Force Majeure Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
The departure of Peter Baumann a couple of years previously, plus the critical panning of their severely underrated 1978 work,'Cyclone',seemed to have given the Tangs a kick up the arse creatively.
'Force Majeure' is ideal for the first time Dream listener. It gives a tip of the hat to their early moody, atmospheric soundscape albums, throws in melodies that stay in the head for days and hammers the point home with some useful drummimg. Also, the level of musicianship is very high here, just check out the soloing on the standout track, 'Cloudburst Flight' and see if you aren't reaching for the air guitar and keyboards.
It's a shame that the band didn't continue to make this kind of record again, rather than follow the path of electronica, because although, future works such as 'White Eagle', 'Hyperborea', and 'Underwater Sunlight' would come pretty close, I don't think they ever topped this masterpiece.
I remember watching a programme about volcanoes at secondary school in the 80's, and the music on this album was used to startling effect. Top stuff.
After experimenting with a singer on the previous year's 'Cyclone', the group returned to a trio and played to their musical strengths.
The title track opens the album and what a number it is. It brings together everything that Tangerine Dream are about. Moody, atmospheric soundscapes, memorable melodies and a decent rhythmn section. It's twenty minutes of sheer excellence and moves along at an awesome pace.
'Cloudburst Flight' is, to these ears anyway, the best 'short' number the band have ever recorded. A moody, acoustic guitar led opening is broken by synthesizers and then the drums kick in and Edgar Froese gets to enjoy himself with some breathtaking solos. A song designed for a good in car stereo, on a clear, deserted road. Terrific stuff.
Album closer, 'Thru Metamorphic Rocks' starts as a slow burner with some more decent soloing, but unfortunately loses its way and becomes somewhat repetitive, which is a shame.
All in all, 'Force Majeure' represents Tangerine Dream at their most powerful and majestic, and is a wonderful return to form. The band would recruit the classically trained Johannes Schmoelling, and move into more electronic and slightly more commercial areas after this album, but for now, enjoy Tangerine Dream the way that nature intended.
A desert island disc for sure.
Once it gets under way, the opening (title-)track turns into a classic TD pulsing romp, with pace changes aplenty. There are strong, eminently hummable tunes aplenty too, although, refreshingly, much use is made of noisier, unpitched sounds as well, all drifting easily from idea to idea in a seamless progression. In typical Tangerine Dream fashion, some stunningly intricate (as well as beautifully simple) sequencer patterns weave their hypnotic way through the almost mystical and, at times, majestic synthesiser melodies. Exquisite! And I defy anyone not to have this on the brain for days afterwards!
The shorter (7:27) 'Cloudburst Flight' begins with a quiet acoustic guitar opening but it is not long before another strong synthesiser tune calls things to order once more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favourite period for Tangerine Dream is primarily the 1980's, and this is the album that showcases that new direction, the move to more accessible sequence driven and melodic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wilbur_the_Bunny
I missed my old vinyl record and now it is back in a great wayPublished 7 months ago by Timothy Wait
Had forgotten what a classic this is - way ahead of its time and music that sucks you in.Published 7 months ago by Mike
Great atmospheric CD. Tangerine Dream create wonderful electronic music.Published 8 months ago by Mrs Stratton
This is a tremendous album. Whatever the direction music
was taking Tangerine Dream were always there producing
work that has stood the test of time. Read more
Hadn't heard Tangerine Dream for years, but so enjoyable, and better than there previous offerings. Loved it.Published 12 months ago by Justin