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Poll Question: take your pick from these 6
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    Posted: January 03 2021 at 07:53
take your pick from these 6 electronic albums from 1976:











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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Shadowyzard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2021 at 07:58
I couldn't remember listening to Baumann's album even if I had done (also not very sure about Froese's); but the rest are all great for me. I'll go with the first option.
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Moondawn. Love me some Klaus. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BaldJean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2021 at 10:05
I consider the 2nd side of "Romance '76" (which I think of as being 1 track) to be one of the greatest examples of electronic music ever, and side 1 has its moments too; it even sounds jazzy in one track. so my vote goes there


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Not a big 'electronic' guy but the 'stratosfearic' musings by TD  always appealed to me.
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Have no fear, I'm voting for Stratosfear - my favourite Tangerine Dream album - although I really like Ashra's New Age of Earth too. Thumbs Up
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For me it's between Froese and TD because of the mellotron on both, as in lots. Voted "Macula Transfer".
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2021 at 11:07
Not familiar with Peter Baumann.
Of the choices supplied I'll say Tangerine Dream. (although it's not my favourite)

I also prefer Klaus Schulze's Miditerranean Pads, even though it gets low ratings here. I always feel like I'm in an Egyptian market in the early 20th century when listening to it.
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And then there's the classics...


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Today I picked Oxygène just over Stratosfear. Tomorrow it may be the other way around. Mindphaser (side 2 of Moondawn) is also a strong contender.
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Hi,

I PROTEST!

At least 2 or 3 of those albums are in my life's top ten, if I had one ... I love them all dearly, and not just one more than the other!
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Well, Jean, you've done it. You've created the Impossible Poll. It has one of my favorite Tangerine Dream albums, along with the spectacular Romance '76 and Macula Transfer.

I guess I should vote for Stratosfear, since it is simply one of the Greatest Albums Ever. It's not really EM, it's a hybrid album with its multiple Mellotrons and organ, harpsichord, piano and Edgar's bass and 6- & 12-string guitars. And I love it to pieces!

I would never vote for Jarre over any of the others. His stuff's nice but it's aged nowhere near as well for me.

If you switched out Oxygene for Synergy's Sequencer, then I'd really be backed into the corner! LOL
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Though I love all these albums, Tangerine Dream gets my vote.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2021 at 15:16
Very hard - I like all of these but wouldn't put any one at the very top of an electronic ranking... In my view TD have more than half a dozen better albums and Froese at least three. Oxygene is fine and probably Jarre's best (apart from the China live album), but then I hardly listen to Jarre anymore these days. At some point as a teenager I was quite addicted to Moondawn, but Schulze is another one I liked more back then than now, and now I prefer some earlier work. I only heard Romance 76 once and wasn't very impressed, maybe I should give it another shot, and the Ashra album is nice to hear but too ambient to really rock my boat. All this music was bigger for me when I got into electronic music in the early eighties. Ultimately I'd say Stratosfear has passed the test of time best, it got by far the most listens out of these in the last ten years.
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I feel a bit like Paul for mentioning another album that’s not even part of the poll, but damnit if Plantasia isn’t my favourite progressive electronic album from 1976! 🤪

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I'll pretend just for a second I'm some guy on youtube and say "they don't make music like that anymore." :P
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2021 at 17:43
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Very hard - I like all of these but wouldn't put any one at the very top of an electronic ranking... In my view TD have more than half a dozen better albums and Froese at least three. Oxygene is fine and probably Jarre's best (apart from the China live album), but then I hardly listen to Jarre anymore these days. At some point as a teenager I was quite addicted to Moondawn, but Schulze is another one I liked more back then than now, and now I prefer some earlier work. I only heard Romance 76 once and wasn't very impressed, maybe I should give it another shot, and the Ashra album is nice to hear but too ambient to really rock my boat. All this music was bigger for me when I got into electronic music in the early eighties. Ultimately I'd say Stratosfear has passed the test of time best, it got by far the most listens out of these in the last ten years.

I think Stratosfear is one of TD's best albums, but IMO their best "era" is basically everything they recorded for Virgin and Relativity, plus Quichotte/Pergamon, and the soundtracks for MCA and Varése Sarabande. Another of their best albums is their lone soundtrack for Private Music, Miracle Mile, which was a "duo" TD recording by Edgar and Paul Haslinger

I like Stuntman (Froese's best solo, IMHO), PinnaclesAges and Epsilon in Malaysian Pale more than Macula Transfer, but the poll concerns albums recorded in 1976.


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Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Very hard - I like all of these but wouldn't put any one at the very top of an electronic ranking... In my view TD have more than half a dozen better albums and Froese at least three. Oxygene is fine and probably Jarre's best (apart from the China live album), but then I hardly listen to Jarre anymore these days. At some point as a teenager I was quite addicted to Moondawn, but Schulze is another one I liked more back then than now, and now I prefer some earlier work. I only heard Romance 76 once and wasn't very impressed, maybe I should give it another shot, and the Ashra album is nice to hear but too ambient to really rock my boat. All this music was bigger for me when I got into electronic music in the early eighties. Ultimately I'd say Stratosfear has passed the test of time best, it got by far the most listens out of these in the last ten years.

I think Stratosfear is one of TD's best albums, but IMO their best "era" is basically everything they recorded for Virgin and Relativity, plus Quichotte/Pergamon, and the soundtracks for MCA and Varése Sarabande.

I like Stuntman (Froese's best solo, IMHO), Pinnacles, Ages and Epsilon in Malaysian Pale more than Macula Transfer, but the poll concerns albums recorded in 1976.

Yes, I'm not complaining - Jean can do the poll as she wants. I was just discussing the choices.
Let's see, of TD I'd rate Atem - Zeit - Phaedra - Rubycon - Cyclone - Tangram - Exit and the Logos live album higher than Stratosfear, and some more about equal (OK there's not much between Stratosfear and a number of the listed ones either, all great music) - of Edgar Froese Epsilon is just outworldly, stunning album, on a par with Zeit and Rubycon, and then Stuntman and Ages. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2021 at 18:03
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Let's see, of TD I'd rate Atem - Zeit - Phaedra - Rubycon - Cyclone - Tangram - Exit and the Logos live album higher than Stratosfear, and some more about equal (OK there's not much between Stratosfear and a number of the listed ones either, all great music) - of Edgar Froese Epsilon is just outworldly, stunning album, on a par with Zeit and Rubycon, and then Stuntman and Ages.

Without getting into live albums and film scoresRubyconStratosfearForce MajeureExit and Underwater Sunlight are my favorite TD albums (not necessarily in that order, I went with chrono). 

I love anything and everything recorded by the '80-85 lineup, which IMO is unbeatable when it comes to a purely electronic sound.
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