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Phaedra

3 Mar 2003

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1995 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 37:47
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  • ASIN: B001IZ4BB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,639 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this record in 1980 when I first started getting interested in electronic music. It struck me then as fairly unorthodox and pioneering even then, what it must have sounded like in 1973 given the sounds of the time, must have been astonishing.
Given the wave of 'ambient' releases in the eighties and nineties it can be hard to remind yourself the orginality of these soundscapes. It's also astounding to try and get your head around the difficulty of producing an album from the technology (the sheer size of the synthesizers and sequencers was awesome) at the time let alone going on tour with it.
The title track is a menacing, bubbling affair which develops structure as it progreses but never enough to produce a 'beat' as such. The second side has the beauty of 'Strand' and 'Sequent' which must have influenced a whole wave of musicians and studio engineers who heard this record.
It is the ultimate crossover record between their pre-virgin abstract development and the increasing structure of mid-70's output that was to follow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kraftwerker on 13 Jun. 2008
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The fledgling Virgin label signed two important German bands in the early 70s: Faust and Tangerine Dream. First, they released The Faust Tapes album, a collection of studio experiments and outtakes, in a Bridget Riley sleeve for only 50p (the price of a single in those days: very tempting to a schoolboy prog-rocker, I can tell you). Then along came Phaedra. Both showed aspects of so-called "krautrock" that were very different to the melodic pop of Kraftwerk, who were enjoying their 15 minutes of fame at that time courtesy of their "Autobahn" single riding high in the charts. Phaedra and TFT combined electronics (largely homemade, in Faust's case) with white noise, tape effects and elements of musique concrete, to often disconcerting and at times frightening effect. The passing years have been kind to TD and they are rightly revered as pioneers in sequencer-driven electronic music whose influence has been widely felt. Future Sound of London's "Lifeforms" in particular, and also Orbital, show an obvious debt. Chris Franke got a unique sound out of his Moog that, once sequenced up, sounded like nothing else at the time (with the exception perhaps of some of Isao Tomita's reinterpretations of Debussy), and providing the glacial minimalist rhytmns that underpin the classic TD trilogy of Phaedra, Rubycon and Ricochet. In fact, the nearest I heard was years later on the 12" mix of ex-Propaganda singer Claudia Brucken's "Kiss Like Ether": a bautiful synthesized opening with washes of mellotron only spoiled by the arrival of some rather clumpy beats.

But back to Phaedra. The title track clocks in at 17 minutes and has truly stood the test of time. What is shocking 30 years on is the sheer pace of it.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 1999
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"Phaedra" is, of course, the release that rocketed Tangerine Dream into the UK album charts for the first time, back in 1974, taking the conventional pop world by storm. TD were newly signed to Richard Branson's fledgling record company, Virgin, and this album did much to secure the future of both band and label. At the time, the general record-buying public in the UK had never heard anything like this. Brooding synthesiser sounds over complex pulsing sequencer patterns, where the intonation constantly shifted and where tunes and melodies and the other trappings of popular music were entirely absent was a concept entirely alien to the comfortable pop world of 70's Britain. The more ignorant pop critics of the day lambasted it, of course: mostly because they completely failed to understand any of it, and Tangerine Dream failed to fit into any cosy view of how 'pop' and 'rock' music was supposed be! Those people prepared to assess the music with their ears instead of by reading reviews in the music press were happy to be parted from their cash, however--much to the critics' eternal disgust!
The title track opens the disc and is the major work on it: almost 17 minutes worth of absolute perfection! Here you will find soaring Mellotron lines, hypnotic pulsating sequencer patterns and bass guitar lines, together with massive washes of synthesiser sound, quite incredible for the day, all contributing to a captivating whole. There are some amazing moments where the whole tonal centre of the work wanders most disconcertingly: apparently, some of these shifts are accidental and are the result of some frantic retuning of oscillators while the recording was still in progress!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. F. W. Vleugels on 26 Nov. 2002
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This album is definitively the best Tangerine Dream has made !!
In the late seventies I bought this album on vinyl, and in the later years replaced it yearly (because of the extensive wear of playing it often) until the advent of CD's. This album reflects the best of electronic music in all its diversity. You might see this album as the reflection of a journey. It chills, frightens, calms, surprises, sounds unearthly, sounds like home, everything we are is in there !! It is a piece of music that grabs you by the collar, tells you to sit down and do nothing except listen !!! If you give in to the music you will find a rare gift: one of the masterpieces of modern music.
If you enjoyed this album and want more check Edgar Froese's "Aqua" written by the same artist and dating from the same period (only it wasn't released until nearly a decade later). Many sequences and "soundscapes" on Aqua are very similar to "Pheadra". Other albums I can recommend are the older Tangerine Dream works or anything by Klaus Schulze.
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