This is my favourite album by The Tangs. Produced during their classic 70's period for the Virgin label, the band were at their peak of their compositional and improvisational powers. Made up from hours of live material, the two pieces here work beautifully as stand alone compositions. They evolve and flow effortlessly with the listeners attention span never faltering throughout.
The beauty of Tangerine Dream is not just in their revolutionary use of electronic instrumentation, but how they mix that with more traditional, acoustic instruments to produce an organic sound, something not purely electronic. The use of mellotron gives a haunting quality, particularly the use of flute sounds in part 2. Edgar Froese's trademark Les Paul guitar sound is heard to good effect in part 1. In fact Froese is such a good guitar player. Listen to his wonderful solo on "Magic Lantern" from the "Beyond the Storm" compilation to see what I mean. The use of percussion too is important in setting the dramatic tone of this album.
The line-up of Froese, Baumann and Franke worked wonderfully and their potential is fully realised on this album. The intuition between each player is spellbinding and it must have been something special to behold within a live setting.
This period which produced such albums as "Phaedra", "Rubycon" and "Stratosfear" clearly indicate that the band have left a lasting legacy of important musical statements, which not only show how Tangerine Dream were crucial in the evolution of electronic instrumentation and music in the 70's, but also how they wrote some of the most breathtaking music of that period.