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  • Audio CD (24 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024HQM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is Tangerine Dream at the pinnacle of their musical powers. In fact, it is probably THE quintessential Tangerine Dream album.
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.
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Force Majeure is without doubt one of Tangerine Dream's finest albums if not their finest. It's certainly the best album of the band's 1970s output.
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.
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Edgar Froese and Christoph Franke-with some assistance from Klaus Kreiger on drums -manage to recapture some earlier Tangerine Dream magic with this 1979 album. And actually go one better! For from the opening clamour of the 18-minute title track, to the final dying gasp of overdriven flanger at the album's close, "Force Majeure" presents an altogether rawer and more powerful face to the band's music than is to be found on their earlier albums. The album has some very beautiful moments-like the mournful synthesiser call used to summon calming string washes from the opening chaos-as well as many unusual surprise elements-a stream train hauls through at one point, for example. Mostly, though, it is an album of powerful synthesised tunes and pounding sequencer rhythms of the type that Tangerine Dream have made uniquely their own.
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.
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The beginning minutes of the atmospheric buildup starting the title track and this album can be easily dismissed as nothing happening yet. If you took this 3:51 long section out of context and played this loop at higher volume constantly for an hour or so, you would notice how reach it actually is. However, that is not what this album is all about. Back in 1979 this was the most melodic and harmonious album by Tangerine Dream. To me it always felt the most classical at the same time. Force Majeure suite, over 18 minute long includes the motif appearing between 16:20 and 17:40. It is an old La Follia folk dance motif originated in Baroque and used in classical music compositions since the 17th Century by over a hundred composers including Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Vivaldi and Rachmaninov. I don't know if there is any single motif ever used more than this one in all of classical music. The way Edgar and Christopher composed this song with the sounds starting to appear out of noisy ambience at about 10:30, transcending into a gentle melody originating the idea at about 12:00, and flowing into the gradual progression towards the La Follia motif at about 14:10 sounds fantastic. From 15:55 to 16:20 they are showing us how easy it is for them to tie things together. Then La Follia blossoms between 16:20 to 17:40. It really seems like that could have been the sequence of creation. Then they reintroduced the melody and the buildup, without La Follia section in the earlier part of this composition and connected both sections with the ambient part two, located between 8:50 and 12:00, which comes equipped with the sound of the approaching train. Christopher Franke was the one with the actual classical training and this composition feels very classical in its structure.Read more ›
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