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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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3.64 | 75 ratings
Aqua
1974
4.19 | 109 ratings
Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
1975
3.44 | 40 ratings
Macula Transfer
1976
3.62 | 48 ratings
Ages
1977
3.67 | 61 ratings
Stuntman
1979
3.64 | 17 ratings
Kamikaze 1989
1982
3.61 | 26 ratings
Pinnacles
1983
4.16 | 22 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
3.62 | 48 ratings

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Ages
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars First double solo album by Edgar Froese, "Ages" was recorded after the departure of Peter Baumann from TANGERINE DREAM in 1977, and before a new progressive rock orientation was found with "Cyclone". This was quite a specific blank period for the band, and that's why the music is very sensitive and emotional.

Whereas his previous records were rather ambient or experimental, "Ages" marks the true arrival of melodies in Froese's music, however not always inspired. It also features the participation Klaus Krieger at drums and percussions, who will join TD the same year.

The first disc contains only a few good passages. "Metropolis" is inspired by the well-known Fritz Lang movie. The introduction has (very) slight reminiscences of "Clockwork Orange"'s theme. This peaceful track has some interesting ideas, but is unfortunately too long. Although also repetitive, the soft "Era Of The Slaves" is delicate and rather enjoyable. "Tropic Of Capricorn" is inspired by a book of Henry Miller. This massive melancholic suite suffers from the same drawbacks as the opener and does not justify its 21 minutes duration.

The second disc is better and more original. "Nights Of Automatic Women" features fast drumming coupled with a short minimalistic sequence, therefore prefiguring "Madrigal Meridian" in TD's next album, the controversial "Cyclone". Trippy. The slow and futuristic "Icarus" is also pleasant, while "Children's Deeper Study" possesses an unusual and intriguingly beautiful melody. Then comes the aerial "Ode To Granny A", soothing and relaxing. "Pizarro And Atahuallpa" may be the most surprising composition here, as it features exotic percussions and (kind of) spanish guitar.

The eight minutes bonus track "Golgatha And The Circle Closes" features cool spacey guitar playing.

Despite its title, this record did not aged very well and could have been shortened. Only double studio album and weakest 70's release from Edgar Froese, "Ages" is uneven and too long. This first melodic attempt will however be successfully refined and polished one year later, on his next opus "Stuntman".

Nonetheless, this personal solo effort remains a turning point in Edgar's discography, as it opens new electronic horizons.

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 Macula Transfer  by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.44 | 40 ratings

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Macula Transfer
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars Inspiring flights

3.5 stars

From "Macula Transfer", Edgar Froese will now propose, in his solo albums, material different from what TANGERINE DREAM will be doing. Recorded before "Stratosfear" in summer 1976, this third effort may be the most original from the German pioneer. The compositions are mostly ambient, non-melodic and do not contain many changes. However, it its their strangeness and singularity that make the interest of this disc.

Froese imagined these tracks during five air flights and named them given their corresponding flight number. The sound quality is rather average.

"OS 452" is the best and most original tune of the record. An aerial mysterious tune displaying an ethereal atmosphere, dominated by guitar. On the contrary, the 11 minutes "AF 765" is darker and more synthetic. Featuring mainly distorted guitar soli over a fast short sequence, this composition pre-dates TD's music during their North American tour one year later, especially the "Cherokee Lane" and "Coldwater Canyon" tracks from "Encore". Pleasant, but a bit lengthy.

The electronic loop of "PA 701" is quite futuristic, but unfortunately the music itself is rather lazy. The strange "Quantas 611" displays a somber soundscape similar to "Zeit", while "IF 810" is the only composition with pieces of melody, announcing TD's "Sorcerer" soundtrack as well as Froese's next album, "Ages".

The dry and repetitive nature of the five tracks should not discourage you to board "Macula Transfer". You'll fly over quite unusual and intriguing soundscapes. Don't miss it if you're a TANGERINE DREAM or Edgar Froese fan.

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 Epsilon In Malaysian Pale by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.19 | 109 ratings

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Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars Edgar Froese's best album from the mid-70's era

Whereas Froese's first solo effort, "Aqua", possessed an unique and aquatic ambiance, different from what TANGERINE DREAM was doing, "Epsilon In Malaysian Pale" displays an atmosphere comparable to a soothing "Rubycon". Neither demos nor preparatory works, the album features entirely original compositions. Furthermore, its structure is quite similar to TD's 1975 opus: two 17 minutes suites driven by the mellotron with sequenced middle parts.

However, the music is a little more ambient and contemplative than on the band's records from this era. The reason is that Edgar Froese composed it after his trips to south-eastern Asia and Australia during TANGERINE DREAM's 1975 Australian tour.

The title track reminds a little the nature atmosphere on TD's "Atem", due to the use of electronic flute. It starts with jungle sound effects to then unveil soothing and relaxing vast soundscapes. The second part is more intriguing as it features an electronic sequence over long spacey textures. Then the calm comes back with the final part displaying an atmosphere similar to the debut.

"Maroubra Bay" takes its name from a place in Sydney. Its dramatic opening quickly mutates into a peaceful melody. The nice middle part is built around a very long hypnotic sequence, one of the bests created by Froese. Mesmerizing! The finale is smooth and dreamy. My favorite composition of the album.

Although less innovative and experimental than "Aqua", this second solo effort is nonetheless more accessible, really good and possess its own personality. The mystical and relaxing jungle ambiance promised by the cover art is well retranscribed here.

This disc should be heard by every mid-70's TANGERINE DREAM fan. A must have for old school electronic or ambient music lovers!

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 Aqua by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.64 | 75 ratings

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Aqua
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars Phaedra's companion disc

3.5 stars

After the release of "Atem" in 1973, TANGERINE DREAM left the German record label Ohr to sign for Virgin. As Edgar Froese decided to devote his career for his band, he also signed for Virgin and received supplementary financial advances, that allowed TD to develop and buy their cutting edge electronic equipments, especially the Modular Moog synthesizer.

Recorded in winter 1973/1974 in Berlin after "Green Desert", the compositions of "Aqua" can be considered as drafts or B-sides of "Phaedra". Froese reworked the tracks and released them under his artist name. Only "NGC 831" features a guest apparition, his colleague Christopher Franke.

Although more ambient and experimental than the well-known TD's 1974 opus, the music is more accessible than the band's material during their previous Ohr years, and shows Froese venturing into unknown territories at the time. The four featured tracks are quite heterogeneous and do not totally resemble TANGERINE DREAM. These last points are the main interests of "Aqua", its unique sound and atmosphere.

The 17 minutes title track is very ambient and aquatic. It consists mainly in liquid drip sonorities over mysterious and relaxing long synthesizer waves. The water effects were in fact recorded in Froese's own apartment. Although the sounds are a little too present, this suite is quite crystalline and pleasant. The two following tracks use sequencing. "Panorphelia" contrasts with its robotic soundscape. A ramshackle futuristic sequence with changing rhythm, with an intriguing mellotron melody. Avant-garde and enjoyable, this track is however a bit repetitive and does not justify its ten minutes length.

"NGC 891" is the best composition of the record (due to the presence of Christopher Franke with his Moog?). More typical of TANGERINE DREAM, hypnotic and pulsing, it may have been a draft for the title track of TD's "Phaedra". Maybe this was also the first sequenced track Christopher Franke recorded in a studio. With its water sound effects, "Upland" has an ambiance similar to the title track, the melody being played this time with an organ.

Although "Aqua" is not easily accessible and could have been shortened, this first solo effort by Edgar Froese is quite unique and possesses its own personality. Rather innovative at the time, this mixture of ambient, liquid and cold music differs from what other electronic bands were proposing at the same period, even TD.

If you enjoy TANGERINE DREAM mid-70's era, especially "Phaedra", or experimental 70's electronica, give this album a try. In 1974, a vast new ocean of possibilities remains unexplored...

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 Ages by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.62 | 48 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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4.19 | 109 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
3.67 | 61 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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 Epsilon In Malaysian Pale by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.19 | 109 ratings

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Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

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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3.67 | 61 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
3.62 | 48 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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