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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000070WQM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bois De Boulogne (Paris)
2. Central Park (New York)
3. Gaudi Park (Guel Garden Barcelona)
4. Tiergarten (Berlin)
5. Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple Kyoto)
6. Le Parc (L.A. - Streethawk)
7. Hyde Park (London)
8. The Cliffs Of Sydney (Sydney)
9. Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)

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Le Parc

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2006
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This was one of the first CD's I ever bought, back in late 1985. Having had such good results from the other re-remastered TD albums, it was now the turn of this excellent collection of tracks to be re-purchased.

Tangerine Dream at this time were, apparently, doing a lot of prep work alone, getting together regularly to compare notes and to finish and mix the tracks. I believe that this album was also the last studio outing for Johannes Schmoelling, who left shortly after to follow an excellent solo career.

The theme of various parks around the world is an interesting one and works really well, the use of short tracks now being commonplace in their releases. Favourites for me are "Le Parc (LA-Streethawk)" and "Hyde Park", although there's huge merit in all the others, other favourites changing with familiarity over the years. I very much enjoy the difference in styles presented here and I've discovered that fans of the band all have their different favourites. Even Clare Torry, the lady singer from Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, makes a welcome appearance in the track "Yellowstone Park"

I must admit to being a bit cautious when buying re-remastered CD's. Sometimes the original issue was awful and needed all the help it could get offered by modern technology. On other occasions, better master tapes become available, immediately giving a vastly better sound to re-issued CD's (and LP's). Mostly though, all that's needed is a little bit of what the good people at Decca once called "Beauty-Shopping" i.e. tidying up the levels here and there, carefully minimising hiss and cleaning up edits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 30 April 2012
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For me, Le Parc was probably the last great Tangerine Dream recording (though Optical Race has some good moments). TD wrote music here that functions at the same level as their soundtrack work (nothing longer than 6 minutes, and most under 4), but with some awesome melodies.

Not only had the structure changed a bit, but the complexity of the tunes was also greatly enhanced, there's all kinds of things going on to underpin that melody, which makes listening to this reissue even better. The sound, to me, is much improved. And although it suffers a little from the dreaded "Volume jump", it's not compressed to a level that it hurts the overall sound. Indeed, there is more detail here than I recall from previous releases, enhancing an already steller disc.

As it happens, I own the Relativity CD of this one, and really, this one is better. Not only is the sound great, but as usual with these TD reissues, the booklet is just fantastic. Even the little details, like finally we get the names of the two ladies who provided vocals (along with the Pink Floyd connection). We also learn that the band were on the verge of breaking up when this was made, along with some great shots inside the studio at Spandau. The booklet runs to 16 pages.

Finally, we have a bonus track here - the 12 inch version of LA Parc (LA Streethawk), now called simply Streethawk. It's a jaunty, electro version - tied of course to the TV Show for which is provided the theme. Still, it's certainly different enough to suggest it's more of a part II than a simple rehash (I prefer the original, but it's sure nice to be given the oppotunity to make that choice!)

All in all, great sound, great booklet, and a bonus track - all at a reasonable price. My only worry is that this TD reissue program will end here. I had this pre-ordered, and I'd be mightly tempted to do the same should Optical Race see the light of day. Well done everyone involved! Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
The theme of this album is, as the title suggests, park spaces around the world. At first glance, the concept appears unassuming and hardly feels the topic for great musical expression. Bear in mind, though, that Tangerine Dream are masters of musical landscape and this topic certainly has given them scope aplenty to demonstrate this mastery. The hallmark Tangerine Dream electronic textures have been enhanced on several tracks by the inclusion of appropriate environmental recordings (of children playing, traffic passing and gulls crying over the sound of the sea) all of which add to the sense of actually being there.

Thus we can't help but feel the bustle and vibrancy of 'Le Parc (L.A. Streethawk)', enjoy the expansive views from 'The Cliffs of Sydney (Sydney)' and become involved in the daring of the skateboarders of 'Central Park (New York)'. Every inch of this musical journey is a delight, from the well-ordered lawns of 'Tiergarten (Berlin)' and the impressive but civilised beauty of 'Gaudi Park (Guell Garden, Barcelona)' to the vast imposing grandeur of 'Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)'. This latter comes complete with haunting Amerindian tonalities and Clare Torry's wordless evocation of an ancient and almost forgotten spirit-world. Particularly beautiful too are the synthesised oriental flutes, strings and drums that portray the mystical peace of 'Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto)' and which provide a perfect setting for Katja Brauneis' exquisite wordless vocals.

My only complaint about this disc is that there is simply not enough of it! Just less than 40 minutes in duration, it is decidedly slim fare by today's CD standards.
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