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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00006AG9K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunrise In The Third System
2. Fly And Collision Of Comas Sola
3. Alpha Centauri
4. Ultima Thule Part One

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Alpha Centauri" was John Peel's recommended Import of the Year in 1971: an accolade that was partly responsible for Tangerine Dream's subsequent signing with Richard Branson's Virgin Records. The TD line-up at this time was Edgar Froese, Christoph Franke (his first appearance) and Steve Schroyder (his last), with guest performers Udo Dennebourg (flute and voice) and Roland Paulyck (synthesiser). This remastered release on CD provides a whole new perspective on music that is as refreshing today as the day it was released, with nuances of the original now rescued from the obscurity of the muddy old black vinyl pressing.
If you're unfamiliar with Tangerine Dream's early "Kosmische Musik" period, then this disc may come as something as a shock. It is, however, a good place to start an exploration of their early music. Apart from being their first real release ("Electronic Meditation" was only ever intended to be a demo tape!), it also contains an excellent cross-section of the styles of playing which characterised TD's early years, having meditative pieces with long drawn out organ chords over gurgling VCS3 oscillators, flighty flute lines woven through Christoph Franke's jazzy, often improvised drumming and, of course, a general other- or out-of-this-worldliness pervading everything.
'Sunrise in the Third System' is a short (4 mins) opener, which sets the scene for the music to follow. Gradually swelling organ chords build beneath a simple guitar line while rising synthesiser wails and a dancing flute part before coming to a gentle climax and descending rapidly again into silence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "desyato" on 22 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
It should be oberved that, whatever the shortcomings of the remastering detailed elsewhere, this issue also includes a bonus track: Ultima Thule part 1. This is a fairly rare track which finds the band on the cusp between the OHR period (Electronic Meditation through to Atem) and the subsequent Virgin period (Phaedra onwards). It was released as a single with the above track as the A-side. The B-side has still to surface but may well appear on one of the other OHR period reissues from the some company. Watch out for it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stotty on 14 May 2009
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'Alpha Centauri' is Tangerine Dream's second album, following on from 1970s 'Electronic Meditation'.
This album isn't too far removed from the improvised, free form music of the debut, but whereas 'Electronic Meditation' is quite wild and raw, 'Alpha Centauri' has a slightly mellow feel at times, and the sound is much better. Also the semi conceptual nature of the album gives it some focus, conjuring up the mental image of a spaceship in trouble a la '2001- A Space Odyssey'.
Opening track 'Sunrise In The Third System' actually creates the soundscape of a sunrise in space quite effectively, beginning with droplets of sound, growing into a nice, chilled out, atmospheric piece of music.
'Fly And Collision Of Comas Sola' starts off slowly and quietly before steadily building in volume, drama and a sense of panic as the flute and Chris Franke's drums get more and more erratic. The track ends rather suddenly. This is either because it represents the collision of the 'spaceship' or simply because the band members had taken the track as far as it could go and decided to stop playing.
The sprawling title track, like the previous two has a low key start and is a real slow burner. It amounts to nothing much more than an experiment in sound and effects. It's a trippy track, which although not a thing of beauty by any stretch, at least creates a spooky atmosphere of deep space.
Like the debut, 'Alpha Centauri' is not the most palletable kind of music you will ever hear in your life. It's challenging music, which like 'Electronic Meditation' often calls to mind the improvised instrumental sections of early Pink Floyd.
The remastered version of the album includes the quite excellent 'Ultima Thule Part 1'.
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But if you are a leftover from the seventies, and you like Tangerine Dream, this is a seminal album. Experimental, but on the cusp of the authentic TD sound emerging. There is a spine-tingling intensity of sound and a latent energy which makes for stunning listening.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 29 April 2009
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Being a suspicious, insular British Islander, it doesn't take much to get my irrational xenophobic alarm bells ringing - particularly when it comes to the most horrific and muddy concept in the collective modern world: continental Europeans making music.

A dire thought, no? They're so boring; is there anything worse (apart from all that garlic and horse on toast) than (save me Father, save me!) Euro Stadium Rock?

Zonked out 80's Mullet prog played at Utrecht University or New Age Musique slumber-fests at the Hamburg Hippodrome - this is the kind of shameless thing they do across mainland Europe on a regular basis.
Sensible Brits shun them like lepers - positive racism I call it.

Anyway, Tangerine Dream - a Dutch 4-piece that seem intent,
superficially anyway, of propagating another art-form that those Euro-Centrics (!) are obsessed with crucifying: experimental music.

This is a terrible idea. This is why Hitler was so quick off the mark; he couldn't bear the thought of a mad Luxembourgian hitting a dustbin lid with a cheese and calling it 'art' or a garishly costumed Spaniard torturing and slowly killing semi-placid, semi-drugged farm-animals and calling it 'sport', so he set out with all due haste and virtue to save us all from it.

French synth-duo Tangerine Dream: sirens wail and bells ring and it's all rather jolly.
A surprise. Medals at the ready.

They mix an original brew; sure it clanks and clangs like the best of 'em but there's vitally, a sense of humour at work; a humorous, faux-pretentious racket a million kilometres away from your usually stark, po-faced, wildly over-pompous Euro experimentation.

I'm pleasantly astonished to find a Belgian solo artist with so much double-bubble as Tangerine Dream.
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