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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 discography


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

3.33 | 276 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.53 | 299 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.65 | 321 ratings
Zeit
1972
3.58 | 263 ratings
Atem
1973
4.14 | 687 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.25 | 812 ratings
Rubycon
1975
3.93 | 477 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.30 | 182 ratings
Sorcerer (OST)
1977
3.59 | 310 ratings
Cyclone
1978
3.98 | 403 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.90 | 262 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.46 | 211 ratings
Exit
1981
3.19 | 139 ratings
Thief (OST)
1981
3.18 | 171 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.48 | 193 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.74 | 46 ratings
Wavelength (OST)
1983
3.10 | 53 ratings
Firestarter (OST)
1984
2.95 | 40 ratings
Flashpoint (OST)
1984
2.94 | 34 ratings
Heartbreakers (OST)
1985
2.81 | 115 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.82 | 155 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.29 | 114 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.26 | 59 ratings
Legend (OST)
1986
2.78 | 29 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.53 | 30 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.60 | 27 ratings
Three O'Clock High (OST)
1987
3.02 | 87 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.61 | 92 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.83 | 64 ratings
Lily On The Beach
1989
2.94 | 44 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.79 | 34 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
2.53 | 17 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can (OST)
1989
1.90 | 23 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1990
2.92 | 72 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.44 | 55 ratings
Canyon Dreams (OST)
1991
2.50 | 23 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.21 | 20 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin (OST)
1991
2.26 | 16 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff / The Man Inside (OST)
1991
2.08 | 18 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.44 | 61 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.67 | 49 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.72 | 50 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.89 | 29 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
2.88 | 55 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.88 | 16 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.17 | 37 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
2.92 | 20 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
1.72 | 20 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1997
3.36 | 27 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes 2
1998
2.45 | 23 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.18 | 44 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.06 | 17 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.38 | 24 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
2000
3.03 | 32 ratings
The Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.73 | 32 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
3.32 | 26 ratings
Inferno
2002
2.62 | 17 ratings
The Melrose Years
2002
2.80 | 25 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.93 | 23 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2003
3.60 | 42 ratings
Purgatorio
2004
3.45 | 27 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.05 | 28 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.80 | 40 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.04 | 21 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
4.20 | 21 ratings
Paradiso
2006
2.50 | 10 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
2.58 | 12 ratings
One Times One
2007
3.44 | 29 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
2.99 | 36 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.20 | 21 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.12 | 13 ratings
Purple Diluvial
2008
2.50 | 21 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.52 | 23 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
2.92 | 24 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.69 | 20 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.53 | 27 ratings
Flame
2009
3.23 | 13 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part I
2009
3.22 | 18 ratings
The Endless Season
2010
1.36 | 18 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
2.05 | 2 ratings
Dream Mixes 5 [Aka: DM V]
2010
3.62 | 40 ratings
The Island Of The Fay
2011
3.48 | 24 ratings
The Angel From The West Window
2011
2.36 | 6 ratings
Finnegans Wake
2011
3.55 | 28 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Castle
2013
3.04 | 8 ratings
The Cinematographic Score GTA 5
2014
3.40 | 5 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part II
2014

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

4.28 | 306 ratings
Ricochet
1975
3.84 | 206 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.72 | 66 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.77 | 158 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.97 | 133 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.23 | 92 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.32 | 58 ratings
Livemiles
1988
2.94 | 45 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.30 | 26 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.40 | 27 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
1.97 | 11 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.64 | 22 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.76 | 25 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.58 | 17 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.24 | 29 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.52 | 13 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.12 | 14 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
2.57 | 7 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.42 | 12 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.81 | 7 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.10 | 13 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.10 | 10 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.77 | 15 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.13 | 15 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.60 | 11 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.14 | 3 ratings
Brighton - March 25th 1986
2005
2.09 | 3 ratings
Cleveland - June 24th 1986
2005
3.00 | 8 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
3.57 | 9 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
3.80 | 15 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
3.00 | 4 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
2.67 | 15 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
3.43 | 7 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
3.96 | 9 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
3.50 | 4 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume One
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume Two
2016

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

3.72 | 13 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.80 | 16 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
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
3.86 | 7 ratings
Loreley Night of the prog Festival Germany 2008
2008
4.26 | 10 ratings
Tangerine Dream - The London Eye Concert
2009
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live In Lisbon
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - London
2015

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

4.64 | 14 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.69 | 25 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
3.55 | 12 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.78 | 13 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
3.83 | 6 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.14 | 7 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.67 | 17 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.11 | 8 ratings
Dream Music
1992
2.00 | 4 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.84 | 22 ratings
Tangents
1994
2.00 | 5 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
2.00 | 5 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.20 | 11 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
4.00 | 7 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.58 | 10 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.33 | 14 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 1
1998
2.09 | 14 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 2
1998
2.67 | 6 ratings
Luminous Visions
1998
3.26 | 7 ratings
The Analogue Space Years
1998
2.83 | 6 ratings
The Pink Years
1998
2.51 | 7 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
2.92 | 5 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
2.83 | 6 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
2.67 | 3 ratings
Sea Of Dreams
1998
3.33 | 6 ratings
Tangerine Dream
1999
3.92 | 7 ratings
Tang-go
2000
3.96 | 9 ratings
Antique Dreams
2000
3.50 | 6 ratings
i-Box
2000
4.50 | 7 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
4.09 | 16 ratings
Nebulous Dawn (The Early Years)
2006
2.83 | 6 ratings
The Dante Arias Collection
2007
2.40 | 5 ratings
The Dante Song Collection
2007
3.00 | 6 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
3.10 | 10 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
3.00 | 6 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
2.75 | 8 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
2.25 | 4 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.00 | 6 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.20 | 5 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.71 | 7 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
3.03 | 20 ratings
Booster
2008
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
3.11 | 9 ratings
Axiat
2008
4.00 | 6 ratings
Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973
2011
3.27 | 11 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013

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 | 23 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.38 | 8 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.25 | 8 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.12 | 6 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
2.29 | 5 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
3.75 | 4 ratings
Going West
1984
3.60 | 10 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
3.83 | 6 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
2.36 | 22 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.75 | 8 ratings
Space Flight Orange
2005
3.17 | 6 ratings
40 Years Roadmap To Music
2006
3.75 | 8 ratings
Metaphor
2006
3.50 | 8 ratings
One Night In Space
2007
4.13 | 8 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.79 | 10 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
2.93 | 8 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.38 | 8 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008
3.67 | 3 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.26 | 8 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014
3.08 | 7 ratings
Quantum Key
2015
3.00 | 1 ratings
Particles
2016

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 Logos... Live At The Dominion - London by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1983
3.77 | 158 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 | 155 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
3.48 | 193 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.
 Particles by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Particles
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Vinyl Connection

— First review of this album —
3 stars The album opens with '4.00 Session'. It's an epic, a pulsing, sweeping, hypnotic journey in the grand TD tradition of Phaedra or Stratosfear. But whereas the average length of a 70s Dream-side was seventeen minutes, '4.00pm Session' clocks in at almost half-an- hour. Although it is interesting and enjoyable throughout, there is a vague sense of absence, of something missing; '4.00 Session' is like a well developed draft, just waiting for a little injection of magic?a flash of melody here or a piercing guitar jab there?to elevate it to greatness. Perhaps what is missing is Edgar Froese, that's what I think as I flip the record for side two.

Two pieces here, a reworking of 'Rubycon' (17:25) that opens with some experimental sounds before settling into the classic analogue pulse. It's great, if not revelatory. Then a fair dinkum cover version, the theme from "Stranger Things". Well done, sure, but, er, why?

The second LP is a live set, recorded in concert at Schwingungen Festival+ in 2016. It is a kind of brief introduction to post-seventies Tangerine Dream, offering nicely crafted performances of a selection of TD pieces:

"Mothers of Rain" from Optical Race (1988)

"Power of the Rainbow Serpent" from Mala Kunia (2014)

"White Eagle" from the album of the same name (1982)

"Dolphin Dance" from Underwater Sunlight (1986)

"Shadow and Sun" also from Mala Kunia (2014)

It's well done, all of it. Yet somehow you feel like you are listening to a very accomplished Tangerine Dream Tribute act. In fact, that's the feel of the whole set. Something tentative about claiming the name; some missing adventurousness maybe. As a tribute, it's fine, but Particles is marking time.

Schnauss, Quaeschning and Yamane have done a sterling job of creating an homage to their fallen leader, but if they want to really breathe life into the brand name they need to be bold, to move out of the master's shadow without abandoning his legacy. They need to integrate the particles of Froese's vision into their own manifest skills. There is absolutely no doubt this trio is capable of that feat. Let's hope they give it a go.

[Edited version of a review that appeared at the Vinyl Connection blog. Review copy: vinyl 2xLP, released June 2017]

 Phaedra by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.14 | 687 ratings

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Phaedra
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Luqueasaur

4 stars Like a snow cyborg, cold and robotic: 8/10

I'll be honest: I never liked electronic music. I have always associated it, on its entirety, to EDM - almost like bigotry -, which in turn alienated me from exploring it further. It was a shocker to discover how old and prolific electronic music is, not to mention the fact that - behold! - EDM isn't electronic music's only branch, let alone its most influential (at least on evolutionary terms). This review, then, is from the mind of a layman first introduced to this.

The first thing I noticed as I discovered TANGERINE DREAM is how groundbreaking their music was for their time. I wasn't surprised, especially after listening. I assume that, especially on their epoch, this unconventional stuff was an eerie sight. There are no riffs, no sections, no structure. This makes PHAEDRA entirely cold, robotic, experimentative; a lifeless tool. I don't see this as a problem though, because electricity is by default lifeless, and electronic music's proposition has never been to create "impacting, heartfelt melodies". However, it's not "artless" rabble like EDM. PHAEDRA has a purpose, originality, it has no life just like EDM but it's not a repetitive, meaningless bunch of artificial noises put together to make people mindlessly dance to.

PHAEDRA, generally, is cold and rather indifferent. As I said, it's experimentative, and it bases itself mostly on central "melodic pieces" (consider this a synonym of "proto-riff") sprinkled with countless effects. I'll go more specific on each track down below.

Phaedra sounds "futuristic", rushed, nervous and even dark. Look at the album cover: it is a mysterious, abstract object. Just like Phaedra's sound. It feels distant, in distraught, "uncertain". I imagined a foggy, snowy and dense forest as I listened to this. This rather creepy imagery doesn't make the song uninteresting or aversive, au contrair, it's an attraction. The first part features an up-tempo bass-y keyboard arpeggio (that consists the "melodic piece") whose limelight is often stolen by countless different electronic effects that overlap it. The second part is chilly, as if you just entered a huge, dimly lit cathedral, and you can hear the environment's quietude, the immensity's silent ambience. There is also this weird effect that sounds like a dog's high-pitched whine. Highly anxious and intense, it's a definitely interesting song.

Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmare is symphonic and immersive. Whatever is the disturbance that made Phaedra so uneasy has been deal with, and now things are calmer. While it sounds cozier, like a choral, I enjoyed better the previous track's constant intervention of effects that broke the sound's stillness. It made it more dynamic. I also find the title rather ironic, considering the ominous image brought is not fitting for the track. "Choir of Angels In An Empty Forest", at least as I see it, kind of is.

Movements Of A Visionary focus most of its three first minutes on distorted rattling effects that sounds more often than not like a sack of pearls being stirred, chirping insects on a dense jungle, a maddened xylophone, and a locomotive's movement. The second part swaps to a more "conventional" sonority, abandoning part. It features a sweet duet of Phaedra's first section's arpeggio and a hymnal organ (shyly present in the first section). I like to imagine this section as a crystalline, translucent composition crafted on a sparkling ice castle under a boreal night. t breaks the album's hitherto electronic experimentation approach, sounding more like musical logic. Its variated, melodic and immersive experimentation convinced me to adopt it as my favorite track from the album.

Sequent C''s , for me, is in-between synthesized Japanese-esque flutes and electronic violin. It's enigmatic, meditative, faraway. I think it's too short though, it had potential on becoming something interesting.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this experience. I wasn't expecting it to be nearly as pleasing as it was, considering my - now extinct - prejudice for electronic music. I believe this is a great introduction for laypeople. Important to note is that PHAEDRA's frostiness might be harsh to embrace, so more than a single listen will be necessary. Afterwards, it'll not feel warmer, but you'll learn to enjoy the cold.

 Hyperborea by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.48 | 193 ratings

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Hyperborea
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Walkscore

2 stars Hyperboring!

Tangerine Dream on autopilot. Not as New Wave as White Eagle, this album sees Tangerine Dream applying their by-now standard 80s formula, which involves endless repetition of drum loops, simplistic chord progressions, and synth sequences. All is not lost - the second half of the title track (but not the first half!) is decent, and there are parts of the long epic ("Sphinx Lightning") that are OK. But the overall effect is intensely boring (not sleep-inducing - if it had been there would have been more merit here, but it is difficult to get to sleep when you are frustrated by the music!). This one is slightly better than White Eagle, but not by much. I give it 2.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates as low 2 PA stars. Only for true fans.

 White Eagle by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.18 | 171 ratings

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White Eagle
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Walkscore

2 stars Tangerine Dream goes New Wave.

With each passing album through the 1980s, Tangerine Dream would seem lower their bar further. They added drum machines on repeat, and the originality of their compositions declined. This album is their first truly New Wave album, with drum machine patterns that mimic those being played in the hit singles on the radio at the time (1982). However, unlike those radio jingles, this is still instrumental music, and the result is a constant fleeting with boredom. This album is not quite 1-Star material though - there are snippets of decent music in the long piece ("Mojave Plan") and, particularly, "Convention of the 24", which raise it just enough. But I can't sit through this album all the way anymore. Unless you love early-1980s new wave songs with no singing and stretched out for what seems like hours, I would avoid this album, which is sad because I really love their earlier work, which I find very original and inventive. I give this album 2.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is low 2 PA stars.

 Encore (Live 1977) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1977
3.84 | 206 ratings

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Encore (Live 1977)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Another live TD winner.

Another live album showing Tangerine Dream to be great live improvisors and composers, this features four long pieces. While each of the four are musically compelling, Tangerine Dream are starting to use drum machines to a greater extent and they infuse parts of the tracks here with them. This tour occurred shortly after they recorded the album Stratosphear, which featured more traditional chord progressions and time signatures, and those creep a bit (but only a bit) into some of these compositions. While both "Cherokee Lane" and "Desert Dream" are great virtually the whole way through, I find parts of "Monolight" and (particularly) "Coldwater Canyon" to be not sufficiently musical, and have to skip those parts. But the rest of those tunes are still very good, and on the whole I would recommend making this a part of your Tangerine Dream collection (definitely better than Stratosphear and most studio albums that would follow). I give it 7.0 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

 Stratosfear by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.93 | 477 ratings

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Stratosfear
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Walkscore

2 stars The first disappointing TD album.

Although recorded in between two excellent live albums (Ricochet, and Encore), this studio album is the first disappointing release from Tangerine Dream, and unfortunately set the pattern for a series of lesser-quality albums that would follow in the late 70s and 1980s. It is on this album they start using patterned drum sequences, and standard chord progressions on some of the tunes. The title track is the worst offender. Unlike on their previous, hypnotic compositions, the repetitive rhythms here are dull, and the chord progressions are simplistic and second-rate. While the other tracks are better, instead of hypnotic they border on simply boring. The best track, and the only one that stands up to repeated listening, is the short "The Big Sleep in Search of Hands", which features a flute lead and soft piano, and a classy slow synth lead. It is telling here that the best and only lasting tune involves mainly standard instruments, instead of TD's signature synths, but such was the problem that would be faced by Tangerine Dream going forward - by the 1980s their electronic music would become too straight and uninventive to be worth listening to. While Stratosfear is still better than any of their 1980s output, it pales in comparison to Rubycon, Phaedra or Ricochet. I give this 5.4 out of 10, which is in the high 2 PA stars.

 Ricochet by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1975
4.28 | 306 ratings

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Ricochet
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Walkscore

4 stars TD as prime live improvisers

While their early studio albums are key classics, I think Tangerine Dream were just as creative playing live on stage. This album is a good example of how well these three musicians can improvise in creative ways to create new music, and also shows that while the studio was an important instrument for them, they were not dependent on it. Indeed, I like their live albums better than their studio albums during the 1980s. Whereas their 80s studio albums come across as mostly stale, they were still able to sound original live on stage. Ricochet is an early live album, sandwiched between the wonderful Rubycon and the disappointing Stratosphear studio albums. Not surprisingly, the music shows a mix of both influences (the unstructured groundbreaking soundscapes of Rubycon, and the more structured drum-machined Stratosphear). But while there is some drum machine on Ricochet, it is not nearly as egregious as would be found on later studio albums, and the synth sequencers still provide the main structure. This album contains two long instrumentals (like Rubycon), which provide some novel music and sounds and flow quite well (apart for one short drum-machine section). I think it is an essential part of their catalogue, tying for second- or third- place alongside Phaedra. I give it 8.0 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to low 4 PA stars.

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