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The MIGHTY Tangerine Dream Classic!,
This review is from: Rubycon (Audio CD)
I LOVE this album!!!
This is the second of the trilogy of albums that make up, what is for me, Tangerine Dream's mid seventies golden age and is regarded by many fans as their greatest album of this era, if not all time! Things were to change dramatically once Peter Baumann left the group. It suffered at the time from being pressed on variable quality vinyl and is another that sounds better than ever in its "definitive" CD remaster. Like the other TD releases of this period, I find I can listen over and over again and find something new each time to enjoy.
The two pieces comprising this album seem a little more considered and "rehearsed" than the previous, still mind blowing release, Phaedra, which seems a little more cold and spontaneous by comparison and I think with hindsight it's a better album for it. Each piece has an improvised, atmospheric beginning, flowing seamlessly into the main, middle sequenced sections; part one's throbbing sequences beautifully and gently fading away to the tracks conclusion into well treated piano sounds. Part two (for years my favourite) first sets a mood not unlike pieces from "2001", gently blending into some sublime sequencing, which, at its end, fades with some wonderfully simple yet effective chords into a phased, sea shore, the waves washing over the fading chords that complete this section. the album finishes with a delightful "fluted" melody that reminds me of "Sequent c" and, also, "The Lark Ascending" and it always brings a meditative tear to my eye... One would never realise that each part of this album was skillfully edited and blended from around 20 hours of recordings - this is a real work of genius, both in the performance and in the skillful editing together.
It's often possible, with hindsight, to hear the sounds contributed by each band member, as their subsequent solo work has shown the different parts of the "whole". There's a powerful beauty here, rarely matched by other artists of the genre at the time, or since.
Altogether, a truly sublime, beautifully realised album to chill out to, whatever the mood or times. This music touches your very soul and once hooked, you'll play this regularly for life, as with so much output from this band over the years.
Could this be Tangerine Dream's best ever record? It's certainly my overall favourite and is up there with the very best work they've ever released. It sounds as fresh and involving now as it did back then, as it was so expertly created.
RECOMMENDED with passion!