Normally I am not a big fan of "remixes" and would prefer to listen to new and recently released un-heard of materials, but when I flung this CD into my player, I was most surprised on how a collection of older materials can be made to sound fresh and completely new, such as in the case of "Diamond and Dust" which is, esentially a "techno" version of an original track from "Theif". My fav track is the 7th track "Girl on the Stairs" as it does sound very "classic" Tangerine Dream, yet it might as well be a new unheard-of-production. I found this release to be a very refreshing and colourful affair after it's previous release "The Great Wall of China" which wasn't a terribly memorable CD (sounded too similar to "Mars Polaris" in context and style). Perhaps I might have made myself to sound like a "anything beyond Force Majeure sucks" kind of person looking at the way I came up with what I said in this review, but nonetheless, this CD certainly would please a lot of TD fans - and possibly even non TD fans. Speaking as a huge Tangerine Dream fan, I am very pleased to have made this purchase and will join the classics, something I hadn't felt about a Tangerine Dream release in ages. Perhaps Edgar Froese's son Jerome might have something to do with it, but noneless, keep 'em coming in!.
A fresh album in spite of the fact that 7 out of 9 tracks are remixes in whole or part of previously released work - maybe that is why they called it Dream Mixes. There are plenty of energetic percussion and synthesizer sequences that will have you up on your feet or at least have you shaking your head. The album will upset a few of the diehard fans due to the reworking of old work but it is an album that will please the majority of their fans. This album confirms that Tangerine Dream are still the most innovative electronic music makers of the century. Prime Time:Is this a remix of 'Silver Scale'? I think so. Astrophobia: Great version of the Mars Polaris track. Strereolight: Parts of the 70's 'Encore' album brought up to date. Diamonds and Dust: Familiar synthesizer sequences with a driving dance rhythm. Blue Spears: Drifts from one sequence to another with a simple gentle beat. Meng Tian: Version of the Great Wall of China track with a strong percussion overlay. Girl on the Stairs: Previously released on the 'Limited World Tour Edition 1997' EP, this is the 'sunrise club remix' version. The Spirit of the Czar: Parts of the popular 'Poland' track revisited with strong percussion overlay. The Comfort Zone: Remixed parts of 'Logos', definitely one for the headphones.
This album - the next phase in re-mixed and re-vitalised projects is the third release under the Dream Mixes banner. Superbly engineered, it features a host of tracks from past classics such as Poland and Encore as well as recent ones from Mars Polaris and Great Wall of China. Listen out for Astrophobia and Stereolight which are nothing short of impressive. Guaranteed to please the dedicated TD fan and newcomers alike to electronic instrumental music, TD cleverly balance a number of projects including studio, soundtrack and dance. TD just get better!
Re-mixes these tracks may be mostly, but apart from a few well chosen themes and sequences cropping up here and there, it might as well be a new album!
Each track shows inventiveness and variety, the occasional "old" bits carefully woven in to make a very enjoyable whole.
Writing this now, it's easy to hear that Jerome Froese (Edgar's son and a full band member until recently) almost certainly did the work on this, as it makes a superb lead-in to his own solo work "Neptunes," despite the few years difference in release.
VERY WARMLY RECOMMENDED! Grab it while you can...........................