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Tangram [Original recording remastered]

Tangerine Dream Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000074CE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD =Remastered=

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home on the Range 9 Dec 2009
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tangram features two `sets' of around twenty minutes each. They are not a theme with variations; rather, they consist of different soundworlds that merge effortlessly into one another. The second set possesses a more dreamlike atmosphere with its lines not as distinctive as the first.

Set one commences with a calm introduction; progresses into `high speed train' mode with guitar and an underlying Jarre-pulse; is followed by Vangelis-like tinklings on piano accompanied by wind and water arabesques; and is succeeded by a wordless lyricism. The ticking of a machine takes us down to subterranean depths where we climb aboard a night-train, passing downline to meet a subdued dawn to what sounds like `Home on the Range' which we had heard earlier in a different form.

Set two also has a calm introduction. Eleven minutes in, a wonderful rhythm underpins lengthy and imaginative variations of upper register sounds including a faux choir. A chopper-bladed dream introduces an unanchored sequence and more faux choir in the style of Ligeti. These are suddenly cut short by a repeat of the end of the first set in a disjointed and unsatisfactory form. Fade out.

Supposedly written (according to the sleevenotes) by Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann, the sets were actually written and performed by Froese, Franke and Johannes Schmoelling.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars listenable and enjoyable; gooe electronic album 30 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
This was the first cd I bought and listened to by Tangerine Dream. When I did so I thought ok, it's inteersting, listened to it a couple of times and forgot about it for 3 or 4 months. Then, one day I saw it in my cd collection and put it on the disc-player: and realised I had been wrong those 3 or 4 months. It deserves many listenings. After that, I started to buy some other TD cds; so, if you're new to Tangerine Dream, you may start with this one.
Tangram is made up of two long songs, almost 20 minutes each. They are a sort of electronic collage, maybe following the idea of the title, the songs are like a tangram, consisting of pieces that fit into each other perfectly.
Unlike earlier albums such as Phaedra and Rubycon, Tangram is less atmospheric and ambient and more varied and listenable. Less scary, more enjoyful. Especially set 1, which is my favourite, from the start you get mesmerised by the sound of some processed wind instrument, then some whistling in the middle of the song; it's sometimes more psychedelic, sometimes more Kraftwerk-like; you never get tired of it since the pieces of the song-collage change before you may feel bored of them. Set 2 is more ambient, using more samples and less rhytmic. In fact, in Tangram there's little beat, all the music is made up of the different synthesizer melodies; and, unlike its predecessor, the very good Force majeure, there are no guitars.
I admit I'm only interested in the music Tangerine dream made in the 70's and early 80's; so having this in mind, I consider Tangram, especially the first song, to be one of their best, though as a whole I prefer Force Majeure.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An auspicious start to mid-period Dream 8 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The 1980 album "Tangram" marked Tangerine Dream's first studio album with Johannes Schmoelling revitalising the flagging duo of Edgar Froese and Chris Franke. At last, the hiatus caused by the departure of Peter Baumann from the band almost three years earlier had truly come to an end. Consisting of a couple of twenty-minute sets, the album explores a variety of musical moods and demonstrates an overall more consistent and musically unified approach than either of the band's previous two offerings ("Cyclone" and "Force Majeure"). More than anything, though, this is an album of music that soars with the pleasure of its own making, with many of the older, tried and tested Tangerine Dream techniques being served up in fresh new ways, with lots of unexpected twists. All in all, this album is an auspicious herald of Tangerine Dream in their heyday: a run of equally great (or better) albums followed rapidly on this one's heels ("Thief", "Exit", "White Eagle", "Logos"...).
The 1995 Virgin remastering of the CD did little to improve on the original vinyl's excellent production standards (it did no harm either!). Unfortunately, like so many of the 'Definitive Edition' releases, it has introduced several errors in the jewel-case credits: not least the inclusion of Peter Baumann's name at the expense of Johannes Schmoelling in the writing and performance credits! Tsk! Tsk! Still, that does nothing to dampen the listening pleasure.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundscape Stars!!! 12 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it came out in 1980 or thereabouts, having already bought several of the bands previous albums.
It was Christmas 1980, and a very unusual time for me, as I had left school that summer,just started my first real job, and I felt very optimistic and open about the future.
Every evening of a two week break, my best friend and i would play Tangram and just completely chill-out.
I was living in a small house with little in the way of heating, and it snowed quite heavily at the time. This just seemed to match the mood of the album, which is at points warm & inviting, homely even (certainly it's always been a friend to me!), but is somehow glacial and cold at the same time.
Whenever I play it, I think of the snow, and open fields in mid-winter, but also of coming home to an open fire with close friends and the simple joy of being alive.
It's a very transcendental album, and i guess is almost my way of meditating. If you lead a stressful life, buy this album, lock yourself in a room (especially good with minimal lighting), and just absorb. I really can't recommend it enough.
Everybody should hear this album once in their lives
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