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    Posted: October 06 2018 at 17:06
Lately I've been rediscovering Tangerine Dream by listening to some of their classics such as Zeit, Ricochet, even the much maligned Cyclone (which btw I believe is a very good album). Which one's your favourite?
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A real soft spot for Ricochet - seeing that Coventry Cathedral concert on the TV all those years ago made a big impression on me - even though I am still no means a Tangerine Dream fanatic.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kenethlevine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2018 at 18:56
it's still Force Majeure of the dozen or so I've heard
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"Rubycon" evokes the most mental pictures in me


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2018 at 20:22
I really cannot choose. Too many great albums and great listening experiences with TD.

Edited by Manuel - October 06 2018 at 20:22
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Walkscore Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2018 at 20:45
Their earlier albums were the most original. Rubycon for me defines not only their ultimate sound, but the possibilities that this kind of music presents.
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Encore. Of the choices, Alpha Centuri 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 02:24
Very hard to say. I'm going with Zeit but I have really enjoyed some of the last stuff, too. The sessions II is a great album, IMO
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Ricochet > Rubycon > Cyclone = Stratosfear > α Cen
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Ricochet is the best overall, although Cyclone is a close #2 (for me) because of one track: Madrigal Meridian. I love the (synth) violin and drumming.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 11:22
As an avid listener of the music of Tangerine Dream for roughly 35 years, such polls never cease to present a conundrum for me. There is so much goodness in TD's discography up to a point, they blazed so many trails other continue to follow, that to even contemplate picking a single favorite album is simply doing them an injustice. For many years Stratosfear, Force Majeure, Exit, Poland and Underwater Sunlight have been my "favorites" (plural), interchangeably, depending on the mood and season. 

But then you've got the equally immense Rubycon, Underwater Sunlight, and yes, even the "lost" album Green Desert (which some argue Edgar retrieved and "finished", but it doesn't matter), all of which bear the same landmark stamp for carving new vistas in progressive electronic music. 

Tangerine Dream is just one of the most important prog bands out there. Yes, they took a severe detour into questionable realms in the '90s, and eventually made a comeback halfway through the mid-2000's (and did some nice stuff again, like Views From A Red Train), but the good far, far outweighs the bad and their detractors can't change that.

P.S. I cast a vote for Exit, because it's rather underrated and doesn't get a lot of love in polls. Worth the price of admission for "Pilots of Purple Twilight," the ominous title track, and the endearing "Remote Viewing" (one of the best ambient pieces ever recorded).
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Tangerine Dream were a major discovery when I got into prog music, were one of my favourite bands for many years, and had a strong influence on my taste and concept of music and what it can do. They lost a place in the very top spots in the meantime (a number of their albums started to bore me after some time) but they still have a few albums that I love to pieces. Rubycon  and Tangram have survived as favourites from my early days with them; Cyclone has caught up quite a bit and I'd know rank it fourth in their catalogue, but the no. 1 spot goes to an album that I have only really learnt to appreciate in the last 10 years or so, which is the amazing, dark and totally unique Zeit.


Edited by Lewian - October 08 2018 at 09:49
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I am a big fan of another not listed: Poland.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 17:46
jeeze.. what a list of great albums... and somewhat like asking which are better, redheads, blonds or bruneettes...

love them all but going with the redhead of the group for me... Phaedra 
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Zeit. No album terrifies me in the way that one does.
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I can go eenie meenie miny moe between 5 of them but recently I have fallen under the spell of Atem, John Peel’s sweetheart. Just something about it that really speaks to me.

Just an fyi: TD fans who haven’t yet checked out the recent Official Bootleg Series should get on it asap. To me it was like finding a new Ricochet as well as a more exciting Stratosfear.
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Zeit and the title track Phaedra are really out of this world. But Ricochet is the one I listen the most. I'll check the bootleg series, David. Maybe a link ?
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I don't know; Alpha Centauri, Zeit, Atem, Phaedra, Rubycon, Stratosfear and Green Desert have all been my TD-favorite at some point... maybe Phaedra these days.

If it were my own poll: Encore, Sorcerer and Exit would be included instead of White Eagle, Underwater Sunlight and Tangram....
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Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

Zeit and the title track Phaedra are really out of this world. But Ricochet is the one I listen the most. I'll check the bootleg series, David. Maybe a link ?

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