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The Virgin Years: 1974-1978
 
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The Virgin Years: 1974-1978

17 Jan. 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 Jan. 2011
  • Release Date: 14 Jan. 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 3:39:47
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  • ASIN: B004HAGQO8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,998 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful By S. Dinsdale on 25 Jan. 2011
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Tangerine Dream produced some sublime, peerless and futuristic music for the Virgin label, and the period represented here is arguably their peak of artistic achievement. They were once a thrilling, interactive, improvisational, cutting edge 3 piece group of electronic musicians. This of course was a long time ago....the reality of TD today is all too different, unless you need a soundtrack for your corporate video, then E.Froese and son will I'm sure be happy to oblige.

This collection could have gone either way and served a purpose. It could have been a cheap and cheerful introduction to TD newcomers to the music of the classic years, or it could have been an in depth and serious study of the band's Virgin era, with intelligent track selection, insightful sleevenotes and the inclusion of rarities from the Virgin vault to tempt those who are already familiar with the main body of work.

If it was (as it seems) designed as a cheap introductory anthology, designed to wring a few more quid out of the catalogue, then why not double up `Phaedra' with `Rubycon', `Ricochet' with `Stratosfear' and on the third disc instead of `Cyclone' include `Encore' the stunning and inexplicably missing live album which falls within the time frame ? `Cyclone' came with a new line-up, post Peter Baumann, and with vocals, and doesn't really belong in the company of the others. The obvious cut-off point is the end of the `classic' line-up after `Encore'. Who do they get to compile these things, and why are they always so totally clueless ? There are legions of fans out there who would doubtless have done it for nothing. A more accurate title should be `The Virgin Years 1974-78 except 1977 which is missing for no reason'. So...definitive it is certainly not.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By G. Muskett on 17 Jan. 2011
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In my opinion the Virgin albums by Tangerine Dream Were and still are the ultimate pieces of work for this genre.Stunning music that took you somewhere else.
This superb value for money 3cd set starts with the album Phaedra which was Virgins first worldwide release.The title comes from the Greek myth of Phaedra the daughter of Minos and Ariadne.The second album is Rubycon and this title relates to Julius Caesar and the river Rubycon.A fine piece of work in two parts.We now move to 1975 and the Live album Ricochet from their British And French tours featuring a new piece of music in two parts Riochet Part 1 and 2.Its now 1976 and the release of Stratosfear full of moog and mellotron but also with touches of other instrumentation like accoustic guitar,piano and even mouth organ if you listen carefully.The last recording in this set is 1978 Cyclone.This album featured vocals for the first time from Steve Jolliffe.This album in my opinion is so underated.
As with all the albums above.Turn off the lights and let the music take you away.The packaging is a jewel case with a 6 page booklet.
Rest In Peace Edgar Froese.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Dutton on 6 July 2012
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The many faults of this 3CD set have been well documented by other reviewers, but it is worth repeating that the most unforgivable error is the exclusion of Encore at the expense of Cyclone. Don't get me wrong- Cyclone is a fine album but it is out of place chronologically, stylistically and in terms of personnel. Encore would have been the logical and magnificent conclusion to this collection of the latter Baumann years.
As for the music, it's peak period Tangerine Dream and their legacy to subsequent electronic music. It's so good it survives this shoddy release.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Lafcadio VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2011
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I have to agree with the other reviewer, the Virgin Years were the pinnacle of Tangerine Dream, and electronic music. This selection is a perfect example of why TD could sell out tours across the globe, with mysterious, inventive, wonderful music. If only they made music like this today, how different things would be.

This is an excellent primer for anyone wanting to take a journey back in time to experience the best of the best, when they were the best!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Havicon on 28 Jan. 2011
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No fan of TD will argue that their first few albums for the Virgin label were their best, and perhaps among the greatest musical creations ever. The five complete and unabridged albums featured on this set are so well known that it would be futile to review them all over again, but having them in a single box sets takes up a little less space on your CD shelf than each individual CD, so perhaps a visit to the second hand CD store for a trade in is on the cards. What does stand out, however, is the absence of a number of tracks that any TD historian really ought to have thrown in to the collection for completeness. Firstly the 10-minute track "Overture" which apeared on the Virgin V collaboration album, secondly the three allegedly solo tracks, one by each band member, that appeared on the box set of LPs covering this period, and thirdly the brilliant live album "Encore" which actually predates Cyclone so has more right to be there, and since Ricochet is included, why not the superior Encore as well? On the subject of missed albums, where is "Sorcerer"? Released on MCA records in 1977 as a film soundtrack, but featuring the trio of band names that were central to TD's creative success. Popping Cyclone on at the end of the compilation really steps out of the Franke-Froese-Baumann era and enters different territory completely, and should have been held back for the next box set in the series covering their next handful of albums for Virgin....should that ever be released!
Great to have all this wonderful music in one set, but irksome that it is incomplete and a little out of sequence.
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