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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)

3.32 | 300 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.54 | 325 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.68 | 348 ratings
Zeit
1972
3.59 | 284 ratings
Atem
1973
4.17 | 728 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.26 | 848 ratings
Rubycon
1975
3.94 | 507 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.33 | 200 ratings
Sorcerer (OST)
1977
3.59 | 330 ratings
Cyclone
1978
3.99 | 435 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.91 | 286 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.48 | 225 ratings
Exit
1981
3.20 | 149 ratings
Thief (OST)
1981
3.20 | 184 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.49 | 210 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.74 | 54 ratings
Wavelength (OST)
1983
3.08 | 60 ratings
Firestarter (OST)
1984
2.92 | 47 ratings
Flashpoint (OST)
1984
2.90 | 40 ratings
Heartbreakers (OST)
1985
2.82 | 125 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.82 | 168 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.31 | 124 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.27 | 67 ratings
Legend (OST)
1986
2.82 | 38 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.54 | 38 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.61 | 33 ratings
Three O'Clock High (OST)
1987
3.02 | 92 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.63 | 102 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.82 | 71 ratings
Lily On The Beach
1989
2.92 | 50 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.80 | 42 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
2.33 | 21 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can (OST)
1989
1.91 | 27 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1990
2.92 | 79 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.42 | 63 ratings
Canyon Dreams (OST)
1991
2.54 | 27 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.18 | 23 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin (OST)
1991
2.34 | 19 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff / The Man Inside (OST)
1991
2.13 | 21 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.45 | 68 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.68 | 57 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.74 | 57 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.90 | 32 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
2.90 | 60 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.83 | 20 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.21 | 40 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
2.95 | 24 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
1.71 | 24 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1997
3.32 | 32 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes 2
1998
2.48 | 27 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.63 | 8 ratings
Quinoa
1998
3.18 | 48 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.14 | 21 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.36 | 28 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
2000
3.02 | 36 ratings
The Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.67 | 39 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
3.26 | 31 ratings
Inferno
2002
2.57 | 19 ratings
The Melrose Years
2002
2.72 | 29 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.93 | 27 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2003
3.58 | 50 ratings
Purgatorio
2004
3.48 | 33 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.08 | 33 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.85 | 47 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.08 | 25 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
3.94 | 29 ratings
Paradiso
2006
2.93 | 15 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
2.53 | 15 ratings
One Times One
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Destination Berlin
2007
3.39 | 34 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
3.00 | 41 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.11 | 25 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.07 | 17 ratings
Purple Diluvial
2008
2.56 | 22 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.57 | 25 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
2.92 | 29 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.67 | 24 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.50 | 31 ratings
Flame
2009
3.22 | 18 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part I
2009
3.14 | 7 ratings
Winter In Hiroshima
2009
2.13 | 5 ratings
Dream Mixes 5 [Aka: DM V]
2010
3.18 | 22 ratings
The Endless Season
2010
1.44 | 24 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
3.57 | 44 ratings
The Island Of The Fay
2011
3.45 | 28 ratings
The Angel From The West Window
2011
2.43 | 9 ratings
Finnegans Wake
2011
3.48 | 35 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
3.50 | 8 ratings
The Castle
2013
3.00 | 13 ratings
The Cinematographic Score GTA 5
2014
3.30 | 10 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part II
2014
3.88 | 31 ratings
Quantum Gate
2017
3.56 | 9 ratings
Light Flux
2017

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

4.28 | 322 ratings
Ricochet
1975
3.90 | 222 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.76 | 73 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.78 | 168 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.98 | 142 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.29 | 101 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.33 | 62 ratings
Livemiles
1988
2.95 | 51 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.29 | 30 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.39 | 31 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.00 | 12 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.64 | 26 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.71 | 27 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.59 | 20 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.30 | 33 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
2.63 | 8 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.42 | 14 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.74 | 8 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.12 | 14 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.10 | 11 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.82 | 17 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.06 | 18 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.73 | 13 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.17 | 4 ratings
Brighton - March 25th 1986
2005
2.13 | 4 ratings
Cleveland - June 24th 1986
2005
3.00 | 9 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Tangerine Dream
2006
3.55 | 10 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
3.00 | 2 ratings
Orange Odyssey
2007
3.00 | 2 ratings
One Night in Space
2007
3.50 | 2 ratings
Loreley
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live @ Dussmann Berlin
2009
3.71 | 17 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
2.83 | 6 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
4.00 | 4 ratings
Zeitgeist Concert
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Knights of Asheville
2011
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Gate of Saturn (Live at the Lowry Manchester 2011)
2011
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live at Admiralspalast Berlin
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Budapest at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
2012
2.54 | 17 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
3.13 | 8 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
3.94 | 12 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
3.14 | 7 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume One
2015
3.25 | 4 ratings
Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014
2015
4.43 | 7 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume Two
2016
4.17 | 6 ratings
Live at Philharmony Szczecin-Poland 2016
2016
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Sessions 1
2017
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Sessions 2
2018

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

3.73 | 14 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.50 | 8 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.86 | 17 ratings
Live in America 1992
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 | 1 ratings
35th Phaedra Anniversary Concert
2007
4.00 | 1 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
2.75 | 4 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
2.67 | 3 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

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

4.80 | 5 ratings
Alpha Centauri/Atem
1976
4.63 | 16 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.69 | 27 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
4.25 | 4 ratings
In the Beginning
1986
3.47 | 15 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.76 | 15 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
3.86 | 7 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.38 | 8 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.74 | 20 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.07 | 9 ratings
Dream Music
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
(3)
1992
2.25 | 4 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.85 | 24 ratings
Tangents
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Collection
1994
2.00 | 5 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
2.00 | 6 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.19 | 12 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
4.13 | 8 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.45 | 11 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.41 | 16 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 1
1998
2.20 | 16 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 2
1998
2.57 | 7 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
2.92 | 6 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dream Dice
1998
1.33 | 3 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
4.33 | 3 ratings
Dream Sequence
2000
4.35 | 8 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
2.67 | 3 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
An Introduction to...
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
High Voltage
2004
2.00 | 1 ratings
Lamb with Radar Eyes
2004
4.50 | 2 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
2.60 | 5 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
2.75 | 4 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.00 | 7 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.50 | 6 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.75 | 8 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
3.00 | 2 ratings
DM 2.1
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Antique Dream Land
2007
2.00 | 3 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
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 | 1 ratings
The Electronic Magic of Tangerine Dream
2008
2.95 | 21 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
3.00 | 3 ratings
Booster 3
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ballads
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Music for Sports - Power and Motion
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Music for Sports - Cool Races
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Vintage Vanguard
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Independent Years
2009
3.00 | 1 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ride on the Ray; The Blue Years Anthology 1980-1987
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Booster 4
2011
4.50 | 6 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 | 5 ratings
The Virgin Years 1977-1983
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 5
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 6
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Lost in Strings Vol. 1
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Decades: 1980s
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Decades: 70s
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ultima Thule
2013
3.33 | 12 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream Live
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Deep Run to Vegas
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Out of this World
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
Booster 7
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ultima Thule
2016
4.50 | 4 ratings
Quantum Gate / Quantum Key
2018

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

2.79 | 15 ratings
Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
1966
3.99 | 25 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.00 | 2 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
1974
3.50 | 2 ratings
Extracts from Rubycon
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Excerpt from Ricochet
1975
4.50 | 2 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
4.00 | 1 ratings
Betrayal/Grind
1977
3.00 | 1 ratings
Monolight
1977
3.00 | 1 ratings
Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Excerpts from Force Majeure
1979
4.50 | 8 ratings
Tangram
1980
5.00 | 1 ratings
Choronzon
1981
3.33 | 9 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.12 | 6 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
2.32 | 6 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
3.75 | 4 ratings
Going West
1984
3.60 | 10 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
3.00 | 1 ratings
Streethawk
1985
3.00 | 1 ratings
Tiergarten
1985
4.00 | 6 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dancing on a White Moon
1987
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Time for Heroes
1987
4.00 | 1 ratings
Marakesh
1988
3.50 | 2 ratings
Alexander Square
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
Optical Race/Mothers Of Rain/Sun Gate/Ghazal
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Oranges Don't Dance
1990
2.33 | 21 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.50 | 2 ratings
Rockoon Special Edition
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
Big City Dwarves
1992
2.00 | 1 ratings
Dreamtime
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
Turn of the Tides
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Midwinter Night
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Das Mädchen auf der Treppe
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Limited World Tour Edition 1997
1997
4.00 | 1 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
3.67 | 3 ratings
DM 4 Bonus CD
2003
3.50 | 2 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Promo
2007
3.73 | 11 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.73 | 13 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
2.93 | 10 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.50 | 10 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
Choice
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
Armageddon in the Rose Garden
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Cage in Search of a Bird
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
Zeitgeist
2010
3.00 | 3 ratings
Mona da Vinci
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Gate of Saturn
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.18 | 9 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014
3.11 | 8 ratings
Quantum Key
2015
3.18 | 2 ratings
Particles
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
Light Flux EP
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tear Down the Grey Skies
2017

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 Le Parc by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.82 | 125 ratings

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Le Parc
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This was my first Tangerine Dream album, even though it is number 26 in line of albums that had previously been released by TD. The album consists of 9 short tracks (short as compared to most of their previous work). The songs are all inspired by worldwide parks, which is really a great idea. However, sometimes this works well and at others it doesn't.

Now the album isn't a complete failure as some reviews here tend to signify. It just isn't the TD of the past. Understandably, TD tried to make their music appropriate for the decade it was produced, the 80s. So it takes on some faster beats, some slightly new wave-ish sounds and so on. But, surprisingly enough, it doesn't always sound as dated as you would expect.

The first track is "Bois de Boulogne" and it opens the album on a high note. It is a fast tempo song with nothing annoying about it and a very memorable hook. "Central Park" however, does sound somewhat dated to me and an almost techo-disco which you might expect here. "Gaudi Park" has a nice beat and bass line that runs rapidly through the song almost giving it a softcore industrial sound as synths flow around the running rhythm. This one is better. Fourth in line is "Tiergarten", which starts out soft with background noises of children playing and a nice electronic piano. A whistling synth and drums join in later. It is a pleasant song, not too annoying, but commercial and almost New Age sounding and very melodic. It's not a complete write off though. "Zen Garden" is a favorite of mine and reminiscent of older TD. It starts with wind and birds in the background and a hard percussive, but sustained "hit" in the synth bass which slowly drops it's tone as it is sustained and this repeats throughout. I love this sound and synths of all kinds play around this. No rhythm in this one. A female voice singing wordless vocals joins in also. Inspired by the sounds of Japanese music and very pensive and beautiful.

Next up comes the title track "Le Parc". It starts up the second side with a jet flying overhead and immediately a fast beat starts up and synths play around it. This one takes on the sound of European disco/techno, with a very stately melody. It is very commercial sounding, and a little dated, but it brings back memories of Kraftwerk from the same decade. "Hyde Park" begins with some strange clicking sounds. The thumping mid tempo bass starts and provides the basis for the song. Synths are melodic and there are some orchestral sounding "hits" and synth chord progressions throughout that are indicative of the decade, but it's not overly annoying. "The Cliffs of Sydney" actually breaks the 5 minute mark. This one is also European sounding with a throbbing mid tempo bass and then fluttering percussion around that. I like the sound of the main melody in that it sounds like guitar from the old Italian westerns. This rhythm stops halfway through and synths carry the action for a while before it starts up again with the same melody. "Yellowstone Park" is the highlight of the album at over 6 minutes. It starts out with pan flutes and a mysterious sustained orchestral sound before synths start joining in. A slow tribal rhythm begins and wordless vocals from the one of the same singers of "The Great Gig in the Sky" (Dark Side of the Moon). Pan Flutes start again and carry the main motif giving it a Native American sound. A nice, floating tune. You can picture the clouds over the high mountains, the rivers and lakes of the park with hawks and eagles soaring, a buffalo or two loitering near the water, and so on. Yes I've been there a lot of times, and the tune really fits the park.

So, overall , this is a very good TD release, better than what most have rated it at. No, it's not as good as earlier TD, but it holds a nostalgic spot for me because I purchased it when it was first released. I still own the record and love it for it's high points which is worth keeping it around. And it has very nice cover art. Do you have to have it? No, but I would recommend it for easy relaxing listening at least, especially for "Zen Garden", "The Cliffs of Sydney" and "Yellowstone Park". Good, not essential, 3 stars.

 Force Majeure by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.99 | 435 ratings

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Force Majeure
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It was time for Tangerine Dream to move into the 80's and this album marks the start of that transition. The music continues it's melodic sound that was on the previous album, but without vocals this time. The main players of the band is down to two keyboardists, which is to be expected from an electronic band. But real drums, acoustic guitar, piano, cello and a few other surprises await us on this album.

It starts out with an 18 minute, side-long title track. Starting out with some nice atmospheric sounds and a pretty typical TD sound, things seem to be in good order. Then the rhythm kicks in. Many TD fans are okay with this, and at the time, this was a good move, but now in 2018, the keyboards sound very dated against the background of the band. At least that is how I feel it. The rhythm lasts for a while with the keyboards and a couple of breaks, but remaining somewhat unchanging except for a few times. When the rhythm eventually stops, things get atmospheric again and the dated sound goes away. The music gets quite pleasant here and doesn't seem old anymore. Again this lasts for a while, the drums join in again but with a different melody and atmosphere, but unfortunately, every time the drums start, things start to sound dated again. Now, a dated sound doesn't necessarily ruin things for me because I do love hearing a little Kraftwerk every once in a while and maybe even an old 80s band if I'm in the mood, but I can't seem to get into this as much as other TD albums. It sounds somewhat weak to me.

The 2nd side of the album starts with a 7 minute song called "Cloudburst Flight". A nice acoustic guitar and swirling keyboards sounds really nice and pensive. Keyboard bass starts to throb in the background, then turns into a repeating descending pattern while keyboards and electric guitars trade places with the melodic line and drums take on a midtempo pattern which is not overbearing. This is a much better combination than the title track when the rhythm section joins in. The soloing becomes quite impressive and heavy, which I find very enjoyable. Before the end, things calm down again and a nice whistle-sounding synth takes over. Really good especially for a comparatively short track.

The 3rd track is over 10 minutes long and is called "Thru Metamorphic Rocks". It starts off soft with piano and then increases in sound and intensity. Drums come in early on in the build and drive it forward and there are some nice sound effects crashing around. Soon the electric guitar takes over with another impressive solo. The chord progression becomes repetitive however for a while. Then the main melodic motif fades out while it is taken over by the synthesized sounds that I love TD for. This to me, is the best part of the album and more of what I would expect to hear from an electronic album. A rapid progression of notes continue in the background and establish a rhythm as synths improvise over the top with heavy sounds and no melody.

Overall, this is not a bad album, but I do have problems in the title track where things are dated and just too commercial for my taste. About half of that track is like that at different times throughout. The other two supporting tracks are more interesting to me and give the album it's saving grace. This is TD in it's progressive stage, but there are a few places where it all ruins it for me. Overall, I have to rate this at about 3.5, but the repetitiveness of the drums and bass patterns knock it down to a 3.

 Phaedra by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.17 | 728 ratings

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Phaedra
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars To me, the best way to listen to this album (and many of the best electronic albums) is when you are not in a hurry, you can empty out everything in your head and you close your eyes and let your mind take you on a journey which is influenced by the music you are listening to. It's like a mental piece of art that your mind is creating and it will be a different experience for everyone that listens because your mind travels to places based on your experiences, no matter how far out there they may be. It is a great experience when you really listen and let your mind go with it.

From the other reviews on this album, it seems like a lot of people do this, and then describe what they felt or experienced. When I read some of them, I think, wow that is a completely different interpretation than what I had of that piece of music. But that is the beauty of it, everyone sees and hears things differently. In reality, electronic music is just sounds made by an artist by manipulating a machine, computer or instrument and sometimes a combination of these. An expert musician knows how to get the sounds and tones out of that machine in the best way possible. Sometimes they are trying to make a specific feeling and other times it is just improvisation. This may make it sound like electronic music is something that anyone could do, but this is far from the case. I have heard much electronic music that sounds completely amateur and just plain bad, and I have heard a lot of it that is beautiful, flowing, harsh or whatever, and it sounds like it is done by a capable artist.

No doubt about the fact that Tangerine Dream's performers are artists, especially on this album. Sounds swirl, cascade, float and drop into the picture with hardly any warning. To a casual listener, there may not be a lot of forward movement or progression in the sound, sometimes even from one track to another. That is why this music demands to be heard by being listened to. Yes it works well for background music for studying or whatever, but it's best use is by really listening to it. You can hear melodies that come to the foreground which to a casual listener may not seem apparent. You hear sounds that create pictures in your mind, repetitive sequences or loops or just random sounds and movement. These work together to paint pictures and moods, albeit mental, but there all the same.

Many people say that this represents a change of sound for TD, and a lot of this is probably because this is the first time the artists featured what would become their sequence driven sound and would also have more structure as a result. Instead of having a more random direction, the music starts to move forward with a purpose. The first track is the 17 minute long title track which is based on an improvisation that was recorded by the band earlier. For a large part, this track is improvisation with direction. Some of the changes in the sound came about by accident through the recording of the piece because of flaws with the musical equipment, but it ended up giving the sound more structure and direction. These flaws would later be used to the artists benefit. This is mostly a free flowing track that has many changes throughout that may be only perceptible by really listening. There are places were rhythm is introduced and then taken away again. You will hear bass in this track and throughout the album which is also done electronically through a Moog Sequencer. Apparently this instrument was very hard to tune and they spent many hours just to get a few minutes of bass sequence.

The 2nd track is "Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares" and was created only by Edgar and his wife. It was done in one take on the Mellotron. In it, you can hear some semblance of melodies come in and out of the picture and there are many other pleasant sounds and sequences that were all created in that one take. Quite an amazing piece of work for something done without editing. Edgar says this is exactly as it sounded when he played it in the studio the first time. Next is "Movements of a Visionary" which starts out with a series of eerie sounding noises and continues like that for a few minutes. Rhythm is finally introduced and a melody line comes in with a nice organ sound. There really is nothing melodic about it except for the organ which never really picks up a theme, yet sounds melodic anyway. This is mixed in with the rest of the sounds so that you may not pick it out if just casually listening. The last track is a short ambient piece.

Overall, this is a very amazing listening experience. Also, TD was using new equipment at the time unlike anything out there. This was the main driver along with word of mouth, that made this album so successful, even without any radio airplay. It still stands as an essential and historical recording as it will pave the way for electronic music's future. The sound created here appealed to the public back in the day, and even today you can listen to it even without mind altering chemicals in your system and still be taken away by it. This is definitely an essential masterpiece of an album especially when it comes to progressive electronic music and is also on the list of 1001 albums to listen to before you die. It stands up there with the rest of the most influential progressive albums in history and rightfully so. This is why it gets a five star rating.

 Hyperborea by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.49 | 210 ratings

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Hyperborea
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Elioglossia

3 stars Having owned only an infinitesimal amount of TD's discography comparatively speaking, I'm not really sure where to place this among its predecessors and contemporaries. However, Hyperborea stands out in the band's 80s oeuvre primarily because of the Eastern flavor of opening track No Man's Land. A slow-burning, stuttering composition lasting around 9 minutes, it is a disjointed jaunt through the land of everlasting sunshine, as the album's mythological title suggests. Compared to proximal albums like White Eagle and Exit, there is a more fleshed-out sonic template being utilized here, but frankly the compositions are not as intrepid overall as the ones on the aforementioned albums. Chalk it up to personal taste, but there's not as much of a pulse to Hyperborea. It just lumbers along, but I can appreciate the range of moods here. Within the space of four tracks, it runs the gamut from quirky to menacing, while oddly maintaining a sense of homogeneity.
 Phaedra by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.17 | 728 ratings

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Phaedra
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars 1. "Phaedra" (16:48) if ever there was a perfect electronica companion to Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey," this would be it. Eerie and spacey and forlorn yet powered by the human spirit of hope and adventure, TD put something together here that transcends just listening: this is music is suggestive of worlds and sensual experiences beyond normal imagination--or rather, this music enhances the capacity of imagination. Thought the driving sequences change and shift often throughout the course of "Phaedra" the pace is fairly consistent and insistent; there is no let up on the course into infinity--at least, that is, until 10:20, when it appears that we are waylaid by reaching the Void. (And people express their distaste for Genesis' "The Waiting Room"! This must have really irked them!) Luckily, an angelic force appears two minutes later to rescue us and push away the Faeiries of Kaos. Yet, these angels are not from Heaven, but from the Tao! They're here to tell us that beyond the illusory worlds of space and time there exists the potentiality and reality of Anything and Everything and Nothing! Nice song. (9.5/10)

2. "Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares" (10:46) opens with what sound like distant street noises as if heard through the bedroom window from a high rise apartment in the middle of a hot, windless summer night. Synth organ enters in a eerie, vampire movie soundtrack kind of way (though also exceedingly close to Tony Banks' intro to "Watcher in the Skies"). The organth floats slowly around the aural soundscape (panning) as flanging and sequenced riffs and synthesized wind noises flit in and around the soundscape. Very somber and depressing. In the sixth minutes signs of life appear in the form of bouncy synths chords and organ arpeggi while the somber organth continues its parade of death through the city streets. Flitting wind gusts (or are they bats?) seem to occasionally join ole Drac as he looks for his latest victim (the humanized chords just before the last minute?) Genius. (9/10)

3. "Movements of a Visionary" (7:58) opens with experimental sounds that seem unnatural without the contributions of electricity. At the end of the second minute a mallet-like sound creates a fast-paced sequence over which organ soon joins. Electric piano later is added while the sequence shifts down an octave or two. (8.5/10) 4. "Sequence in 'C'" (2:17) is peaceful and serene as layers of "wooden flutes" create a pleasant, floating canopy of sheets blowing in the wind. (5/5)

An historic achievement in music and a masterpiece of its genre.

 Quantum Gate by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 31 ratings

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Quantum Gate
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars Plenty of listeners and fans have no shortage of opinions about when the pioneering German electronic group Tangerine Dream apparently stopped being `the REAL Tangerine Dream', be it their first moves into more streamlined musical territory in the late Seventies, the more obviously melodic direction of the Eighties, or even when particular musicians arrived and/or left at various points throughout the fifty active years of the project. The recent continuation of the TD brand in the wake of the passing of founder and mainstay member Edgar Froese has been the latest controversy, a move that some pockets of fans have considered something of a gross insult and a kind of `blasphemy' to Mr Froese's memory and the institution that is Tangerine Dream.

It is now known that Edgar gave his blessing to the musicians that he'd been creating music with in the years just before his passing to carry on the group name, which included keyboardists Thorsten Quaeschning (something of a veteran by now at thirteen years and multiple albums under the TD banner) and Ulrich Schnauss, and violinist Hoshiko Yamane. This quartet had been preparing what was to be considered the next evolution of Tangerine Dream, dubbed by Froese as the `Quantum' era, with some early glimpses of this new beginning found on the promising `Mala Kunia' EP in late 2014, but his death soon into the new year following it initially halted the progress. After several months of uncertainty, the remaining trio commenced realising Edgar's vision of seeing this new stage of Tangerine Dream become a reality, and their first full-length disc `Quantum Gate' was released on September 29th 2017, to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the group.

The good news is that `Quantum Gate' is a superb album, one of the best to bear the Tangerine Dream name in quite some time in fact, with the current trio utilizing initial sketches, demos and fragments recorded by Edgar as a grounding and crafting a series of nine tracks around them that find a strong balance between atmospheric longer reaches, electronic explorations and more melodious compact pieces - plus a touch of dance music, so oldies and prog-snobs best approach with caution! There's a constant distinctly current sound with endless respectful nods to the vintage exploratory heritage of the group through every bit of the album, and with fairly little prominence given to electric guitar, it makes for a superb slice of intelligent modern electronica, and even the more straight-forward spots (which are actually fairly few and far between) are far weightier and more subtle than many of the tracks that have shown up on numerous TD discs since the late Eighties.

The near-fourteen minute opener `Sensing Elements' holds a series of experimental and ambient fragments a world away from commercial appeal or easier melodicism. It's essentially a multi-part suite that coasts between freeform serene electronic drifts, stronger themes driven by those classic TD chiming notes and more urgent churning programmed beats, making for a confident statement from this current trio. Each re-listen reveals a secret exciting layer and a very understated flow, and the piece will at least raise a curious eyebrow from some hold-outs of this new era of Tangerine Dream! `Roll The Seven Twice' offers nicely clacking percussive momentum and a catchy reprising searing theme whilst dipping into slinking dance beats, and `Granular Blankets' holds a more reflective soundtrack-like elegance to Hoshiko's classy violin and fleeting darker traces to its haunting piano.

Sure to be one of the more controversial moments, `It Is Time To Leave When Everyone Is Dancing' is perhaps the closest Tangerine Dream have ever come to delivering an energetic `summer dance anthem' (at least outside of their `Dream Mixes' volumes!), mind you an intelligent and tightly arranged summer dance anthem at least! It's a bouncing and joyous dance piece, revelling in the versatility that we can expect from this current T.Dream incarnation. Hoshiko's sweeping violins then emerge between `Identity Proven Matrix's strident and sparkling synth themes, and some sparse use of grumbling electric guitar briefly reminds of Pink Floyd.

Quaeschning, Schnauss and Yamane then spoil the older fans with a series of beautiful and deeply immersive epics to close out the disc. The ten-minute constantly unfolding `Non-Locality Destination' is loaded with big dramatic synth washes and bristling sequencer ripples flitting in and out, and once it hits a spot right in the middle with rumbling guitar reaches you'll almost swear Pink Floyd's `One of These Days' is hiding in there somewhere! The dreamy space-music of `Proton Bonfire' is all crystalline ringing expanses, dancing sequencers and fizzing implosions before more prominent beats propel the piece forwards with excitement, and it ultimately culminates in an uplifting refrain. `Tear Down The Grey Skies' is pure a Seventies sci-fi-flavoured soundscape with monolithic alien expanses, and nine-minute closer `Genesis Of Precious Thoughts' will likely be the favourite piece for many here. Overloaded with feverish sequencer-breaking runs and little skittering up-tempo bursts, Hoshiko's violin taking centre stage constantly soaring majestically over darker electronic pulsing, fancier ambient washes and dramatic imposing beats, meaning all three members get a final chance to leave their mark.

Whether or not you consider the disc `Tangerine Dream' is up to you (and there's sure to be some who will instantly dismiss it without hearing a second of the music), but this is evocative and smart electronica from a talented trio that constantly calls to mind moments from many eras of the group from over the last several decades, and not in the lazy derivative way that so many of the endless TD clones do. The accompanying `The Sessions 1' EP and some of the recent `Particles' set suggest the current trio are going to keep looking even deeper back into the classic vintage Dream years for fresh inspiration in the future, but for now, `Quantum Gate' is a bold and successful new start to the legacy of Tangerine Dream, and Edgar would be immensely proud of what his protégés have delivered here.

Four and a half stars.

 Encore (Live 1977) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1977
3.90 | 222 ratings

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Encore (Live 1977)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Vinyl Connection

4 stars Although there are but four side-long tracks, each comprises several discrete parts. Live, the classic Froese/Franke/Baumann line-up of Tangerine Dream passed the initiative deftly between their multitude of keyboards as they spontaneously created unfolding musical landscapes and then explored them. Having said that, there are some sections referencing album pieces while others joyously bring together their combined creativity into a shifting, swirling whole. Some piano softens 'Monolight' while Froese's psychedelic guitar provides adds a welcome charge to 'Coldwater canyon'. Perhaps falling slightly short of greatness, this excellent recording?made during the US tour of 1977?nevertheless offers a fine introduction to the Virgin era of a seminal electronic outfit.
 Logos... Live At The Dominion - London by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1983
3.78 | 168 ratings

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Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A cheesy but enjoyable live set from Tangerine Dream. Some sections of the epic Logos would crop up here and there in other work over the 1980s - for instance, there's the beautifully dramatic bit about 20 minutes in which was memorably used in one of the most unforgettably dramatic scenes of Michael Mann's The Keep. If you cannot stand the polished, cinematic style of 1980s Tangerine Dream, it probably won't be for you, but if you do it's a treasure trove of electronic playfulness and a welcome break from the occasional sterility of their studio albums of the era. Three and a half stars.
 Underwater Sunlight by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.82 | 168 ratings

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Underwater Sunlight
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Considering the sheer mass of material Tangerine Dream cranked out in the 1980s between studio albums, live albums, soundtracks and archival releases, it's easy to feel swamped by it all, and there's some justification to the idea that Edgar Froese and his cohorts spread themselves too thin. Underwater Sunlight, however, is a highlight of their mid-1980s torrent of material, with Froese and Paul Haslinger trading soaring guitar solos over an impeccably composed and produced synthesiser backing. It's a bit New Age in terms of both theme and execution, but if all New Age music were like this then we'd be lucky, lucky listeners.
 Hyperborea by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.49 | 210 ratings

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Hyperborea
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Tangerine Dream's stint at Virgin had seen them transition from the psychedelic electronic pioneers of their early days to the sleek, technologically advanced unit poised to absolutely glut the market with material over the course of the 1980s, particularly through their soundtrack efforts. All snark aside, though, this is one of the better Tangerine Dream albums of the 1980s; like Exit and Thief, it's very much a product of their new post-transition sound, but it's one of the more gorgeous and intricate examples of it, and the production standards have hold up well to this very day. A fascinating electronic trip, with a mysterious, awe-inspiring atmosphere - like the soundtrack to a documentary about a lost civilisation that never existed.
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