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4.0 out of 5 stars The Curates Egg, 10 April 2009
This review is from: Ultima Thule (Audio CD)
I've no idea if this is an official Tangerine Dream release or not. There are no sleeve notes to explain the origins of the music - just a few pictures - one of Froese with Klaus Shulze and one of him with Salvidor Dali?

As for the music, well for fans of the "Alpha Centauri" to "Poland" phase of the band this is just a goldmine of musical gems. It's not all great, but there are enough excellent tracks to help gloss over the occassional blooper.

CD1 kicks off with a couple of tracks by The Ones, (a Syd Barrett style pop combo). They're both rubbish of course, but as the cd moves into more complex music they serve their purpose by demonstrating how Edgar Froese progressed from pointless pop-star to purveyor of "electronic magic".

There are a few tantalizing hints of old familiar favourites too, (Alpha, Zeit, Atem). They're all great and worth a listen. Also there's one track that's a mix of early Tangs and Froese music - all seamlessly merged together via an occassional simplistic sequence of........well bleeps and bloops - as you might expect.

CD2 contains a load of tracks that could easily have been on the "Exit" album. It's mostly good stuff, but occassionally borders on the dull side.
Fortunately someone somewhere has remembered that the sequencer is king, and so CD2 concludes with an excellent ten minute track which wouldn't have been out of place on the White Eagle or Tangram albums.

I say four stars!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, 24 Oct 2013
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T. Braddick (Herts, UK) - See all my reviews
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When this originally came out, I purchased downloads of the two Ultima Thule tracks as they were the Holy Grail for TD fans in the 70's and until then, I'd only had 'fan tapes' - released and deleted before TD were widely known in West Germany (as it was then) let alone the wider audience that came to love them. When I spotted the reviews that suggested there was new material in this collection, I thought for 4.99 it was worth buying the CD's and I'm very glad I did. I won't make a case for this being full of missing gems, although it is good to have top quality recordings of the two Ultima Thule tracks which were a signpost towards where Edgar would take TD. There is however a good selection of either re-worked early material, most of which works, plus some material, which if it is a rehash of a previous recording, has been updated so significantly that I can't place it. 'Sunset In The Fifth System' is a good variation on 'Sunrise In The Third System' although the 'Mysterious Semblance At The Strand of Nightmares' is OK but doesn't work quite as well in my opinion (but still very listenable).

Stand out tracks other then UT Pts 1 and 2 would be the rest of CD1 other than the two tracks by 'The Ones' which aren't dire, but I doubt I'd have shown any interest in TD if Edgar had followed that route. It's good to have them due to their historical nature, but they won't be going on my MP3 player. CD2 has several good tracks which someone else has pointed out would not have been out of place on 'Exit' or 'Thief' with some good sequencing and guitar work. 'Rare Bird' live from 1988 will be familiar to any fans with 'fan tapes' or some of the 80's 'Bootmoon' CD releases - a nice recording to have. There is a lack of liner notes although the TD line up from 1969 to 1980 is helpful as a reminder to go with the dates on the tracks. I'd like to know who played on 'Run To Vegas' and 'Pink Ashes' from 1978 for example as it doesn't sound like the 'Cyclone' line up.

Some of the photos in the 8 page booklet are well known from CD releases or tour programmes but some are new to me. TD being filmed (possibly 1973 for German TV) is interesting as it captures them pre-Moog and lined up with Christoph left, Peter centre and Edgar right - for years after Christoph stayed in the middle and I think Peter was generally to the right of stage. The photo of Edgar with Klaus Schulze is also new to me. Someone must have more and I'd love to see them in a book sometime.

Another reviewer questions whether this release is sanctioned by Edgar or not - the booklet says it was produced by him and compiled at TD's studio in Vienna. The recording quality and the obscure collection of unavailable recordings (to the best of my knowledge) makes this a safe buy for any TD fan and is highly recommended, it's just a pity that TD don't have someone like Klaus Dieter Muller who manages Klaus Schulze, as his archive keeping and sleeve notes are excellent and would be really appreciated by TD fans. I just hope that Edgar does write a memoir with more unpublished photos and notes from the early years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album of great material, 22 Feb 2012
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Mr. J. Adams (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a really good collection of some rare tracks that stand up alongside TD's best material. I am delighted, since other TD collections just seem to re-hash bits and pieces that are best heard in the original context. I am surprised it is this good and that the tracks were never released at the time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TD revisited, 8 Dec 2009
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Quite a lot of early TD stuff including tracks when they were The Ones.
Great for collectors and newcomers to this genre alike.
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