyd. The influence from the latter is the most obvious: the closing organ section of 'A Saucerful of Secrets' is literally the basis for the album's 12 minute centerpiece. The spirit of Jimmy Hendrix is very vivid in the wild jam that this track gradually evolves into.

'Cold Smoke' - An organ spinning minor chord progressions alternates with percussive outbursts. Halfway in you could swear to hear Nick Mason banging away on the skins. In the second half Froese's guitar is very upfront, climaxing on top of the layer of noise produced by the band. It's dirty and gritty but considering this was recorded on a simple 2-track tape it sounds quite ok actually. I guess the way it sounds is an important part of the album's charm (or lack thereof considering where you stand).

'Ashes to Ashes' - This time a more conventional backbeat takes the lead. It demonstrates how Tangerine Dream was still an integral part of the kraut rock scene as this track could as easily have featured on albums from their contemporaries Amon D''l, Agitation Free or Organisation.

'Resurrection' - This returns to the 'Saucerful' organ part and to the slide guitar and cello drones of the opener. It's an interesting way to end the album as the sounds and mood conjured up here would be further developed on their next album. Unlike the more rock oriented jams this particular track would not be out of place on 'Alpha Centauri'.

By far not my favorite Tangerine Dream album but still very happy it exists as the band went on to do entirely different things and we would have had no idea at all of what they were about in their formative years. 'Electronic Meditation' is a fascinating early kraut rock album but it lacks the chops to grab my attention for its entire course. As Froese recalls 'we were still a bunch of amateurs'.

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 Legend by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.26 | 49 ratings

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Legend
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Losimba

4 stars I already had quite a few other Tangerine Dream albums when I got Legend. My impression is bivalent (is that an English word?). Most of the songs are quite average, though certainly not bad. The two songs with lyrics and vocals are certainly better than most of the stuff, though Loved By The Sun could do with a wee bit less drama in the chorus. Ok, it's Jon Anderson and his voice IS quite good. But Is Your Love Strong Enough with Bryan Ferry behind the microphone is definitely the better song of the two. But then there is the one song which changes not everything, but at least the album rating. In fact, The Unicornis one of my Top 5 instrumental pieces and I'm more than happy for the reprise at the end of the album.

Without The Unicorn Legend would not be worth more than 3 stars, but with a 6 star song I'm willing to give 4.

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 Edgar Allan Poe's The Island of the Fay by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.24 | 26 ratings

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Edgar Allan Poe's The Island of the Fay
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Now, the White Eagle has crossed the Rubycon and entered the Stratosfear. Edgar Froese - RIP

The Prog universe took a different turn today, directly the result of Edgar Froese untimely death in Vienna. His passing was duly noted in headlines around the world, a vanguard pioneer of electronic music that stretched the boundaries of rock music, as well as defining soundtracks for a wide variety of artistic endeavors, from film to vernissage. On a personal note, my 37 strong TD album collection went from current to legendary status with his departure, so any revisit from now on will be a reverential pleasure that will undoubtedly alter my perception of an already highly evocative style of music. What made TD so delightful as an audiophile is that the style simply encouraged alternate perceptions each and every time one would listen to the same album, conveying different moods and reactions that depended on such triggers as time of day or season, mobile or inert, at work or at play.

When grounded by a 100 album and counting career, spanning nearly half a century, it would be kind of useless to compare the various eras, some still very contentious with hard-core fans (such as the 90s output) but I believe that Edgar had completed the 'cycle' and returned to his classical period glory in the last few years before his unfortunate exit. In particularly brilliant fashion, Edgar released in 2011, a couple of scintillating albums "The Angel of the West Wind", which I have already reviewed as well the object of this exercise "The Edgar Allan Poe- The Island of Fay", both are worthy of the loftiest praise and form part of Froese's 'the Eastgate's Sonic poem series' project. Back in form with grandiose melodies, breathless sequenced arrangements and an organic pulse, the electronic soundscapes paint vivid mental pictures, highly individualistic readings that are always a unique interface between artist and fan.

"Marmontel Riding on a Clef" is a remarkable opener that highlights low-end volcanic eruptions with sweeping overhead melodies, where the fusion of the mechanical and the quixotic gently coaxes you to sit back comfortably, close your eyes and wander away into the deepest recesses of your own mind. It is all effortless and ethereal.

The athletic "Breath Kissing Matter's Mouth" is an idealistic affair , sweeping layers of doom gliding over hypnotic percussive swells and an ostinato sequence that makes for ardent listening, one of the finest TD pieces ever. This amazing contrast between simple and complex, muscular and celestial is what makes TD so utterly enjoyable even after multiple returns. Keyboard maestro Thorsten Quaeschning has been a positive foil for Froese to reignite some old-school Tangerine Dream stylistics, mainly by incorporating the legendary mellotron into the mix, hence providing a sense a grandiose reverence to the arrangement.

The rather romantic-laced melancholia of "Beauty of Magic Antagonism" offers a different take on the previous pieces, closer to ab 'acoustic' TD tune, deliberately simple and yet wraithlike, mystifyingly misty and still audacious. The mood is ornate and palatial, a trait that went perhaps missing during the 'tame' 90's and is splattered all over this release.

The 11 minute epic "Fay Bewitching the Moon" revels in a decidedly more cinematographic manner, almost symphonic electronica for the early part, until the strapping sequencers kick in with their thunderous pulse. Quivering synthesizer overlays carpet the platform for a phantom violin solo from Hoshiko Yamane, littered with Iris Camaa's luxuriant percussion, this piece certainly hearkens back to the glory days of yore.

"Cycle of Eternity" keeps the whirlwind blowing, another elliptical loop melody that arches out into the stratosphere, conveying both spirituality and perpetual bliss, without any artifice or conformism. There is a delectable groove here, free flowing and natural, not content to be mere background music which TD never was nor should ever be. The violin again leads the procession nicely.

This is followed by three 9 minute (or so) pieces that simply seal the deal in terms of the album's success. The now ominous sounding "Death in the Shadow" is a shattering piece, just that 'cimbalom' patch alone is enough to seduce me but throw in some ghostly choir echoes and I am completely rapt in utter enjoyment!

"Moment of Floating Into the Light" suggests even more gentle adventure and sweeping drama, a tightly woven slice of magnificent sounds and mysterious horizons. A lovely guitar phrasing comes screeching through the clouds, reminding us that he was quite an accomplished guitarist as well.

The creepy melodrama of "Darkness Veiling the Night" , a lovely Quaeschning composition , slithers through the tiny cracks like some soporific gas, echoed metronome percussion merging with liquid guitar licks and sizzling sparkles of sound frizzing the airwaves, this is the quintessential modern electronica that breathes organically, unrushed, universal and mind-numbingly gorgeous. It all sounds so metallic, so forlorn and desperate, the mellotron in particular causing all the damage, helped along by some piano assertiveness. Ridiculously delicious!

The rock music community all over the world, as well as the film industry is in shock at the passing of a huge pioneer, a genial Prussian who led synthesizers into battle at a time when Elvis was still ruling the waves, expanding his seminal craft in parallel with millions of minds who luxuriated in the Tangerine Dream as listeners and fans. Herr Froese, you live on eternally in your music, "Endlich zusammen"!

5 clemetine reveries

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 Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements' by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.68 | 266 ratings

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Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by FXM

5 stars Zeit - a true masterpiece.

This review is a tribute to Edgar Froese.

I learned that Edgar Froese had passed away yesterday evening so as a tribute to one of the greatest pioneers of electronic music I have decided to do a review of one the greatest pieces of electronic music ever recorded. Tangerine Dream have a vast discography of both studio and live recordings and were still actively recording up to the death of their inspirational leader. In my opinion Zeit represents one of their best recordings. It is a mammoth work of four movements that each spanned a full side of vinyl on the original release. It was also the first recording of what many, including myself, would regard as the "classic" line-up of Froese, Franke and Baumann and represents a seminal work of electronic music/space rock.

It is subtitled "Largo in four movements" and as the term Largo indicates it is a slow moving work that gradually developes, evolves and unfolds capturing the listener in realms of deep space.

"First Movement: Birth of Liquid Plejades" starts with some rather menacing cello and evolves into an etheral mesmerising spacy composition.

"Second Movement: Nebulous Dawn" starts of quitely with droning synthesiser then joined by more keyboards and pulsating sound effects creating a very atmospheric haunting piece. Again it envokes images of the other worlds deep in the solitude of space.

"Third Movement: Supernatural Probabliities" envokes images of the vastness of space, menacing at times, with a pulsating sound in the background which if you let you mind wander could represent the hum of a futuristic space craft crusing through deep space.

"Fourth Movement: Zeit" is another haunting etheral composition. Zeit translates as Time, so I envisage it as a sound representation of time and space, many of the stars we see in the sky are many millions of light years away, the light we see from them now was emitted many millions of years ago and has travelled the vastness of space to only reach us now.

I tend to do most of my music listening while working (been self-employed helps) and some when driving but this music deserves to be heard properly, sitting back in an armchair with the lights dimmed (but probably not in the dark as it may just scare you too much) and closed off from the distractions of the outside world so that you can obsorb its nuances and take your mind on a journey to the outer reaches of the cosmos and alien worlds.

This is one of the most important records of the 20th Century. It is a magnificant musical achievement. It was ground breaking for its time, opening up a whole new world of musical posibilities. Definitely a masterpiece well worthy of a 5 star rating.

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 Ricochet by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1975
4.23 | 258 ratings

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Ricochet
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by friso
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4 stars Tangerine Dream - Ricochet (1975)

Electronic progressive music has never been one of my most cherished genres, but I must admit I like to listen to the few records I have in my collection. Last week I bought a vinyl of this celebrated live album of Germany's biggest electronic act, Tangerine Dream. I must say I like it a lot.

Seventies electronic music is often a mix of minimal electronic loops, some drums and some psychedelic or atmospheric effects. Here you'll find nothing to shocking - perhaps some electric guitar notes - yet both sides seem to have a great atmosphere and a fresh & inspired feel. The charm is the mysterious non-human sound, which is enriched by the feeling of this being a live concert. The recording quality is great.

I'v been thinking abou this, but there's not a lot to say actually, four stars. Recommended to fans of electronic music and the German progressive scene.

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 Grand Theft Auto V - The Cinematographic Score by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.00 | 7 ratings

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Grand Theft Auto V - The Cinematographic Score
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars In this modern technological age, current generation video games are looking more realistic, as well as being able to offer greater depth and deliver narratives more cinematic in scope than ever before. With it's extended atmospheres and sense of drama, it's surprising that progressive related music is not utilized to back video games more often these days, the two mediums really quite a perfect fit for each-other! After the use of `Remote Viewing' from `Exit' on one of the in-game radio stations in `GTA 4', electronic project Tangerine Dream were extended the opportunity to properly soundtrack large sections of the fifth entry in the `Grand Theft Auto' game series for it's 2013 release. Founder Edgar Froese is the sole musician credited here, and this special edition CD entitled `Grand Theft Auto V - The Cinematographic Score' isolates all of the Tangerine Dream music recorded for the project for a consistent and atmospheric modern release from the group, if hardly anything particularly fresh or inventive.

The urban setting of the game series is an easy fit for Tangerine Dream. Polished and crisp electronics with lightly orchestral washes of cinematic synths perfectly convey the sprawling city landscapes of neon lights, spewing factories and cold industrial atmospheres that make up the game. With a heavy crime story, it's no surprise that much of the music is distantly comparable to their late Seventies soundtrack `Thief', especially noticeable on both opener `Place of Conclusions' and `Diary of a Robbery' with their sleek cold electronic pulses over Edgar's trademark chiming electric piano. There's heavier guitar powered blasts like `Downtown Los Santos', skittering pulses throughout `Blaine Country Sunrise' and cool slinking beats on `Burning The Bad Seal'. Pieces like `Mission Possible' thankfully bring some more uplifting and even victorious melodies, and `Beyond the Weakest Point' is more ethereal with a lovely New Age quality by way of soothing flute, gentle synths and unobtrusive pattering beats. The dramatic highlight of the album is the more melancholic and thoughtful `Draw The Line Somewhere'. A nice hissing beat never ceases over moody rising synths with expertly executed cinematic synth builds, yet it still remains restrained and subtle.

There's not a lot here that is particularly new to separate this disc from the endless glut of similar styled modern studio releases put out by Mr Froese and Tangerine Dream, with a borderline recycling of themes and ideas. But there's no denying Froese can create these sort of arrangements with commendable inspiration and energy, and `Grand Theft Auto V - The Cinematographic Score' is consistently strong all the way through for what it is - easy to enjoy and undemanding atmospheric electronic music best appreciated as a background listen, just like it would in the game.

Diehard followers of the group who take the time to listen to and appreciate their modern albums for what they're worth will still likely find much to enjoy here, but hopefully this release encourages younger gamers to check out this pioneering electronic group and discover some of their true classic defining albums.

Three stars.

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 Sorcerer 2014 by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 2014
3.89 | 8 ratings

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Sorcerer 2014
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars 2014 saw electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream given the opportunity to perform their original soundtrack to William Friedkin's `Sorcerer' from 1977 live in Copenhagen, playing on stage as the movie played directly behind them on a large cinema screen. That performance inspired this double CD release "Sorcerer 2014: The Cinematographic Score", as well as a second disc of outtakes, unused fragments and new pieces in the style and manner of the original music. Claimed to be recorded live at the Eastgate Music and Arts theatre, more likely it's been partially re-recorded in the studio, but it makes no difference - this is simply one of the finest Tangerine Dream recordings in over twenty years, one that fans of their Seventies music have been waiting for. This is not simply some uninspired `covers' album or lazy remake, the current version of Tangerine Dream have reworked much of the original, and it's made their music sound the most vital and relevant it has for many years.

The classic original `Sorcerer' soundtrack was one of the most brooding and dark releases from the band, and it's a relief to discover that much of that atmosphere has been retained for this new interpretation. Along with founder Edgar Froese, the line-up appears to still include Thorsten Quaeschning and Hoshiko Yamane, both longtime members, although the credits in the CD booklet are somewhat vague. Hoshiko is not credited, but can clearly be heard throughout the album, and despite a photograph on the back cover showing Linda Spa and Iris Camaa, they seem totally absent from this double set. However, the musicians present offer a 59 minute reinvention of `Sorcerer' that expands on the original work. Some of the pieces are now almost doubled in length, with a few completely remade, given careful modern and contemporary additions that skillfully don't ruin what made the Seventies version so special in the first place.

Looking at some of the highlights, it's immediately obvious during the imposing plodding march of `The Call' that all those pulsing, stalking, creeping beats and loops that raised tension to breaking point on the original album still permeate much of the music here. Mellotron slices cut through the gloom of `Creation' like a razor, brief electric guitar interjections offering a lonely lament one second, strangled desperation the next. Intimidating electronic slabs pound down on precious sanity over and over throughout `Vengeance', the piece now transformed into an overwhelming and sprawling cathedral of gothic majesty that wouldn't sound of place on a Goblin album. `The Journey' is a tranquil flute rumination over static pulses, the cinematic `Grind' is almost doubled in length as Hoshiko's violin cascades serenely through washes of synths filled with wonder. `Abyss' has evolved into a freeform nightmarish sound-collage drone, an icy ocean of sleek Mellotron waves submerging the listener in a suffocating electronic whirlpool. Darkly grooving almost tribal percussion beats through both `Mountain Road' and `Impressions of Sorcerer', Edgar's trademark chiming keys over Mellotron backdrops in the first, tense electric guitar histrionics that grow more driving and wild by the wailing finale in the latter. The Mellotron fuelled `Sorcerer Theme' is still relentless, but given a successful skittering drum n' bass breakdown makeover to close the main disc on.

Just as strong as the main disc is the companion CD. Even the most supportive of devoted Tangerine Dream followers would probably admit that some of their modern albums are a little samey and uninspired, but fans would be well advised to give this one a look. It displays subtlety and a lightness of touch that has been missing from many of their modern works from some times, the mix of vintage and modern elements in perfect balance with each-other. Full of slinking grooves, plenty of chill-out moments, lightly dancey beats and unhurried ambient atmospheres, thankfully all those obvious melodies, syrupy AOR-style lead saxophones and extravagant percussion elements that plagued their albums for so many years are now completely removed. This is how modern Tangerine Dream should have been sounding for some time now, and the material here is strong enough to have stood out on it's own without the `Sorcerer' `brand-name' attached to give it more attention. It's really one of the best modern style Tangerine Dream albums of the highest quality.

The guitar rumbles of `Approaching The Danger' are instantly recognizable from the 70's `Sorcerer' music, but they're really secondary to cool laid-back beats, glistening electric piano and soothing synth washes. The gentle electric piano and acoustic guitars of `Servant of Misery' are melancholic and soothing at the same time, given flight by pillows of synth clouds. The beautifully restrained slinking dark grooves of `Rain and Thunder' make it a blissfully ambient club chill-out. Gliding rising and falling synths sigh around creaking loops and snaking little dance beats for almost eight minutes, the band managing to sound effortlessly cool and relaxed. `In the Mist of the Night' returns to mystery and darkness, blowing winds whipping around drowsy Floydian electric guitar bends and classic TD period rolling loops. Both `Nebulous Jungle Path' and `Distance and Hope' perfectly compliment original themes and sounds from the `Sorcerer' album with prominent dancing beats and soothing Mellotron washes that take on a cinematic drama, as does the ethereal `Jungle on Fire', sighing synths breathing in and out with an unrushed build. `Crash at Dawn' is built around hissing electronics, sleek beats and roaring guitar soloing, but the band leave the best until last, and `Fast Ride To Danger' could almost be an outtake from `Phaedra', with the same bubbling mysterious synth moods present and suffocating unceasing loops.

Not merely a lazy knock-off of the original album or an uninspired cash-grab trading on a recognizable name, this is two hours of incredible electronic music. Not only is `Sorcerer 2014' likely going to be of great interest to fans of the vintage Seventies output of the band, but it hopefully hints at a renewed inspiration within the progressive electronic institution that is Tangerine Dream overall. Already being warmly received by longtime fans of the band, `Sorcerer 2014' sits proudly alongside the original album but more than stands on it's own merits. It has quickly become an essential and exciting Tangerine Dream release, as well as one of the most surprising electronic releases of 2014. At over forty years into their career, who would have thought we could ever make such a statement again?

Four and a half stars.

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 Mala Kunia by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Mala Kunia
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Released by electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream to coincide with the recent live performances at the Melbourne Town Hall in Australia on November 16th 2014, `Mala Kunia' is the first studio work to feature a new line-up for the project. Still comprised of founding member Edgar Froese on keyboards/guitar, Thorsten Quaeschning on keyboards and Hoshiko Yamane on violin/cello from the previous line-up, the band now boasts the addition of highly regarded German electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss on keyboards, an artist of great variety in tune with both vintage and modern styles. Although hardly essential, this 52 minute album hints at possibilities this new version of Tangerine Dream may go on to produce once they are more established and settled in, with a few moments drifting rather close to excellence.

The title `Mala Kunia' is derived from the name of two Aboriginal tribes who, according to Aboriginal mythology, lived ages ago around Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. The Mala tribe lived on the sunny side, the Kunia on the shady side of the rock, and this is contrasted in the way the music on the disc frequently balances light and shade to great success.

Despite moments of lovely drifting backwards effects, tip-toeing electric piano footsteps and Froese's chiming synth melodies, there's not too much to distinguish lead track `Shadow and Sun' from endless other more anonymous sounding Tangerine Dream pieces. But it all sounds perfectly lovely, especially on repeated listens, balancing lighter flights of optimism with quite nicely driving guitar growls. A never-ending optimistic electronic loop is punctuated by shimmering effects and groaning synth lines that reach for the heavens in `Madagaskunia', the more dramatic `Madagasmaia' is a slow-build mix of pulsing beats, tribal percussion and successfully grand pretty themes full of joy and freedom...and is that a hint of the barest Mellotron wisps of TD old buried in there?

A nice Pink Floyd flavour (similar in moments to their recent release `The Endless River') floats through both `Beyond Ularu' and `Vision of the Blue Birds'. The former is surreal and hazy, with unobtrusive metallic percussion clicks under soothing yet striking synth washes. The latter piece, the longest on the album at almost nine minutes, contains the most colour and variety. An unhurried sonic collage of shimmering synth drones, a variety of pattering beats, atmospheric guitar interjections and ethereal electronics, many moments throughout it ripples with brooding power, and it's deeply surreal and full of ancient mystery. More old-world meets the new with `Snake Men's Dance at Dawn', blending modern slinking electronics and reassuring cinematic synth themes with cooing chants and beats that sound like stones thundering together. Closer `Power of the Rainbow Serpent' is the highlight of the album, full of climactic power and mellow grace. Slithering dark electronic grooves, Hoshiko's serene cello piercing through the heart of the beast, fanciful synth themes and welcome uneasy flourishes take flight, and this piece is the one that hints at the exciting potential of this new Dream line-up the most.

Froese boasts that this new period in Tangerine Dream's long-running history shall be known as The Quantum Years, and that it will deliver `some adventurous music in a different aural landscape.' In comparison to many of the 90's onwards Tangerine Dream albums that had a plastic, shallow sound, there's definitely traces of a freshness and vitality seeping back in, and the positivity throughout is reassuring and quite grand in moments. This one probably works best as a pleasing and undistracting background listen, where it's undemanding and dreamy melodies can take hold. But there's definitely signs of life in the progressive-electronic institution that is Tangerine Dream, and `Mala Kunia' will appeal to both longtime T'Dream collectors, and likely be extra appealing to Australian fans due to the theme and the recent concerts.

Three stars...but the best is likely yet to come from this exciting new vision of Tangerine Dream.

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