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Tangerine Dream


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Easy Livin
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3 stars 70's or 80's? The decision is yours

"Green desert" is probably best regarded as a link between the music of Tangerine Dream of the 1970's and that which they created in the 1980's. It does not exactly fit into either period, as the original tapes date from the former, but the final sounds, after some overdubbing and editing, are very much of the 80's.

The (LP) side long title track is a brooding, atmospheric piece which takes ages to get going, but features some fine guitar work by Edgar Froese. As the track develops, drum sequences become more dominant and the piece acquires a harder edge, the changes always being subtle and gradual. The track concludes with some wonderful mellotron drifts.

At around 5 minutes, "White Clouds" is the shortest track on the album. There is a certain onomatopoeia to the music, but the track lacks substance. "Astral Voyager" is the most rhythmic of the tracks, with hints of African influences. The overall sound though is that of the middle sections of the two "Rubicon" tracks, the flute like synth sounds offering an pleasant diversion. The final track "Indian Summer" indulges in some rudimentary dramatics by way of introduction, but never really moves on from them.

In all, a decent album from what was at the time a duet of Froese and Franke. I would hardly describe it as a lost masterpiece, but those who appreciate the music of the Tangs from wither the 70's or the 80's should find the album rewarding.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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