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Stratosfear [CASSETTE] [Import]

Tangerine Dream Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000EC7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 860,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets better the more effort is put in... 20 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Time was that I eagerly awaited every TD release and bought it "blind". This one caused me some concern at the time. It's a very short album for one thing (or seems to be). The best tracks are the first and last ones for me - the others at the time were found OK, but didn't hold my interest. Bearing in mind thirty years have passed, I thought I'd give it another go... Yep, it took over thirty years for this one to "grow" on me, but I now appreciate its beauty...!

Listening again, this CD at first sounds like TD consolidating their earlier repertoir and effects into one album. Another thing to strike you is how much more conventionally melodic the music is than on their previous albums. Something else that only occured to me very recently is how sparse the mixes are and how there seems little in the way of "treatments" to the instruments compared to earlier albums. I only learned very recently of the difficulties the band had recording this and I'm sure that this had an effect on the finished product.

The recording as a whole seems very quiet and almost small scale for some reason, which is another reason it takes so long to get into in my opinion.

Put plenty of effort in though and you'll find a real gem of an album. The first track is immediately accessible, which is one reason I never cared for it overmuch... The other tracks grew slowly on me as the years passed. I've loved "Invisible Limits", when things really kick off. The sequencers even blend and fade as in Rubicon Pt 2. The ending though seems flat to me (perhaps this wasn't the originally intended mix for this track, as there's an alternative version I've heard that is much "busier")...

As for the production and remastering, I'm glad nothing severe has been done to the masters on this occasion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of This World!!! 29 Sep 2007
By Stotty
Format:Audio CD
What a great album this is. After the moody, atmospheric soundscapes they had made in their early days, Tangerine Dream had tapped into accessibility a little bit with their 'Ricochet' platter. With 'Stratosfear', the band had released a record that at times keeps to the tried and tested formulas of mellotrons and sequencers etc, but the difference between this album and others is that there is so much more to offer musically. The group play like a band and introduce acoustic and electric guitars as well as plenty of percussion. There are also so much more melodies and genuinely memorable tunes.
The title track is a swashbuckling piece with a memorable theme, and still stands the test of time as one of Tangerine Dream's most enduring and popular tunes.
'Big Sleep In search Of Hades' has an unusual blend of heavenly melody and spooky, horror movie atmosphere.
'3am At The Border Marsh Of Okefenokee' has that Arizona road movie feel with lots of underlying menace.
'Invisible Limits' completes the album in traditional Tangerine Dream style.
Listening to 'Stratosfear', it becomes increasingly obvious why the band would become hugely successful in creating movie soundtracks. I can't think of many other bands who can create such brooding and creepy atmospheres as well as Tangerine Dream. There are moments on this album when you almost feel compelled to look over your shoulder, or hide behind the sofa.
'Stratosfear' is a joy to listen to and ranks among their finest ever studio efforts. The impact that Tangerine Dream made both musically and culturally is still being felt today, and although there have been many imitators, Tangerine Dream were very much pioneers of this kind of music, and their legacy will never be equalled.
'Stratosfear' is testament to that. A fine, fine album that fans of both electronica, prog, krautrock and instrumental music in general will fall in love with. Wonderful stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Massive Waves of Atmospheric Floating Chords 13 Mar 2012
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The four tracks on TD's 1976 album range from four to eleven minutes in length. The best is the title track with its Pink Floyd opening before the sequencer commences.

For once there is a track that is well-titled: `The Big Sleep in Search of Hades' is indeed like a troublesome dream sandwiched between meandering flute and harpsichord pastorales that reminded me of the Moody Blues.

Another well-titled piece, `3am at the Border of the Marsh from Okefenokee', follows. The sound of the marsh at night is evoked by harmonica and the drip-drip of water. Then massive waves of atmospheric floating chords take us on a nocturnal journey into and over the waters.

The final piece, `Invisible Limits', has a beautiful opening on flute that progresses to the single toll of a bell. A string of guitar solos then appears amongst the sequencers, but the track - and the album - ends, alas, innocuously.

So, quite a good album from TD's early years. I note that the meandering and undulating flute is uncredited. (I cannot believe that the technology of the time could reproduce it so perfectly by electronic methods.)
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great tunes; shame about the CD 11 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In the 1970s, each new Tangerine Dream album seemed destined to redefine the band anew. Their fourth album for Virgin, "Stratosfear", was no exception. Released in 1976, this album saw the band departing from their previous explorative and improvisatory style, moving instead towards a style more readily associated with the world of pop music. In short, the album proved once and for all to those doubting souls that the band members were perfectly capable of writing a catchy tune if they wanted to! For there is absolutely no shortage of tunes on this disc, all of them highly memorable, from the brash and aggressive synthesiser lead of the title track, right through to the closing lilting mellotron line of 'Invisible Limits'.
The general sound world is rather different from earlier Tangerine Dream albums too: something that is obvious from the very opening, with its gentle guitar introduction. For although the earlier hallmark swept filter treatments are still very much in evidence throughout the disc, this album uses many more synthesiser voices that are imitative of traditional instruments (albeit usually with a new twist) than can be found on earlier TD albums. Whereas previously the extension of the sound world into new and previously unexplored realms was the main aim, here the band is clearly more concerned with the traditional musical elements of harmony and counterpoint-as well as with a somewhat punchier presentation.
Not that there is anything the slightest bit traditional about the music on this disc, mind. All four tracks here are routed firmly in the world of 1970's synthesiser music. They are all good strong compositions with a nice amount of variety of pace, mood and style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the old way the best
Have not heared this band for a while would get some more but the price was a bit high. You will either like them or not there is no middle ground with this.
Published 12 months ago by peter
1.0 out of 5 stars i didnt like this one tad
ive heard some great offerings from the dream but this is not one of them,its dated and doesnt seem to flow or do anything for me personally. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bryan broooon
5.0 out of 5 stars At last
After 30 plus years I finally replaced my vinyl version with digital. It was great back then and still is.
Published 12 months ago by Loftysdad
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Published 16 months ago by Lawrence King
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Arrive quick and in good condition, I did not listen to this LP for a long time and was very happy to do so. Thank you very much.
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by M. Ou Mme Patrice
5.0 out of 5 stars invisible limits of mysterious beauty
Invisible Limits epitomizes the beauty one can find within the music of Tangerine Dream if he is willing to engage his inner space and...give it time. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by Deven Gadula
4.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering masterpiece in electronic music
This is indeed a true master piece. It contains some very beautiful moments of almost divine characters. Read more
Published on 9 April 2010 by Kurt Lilienthal Steffensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Upper stratos
What struck me first about this album is how TD switched from the relentless pulsing of steadily-built mood patterns to a more melodic
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Published on 6 Sep 2007 by D. J. H. Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars magnifique....what more can you say?
having been a synth programmer, arranger, and writer of electronic music myself, and seen the progress of synth... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2002 by Mr. S. R. Dhain
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