Like the previous reviewer, I'm a "fairly old" fan of Tangerine Dream, my favourite era overall being the "Atem to Sorcerer" one, covering the mid seventies. I continued to buy each album on release and replaced them on CD (and now the remastered discs too...!!!) but although I enjoyed the later output from their "Virgin" years, their sound (and instruments) was evolving away from this earlier, more experimental style. It's interesting to note that the fans' favourites from the early eighties era seem to be the two live albums, "Logos" and this one, which has some great music on it.
The recording was always very good indeed and the LP's and original CD sounded excellent to my ears. The original CD left a track off (the record companies couldn't - or wouldn't - extend a single disc playing time beyond the recommended 74 minutes in those days) and so the playing time was about 57 minutes. This "restored" version times out at around 77 minutes - perfectly ok, as about 80 minutes can usually be successfully squeezed on without compromise.
The only complaint I have with this issue is a slight moan regarding the re-mastering this time around. The volume level is rather higher than the early "Jive" CD I have and there seems to be a little distortion in the bass, most noticeable on the kick drum at the first track's beginning. If we *had* to have increased volume, it could have been gently done *after* the first half of this track, when things calm down....
The music is outstanding though and I recommend this disc to anyone wanting to explore the "early eighties" incarnation of this band... It's not a fan favourite for nothing!
This is an album of the live concert that took place in temperatures of minus five degrees in December 1983 at the Warsaw Ice Stadium. It was touch-and-go whether the electronics would work in that temperature - or even whether the band would be electrocuted! The line-up was Froese, Franke, and Schmoelling. It comprises four long pieces, but it differs from the original double-album by cutting off the four-minute encore at the end of the third track, so as to get the whole onto one disc.
The first, the title track, is twenty-two minutes long. It possesses a typical TD opening: slow, stately, expectant. But all is not what it seems with clever, sudden but not seamless transitions into new soundworlds as rhythms carry the listener along at a gracious pace. Having said that, the first half of this track is a layered progression, magnificently constructed from base materials into a moving and eventually frenzied edifice. The rest, though, is not so great.
The next track, the twenty-minute `Tangent', seems unable to settle into a winning and workable sequence, but there are some interesting sounds nevertheless. We strike silver in the second half. The fourteen-minute `Barbakane' has the same problem as `Tangent'. As the sleevenotes say, for much of its length "it stays in first gear ... Lots of pleasant improvisations but not much to get your teeth into."
The final twenty-one-minute `Horizon' is better, however. The show ends on a high note, the music's mass receding into the mix and leaving a solitary sostenuto.
Overall, I give this album four stars. Certainly the first and fourth tracks are worth this rating, but the album as a whole is perhaps too long, with too many longueurs that seem to go nowhere. But who can begrudge those who want a reminder of the concert, those who were there and sat through the concert with ice in their pants?
Such an out of place piece of music you'd be hard pushed to find.
By 1984 most Tangerine Dream fans were wondering what on earth was going wrong with their favourite krautrock band. The studio albums were interesting, but lacking in the emotional input of their earlier work. So what next?
Well, they released a live album recorded in..umm..Poland. This recording was made during the Cold War, while Russia and America were trying to figure each other out. Fortunately Tangerine Dream consisted of a Germanic trio who were more more interested in expanding the mind, rather than the borders of any given superpower.
However the Soviet authorities took a dim view of Tangerine Dream and, as legend has it, allowed only half the planned concert to be played. Despite the return to form shown on the album it was received with little enthusiasm, and soon dissapeared into obscurity.
I'm an old skool Tangerine Dream fan. Phaedra and Zeit are my favourite albums, yet I love Poland, probably because it just doesn't fit in with the norm. If you like "Encore" I'm sure you'll appreciate Poland.