on 8 April 2012
This set deserves five stars despite some weaker material on some of the later albums and the vagaries of Virgin/EMI in including the magnificent Encore in this collection rather than where it belongs, in the 74-78 Baumann era box set; logically the under-rated Cyclone should have kicked off this collection. Otherwise all the later Vigin albums bar the film soundtrack Thief are included in full. There is some excellent material here, especially the Force Majeure album and Tangram, which for me is the last truly classic album TD ever made. I bought this set because I'd never previously bothered to upgrade my vinyl copies of Exit, White Eagle and Hyperborea which all have their moments but also contain tracks which are far below the pre-1981 standard and presage the depressing decline once Chris Franke left the band. Who else is going to find this a bargain? Newcomers to TD should go for this without hesitation. Some might want to go for it for the "singles"- ie: a slightly tweaked version of part of Monolight, and two edits from Thief, but be warned "Hobo March" is not really TD at all- it's actually Ode to Granny A, one of the worst cuts from Edgar Froese's patchy solo album Ages. If you've already got all the "definitive edition" albums, however, I'm not sure you'd be gaining much, even for twelve quid.
on 16 December 2012
The main reason I bought this compilation is because I love all seven albums so much I cannot bear the thought of my precious CDs becoming damaged in the future and not being able to play them. So I now have them as MP3 files as well. This is a bargain compilation as you get seven albums of great music:
Encore and Logos are live albums but the recorded quality is excellent with just a hint of tape noise in Encore.The majority of the tracks were composed by Chris Franke, and his mastery of the sequencer has to be heard to be believed. You won't be dissapointed by any of this music - I've been enjoying it since the late 70's.
The Amazon download procedure is very straightforward and I would recommend it to anyone.
on 18 April 2012
Tadream historians will immediately point out that the live album Encore is out of sequence with Cyclone, included on the previous boxset - not so much an oversight as a means to get Peter Baumann's name on the royalty payment list for two big selling boxsets rather than just one. One mystery cleared up - another mystery is that the track "Hobo March" is actually "Ode to Granny A" from the Edgar Froese solo album Ages, and did really actually appear as the single b-side in 1977, so it isn't a mistake, just one of several pieces over the years that have been multiply attributed. Third mystery - what's happened to Thief, Pergammon and Heartbreakers? All released on Virgin label either within the time bracket indicated or belatedly put out after the studio album contract had expired. Well....sort that lot out while listening to the best electronic music you'll find on this planet or any other.
on 27 August 2014
if you are a fan or would like to get to know what Tangerine Dream are all about then get this 5 cd set of there very best when they was with Virgin , the years 1977to 1983, they are all here, Encore,Force Majeure, Tangram,Exit,White Eagle,Logo's & Hyperborea + some bonus tracks. you cannot get any better, if you are already a fan get this in your collection, if you would like to see what this band is all about , buy this and you will be amazed at what they can do. I have always thought Tangram was one of the best but when you listen to this you realise there are just so many great cd's and tracks from this band. I love and will playing this for along while to come.
on 1 August 2014
For those out there reading this that don't yet know Tangerine Dream, don't be put off by thinking this is the really earlier electronic meanderings of some hippys - there's so much more to it.
Crank it up on a decent hifi or a good set of headphones, sit back, let it wash over you, relax and enjoy. TD's music is a treat for the aural senses!
All my Tangerine Dream was on vinyl and hasn't seen the light of day for a while so rather than buying all the albums on CD I thought I'd go for this compilation.
It covers everything I had and fills in the gaps in my collection.
I've also bought The Virgin Years: 1974-1978 [Audio CD] and have really enjoyed rediscovering the material on both.
Yes, I will admit I do skip the occasional track, but every group drops the ball now and then.
Definitely recommended as a starting point for TD or those like me updating catalogue on the cheap.
on 22 May 2012
This was the soundtrack to my O levels, A levels and undergraduate studying sessions.
I own most of this on [worn out] vinyl.
This version comes in a double sided jewel case.
A nice touch is that each of the CD`s feature the virgin logos and centre spindle graphics current when the original vinyl was produced.
Sound is great, compared to my old vinyl and whilst it would have been nice to have a little more of a booklet , it is a perfect addition for those of us who own the vinyl, and would like to have single set of very well priced albums.
I cant fault it.
I would recommend the Edgar Froese virgin years box set as a perfect companion - also well priced.