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Tangerine Dream biography
Formed in Berlin, Germany in 1967 - Still active as of 2018

Edgar FROESE first formed The Ones in 1965. After several private concerts (notably at Salvador Dali's house), the band changes its name for Tangerine Dream.
After a first release featuring Klaus SCHULZE and Conrad SCHNITZLER "Electronic Meditation" (1969) Tangerine Dream will abandon aleatoric experimentations to concentrate on radical cosmic synth atmospheres. "Alpha Centauri" (1971) will be a landmark of the band's first explorations in electronic realms. Without a regular pulse but just with organ chords, a few manipulated guitar lines and synthesisers effects, "Alpha Centauri" remains an absolute epic and classic cosmic adventure. The following year, the contemplative "Zeit" represents a milestone, an abstract & timeless musical world. "Atem" (1973) whose line up (Froese / Franke / BAUMANN) will participate to TD's classic years until 1977 is an obscure and mind-blowing electronic symphony.

In 1973 start TD's classic & popular Virgin years. The captivating "Phaedra" contributes to the trademark sound of TD, with Moog arpeggio, pulsating sequencer patterns and powerful synthesisers sounds. An all time classic that launched the band's notoriety and career outside of Germany. Next to "Phaedra", "Rubycon", the live "Ricochet" and "Stratosfear" deliver ethereal and complex rhythmical soundscapes. In 1977, the band released the soundtrack of "Sorcerer" (directed by William Friedkin). A dark, moody atmospheric album (with a rather similar material used in previous albums). "Sorcerer" is also the last studio work with the classic TD line up. The vocalist Steve Joliffe and the drummer Klaus Krieger were employed for Paul Baumann's replacement and record "Cyclone". Disconcerted, the album is badly seen by the public and the critic despite that it introduced many interesting elements to TD's music. In 1979, almost in duet, Edgar Froese and Chris Franke record "Force Majeure".

In the 80s, TANGERINE DREAM knew a long and fruitful career in writing music for screen. The departure of Chris Franke in 1988 marks momentarily a hard blow to the band's musical creativity. During the 90s, TD published numerous live albums, soundtracks. Edgar Froese's son, Jerome integrates the band. They release...
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TANGERINE DREAM top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 367 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.57 | 414 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.69 | 461 ratings
Zeit
1972
3.59 | 365 ratings
Atem
1973
4.16 | 908 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.24 | 1036 ratings
Rubycon
1975
4.01 | 631 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.40 | 247 ratings
Sorcerer (OST)
1977
3.69 | 413 ratings
Cyclone
1978
4.03 | 542 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.97 | 363 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.49 | 279 ratings
Exit
1981
3.22 | 185 ratings
Thief (OST)
1981
3.29 | 239 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.48 | 267 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.75 | 67 ratings
Wavelength (OST)
1983
3.03 | 78 ratings
Firestarter (OST)
1984
2.89 | 56 ratings
Flashpoint (OST)
1984
2.85 | 49 ratings
Heartbreakers (OST)
1985
2.87 | 164 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.69 | 220 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.43 | 157 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.27 | 81 ratings
Legend (OST)
1986
2.89 | 49 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.54 | 43 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.65 | 38 ratings
Three O'Clock High (OST)
1987
3.08 | 120 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.72 | 132 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.96 | 90 ratings
Lily on the Beach
1989
2.96 | 59 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.80 | 47 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
2.21 | 24 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can (OST)
1989
1.91 | 29 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1990
2.93 | 98 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.47 | 79 ratings
Canyon Dreams (OST)
1991
2.54 | 31 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.16 | 26 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin (OST)
1991
2.33 | 21 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff / The Man Inside (OST)
1991
2.07 | 25 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.45 | 79 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.75 | 69 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.80 | 70 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.87 | 38 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
3.03 | 68 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.81 | 24 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.16 | 49 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
3.01 | 33 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
1.76 | 30 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1997
3.30 | 35 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes 2
1998
2.66 | 32 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.62 | 23 ratings
Quinoa
1998
3.24 | 56 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.36 | 27 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.33 | 33 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
2000
3.03 | 40 ratings
The Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.64 | 44 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
3.23 | 41 ratings
Inferno
2002
2.50 | 21 ratings
The Melrose Years
2002
2.71 | 35 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.91 | 29 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2003
3.57 | 54 ratings
Purgatorio
2004
3.87 | 37 ratings
Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
2005
3.05 | 35 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.86 | 53 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.06 | 31 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
3.79 | 34 ratings
Paradiso
2006
3.06 | 17 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
2.41 | 17 ratings
One Times One
2007
2.33 | 3 ratings
Destination Berlin
2007
3.34 | 42 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
2.99 | 46 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.12 | 32 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.12 | 20 ratings
Purple Diluvial
2008
2.59 | 25 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.54 | 27 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
2.95 | 34 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.73 | 29 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.55 | 33 ratings
Flame
2009
3.56 | 24 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part I
2009
3.31 | 13 ratings
Winter In Hiroshima
2009
2.95 | 9 ratings
Dream Mixes 5 [Aka: DM V]
2010
3.00 | 23 ratings
The Endless Season
2010
1.45 | 26 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
3.60 | 50 ratings
The Island Of The Fay
2011
3.43 | 30 ratings
The Angel From The West Window
2011
2.59 | 15 ratings
Finnegans Wake
2011
3.44 | 43 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
3.72 | 20 ratings
The Castle
2013
2.91 | 16 ratings
The Cinematographic Score GTA 5
2014
3.19 | 16 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part II
2014
3.88 | 78 ratings
Quantum Gate
2017
3.22 | 22 ratings
Light Flux
2017
3.62 | 49 ratings
Recurring Dreams
2019
3.99 | 62 ratings
Raum
2022

TANGERINE DREAM Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.38 | 411 ratings
Ricochet
1975
4.01 | 278 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.83 | 95 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.81 | 201 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.98 | 182 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.22 | 131 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.34 | 74 ratings
Livemiles
1988
2.96 | 61 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.25 | 33 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.37 | 33 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.03 | 14 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.65 | 27 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.71 | 31 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.44 | 23 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.33 | 36 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.41 | 16 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.05 | 18 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
2.64 | 11 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.34 | 16 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.68 | 12 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.09 | 18 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.09 | 14 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.81 | 19 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.00 | 20 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.65 | 14 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.23 | 7 ratings
Brighton - March 25th 1986
2005
2.15 | 7 ratings
Cleveland - June 24th 1986
2005
2.97 | 11 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
2.33 | 3 ratings
Tangerine Dream
2006
3.48 | 12 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
2.25 | 4 ratings
Orange Odyssey
2007
2.25 | 4 ratings
One Night in Space
2007
2.80 | 5 ratings
Loreley
2008
2.25 | 4 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
2.25 | 4 ratings
Live @ Dussmann Berlin
2009
3.56 | 18 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
2.75 | 8 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
3.63 | 10 ratings
Zeitgeist Concert
2010
2.25 | 4 ratings
Knights of Asheville
2011
3.40 | 6 ratings
The Gate of Saturn (Live at the Lowry Manchester 2011)
2011
2.50 | 4 ratings
Live at Admiralspalast Berlin
2012
2.25 | 4 ratings
Live In Budapest at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
2012
2.53 | 21 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
2.80 | 10 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
3.87 | 19 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
3.00 | 10 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014
4.27 | 11 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume One
2015
2.83 | 6 ratings
Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014
2015
3.42 | 14 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume Two
2016
3.90 | 10 ratings
Live at Philharmony Szczecin-Poland 2016
2016
4.00 | 16 ratings
The Sessions 1
2017
3.82 | 11 ratings
The Sessions 2
2018
3.40 | 11 ratings
The Sessions III
2018
3.68 | 10 ratings
The Sessions IV
2018
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series - Volume Three
2019
3.00 | 4 ratings
Live at Augusta Raurica Switzerland 2016
2019
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Sessions V
2019
4.06 | 7 ratings
Live at Reims Cathedral 1974
2020
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Sessions VI
2020
3.86 | 7 ratings
The Sessions VII
2021
4.00 | 1 ratings
Silent Green Session 2022
2023
5.00 | 1 ratings
Botanique Orangerie Session 2022
2023

TANGERINE DREAM Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.73 | 14 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.70 | 10 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.89 | 18 ratings
Live in America 1992
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Inferno
2004
3.67 | 6 ratings
Dante's Inferno
2006
3.62 | 13 ratings
Tempodrom
2006
3.57 | 7 ratings
One Night In Space - Live at the Alte Oper Frankfurt
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
Orange Odyssey - The Eberswalde Concert
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
35th Phaedra Anniversary Concert
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975
2007
3.75 | 7 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.07 | 5 ratings
London Astoria Club Concert 2007
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
The Epsilon Journey - Tangerine Dream plays Edgar Froese
2008
3.67 | 7 ratings
Loreley Night of the prog Festival Germany 2008
2008
4.20 | 11 ratings
Tangerine Dream - The London Eye Concert
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Izu (Live In Japan 2009)
2010
3.60 | 5 ratings
Live In Lisbon
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Budapest at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Admiralspalast Berlin
2013
5.00 | 2 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - London
2015
5.00 | 2 ratings
Revolution of Sound
2017

TANGERINE DREAM Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.60 | 10 ratings
Alpha Centauri/Atem
1976
4.70 | 20 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.73 | 36 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
4.60 | 5 ratings
In the Beginning
1986
3.50 | 19 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.80 | 16 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
4.00 | 9 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.45 | 11 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.75 | 22 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.00 | 9 ratings
Dream Music
1992
2.50 | 2 ratings
(3)
1992
2.00 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.82 | 27 ratings
Tangents
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Collection
1994
2.50 | 6 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
1.86 | 7 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.24 | 14 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
3.90 | 10 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.50 | 13 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.39 | 18 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 1
1998
2.17 | 17 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 2
1998
2.38 | 8 ratings
Luminous Visions
1998
3.24 | 9 ratings
The Analogue Space Years
1998
2.88 | 8 ratings
The Pink Years
1998
2.53 | 9 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
3.00 | 8 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
2.63 | 8 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Dream Dice
1998
1.50 | 4 ratings
Sea Of Dreams
1998
3.22 | 9 ratings
Tangerine Dream
1999
3.82 | 9 ratings
Tang-go
2000
3.88 | 15 ratings
Antique Dreams
2000
3.50 | 10 ratings
i-Box
2000
4.00 | 8 ratings
Dream Sequence
2000
4.22 | 9 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
2.00 | 5 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
2.50 | 2 ratings
An Introduction to...
2004
2.50 | 2 ratings
High Voltage
2004
2.00 | 2 ratings
Lamb with Radar Eyes
2004
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Essential
2006
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Essential Collection
2006
4.09 | 18 ratings
Nebulous Dawn (The Early Years)
2006
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Dante Arias Collection
2007
2.33 | 6 ratings
The Dante Song Collection
2007
3.00 | 7 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
3.14 | 14 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
3.00 | 8 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
2.90 | 10 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
2.40 | 5 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.25 | 8 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.29 | 7 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.60 | 10 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
2.50 | 4 ratings
DM 2.1
2007
1.75 | 4 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
2007
2.00 | 2 ratings
Antique Dream Land
2007
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Very Best of Tangerine Dream
2008
2.60 | 5 ratings
Booster 2
2008
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Vintage Years Anthology
2008
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Electronic Magic of Tangerine Dream
2008
2.96 | 26 ratings
Booster
2008
3.13 | 8 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
3.00 | 10 ratings
Axiat
2008
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2009
2.67 | 6 ratings
Booster 3
2009
2.00 | 2 ratings
Ballads
2009
2.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Power and Motion
2009
2.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Cool Races
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
Vintage Vanguard
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Independent Years
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Electronic Journey
2010
3.67 | 3 ratings
Run to Vegas
2010
3.67 | 3 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
2010
4.00 | 5 ratings
Ride on the Ray; The Blue Years Anthology 1980-1987
2011
2.67 | 6 ratings
Booster 4
2011
3.94 | 23 ratings
The Virgin Years 1974-1978
2011
3.97 | 11 ratings
Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973
2011
4.54 | 13 ratings
The Virgin Years 1977-1983
2012
2.60 | 5 ratings
Booster 5
2012
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream
2012
2.60 | 5 ratings
Booster 6
2013
3.33 | 3 ratings
Lost in Strings Vol. 1
2013
2.50 | 2 ratings
Decades: 1980s
2013
2.50 | 2 ratings
Decades: 70s
2013
3.20 | 5 ratings
Ultima Thule
2013
2.93 | 14 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream Live
2014
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Deep Run to Vegas
2014
2.67 | 3 ratings
Out of this World
2015
3.00 | 4 ratings
Booster 7
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ultima Thule
2016
3.91 | 11 ratings
Quantum Gate / Quantum Key
2018
4.63 | 7 ratings
The Pink Years Albums 1970-1973
2018
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987
2019
4.89 | 28 ratings
In Search of Hades (The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979)
2019
4.11 | 9 ratings
Pilots of Purple Twilight (The Virgin Recordings 1980-1983)
2020

TANGERINE DREAM Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.85 | 19 ratings
Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
1966
3.98 | 28 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.33 | 3 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
1974
4.00 | 3 ratings
Extracts from Rubycon
1975
4.50 | 2 ratings
Excerpt from Ricochet
1975
4.07 | 6 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
4.33 | 3 ratings
Betrayal/Grind
1977
4.00 | 2 ratings
Monolight
1977
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender
1978
4.00 | 3 ratings
Excerpts from Force Majeure
1979
4.44 | 9 ratings
Tangram
1980
4.50 | 2 ratings
Choronzon
1981
3.33 | 12 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.09 | 9 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
2.63 | 13 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
4.50 | 2 ratings
Cinnamon Road / Hyperborea
1983
3.20 | 5 ratings
Going West
1984
3.55 | 11 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
2.33 | 3 ratings
Streethawk
1985
2.67 | 3 ratings
Tiergarten
1985
3.80 | 10 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
2.33 | 3 ratings
Dancing on a White Moon
1987
3.04 | 5 ratings
Tyger
1987
1.67 | 3 ratings
A Time for Heroes
1987
3.50 | 4 ratings
Marakesh
1988
3.67 | 3 ratings
Alexander Square
1989
4.00 | 3 ratings
Optical Race/Mothers Of Rain/Sun Gate/Ghazal
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
House of the Rising Sun
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
Oranges Don't Dance
1990
2.40 | 24 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.67 | 3 ratings
Rockoon Special Edition
1992
3.50 | 2 ratings
Big City Dwarves
1992
3.00 | 3 ratings
Dreamtime
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
Turn of the Tides
1994
3.33 | 3 ratings
Midwinter Night
1994
4.00 | 2 ratings
Shepherds Bush
1996
1.50 | 2 ratings
Jim & Pablo: Der Meteor
1997
4.33 | 3 ratings
Das Mädchen auf der Treppe
1997
4.50 | 4 ratings
Limited World Tour Edition 1997
1997
2.22 | 4 ratings
Towards the Evening Star
1997
3.33 | 3 ratings
Sony Center Topping Out Ceremony Score
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ça Va - Ça Marche - Ça Ira Encore
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Astrophobia
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Stereolight
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Meng Tian
2000
3.75 | 4 ratings
DM 4 Bonus CD
2003
3.33 | 3 ratings
Astoria Theatre London
2003
3.64 | 11 ratings
Space Flight Orange
2005
3.33 | 9 ratings
40 Years Roadmap To Music
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2006
3.50 | 12 ratings
Metaphor
2006
3.36 | 11 ratings
One Night In Space
2007
4.50 | 2 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Promo
2007
3.75 | 12 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.65 | 14 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
3.00 | 11 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.73 | 11 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
Choice
2008
3.25 | 4 ratings
Armageddon in the Rose Garden
2008
3.50 | 4 ratings
A Cage in Search of a Bird
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Zeitgeist
2010
3.20 | 5 ratings
Mona da Vinci
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Gate of Saturn
2011
3.43 | 7 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.25 | 13 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014
3.23 | 11 ratings
Quantum Key
2015
3.53 | 10 ratings
Particles
2016
4.60 | 5 ratings
Light Flux EP
2017
4.00 | 3 ratings
Tear Down the Grey Skies
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Pledge Access Pass
2017
4.50 | 2 ratings
Run To Vegas/Leviathan
2018
4.50 | 2 ratings
8.17pm Session - Triangle
2020
3.33 | 3 ratings
Phaedra 2014
2020
4.00 | 6 ratings
Probe 6-8
2021

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 Force Majeure by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.03 | 542 ratings

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Force Majeure
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 763

Tangerine Dream is a German progressive electronic band that was formed in Berlin in 1967 by guitarist Edgar Froese. Originally with an electric/acoustic sound, Tangerine Dream emerged in the experimental and German Krautrock scene. In the same year, Froese invited drummer Klaus Schulze and cellist Conrad Schnitzler to the band, later releasing, in the same year, their debut studio album, "Electronic Meditation". This album was considered one of the most advanced and experimental works in the history of the modern music. It was influenced by the works of John Cage and Stockhausen. Several times awarded, "Electronic Meditation" contains a unique sound palette, with keyboards, standard instruments and countless non-standard sounds, filtered through several effects processors, creating an experimental atmosphere.

In 1970, Schulze and Schnitzler embarked on solo careers and were replaced by drummer Chris Franke. With him, they recorded another album, "Alpha Centauri" in 1971, this time with the collaboration of keyboardist Steve Schroyder. However, after that album, Schroyder also left the band and was substituted by keyboardist Peter Baumann. And with the trio Baumann, Franke and Froese, Tangerine Dream would released a serious of very sucessful albums, of which stand out, "Phaedra" of 1974, "Rubycon" and "Ricochet", both of 1975, "Stratosfear" of 1976 and "Encore" of 1977.

But, again, Tangerine Dream saw another change in their line up. Baumann also left the band to pursue a solo career. This time, Froese and Franke chose to join them, multi-instrumentalist Steve Jolliffe and drummer Klaus Kruger. They released another album "Cyclone" in 1978. After "Cyclone", Jolliffe also left Tangerine Dream and the duo Froese and Franke with the collaboration of Kruger and Eduard Meyer on cello released their next album "Force Majeure" in 1979.

Tangerine Dream ended the 70's with one of their best albums. Froese and Franke continue their previous search here. In few words, they consisted of a combination of the electronic style of the band, known from the albums "Phaedra" and "Rubycon", with elements of classic progressive rock, derived primarily from the then work of Pink Floyd. In practice, this meant an increase in the role of traditional instruments and a stronger outline of melodic lines. Tangerine Dream returned to the purely instrumental territory again with "Force Majeure", but the album itself was musically still a continuation of the more conventional prog rock style they had explored on "Cyclone". And Tangerine Dream, at their best, had absolutely nothing to do with be conventional. This time, you can hear all the time who is the creator of this material. The sequencer based arrangements of past albums find their fruition on "Force Majeure". Froese and Franke change their longstanding collaboration into a complementary musical dialogue that is at once lean and evocative. The recordings were made in Berlin in 1978. The author of the cover of "Force Majeure" is Froese's wife, Monika Froese.

The album consists of three songs, two lengthy and one shorter, although with its seven minutes of length it's surely not a piece to play on the radio. The eighteen minute title track is mainly based on the electronic sounds, at first with an ambient character, then more vivid and more trance, in which parts of the electric and acoustic guitar, piano and drums are perfectly woven. There are plenty of expressive motifs and cool solos. There is also a lot of dynamics. "Cloudburst Flight" is already a more condensed recording, in which traditional instrumentation usually comes to the fore, and the electronics rather only complement the sound. The song shows the more prog-rock face of the band, but by no means imitating the style of someone else. The thirteen minute "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" is the oddest track on the album and looks like a bit less exciting but it doesn't spoil the high quality of the album. It's a two part song that contains the more heroic guitar from Froese, but it's generally a return to the amorphous and eerie compositions of past albums, with percussive space echoes that occasionally suggest the work of Klaus Schulze. The first five minutes are another example of a successful fusion of electronic and traditional instruments. The further part has purely electronic sounds. It's the track with most in common with the old Tangerine Dream, but with a more modern and less human approach.

Conclusion: "Force Majeure" is one of the best albums of this great band. This is a calculated and compelling work from two experienced artists who move through the electronic music with high grace and precision. Overall, the album doesn't look as electronic as their earlier works, as the drums in particular, when used, provide a driving beat that is more familiar with rock music and when Froese reaches into the guitar, you maybe think that you are in the wrong film. But we cannot complain too much. After all, it's a good thing when a band tries to develop further. Due to its more rock oriented music, it may be suitable for people who are otherwise not into the electronics. So, it's an absolute necessity for those who might be curious about the band, or even successful experiments within the rock genre. Sections of the album would later appear in slightly altered versions on the soundtracks for the films "Thief" and "Risky Business".

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Ricochet by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1975
4.38 | 411 ratings

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Ricochet
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars In The Netherlands there is a vivid electronic music scene, with an annual festival and an annual day for electronic music fans, an electronic music oriented label (Groove) for Dutch and international bands and artists, and lots of Facebook pages dedicated to Dutch electronic music. During the years I have bought many albums at the Groove label: from Free System Project, Red Shift, Airsculpture, ARC (Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve) and Return To The Origin to Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij, Rudy Adrian, Pollard/Daniel/Booth and Node, all obviously inspired by the highly acclaimed 1974-1977 Tangerine Dream era, in the classic line-up featuring Edgar Froese, Peter Baumann and Christoph Franke.

Although I consider Phaedra as a masterpiece and a boost for the development of electronic music, to me it still sounds as a pioneering album: the band used for the first time the sequencer module of the modular Moog, and the trio is experimenting how to blend the sequencer with the synthesizers and Mellotron. On the next album Rubycon you can hear the development of the Phaedra sound, the music is less experimental and more elaborate, dynamic and structured, also due to the guitarplay by Edgar Froese, but especially the sequencing is spectacular. On this live album, recorded during the European tour in 1975, the legendary trio Tangerine Dream really shines with their pivotal electronic music.

Ricochet Pt. 1 (17:03) : The intro delivers spacey synthesizers with phasing and echo, and the usual beeps and bleeps, blended with electronic percussion. The music sounds like leaving the earth with a spaceship for a cosmic trip between the stars and around the moon. Now slowly from outer space the pulsating sound of sequencing and soaring Farfisa organ, soon a distorted electric guitar sound, backed by electronic percussion and soft Mellotron drops. Next the music turns first into more atmospheric with tight drum beats and then gradually a dynamic blend of synthesizers, string-ensemble, Mellotron, distorted electric guitar and spectacular mid-tempo sequencing, what an amazing interplay between the trio, top notch electronic music, wow! Finally a blend of high and low souding slow synthesizer flights, a fascinating contrast to end this epic electronic music magnum opus.

Ricochet Pt. 2 (21:11) : This other epic composition begins with tender play on the Grand piano and soaring Mellotron flute, in a melancholical climate, pretty emotional for electronic music standards! Now sequencing joins, fuelled by lush synthesizers, gradually the sequencing sounds more pulsating, this is Electronic Music Heaven, and turned out to be very influential. The powerful sequencing and flashy synthesizer flights add a dynamic dimension to the music, interrupted by a wonderful dreamy interlude with Mellotron flute, in the end soaring synthesizers and Mellotron, with phasing, an unique piece of electronic music, wow!

With respect for the milestone Phaedra, I prefer the more elaborate and dynamic Tangerine Dream sound between 1975 and 1977. For me this live album is one of the absolute highlights in electronic music history!

 Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.87 | 37 ratings

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Jeanne D´Arc - La Révolte Éternelle
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars An album that just proves how "on" a band can become when inspired by a topic/theme that comes outside of themselves: the stuff of legends.

1. "La Vision" (12:19) the weird psychedelia sounds that open this are absolutely perfect for this title and topic. In the second minute the synth sounds straighten out and form a dream-like soundscape similar to some of the more sedate ones in At the two-minute mark, however, a rhythm track is added that picks up the pace a bit while also enriching the soundscape. So excellent! I love the next-gen vocal "tron"-like voices and Holger Czukay-like "radio transmissions." The synth drum pattern turns full rock with lots of additional percussive sounds surrounding and propelling the song on an equal level. Great chord progressions announced by deep synth bass throngs. Awesome! And we're not even half-way through! At the seven-minute mark we get a new synth-bell/saw sound to carry the main melody, backed by banked chords of Enigma-like angelic female voices. A top three song to be sure. (23.75/25)

2. "La Joie" (5:16) kind of syrupy shlock with rather simple generic melody and pace. The instrument choices for the rhythm track are nice. Wish the lead synths were richer. Soprano sax enters in the fourth minute but does nothing dynamic or emotional except carry on the same simple melody as the start--until the fifth minute when it starts to flourish a bit. Too bad nothing else shifts/accelerates with her. More like Karl Jenkins' ADIEMUS. (8.5/10)

3. "La Force Du Courage" (8:37) opens with nice layered synths, voices, and "plucked bow"-like bass notes to signify forceful action. After 90-seconds the rhythm track is engaged: it's okay; nothing detracting. More layers of activity on the vocal and strings areas begin making their appearances as we near the end of the fourth minute, continue to embellish and enhance (as if the observer were in the middle of army camp while the hurried, scurried activities of preparation for battle are teeming around him/her). Glen Frey "You Belong to the City"-like sax enters in the fifth minute to nice effect--as if a general esprit de corps were being conveyed. The walls of sounds begin thinning in the eighth minute eventually leaving only sax and "alelu" female choral vocals. Nicely done! (18/20)

4. "La Solitude Dans L'Espoir" (7:32) solo piano enters, borrowing The Buggles' "I Am a Camera" melody theme to Yes' "Into the Lens." At the one-minute mark soft vocal synth wash chords are added in gentle support. At the very end of the second minute the piano's bass clef lowers and then the melody line shifts to a minor key, other keyboard-generated instruments start to join in. In the fourth minute drum/percussion sounds and "ChapmanStick"-like bass sounds are added, eventually congealing into a full rock rhythm track at the 4:00 mark. Multiple melody lines are now being generated, all at the same time, each one attractive and engaging on its own, none conflicting or detracting from the others. What great symbiotic composition! At then end the music devolves to piano for a recapitulation of the (Buggles') opening theme. Not a song with great highs or super-memorable passages or crescendos but such a solid, pleasant song! (13.375/15)

5. "La Marche" (8:36) nice panoramic opening synth weave over which awesome percussive-saw sound is sequenced to get things moving. By the end of the second minute the army has launched: the march is on, with the joinder of the full, complete company--including leadership--announced at 2:30 with full rock rhythm track: "bass and drums." The "pan flute" lead is awesome but it's the impetus of the "bass," "drums" and rhythm guitar work that really keeps us interested. Nice shift in the fifth minute to synth strings for the leadership while the rest of the troops continue their relentless march beneath. Awesome song to perfectly convey the feelings of an army on the go. I even love the instruments used to transmit the stoppage and communication of feelings and orders at the end. Another top three song. (19/20)

6. "La Sagesse Du Destin" (7:58) hypnotic dreamscape within which several instruments ("marimba," flute, and so many more!) each convey aspects of the main melody in a harmonized form. Genius! The "bass" play is super! At the end of the third minute we pause and shift into a passage with a MIDI-ed bells sound is used in the lead. Nice whole-sound shift at 4:23 while the bell-speak continues. Dramatic pause at 5:15 unveils saw-synth-assisted electric piano as soloist with odd 33 1/3 scraping sounds. (13.5/15)

7. "Le Combat Du Sang" (10:17) I do not own or possess this album. The songs I've been able to listen to are available through YouTube--except for this one, "Le combat du sang" is offered nowhere on YouTube. But I was lucky enough to find it with a search of Bandcamp--or at least a version of it: in 2020 Jerome Froese, one of the certifiable members of TD when the original album was created and released, released a "remastered" version of this via his "Home of Guitartronica" page. I have no idea if it's anywhere near the original, but it is a hard-driving, straightforward song of the "The Sky Moves Sideways (Part One)" ilk. It's good, solid, but not amazing or incredible. (17.5/20)

8. "Le Combat Des Épées" (14:02) two tracks of 90s electric piano with echo effect employed opens this one for the first minute. Then synth wash chords with bass-pedal-like bass notes establishes its own version of the opening. Japanese sword-bell synth takes over on the lead at the end of the second minute for a minute before soparano sax enters to take over. Bubbly synth percussive-rhythm track is added as sword-bell synth rejoins, working with the sax. More subtle additions and enrichments (mostly to the rhythm track) at the end of the fourth minute--and aagain at the 4:45 mark--as sax and sword-bell synth continue their beautiful duet/dance. Dramatic drum play shows up in the second half of the sixth minute before soon establishing a steady and forward-driving rock pattern. MIDI'ed flute-blown glass-female operatic voice now take over the lead, carrying the main melody strongly forward. Again, I am astounded by the genius of matching the song, instruments, and rhythms to the theme at hand. Thinning of instrumental tapestry at the end of the ninth minute yields a fast-paced multi-synth minimalist weave over which bells, strings washes, and heavily-treated electric piano add their own lines. Great, hypnotic weave! There's a little of THE WHO's "Eminence Front" here, a little JONN SERRIE, and a lot of originality. (27.25/30)

9. "La Libération" (4:39) too much like the Chariots of Fire sound palette and style. (8.5/10)

Total time 79:16

A-/five stars; a minor masterpiece of masterful literature-inspired music--one of TD's best of the 21st Century.

 Miracle Mile (OST) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.96 | 59 ratings

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Miracle Mile (OST)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Stereo_Joe

3 stars I love prolific artists. Klaus Schulze comes to mind. Tangerine dream also. I collected many of their albums to have a "binge" listening session carried out over a couple of weeks. This album came up. I was warned in many comments online that their late 80's and 90's albums were sort of a train wreck. To my surprise, I am enjoying this period of TD's output. This album isn't phenomenal, nor groundbreaking, but just good to me. Maybe my ears are easier to please than some. Soothing synthesizers with pretty decent sound quality throughout. I found this album to be an easy listen. I love the idea of having a huge cd rack in front of the wall dedicated to one artist. Schulze and Tangerine Dream could easily handle that. And I could probably listen to just those two for the rest of my life and only that. I love Berlin School Electronic music. It is a world that I could happily live in the rest of my listening life.
 Encore (Live 1977) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1977
4.01 | 278 ratings

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Encore (Live 1977)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars In the late 70s I bought this live album as a double LP, mesmerized by the cover picture: I was very much into symphonic rock with tons of vintage keyboards and looked at all those huge synthesizers, like a triple version of the late Keith Emerson with his modular Moogs, wow! At home I was blown away by this new musical experience, named electronic music, a hypnotizing blend of synthesizers, Mellotrons, sequencers, piano, electronic drums and electric guitar play. The recordings are partly from the USA tour in 1977 (see 1-4 track information) featuring Tangerine Dream at their artistic peak, with extended improvisations, based upon work from their previous albums, like Ricochet and Statosfear. The music is performed by the legendary trio Peter Baumann (who did the 1977 Encore mix and then left, as a 'parting gift'), Chris Franke and Edgar Froese. The captivating element on Encore is the interplay between the three musicians: frequent waves of Mellotron, hypnotizing and pulsating sequencers and all kinds of sounds from famous vintage (modular) synthesizers (Moog, Oberheim, ARP and PPG). The music is more lush and extended than on their studio-albums, in my opinion unsurpassed, I have never heard a more captivating electronic music album than this one!

Four wonderfully coloured and varied electronic musical landscapes.

Side 1 - Cherokee Lane (16.19) : This track contains references to the music on Sorcerer, and is recorded during rehearsals in Berlin, mixed with parts from the Seattle concert on April 21th, 1977.

The long intro delivers ominous swelling keyboards, and some beeps and bleeps. Then the sequencing starts, a cheerful crowd applauds, soaring Mellotron violins join, wow. Now the Mellotron flute section, what a wonderful blend of Mellotron (both the violin as the flute section) and sequencing, the sound becomes more intense, topped with lush synthesizers. Finally again that dreamy Mellotron flute.

Side 2 - Monolight (19.54) : This track is recorded in Washington DC on April 4th, 1977, in fact the only complete live recorded piece, and in mono, that explains the title, haha. The music contains references to Stratosfear and Invisible Limits.

First a long and wonderful, classically inspired piece on the Steinway grand piano. Then captivating interplay between the synthesizers, sequencer and string-ensemble, it sounds cheerful. Halfway a pulsating sequencer, in an exciting accellaration, embellished with brassy synthesizer flights, this is trademark TD interplay. Finally tender piano, culminating in a beautiful conclusion with dreamy synthesizer flights and piano.

Side 3 - Coldwater Canyon (18.06) This track is recorded during USA 1977 tour soundchecks, and also features short parts recorded during the final two concerts in Juli 1977.

It starts with a repetetive synthesizer chord, then sequencing and a heavy distorted electric guitar joins (by Edgar Froese), soon blended with synthesizer runs, what an unique interplay. In the second part soaring strings, beeps and bleeps, and that fiery and distorted guitar. Finally dreamy synthesizer flights and a spacey end.

Side 4 - Desert Dream (17.30) : This track contains different recordings, some parts from 1974 (the Oedipus Tyrannus suite, Chichester Festival in July 1974), and some parts from studio recordings, the applause is fake. So this composition has nothing to do with the 1977 USA tour.

The intro features dreamy Mellotrons (flute and violin section) and a scary Theremin sound. Then the beeps and bleeps. Next a low sequencing sound and sultry synthesizer flights and dreamy Mellotrons (evoking a 'Sahara atmoshpere', looking at the title), wonderful, hypnotizing, this is excellent electronic music. Again beeps and bleeps, and different sounds. The second part contains a melancholical climate with dreamy synthesizer flights, tender electric piano and soaring Mellotron violins, simply beautiful. Finally catchy sequencing and slow synthesizer runs, when the music stops the crowd erupts, what a stunning electronic music concert!

TO ME THESE 4 COMPOSITIONS SOUND AS A HIGHLIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC!

My recommendations if you like this Tangerine Dream music: Gert Emmens (Mysteries Of Dawn), Node (live), Free System Project (Procyon), Pollard/Daniel/Booth (Eight), Free System Project & Terje Winther (Spoon Forest), Ruud Heij & Gert Emmens (Return To The Origin) and Rudy Adrian (Concerts In The USA).

And finally thanks to my Dutch friend Wouter Bessels, an acclaimed 'Tangerine Dream connaisseur' who has contributed to several Tangerine Dream CD reissues/boxes. At my request he delivered me additional information about the tracks, very interesting for the Tangerine Dream fans.

 Synthetiseur   by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
4.00 | 9 ratings

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Synthetiseur
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 751

"Synthetiseur" is a very special compilation album of Tangerine Dream. It was released in 1990. It's an economic package that includes their fifth studio album "Phaedra" released in 1974, their sixth studio album "Rubycon" released in 1975 and their debut live album "Ricochet" released also in 1975, on only one CD package. This is a very interesting compilation album because it includes three indispensable musical works of the band, the three albums that are in general considered the three best works of Tangerine Dream. So, we can say that it can be a very worth purchase if you don't have the three original albums yet in vinyl or CD. It means that, if you buy "Synthetiseur", you can save on money. However, for those who have already the three albums, "Synthetiseur" only can be a nice addition for your collection.

However, we cannot deny the unquestionable quality of "Synthetiseur". Tangerine Dream is unquestionably one of the most influential electronic groups of all time and these three albums are the living proof of that. Their music has made an immeasurable impact on ambient, new age, techno, trance, and progressive rock, as well as modern film score composition. Founded as a psychedelic rock group, soon Tangerine Dream turned to the electronic music especially during their second musical phase, "The Virgin Years". "The Virgin Years" began with the pioneering Tangerine Dream works, precisely these three albums that belong of what became known as the "Berlin School". The line up on the three albums is the same, Edgar Froese, Peter Baumann and Christopher Franke, which is considered the best of the band.

As I've already reviewed these three albums previously and individually on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my reviews. However, in here I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them as extensively as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of them.

"Phaedra": "Phaedra" is often regarded as a groundbreaking album that was shaped by an experimental sound, with structured sound sequences that present themselves to the listener in an atmosphere space like manner. "Phaedra" leads in monotone electronics at the beginning directly into the wide world of the universe and knows how to create a monotone trance in cosmically designed sound surfaces. In the further course, the cool inapproachability of the electronics unites with organic looking Mellotron inserts, which is accompanied by more rhythmic sound elements. The way into unexplored galaxies is, thus, effectively relaxed. Perhaps even more powerful as a musical landmark now than when it was recorded. "Phaedra" has proven the test of time. The 70's was a time of music taste and intelligence, really.

"Rubycon": "Rubycon" is like "Phaedra", an impressive work from the experimental early phase and the sequencer heavy time in the middle of the 70's, but oriented a little further towards the later. The Moog Synth is used more often than on its predecessor, which makes the soundscapes appear more structured overall. Of course, the impression of uniformity also comes from the fact that there are only two pieces of the same name. The free form parts, which are still available, appear more mature and sophisticated than their predecessors. "Rubycon" is a standard work of the Berlin School. If you are interested in electronic music you should check it, and its predecessor "Phaedra". People who want to find whether they like such "futuristic music" must check it too. This is one of the best, Tangerine Dream's albums.

"Ricochet": "Ricochet" could just easily have been an excellent studio album. I find it remarkable how well Tangerine Dream was able to implement their studio compatible concepts' live. "Ricochet" is one of the definitive Tangerine Dream's albums and is indispensable for lovers of the electronic music. If you want to experience the beginnings of electronic music, you cannot avoid this album. "Ricochet", "Phaedra" and "Rubycon", are the three classic albums of Tangerine Dream that no prog music fan can avoid. Considering the fact that "Rubycon", Froese's "Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale" and Klaus Schulze's "Timewind" were also released in the same year, "Ricochet" was the final jewel in the crown that turned 1975 as the best year in Tangerine Dream's related history and in the prog electronic music too.

Conclusion: After what I have wrote and despite I have mentioned that "Synthetiseur" is only important for those who don't own the three original works or for the hardest collector fans of the band, it's undeniable the great quality of this compilation album. As I also mentioned that "Phaedra", "Rubycon" and "Ricochet" are in general considered the three best works of Tangerine Dream, in which I include myself, turn "Synthetiseur" as a great compilation album, one of the best of the band. "Phaedra" and "Rubycon" are considered the two greatest masterpieces of the band and two of the best electronic prog albums ever made. In relation to "Ricochet", despite technically be a live work that was recorded live, in reality, it's an original work from the band that was recorded live. So, we can say that "Synthetiseur" is a great compilation album with three amazing works of one of the best and most representative acts of the "Berlin School".

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987 by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2019
4.00 | 4 ratings

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The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The mid-1980s found Tangerine Dream focusing far more on their movie and television soundtrack work than on standalone studio albums - which means that this boxed set isn't really telling the whole story when it comes to their activities from 1985-1987. Further complications arise from the inclusion of Green Desert, because whilst that release was finished off with additional recordings in the 1980s the earliest components of it came from the 1970s.

Nonetheless, this is a good value collection offering a nice snapshot of the New Age-tinged style that the band adopted in this era. Aside from on Green Desert, the spacey style of their 1970s works is absent, and this is very much in the style they adopted in their mid-1980s soundtrack work, making this a bit less essential but still worth a shot for fans.

 Tyger by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.08 | 120 ratings

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Tyger
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This mid-1980s Tangerine Dream album offers up more breezy synth music in the New Agey vein they'd been working in at around this time - of the rest of their discography it perhaps is the closest to Underwater Sunlight in style, which makes sense given their close proximity in recording and release. The twist this time around is that Jocelyn B. Smith is here to add some solemn vocals to the proceedings, borrowing heavily from William Blake (hence the title). It works reasonably well; Tangerine Dream hadn't really experimented with vocals since Cyclone, but then again they were a very different now than they were then, having left their 1970s spaciness behind in favour of producing crisp, clean 1980s synth work suitable for soundtrack use. Pretty good, but not a classic.
 Cyclone by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.69 | 413 ratings

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Cyclone
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 728

Tangerine Dream was formed in 1967 by Edgar Froese, a musician who tried to convey to the music the impressionism of Salvador Dali's painting, of which he was a collaborator and a personal friend. It started out as a Pink Floyd's style band, gradually starting to venture into hype with the newly emerged electronic music with the invention of the Moog synthesizers. We are obviously talking about music that is played by human hands on electronic instruments and not contemporary programmed music. The band's music is instrumental and environmental, not having a commercial success, although they reached the top 10 in England with their album "Phaedra", actually a landmark of the electronic music. The electronic music invented by them would quickly evolve into the more techno style of bands like Kraftwerk.

Tangerine Dream is one of the most influential electronic groups of all time and their influence can be felt even today. Their music has made an immeasurable impact on ambient, new age, techno, trance, and prog rock, as well as modern film score composition. But, it only was only in their musical period known as "The Virgin Years" that Tangerine Dream became to be more known with some of their best works, namely, "Phaedra", "Rubycon", "Ricochet", "Stratosfear", "Encore" and "Force Majeure". It's of this phase too the album that will be reviewed today, "Cyclone", released in 1978.

"Cyclone" is an album on which Tangerine Dream began to explore the possibilities of the first digital sequencers, more secure and accurate, immune to the voltage fluctuations that so compromised in live performances, disrupting the programmed rhythms. But, after the departure from the band of Peter Bauman, "Cyclone" brought some other changes, with the recruiting of the drummer Klaus Krieger and the multi- instrumentalist Steve Joliffe, who had previously been in the band for a brief period in 1969. Jolliffe, in addition to his skills as a musician, also offered to the fluid equation of the Tangerine Dream his services as a vocalist, an idea much debated between Edgar Froese and Richard Branson of Virgin, certainly reflecting a strategy to enhance the commercial potential of the group. The improvisation continued to be a constant, but the music was more structured and from the interaction of Krieger's drums and Franke's sequencers a more pronounced rhythmic dimension emerged, perhaps even more "rock", with the group clearly wanting to grab a part of the prog audience that flowed to see concerts like those of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, Genesis or Yes. The album has three tracks, which isn't a strange thing by them. It starts with "Bent Cold Sidewalk", a song with thirteen minutes. The track starts with synthesizers, followed by Joliffe's flutes. Soon their vocals appear which, in a way, mischaracterize the band's music. In the second part of the theme there are electronic vocals and flutes in the best Jethro Tull's style amid layers of synthesizers. In a way, it has a sound similar to Pink Floyd's earlier works. The second track "Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender" is too short, especially when we are talking about Tangerine Dream. It's based on their characteristic synthesizers, but the introduction of vocals makes it a bit more dynamic. Incidentally, the voices on this track in particular reminded me a lot of progressive rock bands from the 80's like Pallas, for instance. The "Madrigal Meridian" suite closes the album and covers the entire B side of the old vinyl with more than twenty minutes. It's a song entirely based on the classic style of the group. The keyboards in the background together with the organ give a perfect climax as if we were in a suspense film. The song has several nuances and changes of tempo, with the entry of synthesizers in the middle of the drums played in a simple way and with many electronic effects led by Klaus Krieger. The guitar incursions make the theme even more complete, which continues to grow more and more, being enriched by the use of a saxophone, Moogs and stacks of synthesizers. Although it doesn't have vocals, the use of other instruments in front of the suite left the more progressive and psychedelic side of the group exacerbated, bringing them closer to some other bands, twisting the nose of the most purists. So, in a way, Tangerine Dream became much closer to the English progressive sound, leaving aside the more electronic and characteristic German's sound.

Conclusion: Atypical is the best adjective that can define "Cyclone". At the time, Tangerine Dream was a renowned electronic prog group formed by Baumann, Froese and Franke. With Baumann's departure, Froese and Franke decided to innovate, bringing Joliffe to take care of wind instruments and vocals. This change was considered heresy by many of band's followers who didn't understand the new proposal presented. Many negative reviews have been said about Steve's vocals, especially that his singing style did not match the sound presented. But to say that his voice is bad is close to exaggeration. The album's poor acceptance led the redirection of the band again, which culminated in Jolliffe's departure and the return to the electronics in the following year with the aforementioned "Force Majeure". But, if you like prog rock with elements of electronic and psychedelic music, "Cyclone" is a nice and highly recommended album.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Le Parc by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.87 | 164 ratings

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Le Parc
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Hailing from an era when Tangerine Dream were arguably focusing on movie soundtracks far more than studio albums, Le Parc is an exception to that rule (though even then, some of the selections here would be used as soundtrack work). Their mid-1980s transformation here is largely complete; the spacey sounds of their 1970s releases are largely absent, and in its place are sleek, then-modern digital synthesisers, a cool cyberpunk atmosphere, and catchy synthpop-esque cadences, but with sufficient flashes of inventiveness to make this all seem compelling and original rather than blandly generic. Provided you aren't averse to shorter compositions and a fairly light, accessible tone, there's a lot to enjoy here.
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