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on 3 May 2012
'Zeit' is Tangerine Dream's most avant garde album of all... basically no rhythm, no melody, just 4 x 20 minutes of dark, cavernous, droning sound effects. However if you're buying this remastered repackaged edition in 2012, you probably already knew that! Personally I love it (the first track in particular, with its microtonal cello drones, is especially hardcore :)
This Reactive/Esoteric release has done an excellent job of restoring the original artwork, and includes an insightful essay and extra photos - the packaging is a real treat.
In terms of the remaster itself, I already owned the 2005 CD release by Castle. Reactive's remaster is actually *quieter* (a novelty in these days of loudness wars!), with a little more top end clarity and allowing the material to breath more (Castle's edition had compressed it a bit, which I felt over-emphasized the bassier drones).
Another treat for collectors is a 2nd CD in the package, of a 1972 live performance at "Klangwald". The performance is in the same vein as Zeit: long drones and organ note clusters and extreme ominous eerieness. If you enjoy Zeit, you should enjoy this too! My one criticism would be the mastering of this live material: doubtless it was sourced from some pretty grotty old hiss-ridden tape, but they have subjected it to rather overly-agressive hiss reduction, producing audible metallic gurgle-wurgle artefacts as a side effect. I find it surprising that a professional mastering engineer would do such a hamfisted job of this (particularly when seemingly no hiss-reduction at all has been applied to Zeit itself). This does make me wonder if the fan/collector who supplied the original live bootleg tape applied to the hiss reduction himself? Still, it's fascinating to hear the material.