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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is the follow up to the previous release Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years: 1974-1978.
The Virgin Years: 1974-1978
Seven Albums are contained on 5CDs.

All of the albums have been remastered (in 1995) which should prove an attraction to those who have a few of these albums already. Encore has the two additional tracks.

It contains the albums. "Encore" (1977) which was recorded on their American tour with the line-up of Chris Franke, Peter Baumann and Edgar Froese, and includes the single `Monolight' with its flipside `Hobo March'which are available (on CD) at last.

"Force Majeure" (1979) has only Christopher Franke and Edgar Froese.

"Tangram" (1980) Christopher Franke and Edgar Froese were now joined by Johannes Schmoelling. This album had two very long tracks and explains the shortness of the listings.

"Exit" (1981) has two bonus tracks.

"White Eagle" (1982)

"Logos" (1982) This is a live two part album with 50 minutes of the album I believe to be from the much longer concert recorded at London's Dominion theatre in November 1982.

"Hyperborea" (1983)
The track Listings

CD 1
1. Cherokee Lane (Live) (1995 - Remastered)
2. Monolight (Live) (1995 - Remastered)
3. Coldwater Canyon (Live) (1995 - Remastered)
4. Desert Dream (Live) (1995 - Remastered)
5. Monolight (A-side 1977) (1995 - Remastered)
6. Hobo March (the B side of the single) (1977) (1995 - Remastered)
CD 2
1. Force Majeure (1995 - Remastered)
2. Cloudburst Flight (1995 - Remastereded)
3. Thru Metamorphic Rocks (1995 - Remastered)
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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.
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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.
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By Friarofdoom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2013
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This collection see's Tangerine Dream begin a slow descent from their heady early days as leading exponents of the groundbreaking Krautrock era into a more sanitized & structured approach.
This in no way means that the albums on offer here are poor, far from it, they just don't carry on the outstanding pattern of jazz-like free flowing, at times almost ambient, electronica they offered their fans before.

`Encore' is an appropriate intro. To the set. Still interesting & full of enjoyable moments, it lacks the spontaneity & mystery of previous live sets and at times feels a little forced.

The studio albums are a mixed bunch but all contain some great tracks and as a whole it has to be said that the amount of top e-music on offer for such a low price makes this fantastic value for money.

The sound quality is very good, these having been remastered previously, and we are spared any cringe worthy `re-imaginings'!

For the enthusiast this will contain little of value. No doubt you'll not want to trade the warm sound and friendly clicks & pops that your old vinyl wraps you in.
For the newcomer I would have to say that really the previous setThe Virgin Years: 1974-1978 is the place to start. The historical value & standard of innovation and sheer musical scale make the early albums the best.
If you already have one or two of the early albums or just a few in total then I reckon that both collections are worth the investment and why not go the whole hog and get Edgar FroeseSolo [1974-1983] The Virgin Years.
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