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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.69 | 27 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars

In the late Seventies I became an electronic prog fan after buying the double live LP Encore(1977) by Tangerine Dream, it's still my favorite album in that category and how pivotal it turned out to be for many electronic prog oriented musicians. The last ten years I enjoy cascades of 74-77 Tangerine Dream inspired new bands, from known formations like Red Shift, Radio Massacre International, Airsculpture and Free System Project to lesser known bands and artists like Peter Dekker (Comatosis), Rudy Adrian (Starfields - Sequencer Sketches Vol. 3), Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij (Return To The Origin) and Navigator (Oceanic Empire). Here in The Netherlands we appreciate their music very much because the electronic prog scene is small but vivid delivering some good specialized labels and annual concerts.

But back to Tangerine Dream their music, a few months ago I bought this comprehensive 2-CD compilation (for only a few euros), spanning the era between 1974 and 1983. So no music from the more experimental period (not my cup of tea) like Electronic Meditation (1970) and Atem (1973) and the more polished sound in the Nineties (featuring Edgar his son Jerome and saxophone player Linda Spa). In fact you can analyse Tangerine Dream as a musical chameleon, to be noticed on both CD's: from wonderful, often mindblowing electronic prog like the Mellotron drenched Phaedra, the great sequencing and compelling string-ensemble and Mellotrons in Cherokee Lane (live version) and the Electronic Prog Heaven in Ricochet Part Two (warm Grand piano, wonderful flute-Mellotron, pulsating sequencers and howling electric guitar) to the synthi-pop in Cinnamon Road, Dominion and Beach Scene, the modern and accessible sounding Cloudbirst Flight (splendid fiery electric guitar) and the digital sound samples in Kiew Mission. Remarkable is the final part in the long and alternating Tangram Part One that subtly blends The Who music into the Tangerine Dream sound, nice idea! My highlight on CD-2 is the serie of Logos tracks (Part One A/B and Part Two), a modern live electronic prog sound with lush synthesizers.

If you are not familiar with Tangerine Dream or electronic prog, this 2-CD compilation is a good introduction. My rating: 3,5 stars.

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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