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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)

3.38 | 213 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.54 | 241 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.66 | 250 ratings
Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
1972
3.58 | 207 ratings
Atem
1973
4.16 | 547 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.27 | 608 ratings
Rubycon
1975
3.90 | 380 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.26 | 140 ratings
Sorcerer
1977
3.57 | 246 ratings
Cyclone
1978
3.95 | 318 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.83 | 202 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.47 | 164 ratings
Exit
1981
3.02 | 103 ratings
Thief
1981
3.13 | 130 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.44 | 150 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.65 | 33 ratings
Wavelength
1983
2.24 | 26 ratings
Risky Business OST
1983
3.11 | 39 ratings
Firestarter
1984
2.94 | 29 ratings
Flashpoint
1984
3.00 | 26 ratings
Heartbreakers
1985
2.68 | 87 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.73 | 122 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.28 | 93 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.19 | 43 ratings
Legend
1986
2.75 | 21 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.56 | 24 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.45 | 21 ratings
Three O'Clock High
1987
3.08 | 75 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.57 | 74 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.89 | 49 ratings
Lily On The Beach
1989
2.50 | 12 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can
1989
3.00 | 28 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.85 | 26 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
3.15 | 55 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.48 | 43 ratings
Canyon Dreams
1991
1.88 | 17 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1991
3.11 | 18 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.32 | 15 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin
1992
2.70 | 10 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff (The Man Inside)
1992
2.25 | 12 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.47 | 47 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.77 | 36 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.89 | 40 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.94 | 24 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
3.04 | 41 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.90 | 11 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.75 | 29 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
2.94 | 15 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
2.40 | 12 ratings
The Hollywood Years Vol.1
1998
2.16 | 12 ratings
The Hollywood Years Vol.2
1998
2.29 | 16 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.89 | 19 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes II
1998
2.04 | 15 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1998
3.27 | 31 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.15 | 13 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.38 | 20 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
1999
3.03 | 24 ratings
Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.76 | 25 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
2.65 | 11 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
2.75 | 16 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.96 | 19 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2004
3.82 | 35 ratings
Purgatorio (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2004
3.46 | 24 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.07 | 23 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.80 | 34 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.07 | 17 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
2.63 | 8 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
3.29 | 7 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
2007
2.56 | 9 ratings
One Times One
2007
3.41 | 26 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
3.23 | 26 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.15 | 15 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.50 | 6 ratings
Axiat
2008
3.12 | 12 ratings
Purple Dilluvial
2008
3.00 | 17 ratings
Booster
2008
2.34 | 16 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.36 | 20 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
3.35 | 18 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.58 | 14 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.49 | 26 ratings
Flame
2009
3.33 | 9 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry Part 1
2009
3.00 | 12 ratings
Endless Season
2010
1.14 | 11 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
3.63 | 19 ratings
Edgar Allan Poe's The Island of the Fay
2011
3.72 | 17 ratings
The Angel from the West Window
2011
3.53 | 21 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
2.57 | 7 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013

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

4.24 | 240 ratings
Ricochet
1975
3.92 | 159 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.56 | 50 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.77 | 118 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.89 | 103 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.47 | 60 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.34 | 45 ratings
Livemiles
1988
3.14 | 33 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.29 | 21 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.41 | 22 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.11 | 8 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.58 | 15 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.30 | 19 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.38 | 21 ratings
Inferno (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2002
3.68 | 13 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.16 | 18 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.57 | 10 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.13 | 11 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
2.40 | 5 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.58 | 7 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.80 | 6 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.16 | 10 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.29 | 7 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.39 | 9 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.15 | 13 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.53 | 10 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.60 | 5 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
2.50 | 6 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
4.40 | 16 ratings
Paradiso (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
2006
3.92 | 12 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
3.00 | 4 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
2.43 | 12 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
3.71 | 7 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014

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

3.72 | 10 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.60 | 5 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
4.40 | 6 ratings
Tangerine Dream - The London Eye Concert
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Lisbon
2010

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

4.60 | 10 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.66 | 21 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
3.68 | 12 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.85 | 8 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
3.50 | 4 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.00 | 5 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.65 | 14 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.00 | 5 ratings
Dream Music
1992
2.50 | 4 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.80 | 18 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
2.49 | 5 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
3.00 | 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
4.06 | 17 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
3.20 | 5 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
2.71 | 7 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
2.75 | 4 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
2.75 | 4 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.00 | 4 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.50 | 6 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
3.75 | 4 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
3.95 | 22 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.60 | 5 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.09 | 4 ratings
Die Melodie Aus Dem Gleichnamigen
1982
3.00 | 4 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.67 | 3 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
3.33 | 3 ratings
Going West
1984
3.40 | 5 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
3.75 | 4 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
2.45 | 20 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.83 | 6 ratings
Space Flight Orange
2005
3.20 | 5 ratings
40 Years Roadmap To Music
2006
3.60 | 5 ratings
Metaphor
2006
3.67 | 6 ratings
One Night In Space
2007
4.17 | 6 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.76 | 8 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
2.96 | 6 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.00 | 6 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014

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 Mala Kunia by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Mala Kunia
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

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

— First review of this album —
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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 Under Cover - Chapter One by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2010
1.14 | 11 ratings

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Under Cover - Chapter One
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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1 stars There was some talking at the ProgBrasil forum about this album. And quite some praising. So I was curious about it. Some people went as far as saying that TD´s version of Kraftwerk´s The Model was better than the original one. Well, after I got the album and give several spins, all I can say is that I´m really disappointed. I´m not a electronic music fan, nor have been following TD´s career through the years (but, with such gigantic discography, who is?). Most of what I heard was some 70´s releases like Phaedra and Stratosphere, plus a few live DVDs which I liked. So I was expecting some instrumental work, maybe with very different, bold arrangements, leading some songs to become almost unrecognizable.

That´s not what I heard: although there are some nice synths here and there, all are tracks have vocals and the arrangements are simply mediocre most of the time. None of the tracks steer much away from the original and the voices don´t add much either. It´s unbelievable that such seasoned electronic expert like Edgar Froese did approve such dud. Ok, some moments are enjoyable, like the opener Cry Little Sister and Precious, although the feeling is that I´m listening to Depeche Mode, not TD. And tracks like Hotel California and Pink Floyd´s Wish You Were Here are a very poor choice of material and they sound extremely cheesy. The aforementioned The Model does have an interesting arrangement with piano and flute, but the original is way better than this one.

In the end I really don´t know what was the meaning of this album. I really wish they had done something more original and electronic using the simple melodies as a basis. Not this time. This one is just a curio at best.

Rating: one star, this is not even for fans of TD. For completionists only.

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 Tyranny Of Beauty by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.89 | 40 ratings

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Tyranny Of Beauty
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Stalvern

1 stars

Probably the worst of all Tangerine Dream albums, and one of the worst things that I've ever heard - the mid-'90s were a real dark age for Tangerine Dream, and Tyranny of Beauty is its nadir. The band certainly needed to move on from the dull muzak of the Private Music albums and Rockoon, but while this new period brought back a measure of the ambition that had deserted the band with Christopher Franke, that ambition was now applied in the most perverse of ways.

In their golden years, Tangerine Dream explored the furthest reaches of synthesized sound; at the close of the '80s, they contented themselves with cheap, generic keyboard tones; here (and, to a lesser degree, on the preceding Turn of the Tides), the focus has switched completely to guitars, all but burying what rudiments of electronics remain. This is hardly a problem in itself - Edgar Froese's icy, airy solos had been highlights on some of the band's best works - but the greasy, histrionic playing here abandons all taste and class, spewing out endless solos as indulgent as Frank Zappa's and as showy as David Gilmour's without the sense of either.

The album opens with "Catwalk", its lone highlight and incidentally one of the least guitar-oriented of its songs. It's trivial stuff and painfully outdated, sounding almost like a turn-of-the-decade Madonna backing track (think "Vogue" or "Deeper and Deeper") even as it flagrantly samples the leading-edge sounds of Underworld's dubnobasswithmyheadman, but it does boast a decent amount of energy, a comparatively light mix, and a genuinely impressive acoustic guitar solo in the middle. Unfortunately, things take an immediate nosedive afterward; the next piece, "Birdwatcher's Dream" combines sappy chord changes with The Wall-wannabe arpeggios and features an ugly, '80s "snap" sound in its climax, and it's only the start of the truly rotten material on here. "Little Blonde in the Park of Attractions" is one of the worst tracks on the disk, with the loudest, shreddiest guitar work and cheesily "dark" drumbeats near the end, and "Living in a Fountain Pen" (God, these titles) is a fitting neighbor, with a schlocky, "folk-style" acoustic section and toothlessly "tough" distorted power chords elsewhere. But the most offensive moment is easily "Stratosfear 1995" - an absolute travesty that takes a Tangerine Dream classic and smothers it under a leaden "rocking" beat, blaring hair-metal guitars, and lazy new beep-boop synthesizer tones, with the original song still audible, crushed and helpless, beneath it all!

After that, things start to calm down, and the album blends together in my mind as a haze of lower-key ramblings against more ignorable backdrops, although the early-'90s "dance" piano line and bongo drums in "Bridge in Cold Tears" (not "Bride", as it so happens) linger unpleasantly in my memory. Eventually, it ends with a slow Händel piece, featureless and spiritless (the "string" pads seem to have been deliberately set to sound as cheap and unconvincing as possible, though the clarinet is nice), but a pleasant enough way to wind things down. I can't decide whether to praise it more for its composition or damn it more for its performance, but it's the first enjoyable thing here since "Catwalk", for what precious little that that's worth. Finally, some releases of the album add a contemporary B-side called "Quasar" as a bonus track - I looked it up on YouTube, and it's a perfectly generic techno thumper, which inherently makes it better than almost everything on the album proper.

Speaking for both Tyranny of Beauty and Turn of the Tides - I don't plan on sitting down to review more than one of these stinkers, and this one was the more satisfying target - I can see why these albums got made; after the lightweight facelessness of stuff like Optical Race and Melrose, Froese was probably itching to get back into more substantial territory. But why in this way? Electronic music was the biggest that it had ever been in the mid-'90s, and not just club music, but ambitious stuff in the spirit of what Tangerine Dream had built their name on - when even a "dance" band like The Orb could get away with recording something as sprawling and atmospheric as Orbus Terrarum, the time for a Tangerine Dream comeback was clearly ripe. Even the band themselves must have understood this, as the Underworld samples here prove that they were keeping up with contemporary electronic developments. But, incredibly, they threw that opportunity away, and this sorry music is the consequence.

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 Wavelength by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.65 | 33 ratings

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Wavelength
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

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

3 stars Tangerine Dream's `Wavelength' is the soundtrack to an obscure Robert Carradine sci-fi film from 1983 (not currently available on DVD or Bluray, but it can be viewed on Youtube), and while it offered nothing truly fresh or groundbreaking from the band, it's still makes for a fine background listen while offering several variations of spacey/electronic ambience. Composed by the trio of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmoelling, considering the albums around it such as `Hyperborea', `White Eagle' etc, `Wavelength' still features the ghostly Melloton, as well as having a distinct mid-70's TD period sound instead of the cold plastic 80's that was emerging during that time. It's mostly comprised of short little interludes and snippets which unfortunately means that many of the tracks rarely get time to develop better, and some sections are reworked pieces from previous albums, but generally if you let the album play in it's entirety, it makes for an undemanding listen of eerie electronic music, and it's certainly far from being one of the worst releases in the band's long discography.

The opening `Main Theme' is a spooky plodding electronic pulse where you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd put an album by Italian horror soundtrack supremos Goblin on the turntable instead! `Desert Drive' is a lovely electric piano balled over positive synths that could have easily been included on the `Tangram' LP. `Mojave End Title' is a racing up-tempo synth-pop burst and is probably the most fully realised piece here. There's little traces of the old Mellotron magic on the droning ambient `Healing', skittering almost dance-like beats on the frantic interlude `Breakout', and the staccato acoustic guitar strums over phasing gently sorrowful synths on `Alien Goodbyes' has a somewhat mournful Pink Floyd quality to it. Deep space hostile alien menace pervades `Spaceship', a cold robotic beat chatters away in the background over imposing synths.

Shimmering synths and restrained Moog trills offer a reflective and meditative tone to side B's `Church Theme' that gradually grows in urgency. `Sunset Drive' has a plodding other-worldly heartbeat loop over stirring restrained Mellotron flutes, slightly dark distortion blows and airy synth soloing drifting around the background. `Airshaft' is a menacing sound-collage, whipping distorted synth lashes, violating electronic distortion and harsh percussive blasts sounding like a fractured nightmare. `Alley Walk' is a soothing respite in comparison, gentle chiming electric piano , like tiny little footsteps and a softly groaning Mellotron choir. `Cryolab' is a lonely downbeat synth drone, `Running Through The Hills' has a nice creeping beat over psychedelic electronics, there's warm placid synth washes throughout `Campfire Theme', and `Mojave End Title Reprise' is exactly what the title says.

Tangerine Dream would offer better soundtrack works (`Sorcerer' and `Firestarter' being particularly impressive), but this is still worth looking into. I actually really enjoy it purely for the fact that it is completely devoid of blatant electric guitar soloing, one thing I always disliked on their studio albums (pretty much from `Force Majeure' onwards if I recall), which I feel made their music a little too obvious and a bit lazy. In the end, `Wavelength' is completely inessential, but a pleasing listen all the same, as well as a perfectly reliable addition to Tangerine Dream collections for more forgiving fans.

Three stars.

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 Purgatorio (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 35 ratings

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Purgatorio (Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by molokaicreeper

4 stars This Tangerine Dream album is an essential addition to any fan of the band. It includes a studio version of a previous live performance at the Royal Festival Hall, in London, in March 2004. At the opening night of the Ether Electronic Music Festival which was followed by the world premiere of a restored version of the Italian silent movie "Purgatorio" from 1911 by Giuseppe de Liguoro's, second part of Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia."

Judged by the fact that this is such an important piece of history, one must listen to it as such. Very dramatic at times, while the original sound of Tangerine Dream takes a peak in songs like "All the Steps to Heaven", "The Glowing Zodiac Wheel" and "Slave to the Gods" then closest with a very anthemic array of songs such as "Till The End Of Silence", and "Spirit Spiral".

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 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 608 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by BatBacon

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

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

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

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

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 Tangram by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.83 | 202 ratings

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Tangram
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by tdfloyd

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

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

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 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 608 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by ebil0505

5 stars As my first exposure to TD and the sub-genre it belongs to, I have found an audio paradise unparalleled by anything I had heard prior to Rubycon. Here there is no simple line-up of your stereotypical rock band instruments set to pump out songs and fall in line to the accordance of the listener's expectations. Instead, we are left to witness electronic music as never comprehended before (at least, for me). While I have no knowledge of the band members themselves or their roles in creating this blissful electronic music, it does not take much imagination to understand why many regard this album as a masterpiece. A dream put into sounds; a soaring landscape of pulsing and reverberating audio effects that transport the listener to realms unknown. Either side to Rubycon is uniquely creative in their own right. They challenge the mind to conjure up images of the listener's choosing, giving isolated experiences specific to each person. TD really give up interpretation to us and leave the swelling moods of sequenced, electronic pulses and vibrations to themselves. This album is essential, I think, to those who love to really immerse themselves in music and give it their undivided attention. That is to say, most of us Prog listeners.

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 Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements' by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.66 | 250 ratings

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Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Xonty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1986
4.47 | 60 ratings

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

Review by Thandrus

5 stars Really, a stunning album. Although one might have contradictory impressions about TD's studio albums from 80's, the live recordings are all killers. Here the band presents itself as gloriously as in Ricochet and Encore, but a bit of new age melodic sensibility constitutes a really welcome musical bonus. The format is the same as in their previous live recordings - side long tracks only.

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

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