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Contrary to Klaus Schulze's successful career (after his departure from TANGERINE DREAM), Edgar Froese's solo work had a rather discreet impact on the audience. The reason is that he engaged in a musical direction very closed to TANGERINE DREAM's trademark. E. Froese involves in solo while he is still the front man and major composer of TANGERINE DREAM. He launched his personal career in 1974, just after the release of TANGERINE DREAM's huge international success "Phaedra".

His first effort called "Aqua" can be seen as the missing link between "Zeit" and "Phaedra". Musically it is pure electronic / pre-ambient / aquatic music with long instrumental pieces. Analog synths are mixed with concrete, cosmic and experimental effects. This album can be openly seen as his best with his second "Epsilon In Malaysian Pale" and his later "Stuntman". Published in 1975, "Epsilon In Malaysian Pale" is an impressive electronic / synth conceptual album in the direct line of "Phaedra", "Rubycon". Recorded in 1976, "Macula Transfer" has always been unavailable until today. Also signed on Virgin (as the previous ones) "Ages" is a consistent electronic work entirely directed by Egar Froese who pursues his musical line, bringing modern synth materials combined with acoustic elements, old vintage keyboards (Mellotron.) electric guitars and percussion. The electronic sonorities developed on "Ages" are connected to Tangerine Dream's production during the same period. Consequently it is closed to "Sorcerer" and "Cyclone". Produced in 1980, "Stuntman" delivers short but well made electronic / spacey tunes, maybe more accessible and various than previously. This one is maybe Edgar Froese's most popular and the last really recommended album he personally made. The soundtrack "Kamikaze" recorded in 1982 is a disconcerted album, made of short tracks which put the stress on digital instruments. The worst from Froese's solo career. "Pinnacles" (1983) is a nice pleasant synth meditative album, but nothing new. To sum up things "Epsilon In Malaysian Pale" and "Stuntman" are highly recommended albums for those who are in TANGERINE DREAM's Virgin era and in Peter Baumann, Michael Hoenig's pre-ambient / synth electronic works.

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3.69 | 71 ratings
Aqua
1974
4.15 | 106 ratings
Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
1975
3.50 | 38 ratings
Macula Transfer
1976
3.70 | 45 ratings
Ages
1977
3.69 | 57 ratings
Stuntman
1979
3.67 | 14 ratings
Kamikaze 1989
1982
3.58 | 24 ratings
Pinnacles
1983
4.21 | 20 ratings
Dalinetopia
2005

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Electronic Dreams
1976
4.00 | 5 ratings
Solo 1974 - 1979
1982
3.34 | 10 ratings
Beyond The Storm
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
Introduction To The Ambient Highway
2003
2.67 | 3 ratings
Ambient Highway Vol. 1
2003
2.67 | 3 ratings
Ambient Highway Vol. 2
2003
2.67 | 3 ratings
Ambient Highway Vol. 3
2003
2.67 | 3 ratings
Ambient Highway Vol. 4
2003
3.00 | 3 ratings
Orange Light Years
2005
4.40 | 5 ratings
Solo (1974 - 1983) The Virgin Years
2012

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 Ages by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.70 | 45 ratings

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Ages
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by stefro
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4 stars Not quite as great as it ought to be but still pretty damn excellent(I'm nit-picking here) 1977's double- sided 'Ages' finds the extremely hard-working Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese back in solo territory after the release of his group's first soundtrack record, the same year's deeply-mysterious 'Sorceror'. Directed by William Friedkin, costing $20,000,000 dollars and utterly bombing at the box-office, the movie 'Sorceror' remains one of the great underrated thrillers of the 1970s, and despite the film's failure it did open a very large and very lucrative door from Froese and company as they went on to enjoy a highly-successful career creating soundtracks for directors such as Michael Mann, Ridley Scott and Kathryn Bigelow. However, 'Sorceror' the soundtrack was so dark and gloomy that Froese obviously needed some kind of sonic antidote to work on, hence 'Ages'. Although still anchored deep in the quixotic ambient territory we have come to know and love Tangerine Dream for, 'Ages' does on occasion feature a slightly more upbeat hue, it's 9 tracks skipping expertly between droney space-rock, twinkling synthesized noodling and cinematic grandeur wth almost reckless abandon. Fans of Tangerine Dream will know exactly what to expect then, but 'Ages' doesn't quite reach the same exulted heights as Froese's own solo masterpiece 'Epsilon In Malaysian Pale'. However, highlights are many, especially on the second disc which features the beautifully-layered 'Ode To Granny A' and the hypnotic, twirling beats of the cosmic closer 'Golgotha & The Circle Closes'. So, like pretty much everything Froese put his name to between the years 1970 and 1983, 'Ages' is utterly fascinating. Full of strong moments then, this is yet another dose of first grade ambient rock from the master of the art. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2014

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 Epsilon In Malaysian Pale by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.15 | 106 ratings

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Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by stefro
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5 stars Between 1974 and 1983 Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese issued six solo albums, and all of them are well worth investigating. The pick of the bunch, however, is this 1975 album, a dreamy and mysterious set which sounds as if it could be the soundtrack to some long-lost Werner Herzog jungle epic in the mould of 'Aguire, Wrath Of God'. Of course, Froese and Tangerine Dream would, from 1977's 'Sorceror' onwards, go on to enjoy a lucrative side career creating ambient movie soundtracks for directors such as Wiliam Friedkin, Michael Mann and Kathryn Bigelow, and much of that work stems back to 'Epsilon In Malaysian Pale'. Featuring just two, lengthy, side-long tracks, this may be a Edgar Froese solo album in title, but the reality is that it is essentially another excellent Tangerine Dream album in the mould of such classics as 'Rubycon' and 'Phaedra'. For reasons best know to it's creator, Froese remixed the album for it's 1990's CD debut, so the only way to really hear this superb album is on the original vinyl release. The CD version is still excellent, but the misty quality of the original mellotronic sound has been replaced by updated synthesizers, therefore subtly altering the highly-atmospheric dynamic of the original. In it's original glory 'Epsilon In Malaysian Pale' really is wondrous, matching anything issued under Tangerine Dream's name(big words, I know) and showing that, in the end, it's really all about Froese despite the excellent contributions over the years from his fellow Tangerine Dream members past-and-present. Lush, warm, hyptonic and at times completely beautiful, this is the ultimate showcase of Froese' prodigous talents, and surely one of the great ambient albums of the 1970s. Bursting with slow-burning atmosphere and obviously lovingly-crafted, this is thoughtful, cinematic and richly-textured music that has stood the test of time remarkably well, sounding as rich and dense now as it ever did. To put it bluntly, 'Epsilon In Malaysian pale' is simply outstanding.

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 Stuntman by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.69 | 57 ratings

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Stuntman
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by stefro
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5 stars As good as any Tangerine Dream album, 1979's 'Stuntman' was proof that it really was all about the group's founding member. The one constant in the group's four-decade existence, Edgar Froese - Dali companion, psychedelic guitarist, Berlin School-founder, electronic innovator - has enjoyed a remarkable career. Under his leadership Tangerine Dream issued a plethora of classic albums, enjoying a glorious first fifteen-years that began with the experimental acid-rock of 'Electronic Meditation'(1970) and included such groundbreaking albums as 'Phaedra'(1974), 'Rubycon'(1975) and 'Force Majeure'(1979). Tangerine Dream were a big deal during the 1970's, and the group enjoyed strong album sales and regular sold-out tours. This allowed Froese to commence a concurrent solo career and for some - though whisper it quietyly - Froese's own albums proved just as remarkable, if not better, than his work with Tangerine Dream. For this writer, both 1975's lushly-mysterious 'Epsilon In Malaysian Pale' and 'Stuntman' represent the very best of Froese's solo material, albums that rank alongside the very best of Tangerine Dream. Issued during 1979, the same year as Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' and 'Apocalypse Now'(a great year...) 'Stuntman' finds Froese matching the meditative ambience of his earlier records with a slightly more melodic hue. Its a beautiful album, and because this writer loves it so much he finds it very difficult to write about. That's how good it is. If you're looking for more beyond your-now complete Tangerine Dream collection, the solo career of Froese is the place the to visit. Enjoy. STEFAN TURNER, BRISTOL, 2013

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4.15 | 106 ratings

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Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Epignosis
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4 stars Unlike other reviewers, I do not find this very similar to Tangerine Dream. It is remote yet warm. Occasionally does a hypnotic series of underlying notes come into play. There is a refreshing simplicity to be found.

'Epsilon in Malaysian Pale' Layers of Mellotron do not saturate the first half; instead, they lift the piece into the airier places of the musical spectrum. The key is tranquility, a pacifying reminder of the ephemeral, of breath.

'Maroubra Bay' More inharmonious, contrasts of the available palette clash and dart forward with a balefulness unheard previously. Brass appears mournfully yet triumphantly, as though announcing a pyrrhic victory of some kind. A descending rhythm is the spine for further Mellotron and washes of atmospheric sound. Unfortunately some the momentum gets deflated quickly, as though the artist had run out of ideas. The unsuspecting finale is one of grace and quiet dignity.

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 Stuntman by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.69 | 57 ratings

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Stuntman
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This was Edgar's last album of the seventies released in 1979. He's gone completely digital for the first time although he does add analogue synths and piano to this record. The mellotron is gone (gasp).

"Stuntman" has this electronic beat as almost horn-like synths join in. "It Would Be Like Samoa" has these outbursts of sound along with birds chirping then flute-like sounds. An electronic beat joins in before 1 1/2 minutes. The flute-like sounds stop after 4 minutes as other sounds cascade in and out. Then it becomes more spacey. "Detroit Snackbar Dreamer" has these strange and fairly high pitched sounding synths and a beat.

"Drunken Mozart In The Desert" is spacey as a beat comes in just before 2 minutes. It stops after 5 minutes as sounds pulse. Horn-like synths with spacey background sounds take over 6 1/2 minutes in. "A Dali-Esque Sleep Fuse" is really the one song that stands out for me in a positive way. Faint sounds to start then it picks up with a beat. Guitar-like synths come in then they stop before 6 minutes as a fast paced sound takes over. It's spacey late. "Scarlet Score For Mescalero" has these slowly pulsating sounds as other high pitched ones play over top.

A good album and one many Froese fans rate highly. For me 3 stars is the right rating.

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 Ages by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.70 | 45 ratings

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Ages
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars As Bonnek points out TANGERINE DREAM's "Cyclone" album released the year after this is a good reference point if you want to know what this sounds like. This would be Edgar's last album to feature mellotron on it and it's here on every track except "Ode To Granny A". Many fans were upset that the cd issue of this double album left off the final track "Golgotha And The Circle Closes" because many including myself consider it the best track on here. Thankfully Virgin Records recently released a box set of Edgar's recordings and it includes that song.

"Metropolis" sounds pretty cool with the mellotron, synths and beat. it does settle late to end it. "Era Of The Slaves" features more mellotron along with an electronic beat and synths. Great sound here. Percussion around 3 1/2 minutes. This is a top three for me. "Tropic Of Capricorn" has these swirling synths as outbreaks of other synths come and go repatedly. A change before 4 1/2 minutes as the sound of water takes over and piano plays over top along with spacey synths. It settles right down before 12 minutes then picks back up as it trips along to the end. "Nights Of Automatic Women" is another top three. Various sounds come and go then it kicks in at a minute. Love the drumming here. Just a killer uptempo soundscape.

"Icarus" features moog as the synths join in as it plods along. More synths join in as it builds. Guitar 4 minutes in. Nice. Drums follow and the guitar is wailing away before 6 minutes. It starts to settle back after 8 minutes. "Children's Deeper Study" is one i'm not a big fan of because of the higher pitched sounding sequencers. They do stop a minute in though as a great sounding soundscape follows. The sequencers are back. "Ode To Granny A" is another one i'm not a big fan of. Thankfully both are the shortest songs on here. This one is a rhythm of synths and percussion. "Pizarro And Atahuallpat" features percussion early on then the synths come in after 1 1/2 minutes and start to build. A calm a minute later. Great sound after 4 minutes. "Golgatha And The Circle Closes" is my final top three and it opens with moog and drums as the synths roll in. The guitar starts to rip it up 1 1/2 minutes in. It fades out before 6 minutes then loud synths take over to end it.

I know quite a few people who list this as their favourite Froese album and i'm certainly drawn to the guitar and mellotron on this one.

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 Pinnacles by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.58 | 24 ratings

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Pinnacles
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I would recommend any of Edgar Froese's five studio albums from the seventies. They all have merit, and if you can avoid the ones Froese has re-recorded you will be doing yourself a huge favour. "Pinnacles" was released in 1983 and is still quite a good album but not as organic as the seventies releases. I guess it depends what you are into when it comes to Electronic-Prog.

"Specific Gravity Of Smile" opens with atmosphere and this synth that sounds like whistling. Sequencers 1 1/2 minutes in. The whistling synths stop as other synth sounds replace it. An electronic beat dominates until 7 minutes in and then it turns spacey. Sounds slowly pulse later. "The Light Cone" is one I can't get into at all because the electronics have a higher pitch to them. "Walkabout" opens with what sounds like a gong then atmosphere and an electronic beat take over.

"Pinnacles" is the 22 minute side long closer. We get an uptempo electronic soundscape and the higher pitched synths sound just like the ones on Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" which was released a couple of years after this one. They will come and go early on. It settles 7 1/2 minutes in as the sound changes. An electronic beat comes in before 9 minutes.

Not a bad album but I miss the warmth of the mellotron from earlier releases.

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 Aqua by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.69 | 71 ratings

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Aqua
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by stefro
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3 stars Exhibiting the same slow-burning electronic rhythms, twittering sound effects, twinkling keyboard melodies and late-night ambience found on his main body of work with Tangerine Dream, the real question raised here: is this really a solo album? Well, just about. Almost halfway between mid-period Tangerine Dream and the early- seventies output of Froese's ex-colleague Klaus Schulze, 'Aqua' is a hypnotic brew of keyboard-bred sonic patterns doused in the usual plethora of atmospheric sound effects. It's slowly-unfurling nature puts it alongside the likes of 'Rubycon' and 'Stratosfear', though pinches of Schulze's 'Irrlicht' and 'Timewind' can also be picked up by eagle-eared listeners who concentrate carefully enough. Those Tangerine Dream nuts who absolutely must have everything the group have produced will delight on what is essentially another group release, those who enjoy the early strains of retro-electronica are also advised to investigate. Decent then, but don't expect any big surprises.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Epsilon In Malaysian Pale by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.15 | 106 ratings

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Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
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4 stars It's common opinion that Edgar Froese's solo works, specially in the 70s don't add much to what he was already doing with Tangerine Dream, so that somebody wonders why he released solo materials at all. I have read a review saying that the material here is just a TD thing without the contribution of the other TD members.

Well, I can agree with this description, but to me this album contains all the things that I like in TD and differently from the excellent stuff brought out by the band in the late 70s the A side of Epsilon has, I think, something more.

The emulated flute that's the main instrument on the title track adds a touch of "classical" mood to the composition. I can't tell exactly a classical author, but I'm sure that people more expert than me with the early 20th Century classical music can identify one.

Epsilon, regardless the birds, the train, and all the background noises is relaxing and beauty, has a structure and melodies that sometimes lack even in masterpieces like Phaedra and Rubycon, where the repetitions and the smooth variations are the most relevant element.

The B-side is a bit more darker, and is effectively closer to the TD works of that period. Of course this is not a bad thing for a TD fan, but IMO the A side has something more.

If you like the late 70s TD you probably know this solo work as well, but if not, check it out. This is almost at the same level of he best TD releases so I rate it with 4 stars.

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 Stuntman by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.69 | 57 ratings

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Stuntman
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Edgar Froese's solo albums are usually a step down from his concurrent work in Tangerine Dream, since they are mostly produced in order to earn some quick money to fund more Tangerine Dream projects. In some respects Stuntman is a welcome exception, standing head and shoulders above Cyclone and Force Majeure, the preceding Tangerine Dream releases, though at the same time this is mostly because it's more consistent rather than because it's actually more interesting. It's the standard late 1970s early 1980s Tangerine Dream stuff spiced up with Froese's guitar work and better compositional taste than he's shown since Stratosfear - proving once again that, like Klaus Schulze, Froese is a master of evoking atmosphere in electronic music. Worth a listen for any fan of electronic music in the Tangerine Dream mode, but Froese has done better both in Tangerine Dream and in his solo career.

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