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  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tdi
  • ASIN: B00003W8BO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meng Tian
2. Summer In Shauxi
3. The South Gate Knights
4. Silence The Barking Monk
5. Zhu Zhanji
6. Stranded Without Shade
7. No More Candles Burning
8. Lights Of Beijing
9. Snow On Dragon's Peak
10. Cradle of Prodigies
11. Tiger Forest

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Iv'e read some negative reviews of this album, but it's realy good in places. Ok, it's nowhere near the ambient beauty of 'Seven letters from Tibet' or the toe tapping melodic rampage of 'Dream Mixes 3' but i love some of the track's here.
Meng Tian and Cradle of Prodiges has got some nice synth lines and some exellent Chinese vocals, and Light's of Beijing is rather a nice stab at a ballad, featuring the mournfull Clarinet sound that has cropped up a few times on their most recent records. 'Snow on Dragons Peak' has a cool feel to it with rather a nice chinese flute sound on the main melody. 'Tiger Mountain' is rather lame, but probably goes well on the movie, which would probebly be worth a watch to see how the better pieces work with the visuals.
I find this is quite an easy album to listen to, nothing too brilliant except for mabey the rather dark and brooding Zhu Zanji.It's better than the almost awfull 'Hollwood Years vol 2'and quite a 'nice' listen
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this CD it remindes me of some of their earlier material (and there is no sax!)
Soaring sweeping soundscapes make for a retro feel whilst still taking advantage of current synth technology. A must for any TD collector
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By chappershouse@cwcom.net on 22 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
A Typical TD Music Score, subdued and background suited. Any TD fan must have, but not in the same league as recent classics such as Quinoa.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Wall is a Great CD 16 Oct. 2003
By Fishin & Grinnin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm not sure why this album has received bad reviews, as I find it one of my favorites of my 30+ TD works to date (yes, I'm a fan). This is indeed a soundtrack, and my personal view is that the Froese gang is at their best when they have a theme to build on. I can't say there is one track on here that I dislike, but there are some favorites to be sure. "Silence the Barking Monk" (whatta title!) flows well, with good rhythym, and plenty of layered sounds to explore while chillin' with the system turned up. "Zhu Zhanji", "No More Candles Burning", and "Lights of Beijing" are also well constructed pieces, again with lots of detail to hold your interest. Then we come to "Snow on Dragon's Peak". Wow! I didn't think they'd ever be able to capture the "mountain majesty" of "Yellowstone" (from Le Parc) again, but they did it here. This track suffers from being too short (IMHO), and could have been developed into several themes, easily being a 12 to 15 minute piece. This is one of their best tracks. This CD has enough depth for eyes-closed listening, enough rhythym for working or driving to, and enough mood for background music. Hard to see where improvements could be made here. Enjoy!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Still interesting after all these years 11 Dec. 2000
By J. Lyda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I ordered this disc for the simple reason that I didn't own it. My first listening was through an old-fashioned stereo with massive speakers (3 way system with hefty 12 inch woofers.) The first cut on this disc is something else...bass that rattled my teeth, a galloping rhythm which progressed through the song, and washes of multilayered electronic sound effects. I kept thinking, 'how do they do this?' Cuts 3,5 and 6 bear up just as well. Back at my home, through my elegant but smaller Bose speakers, the effect is diminshed as I can't feel the air moving in the room. No, this is not the best thing TD had done, but it is certainly not the worst. I remind myself that this is a soundtrack to a movie. In all due respect to the earlier review, this disc seems to have more in common with TD's earlier work than most of their recent releases, being more abstract and less tuneful. Considering the title, the music is remarkably free of the usual rubber-band and wooden bamboo flute effects most of us westerners associate with Chinese music. This is good TD more worthy of investigation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Uninspired 12 July 2007
By R. Legendre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gee. I just don't know what to think or how to feel when I see that TD has released another soundtrack. It seems that all of their soundtrack work since 1990 have been very, very flat.

The only word I can come up with to describe this release is 'uninspired'. It seems as though the band was writing run of the mill songs just to crank out yet another 'soundtrack' (has anyone even HEARD of this film?). With the exception of the first track (which is very good), the rest of the album is quite boring. When compared to other TD soundtracks (check out the track "People In the News" from Miracle Mile; now THAT'S and INSPIRED song!), "Great Wall" is barely a blip on the radar.

Tangerine Dream have been around for 40 years now. Although MANY musicians have been a part of the band's lineup, you would think that TD would have PERFECTED their craft and have the ability to compose and perform amazing songs that just keep getting better with each new release. Perhaps the musical well has run dry? Forty years is a long time. Maybe they're just fresh out of ideas.

Despite these doubts, I will remain a dedicated fan and keep shelling out my money until I die. I know there's still greatness left in this band. I refuse to give up on them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Majestic Ambience 21 Oct. 2008
By Best Of All - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Released in early-2000 on the TDI Music label, Edgar and Jerome Froese produced 11 interesting tracks for this motion picture soundtrack. Obviously with Eastern musical influences, the soundscape is mostly meditative, but there is some clubland sparks that smoothly slides into the mix.

The elegant Cradle of Prodigies is the standout selection, though the bouncy Meng Tien, along with Zhu Zhanji and Tiger Forest are highly expressive. There is a majestic ambience that flows throughout and it is a solid, stand-alone artistic work.
Great Wall of China lives up to TD's best sounds 17 Jun. 2008
By Cat Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of TD for many years now and while the band itself has gone through the Blue and Pink Years as well as other changes, my preferences in the TD sound run to the best of their "electronic rock" sound with driving drums, soaring symphonics and beautiful guitar rifts. Great Wall of China ranks in the group of TD releases, such as Rockoon, Turn of the Tides, Architecture in Motion, Mars Polaris and Lily at the Beach. There are more, but that gives China a place in the extensive TD lineup that many folks will understand and for those new to TD, another group of CDs to purchase!
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