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Green Desert

Tangerine Dream Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000070WQL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Green Desert19:29Album Only
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Radically remastered 26 May 2012
By feline1
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
(This review is for the Reactive/Esoteric 2011 remastered edition)

As other reviewers have noted, the provenance of this Tangerine Dream album is rather confusing. When released in 1986 by the 'Jive Electro' label, it was marketed as being a 'lost recording' made by Froese & Franke in 1973, between the classic Atem and Phaedra albums. However, the audio quality and sound palette bear little resemblance to the murky spacey production techniques the band were using back then: it is a clean clear recording, and has quite a few synth and drum sounds on it which appear on contemporary early 80s T.Dream/Froese albums such as 'Pinnacles' and 'Hyperborea'. As such, I would strongly suspect that a lot of what we were hearing was newly dubbed on and mixed onto an old tape from '73, and there's very little of the original sound left!

However, that's academic, really: taking the music on its own terms, I find a lot to like about it. The four tracks are sparse, minimal, languid, and considerably less twee and 'muzaky' than some other early 80s Dream material. Chris Franke's acoustic drum kit playing is also nicely tight and judicious. The music doesn't try to hard or over-complicate itself.

I also own a copy of the original 1986 CD, so I ripped WAVs of it and this new remaster, and did an A/B comparison of them in an audio editor on my computer. The change is quite radical, probably the biggest sonic alteration I've yet heard on any of these Esoteric re-issues. The new edition is significantly louder and has a much much fuller sound, top, bottom and mid: the whole thing really has been given a dose of sonic steroids. The 80s CD sounds muffled and anaemic in comparison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth releasing - deffo! 27 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album is really rather good - the title track meanders along in an interesting manner with more than a hint of atem and phaedra running through it. White Clouds and Astral Voyager are enjoyable enough little tracks on their own. My favourite track is Indian Summer which is particularly introspective and not long enough for my liking - fans of Edgar Froese's Maroubra Bay will enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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How could anyone take a critical hammer to this? Tangerine Dream seriously scored a hit here and for 1973, the sound of the work may as well have come from another world. It's interesting to note how this, arguably their best singular album release, actually fell between the cracks of circumstance. When laid down alongside 'Phaedra' it's very easy to lose your formerly unswerving allegiance to the latter. Take 'Green Desert's droning soundscape to mind and you're transported to the Mojave/Navajo/Utah (delete as applicable) scrubland at dusk. In 'White Clouds', we're floating above this soundscape on our spirit's very own hot air balloon. This in turn carries us up into space where we're catapulted through the blackness, taking in all about us. For 'Indian Summer' we've made earthfall after our journey and are relishing some well-deserved rest in the early morning heat. Who needs drugs when you've got an imagination and some TD?...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and substantial 22 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like Tangerine Dream up to 1987 then this is a must buy, people coming too this with a post 1987 perspective beware. The title track is pure excellence containg drums, synthsizer bass drone, guitar, ambient long lines. The remainder are intersting but less substantial. Title track is a rewarding listen that will gain appreciation the more times you listen to it. Get the CD while its still around. Recomended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What?! 11 Jan 2000
Format:Audio CD
I say disregard the previous review. This is a great album, vying with "Logos Live" as TD's best. Roll up a fat one, relax and be transported by some of the most mellow and dreamy sounds you will hear, including some incredible drumming by Chris Franke. Still can't believe the other chap doesn't like it..........
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Curates Egg! 17 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Unless I'm very much mistaken, this album was basically recorded just before Tangerine Dream signed to Virgin and production started on "Phaedra". The recordings as presented here (more or less...) were put to one side for many years and eventually released in the mid eighties, following the band's signing to the Jive label (known as the Blue years in fandom).

I know many fans love this release, especially returning to it after many years, but I personally can't find that much to wildly enthuse over. It's a "nice" TD album, pleasant but just hasn't "got it" for me, unlike the previous "Atem" and its followup "Phaedra" - sorry!

If you're a fan, you'll almost certainly have this. If not, buy Atem or even the magnificent, meditative Zeit first (or the album that caused my first musical epiphany - Phaedra!).
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