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TANGERINE DREAM

Progressive Electronic • Germany


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Tangerine Dream biography
Formed in Berlin, Germany in 1967 - Still active as of 2018

Edgar FROESE first formed The Ones in 1965. After several private concerts (notably at Salvador Dali's house), the band changes its name for Tangerine Dream.
After a first release featuring Klaus SCHULZE and Conrad SCHNITZLER "Electronic Meditation" (1969) Tangerine Dream will abandon aleatoric experimentations to concentrate on radical cosmic synth atmospheres. "Alpha Centauri" (1971) will be a landmark of the band's first explorations in electronic realms. Without a regular pulse but just with organ chords, a few manipulated guitar lines and synthesisers effects, "Alpha Centauri" remains an absolute epic and classic cosmic adventure. The following year, the contemplative "Zeit" represents a milestone, an abstract & timeless musical world. "Atem" (1973) whose line up (Froese / Franke / BAUMANN) will participate to TD's classic years until 1977 is an obscure and mind-blowing electronic symphony.

In 1973 start TD's classic & popular Virgin years. The captivating "Phaedra" contributes to the trademark sound of TD, with Moog arpeggio, pulsating sequencer patterns and powerful synthesisers sounds. An all time classic that launched the band's notoriety and career outside of Germany. Next to "Phaedra", "Rubycon", the live "Ricochet" and "Stratosfear" deliver ethereal and complex rhythmical soundscapes. In 1977, the band released the soundtrack of "Sorcerer" (directed by William Friedkin). A dark, moody atmospheric album (with a rather similar material used in previous albums). "Sorcerer" is also the last studio work with the classic TD line up. The vocalist Steve Joliffe and the drummer Klaus Krieger were employed for Paul Baumann's replacement and record "Cyclone". Disconcerted, the album is badly seen by the public and the critic despite that it introduced many interesting elements to TD's music. In 1979, almost in duet, Edgar Froese and Chris Franke record "Force Majeure".

In the 80s, TANGERINE DREAM knew a long and fruitful career in writing music for screen. The departure of Chris Franke in 1988 marks momentarily a hard blow to the band's musical creativity. During the 90s, TD published numerous live albums, soundtracks. Edgar Froese's son, Jerome integrates the band. They release...
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TANGERINE DREAM top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.34 | 329 ratings
Electronic Meditation
1970
3.54 | 362 ratings
Alpha Centauri
1971
3.66 | 399 ratings
Zeit
1972
3.57 | 315 ratings
Atem
1973
4.17 | 815 ratings
Phaedra
1974
4.23 | 951 ratings
Rubycon
1975
3.97 | 560 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
3.32 | 217 ratings
Sorcerer (OST)
1977
3.65 | 362 ratings
Cyclone
1978
4.00 | 486 ratings
Force Majeure
1979
3.94 | 320 ratings
Tangram
1980
3.48 | 251 ratings
Exit
1981
3.22 | 168 ratings
Thief (OST)
1981
3.21 | 210 ratings
White Eagle
1982
3.47 | 239 ratings
Hyperborea
1983
2.75 | 60 ratings
Wavelength (OST)
1983
3.06 | 70 ratings
Firestarter (OST)
1984
2.91 | 51 ratings
Flashpoint (OST)
1984
2.88 | 44 ratings
Heartbreakers (OST)
1985
2.81 | 145 ratings
Le Parc
1985
3.72 | 193 ratings
Underwater Sunlight
1986
3.31 | 136 ratings
Green Desert
1986
3.28 | 74 ratings
Legend (OST)
1986
2.84 | 44 ratings
Near Dark (OST)
1987
2.54 | 41 ratings
Shy People (OST)
1987
1.63 | 36 ratings
Three O'Clock High (OST)
1987
3.04 | 105 ratings
Tyger
1987
2.72 | 119 ratings
Optical Race
1988
2.84 | 78 ratings
Lily on the Beach
1989
2.99 | 54 ratings
Miracle Mile (OST)
1989
2.82 | 44 ratings
Destination Berlin (OST)
1989
2.41 | 22 ratings
Catch Me... If You Can (OST)
1989
1.95 | 28 ratings
Dead Solid Perfect (OST)
1990
2.95 | 89 ratings
Melrose
1990
3.49 | 72 ratings
Canyon Dreams (OST)
1991
2.57 | 30 ratings
The Park Is Mine (OST)
1991
2.18 | 24 ratings
Rumpelstiltskin (OST)
1991
2.41 | 20 ratings
L'Affaire Wallraff / The Man Inside (OST)
1991
2.10 | 22 ratings
Deadly Care (OST)
1992
2.46 | 72 ratings
Rockoon
1992
2.73 | 64 ratings
Turn Of The Tides
1994
2.80 | 63 ratings
Tyranny Of Beauty
1995
2.92 | 34 ratings
The Dream Mixes
1995
2.90 | 64 ratings
Goblins' Club
1996
2.90 | 23 ratings
Zoning (OST)
1996
3.19 | 44 ratings
The Keep (OST)
1997
3.03 | 29 ratings
Oasis (OST)
1997
1.70 | 27 ratings
Ambient Monkeys
1997
3.30 | 32 ratings
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes 2
1998
2.72 | 32 ratings
Transsiberia (OST)
1998
3.38 | 16 ratings
Quinoa
1998
3.24 | 52 ratings
Mars Polaris
1999
3.41 | 25 ratings
What A Blast - Architecture In Motion (OST)
1999
3.34 | 30 ratings
Great Wall Of China (OST)
2000
3.04 | 38 ratings
The Seven Letters From Tibet
2000
3.66 | 40 ratings
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons
2001
3.23 | 34 ratings
Inferno
2002
2.60 | 21 ratings
The Melrose Years
2002
2.77 | 31 ratings
Mota Atma
2003
2.92 | 27 ratings
Dream Mixes 4
2003
3.57 | 51 ratings
Purgatorio
2004
3.52 | 36 ratings
Jeanne D碅rc - La R関olte 蓆ernelle
2005
3.11 | 35 ratings
Kyoto
2005
2.87 | 50 ratings
Phaedra 2005
2005
3.06 | 30 ratings
Blue Dawn
2006
3.80 | 31 ratings
Paradiso
2006
3.18 | 17 ratings
TD Plays TD
2006
2.65 | 17 ratings
One Times One
2007
3.00 | 2 ratings
Destination Berlin
2007
3.34 | 39 ratings
Springtime In Nagasaki
2007
3.01 | 45 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.10 | 30 ratings
Summer In Nagasaki
2007
3.10 | 20 ratings
Purple Diluvial
2008
2.58 | 24 ratings
Hyperborea 2008
2008
2.56 | 26 ratings
Tangram 2008
2008
2.90 | 31 ratings
Views From A Red Train
2008
2.70 | 27 ratings
Autumn In Hiroshima
2008
3.51 | 32 ratings
Flame
2009
3.61 | 22 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part I
2009
3.27 | 11 ratings
Winter In Hiroshima
2009
2.19 | 8 ratings
Dream Mixes 5 [Aka: DM V]
2010
3.18 | 22 ratings
The Endless Season
2010
1.40 | 25 ratings
Under Cover - Chapter One
2010
3.57 | 47 ratings
The Island Of The Fay
2011
3.42 | 29 ratings
The Angel From The West Window
2011
2.48 | 12 ratings
Finnegans Wake
2011
3.42 | 39 ratings
Machu Picchu
2012
3.71 | 16 ratings
The Castle
2013
2.94 | 15 ratings
The Cinematographic Score GTA 5
2014
3.08 | 13 ratings
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry, Part II
2014
3.82 | 64 ratings
Quantum Gate
2017
3.11 | 16 ratings
Light Flux
2017
3.86 | 34 ratings
Recurring Dreams
2019

TANGERINE DREAM Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.34 | 364 ratings
Ricochet
1975
3.94 | 248 ratings
Encore (Live 1977)
1977
3.79 | 83 ratings
Quichotte
1980
3.81 | 185 ratings
Logos... Live At The Dominion - London
1983
3.98 | 161 ratings
Poland - The Warsaw Concert*
1984
4.24 | 113 ratings
Pergamon - Live at the 'Palast der Republik' GDR
1986
3.33 | 68 ratings
Livemiles
1988
2.95 | 54 ratings
220 Volt Live
1993
3.29 | 30 ratings
Tournado - Live In Europe
1997
3.39 | 31 ratings
Valentine Wheels, Live in London
1998
2.09 | 13 ratings
Dream Encores
1998
3.64 | 26 ratings
Sohoman
1999
3.70 | 28 ratings
Soundmill Navigator
2000
3.59 | 20 ratings
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988)
2003
3.32 | 34 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1
2003
3.48 | 15 ratings
Arizona Live
2004
3.11 | 17 ratings
East - Live In Berlin 1990
2004
3.00 | 11 ratings
Ottawa - June 20th 1986
2004
4.41 | 15 ratings
Sydney - February 22nd 1982
2004
3.73 | 11 ratings
Paris - February 2nd 1981
2004
3.14 | 16 ratings
Montreal - April 9th 1977
2004
3.13 | 12 ratings
Aachen - January 21st 1981
2004
2.86 | 18 ratings
The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
2004
3.06 | 18 ratings
Rocking Mars
2005
2.73 | 13 ratings
Vault IV
2005
2.36 | 6 ratings
Brighton - March 25th 1986
2005
2.31 | 7 ratings
Cleveland - June 24th 1986
2005
3.00 | 9 ratings
Preston - November 5th 1980
2006
3.00 | 2 ratings
Tangerine Dream
2006
3.57 | 11 ratings
Detroit - March 31st 1977
2006
2.67 | 3 ratings
Orange Odyssey
2007
2.67 | 3 ratings
One Night in Space
2007
3.25 | 4 ratings
Loreley
2008
2.67 | 3 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live @ Dussmann Berlin
2009
3.71 | 17 ratings
The London Eye Concert
2009
3.00 | 7 ratings
Izu - Live In Japan 2009
2010
3.83 | 6 ratings
Zeitgeist Concert
2010
2.67 | 3 ratings
Knights of Asheville
2011
3.57 | 5 ratings
The Gate of Saturn (Live at the Lowry Manchester 2011)
2011
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live at Admiralspalast Berlin
2012
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live In Budapest at B閘a Bart髃 National Concert Hall
2012
2.67 | 21 ratings
Starmus - Sonic Universe (With Brian May)
2013
3.00 | 9 ratings
Cruise To Destiny
2013
3.86 | 16 ratings
Sorcerer 2014
2014
3.22 | 9 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - The Concerts
2014
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume One
2015
3.20 | 5 ratings
Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014
2015
3.38 | 10 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series Volume Two
2016
4.11 | 9 ratings
Live at Philharmony Szczecin-Poland 2016
2016
3.78 | 9 ratings
The Sessions 1
2017
4.00 | 7 ratings
The Sessions 2
2018
3.31 | 7 ratings
The Sessions III
2018
3.75 | 7 ratings
The Sessions IV
2018
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Official Bootleg Series - Volume Three
2019
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live at Augusta Raurica Switzerland 2016
2019
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Sessions V
2019
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Reims Cathedral 1974
2020

TANGERINE DREAM Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.73 | 14 ratings
Three Phase
1993
2.70 | 10 ratings
The Video Dream Mixes
2000
1.95 | 18 ratings
Live in America 1992
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Inferno
2004
3.67 | 6 ratings
Dante's Inferno
2006
3.67 | 12 ratings
Tempodrom
2006
3.57 | 7 ratings
One Night In Space - Live at the Alte Oper Frankfurt
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
Orange Odyssey - The Eberswalde Concert
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
35th Phaedra Anniversary Concert
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975
2007
3.75 | 7 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Duty
2007
3.07 | 5 ratings
London Astoria Club Concert 2007
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
The Epsilon Journey - Tangerine Dream plays Edgar Froese
2008
3.67 | 7 ratings
Loreley Night of the prog Festival Germany 2008
2008
4.26 | 10 ratings
Tangerine Dream - The London Eye Concert
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rocking Out the Bats
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Izu (Live In Japan 2009)
2010
3.60 | 5 ratings
Live In Lisbon
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Budapest at B閘a Bart髃 National Concert Hall
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Admiralspalast Berlin
2013
5.00 | 2 ratings
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 - London
2015
5.00 | 2 ratings
Revolution of Sound
2017

TANGERINE DREAM Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.80 | 10 ratings
Alpha Centauri/Atem
1976
4.65 | 17 ratings
'70-'80
1980
3.70 | 30 ratings
Dream Sequence
1985
4.50 | 4 ratings
In the Beginning
1986
3.47 | 17 ratings
The Collection
1987
3.76 | 15 ratings
The Best Of Tangerine Dream
1989
3.86 | 7 ratings
Synthetiseur
1990
2.44 | 9 ratings
From Dawn 'til Dusk
1991
2.85 | 23 ratings
The Private Music Of Tangerine Dream
1992
2.17 | 10 ratings
Dream Music
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
(3)
1992
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Tangerine Dream
1993
3.83 | 24 ratings
Tangents
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Collection
1994
2.50 | 6 ratings
Atmospherics
1995
2.43 | 7 ratings
Dream Music 2
1995
3.19 | 12 ratings
Book Of Dreams
1995
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Dream Roots Collection
1996
4.48 | 12 ratings
Tangerine Dream (1996 Disky Compilation)
1996
2.47 | 17 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 1
1998
2.28 | 17 ratings
The Hollywood Years - Vol. 2
1998
2.88 | 8 ratings
Luminous Visions
1998
3.25 | 8 ratings
The Analogue Space Years
1998
2.86 | 7 ratings
The Pink Years
1998
2.52 | 8 ratings
Atlantic Bridges
1998
3.00 | 7 ratings
Atlantic Walls
1998
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Blue Years
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dream Dice
1998
2.25 | 4 ratings
Sea Of Dreams
1998
3.29 | 7 ratings
Tangerine Dream
1999
3.89 | 8 ratings
Tang-go
2000
3.94 | 12 ratings
Antique Dreams
2000
3.56 | 9 ratings
i-Box
2000
4.20 | 5 ratings
Dream Sequence
2000
4.35 | 8 ratings
Journey Through A Burning Brain (Anthology)
2002
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Melrose Years
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
An Introduction to...
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
High Voltage
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Lamb with Radar Eyes
2004
4.75 | 4 ratings
The Essential
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Collection
2006
4.12 | 17 ratings
Nebulous Dawn (The Early Years)
2006
3.00 | 6 ratings
The Dante Arias Collection
2007
3.00 | 6 ratings
The Dante Song Collection
2007
3.17 | 6 ratings
Starbound Collection
2007
3.17 | 12 ratings
Silver Siren Collection
2007
3.17 | 6 ratings
Ocean Waves Collection
2007
3.00 | 8 ratings
Cyberjam Collection
2007
3.20 | 5 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2007
3.25 | 8 ratings
Canyon Cazuma
2007
2.71 | 7 ratings
Hollywood Lightning
2007
2.78 | 9 ratings
Tangines Scales
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
DM 2.1
2007
2.75 | 4 ratings
Mars Mission Counter
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Antique Dream Land
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Very Best of Tangerine Dream
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 2
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Vintage Years Anthology
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Electronic Magic of Tangerine Dream
2008
3.00 | 22 ratings
Booster
2008
3.43 | 7 ratings
The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Vol. 1
2008
3.22 | 9 ratings
Axiat
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Soft Dream Decade
2009
3.50 | 4 ratings
Booster 3
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ballads
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Power and Motion
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Music for Sports - Cool Races
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Vintage Vanguard
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Independent Years
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Electronic Journey
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Run to Vegas
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ride on the Ray; The Blue Years Anthology 1980-1987
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Booster 4
2011
4.65 | 17 ratings
The Virgin Years 1974-1978
2011
3.75 | 8 ratings
Sunrise in the Third System - The Pink Years Anthology 1970-1973
2011
4.45 | 11 ratings
The Virgin Years 1977-1983
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 5
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Booster 6
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
Lost in Strings Vol. 1
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Decades: 1980s
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Decades: 70s
2013
4.33 | 3 ratings
Ultima Thule
2013
3.33 | 15 ratings
One Night In Africa
2013
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Best of Tangerine Dream Live
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Deep Run to Vegas
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Out of this World
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
Booster 7
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ultima Thule
2016
3.63 | 8 ratings
Quantum Gate / Quantum Key
2018
4.08 | 3 ratings
The Pink Years Albums 1970-1973
2018
3.91 | 2 ratings
The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987
2019
4.93 | 18 ratings
In Search of Hades (The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979)
2019

TANGERINE DREAM Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.84 | 17 ratings
Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream)
1966
4.01 | 27 ratings
Ultima Thule
1971
4.00 | 2 ratings
Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares
1974
3.50 | 2 ratings
Extracts from Rubycon
1975
4.50 | 2 ratings
Excerpt from Ricochet
1975
4.20 | 5 ratings
Stratosfear
1976
4.00 | 1 ratings
Betrayal/Grind
1977
4.00 | 2 ratings
Monolight
1977
4.33 | 3 ratings
Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Excerpts from Force Majeure
1979
4.44 | 9 ratings
Tangram
1980
5.00 | 2 ratings
Choronzon
1981
3.40 | 10 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
3.12 | 7 ratings
Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe
1982
2.44 | 8 ratings
Daydream & Moorland
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cinnamon Road / Hyperborea
1983
3.75 | 4 ratings
Going West
1984
3.82 | 11 ratings
Warsaw In The Sun
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Streethawk
1985
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tiergarten
1985
4.00 | 8 ratings
Dolphin Dance
1986
3.00 | 2 ratings
Dancing on a White Moon
1987
3.09 | 4 ratings
Tyger
1987
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Time for Heroes
1987
4.00 | 2 ratings
Marakesh
1988
3.67 | 3 ratings
Alexander Square
1989
4.00 | 3 ratings
Optical Race/Mothers Of Rain/Sun Gate/Ghazal
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
House of the Rising Sun
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
Oranges Don't Dance
1990
2.40 | 24 ratings
Quinoa
1992
3.67 | 3 ratings
Rockoon Special Edition
1992
3.50 | 2 ratings
Big City Dwarves
1992
3.00 | 3 ratings
Dreamtime
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
Turn of the Tides
1994
3.33 | 3 ratings
Midwinter Night
1994
4.00 | 2 ratings
Shepherds Bush
1996
3.50 | 2 ratings
Jim & Pablo: Der Meteor
1997
4.33 | 3 ratings
Das M鋎chen auf der Treppe
1997
4.50 | 4 ratings
Limited World Tour Edition 1997
1997
2.22 | 4 ratings
Towards the Evening Star
1997
3.33 | 3 ratings
Sony Center Topping Out Ceremony Score
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
莂 Va - 莂 Marche - 莂 Ira Encore
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Astrophobia
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Stereolight
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Meng Tian
2000
3.75 | 4 ratings
DM 4 Bonus CD
2003
3.33 | 3 ratings
Astoria Theatre London
2003
3.64 | 11 ratings
Space Flight Orange
2005
3.33 | 9 ratings
40 Years Roadmap To Music
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2006
3.55 | 11 ratings
Metaphor
2006
3.36 | 11 ratings
One Night In Space
2007
4.50 | 2 ratings
Madcap's Flaming Promo
2007
3.75 | 12 ratings
Sleeping Watches Snoring in Silence
2007
3.65 | 14 ratings
Bells Of Accra
2007
3.00 | 11 ratings
Das Romantische Opfer
2008
2.73 | 11 ratings
Fallen Angels
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
Choice
2008
3.25 | 4 ratings
Armageddon in the Rose Garden
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Cage in Search of a Bird
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Zeitgeist
2010
3.00 | 4 ratings
Mona da Vinci
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Gate of Saturn
2011
3.17 | 6 ratings
Josephine The Mouse Singer
2014
3.17 | 10 ratings
Mala Kunia
2014
3.18 | 9 ratings
Quantum Key
2015
3.29 | 5 ratings
Particles
2016
4.33 | 3 ratings
Light Flux EP
2017
4.00 | 3 ratings
Tear Down the Grey Skies
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Pledge Access Pass
2017
4.50 | 2 ratings
Run To Vegas/Leviathan
2018

TANGERINE DREAM Reviews


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 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.23 | 951 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by jamesbaldwin
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Rubycon is the one progressive electronic album in the Top 100 of Progarchives. Wow.

The record is divided into two suites corresponding to the two sides of the album. Each suite is completely instrumental and based on piano and electronic keyboards of various types (organ, synths, rhodes). Percussion (rhythm) and guitar are almost completely missing.

The arrangement: - Edgar Froese plays Mellotron, EMS Synthi A and VCS3 synthesizers, organ, guitar, gong

- Christoph Franke plays prepared piano, Moog and Synthi A synths, organs (modified Elka tr. 1), gong

- Peter Baumann plays organ, prepared piano, Fender Rhodes, EMS Synthi A and ARP 2600 synths.

The melody is also almost completely missing, and not because the music is atonal, but because it is all based on the tonality, without ever reaching a complete melody. In short, it is atmospheric music, which anticipates ambient and new age music. It is a music that in my opinion has nothing to do with rock and therefore also with progressive rock, since it requires a different listening, but I understand that it has been inserted in PA because it is a music without borders, which goes beyond the canons of genres, and it is in fact characterized not at the compositional level, but at the timbre: it is electronic music.

In my opinion this type of music plays on a too minimalist level to be considered on the same level as prog masterpieces: lacking melody and harmony, compositionally it is not comparable to the best of progressive rock. It could be comparable to movie music or new age music for meditation exercises. In fact, being based on improvisation, it requires a listening more similar to pure jazz, and in fact a lot of jazz is also present on Progarchives (and I do not fully agree with this choice, because for example Miles Davis started before progressive: or is it him the prog pioneer or did something else).

Anyway, towards 9 minutes, however, the music becomes denser, the keyboards paint an increasingly obsessive background percussive rhythm, above which improvisations of other keyboards rise: we are close to a melody that flows on a certain rhythm, to music closer to rock. Undoubtedly the musicians are very competent. You can almost talk about rhythmic progression, but then the piece goes towards a slow fading. For the year it was released, Rubycon was certainly an innovative record, even if it was preceded by many others records by Tangerine Dream. At the end of side A there is a melody played by an instrument that simulates the timbre of the oboe.

Rubycon Part 1 (17:18): rating 7,5.

In the second suite, which starts with catacomb sounds, it seems to hear the cries of the damned of Hell, undoubtedly it would be a nice soundtrack for a horror or thriller film. Then the "artificially synthesized" screams give way to a percussive keyboard that anticipates the cybernetic music of any new wave. There is no doubt that Tangerine Drema was a seminal group, which anticipated, sowed the seeds of so much music to come. The piece is more lively, I would say violent, compared to the first part, then the music stops around 12 minutes, giving way to noises of nature but then around 15 it switches to hallucinated, almost psychedelic noises and then closes with a slow, calm .

Second part better than the first. Vote 8.

Overall score of the album: 8. Three and a half stars.

 Thief (OST) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.22 | 168 ratings

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Thief (OST)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by cloviskoba

4 stars I was about to buy this CD when I noticed many comments of missing "Confrontation" on the cheaper offers. Then I discovered a 20th Anniversary Ultimate Edition which has 15 tracks, with alternate and extended versions and an original "Frank is set up". That was my best shot to get this album! It comes also with nice pictures from the movie.

1. Main titles/ The Heist (10:46) [Diamond diary] 2. Sam's forge (3:10) [Burning bar] 3. Chicago courtroom (4:38) [Scrap yard] 4. Tailed/ The break-in (9:58) [alternate Igneous] 5. San Diego Beach/ Love Scene (3:44) [Beach theme] 6. Frank is set up (4:30) [original!] 7. Destruction (3:17) [Dr. Destructo] 8. Final confrontation/ End credits (5:49) [alternate Confrontation] 9. Trap feeling (2:57) 10. Chicago courtroom (5:18) [alternate Scrap yard] 11. Tailed/ The break-in (4:46) [Igneous] 12. Beach theme #1 (6:11) [extended Beach theme] 13. Beach theme #2 (6:47) [extended Beach theme] 14. Destruction (4:12) [alternate Dr. Destructo] 15. Final confrontation (5:35) [Confrontation]

 The Gate of Saturn (Live at the Lowry Manchester 2011) by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 2011
3.57 | 5 ratings

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The Gate of Saturn (Live at the Lowry Manchester 2011)
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars Well, this is Tangerine Dream live, possibly you know how the rite proceeds. First, it takes a good while to build up the entire atmosphere that is required in order to get every faithful included in the mantra. There's some opening synth chords followed by some still understated rhytmic sequencing, then the main symphonic lines by the keyboards kick in, the serious percussion takes charge underpinning the ride, and by the time you come to hear that agonic, orgasmic, extatic (tribal, maybe?) vocals, you are so into the bloody thing, that you can't escape, nor even have the desire to do it.

If you are looking for a sample of the goods, try "Alchemy Of The Heart". Nice guitar solo!

 The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987 by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2019
3.91 | 2 ratings

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The Blue Years Studio Albums 1985-1987
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars A nice set of the most new age inflected ones among Tangerine Dream studio albums. Let's take a comparative look:

Disc One "Le Parc": As the title states, this is a mosaic composed of a miniature for each one of the selected parks. Somewhat conventional at times, but always with a timely mutation in harmonic or rhythmic texture coming around the corner.

Disc Two "Green Desert": The best of the batch to my taste. The music is very reminding of the Virgin Years, because it was recorded in Berlin in 1973, and just released in 1986.

Disc Three "Underwater Sunlight": Have you already seen enough underwater life documentaries? If that's the case, skip this. If not, you are in for a treat, with crystaline synth textures, and a classic Edgar Froese electric guitar solo in "Ride on the Ray".

Disc Four "Tyger": The female vocals on the poem by William Blake are okay, but not what I look for in a Tangerine Dream. I just use to go straight to "London", a sort of mini-suite with good electric guitar parts.

 The Pink Years Albums 1970-1973 by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.08 | 3 ratings

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The Pink Years Albums 1970-1973
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars There's no sound in outer space, but, don't let that disturb you: we have Tangerine Dream!

Disc 1 "Electronic Meditation" is probably more a trip to the inside of unconscious mind, than to the outer space. Lots of electronic experimentation, enriched with tasty brushes of electric guitar, percussion, flute and mellotron. Don't look for recognizable structures, like "songs", or "movements". The musical form is generated only by sensible interplay and tape collage.

Disc 2 "Alpha Centauri" shows the notably increasing participation of mellotron, flute and expertly processed percussion (but not guitar). Also emerges a bit stronger thematic organization of the sonic materials, now clearly oriented to "space exploration".

Disc 3 "Zeit" (German for "Time") Only obliquely spacey, this hieratic masterpiece seems more concerned with the inner experience of flowing time (a dominant issue in classic German philosophy, also). Just the sheer intensity coming from harmony and building up through the long-term form is overwhelming. Never a casual listening, always a hard one.

Disc 4 "Atem" (German for "Breath") Just a bit easier to listen, but probably harder to decipher, this seems to address the sonic manifestations that life can produce. Very Stockhausen-inflected to my ears, the treatment of percussion reaches its highest level of perfection with this album.

 Tyger by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
3.09 | 4 ratings

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Tyger
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I think the Tangerine Dream era in which Edgar Froese and Chris Franke were joined by Paul Haslinger (who replaced Johannes Schmoelling) is quite enjoyable. Haslinger came from the classical background and brought some compositional tightness to the group. This trio debuted with the pretty cool, ocean-themed album Underwater Sunlight (1986). The next year they released a very atypical TD album which featured female vocals to sing selected pieces of poetry by the legendary visionary William Blake. The title track 'Tyger' was of course based on the best known Blake poem that glorifies the "fearful symmetry" of the feline in question.

'Tyger' was probably the first TD tune I ever heard, at least knowingly. I heard it from the radio at the age of 17 and I was impressed by the song and its mystic atmosphere. A bit later I stumbled upon TD's early Krautrock stuff and was somewhat confused, but that was only the beginning of my relationship with the German electronic music legend. The double-leayered vocals of Jocelyn B. Smith and the crystalline synth backing wasn't quite anything I had heard before. Admittedly, from today's perspective, the playing itself is rather monotonous and stiff on the Tangerine Dream scale, not to mention the song structure which relies heavily on the chorus repetition.

The Tyger album originally didn't feature the two-part instrumental '21st Century Common Man'; the latter part is on this single. This piece is almost funky as the rhythm pattern is very central. In fact one could think there was a full jazz- rock/ fusion combo instead of a synth-based trio. Jan Hammer did similar catchy synth music for Miami Vice, but TD seem to have more sonic muscle here.

This is TD as its most commercial and accessible, but not bad at all, although very atypical.

 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.23 | 951 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Kelder

2 stars Pink Floyd Meddle? Anyone?

This is one of the albums that some people call a masterpiece while I seriously do not get it. Yes the sound quality is superb. Yes the album is interesting for its electronics. Yes the album is smooth and creates a magical soundscape. But to me this sounds too much like Pink Floyd Meddle. On side 1 of Rubycon you hear those tension build-ups that are also in One Of These Days from Meddle. Side 2 of Rubycon has a ocean-like feel with seagull sounds just like Echoes of Meddle. Even the artwork looks like the artwork of Meddle! I just can't listen to this record without comparing it to Meddle. Why would you want to listen to an extended version of Meddle made purely by electronic instruments? Pink Floyd already did it 4 years prior.

Enough of Meddle, let's talk purely Tangerine Dream and why I do NOT consider this their masterpiece. This album is very smoothing to the ears but can also be quite boring. It seems like Phaedra was the experimentional album on which they showcased all the different effects their electonics could create. Phaedra was pushing the enveloppe. That is what prog should do and that is what a masterpiece does. Rubycon lacks experimentation and is more like a fraction of Phaedra but more extended over 2 sides (Mike Oldfield much?).

To me Phaedra is their masterpiece while this album is just a mix: take Pink Floyd Meddle, play it with electronic sounds created on Phaedra, mold it into one entire album like Oldfield. And voila, you got yourself a soundscape album like Rubycon. I would rate it for collectors only since it could be relaxing and used as background music.

 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.23 | 951 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review N?343

Tangerine Dream is one of the most influential progressive electronic groups of all time, and probably is the best of all. Despite their clear psychedelic influences, they were never really a true psychedelic outfit. They became more a natural partner of their countrymen band Kraftwerk, in spite of the natural musical differences of both bands. We can even say that Tangerine Dream was the founder of the Progressive Electronic sub-genre and Kraftwerk was the founder of the Tecno Music. In reality, the music of Tangerine Dream has made an enormous impact on ambient, new age, techno, trance, prog rock, as well as modern film score composition. They're responsible for the release of almost a hundred of studio albums and more than fifty live albums in a true amazing and unique career spread for more than fifty years.

The so called 'The Virgin Years' of Tangerine Dream began with 'Phaedra' and 'Rubycon'. Tangerine Dream's debut for Virgin, 'Phaedra', is rightfully regarded as one of their definitive classics. 'Phaedra' showed that their musical expression had evolved and progressed without losing any of the depth and mysticism of their first best works. The most noticeable new feature in their sound was the inclusion of complex, sequenced electronic rhythm patterns that slowly evolved and changed shape underneath the atmospheric sounds of Moogs, Mellotrons, flute and lots of electronic equipments. That made of 'Phaedra' one of the best and most influential albums of this sub-genre of prog.

So, after 'Phaedra', how could Tangerine Dream follow up an album that not only had been an unexpected international breakthrough, but also one of their definitive artistic achievements? Somehow, it was an easy thing. They just further perfected the previous formula of that very album, and came up with not just their most perfect work but perhaps also the best album of this entire sub-genre. 'Rubycon' is like 'Phaedra', an album that marks the transition from the 'cosmic music' of the early Tangerine Dream years to the sequencer-emphasized music of the middle and late 70's. On 'Rubycon' both components are masterfully combined, from the long, rhythm and melody-free introduction, in which free noises are gradually displaced by powerful inserts of the Mellotron, through a sequencer-dominated part, to the free final part, which is a very distinctive thing. 'Rubycon' is one of the few albums where you honestly can say that not an entire second is mediocre or wasted. It's a peak as high as the band possibly ever could reach. It was also their first album consisting of just one forty minute long track that only was broken up by the two sides of the vinyl record. 'Rubycon' offers two long sound paintings, which consist of free constructions of various electronic sound sources and repetitive sequencing loops rhythmically shaped sections, which in turn are underlaid with the wobble, hiss, wave and boom of the same electronic sound sources. All these things perfectly combined are the secret of their sixth work.

'Rubycon' is an album that commenced precisely where 'Phaedra' ended. It starts with a lot of atmospheric and mellow soundscapes performed on the Mellotron and the synthesizers. After a while the sequencers start which provide for pleasant rhythms. The frequent organ and piano parts move strongly towards the sound Pink Floyd produced on 'Meddle'. It has some sounds where the mood alternates between dark and light, before it beautifully and graciously rises up toward a grandiose and haunting part with some fantastic atmospheres that in a dream take us to the ocean. It quiets down after a while, and starts to build up some tension to prepare us for the sequenced part. Together with eerie Mellotrons, distorted piano-chords and droning organs, the electronic sequenced rhythms carry you away in the same dreamlike state as 'Phaedra' did. The second part of 'Rubycon' starts rather mysteriously and mellow, but gets into higher gear by the use of sequencers. It begins quite dark and sinister, with an almost metallic, gloomy tone dragging up and down that evolves into a spooky Mellotron-choir in the same tone. The part with the sequenced rhythms is a bit more dramatic and energetic here than on the first side, and features some effective backwards guitar from Froese. The sequencer part ends in something that sounds like electronic swells toward the shore. The finale is a bit brighter, consisting of Mellotron-flute around dreamy and mysterious synths that conjure up images of light. The music is magic.

Conclusion: 'Rubycon' is like 'Phaedra', an impressive work from the experimental early phase and the sequencer heavy time in the middle of the 70's, but oriented a little further towards the later. The Moog Synth is used more often than on its predecessor, which makes the soundscapes appear more structured overall. Of course, the impression of uniformity also comes from the fact that there are only two pieces of the same name. The free form parts, which are still available, appear more mature and sophisticated than their predecessors. 'Rubycon' is a standard work of the Berlin School. If you are interested in electronic music you should check it, and its predecessor 'Phaedra'. People who want to find whether they like such 'futuristic music' must check it too. This is one of the best, Tangerine Dream's albums.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Rubycon by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.23 | 951 ratings

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Rubycon
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗔𝘁𝗺𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗲

Part 1: This is drone music done well, what can I say? Everything here is atmospheric, gorgeous, dark, and ambient. I think what Tangerine Dream was doing here was everything they need to explore. The atmospheres, the drone, the elements of dissonants, the amount of synths and fx just blows your mind away. It's mostly chords with FX but it's still great. The atmosphere that they were trying to accomplish here was accomplished. Only problem is, is that I can't say much more about this, I pretty much said everything I can about this.

Part 2: Still beautiful but I pretty much wasted everything on my explanation of the first part.

Conclusion: I think that as a progressive drone album, not many albums actually beat this. It has atmosphere, it has depth, and the production is impressive for the time. This is well thought out, the writing here is great, and it's Tangerine Dream's signature album for sure. What else can I say? There are only two songs on this album... I can't say much about it. Still, great either way.

 Phaedra by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.17 | 815 ratings

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Phaedra
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review N?333

Tangerine Dream is unquestionably one of the most influential electronic groups of all time, probably the best of all. Their music has made an immeasurable impact on ambient, new age, techno, trance, and progressive rock, as well as modern film score composition. Founded as a psychedelic rock group in 1967 by Edgar Froese, the group was initially associated with the Krautrock scene through early abstract albums, 1970's 'Electronic Meditation', 1971's 'Alpha Centauri', 1972's 'Zeit' and 1973's 'Atem'. Those albums belong of what is usually called 'The Pink Years'.They pioneered the use of sequencers and synthesizers and was only from 1974 that the classic albums appear like their greatest masterpieces, 1974's, 'Phaedra' and 1975's 'Rubycon' and 'Ricochet', which proved to be commercially successful. They became also prolific film composers. Subsequent albums in the 80's incorporated more digital instrumentation, as well as shorter, more pop oriented compositions than their earlier epics. During the 90's, with some albums they were closer to the forms of dance music that Tangerine Dream has heavily influenced. During the 21st century, the band gradually drifted back toward the sequencer driven sound they had pioneered during the 70's. Tangerine Dream is still active today having released almost 100 studio albums in their lengthy and very prolific career.

So, it was with Tangerine Dream's debut for Virgin is rightfully and deservedly regarded as one of their definitive classics, which everything really began to the band. 'Phaedra' is one of the most important, artistic, and exciting works in the history of the electronic music, a brilliant and compelling summation of Tangerine Dream's early avant- space direction balanced with the synthesizer/sequencer technology just beginning to gain a foothold in non academic circles. 'Phaedra' showed not only that the band's set of equipment obviously had grown a lot bigger and more expensive since their early days, but also that their musical expression had evolved and progressed without losing any of the depth and mysticism of their best works in their first phase. The most noticeable new feature in their sound was the inclusion of complex, sequenced electronic rhythm patterns that slowly evolved and changed shape underneath the atmospheric sounds of Moogs, Mellotrons, flute and lots of various electronic equipments massively used in the future.

'Phaedra' has only four tracks, but all I wrote before came into full bloom on the 17 minute title track that would set a whole new standard for the Tangerine Dream's sound. The minimalism of their first albums was pretty much gone, as the sequenced rhythms provided the band with a rich and fat sound stuffed to the rim with mystical and delightful atmospheres. Given focus by the arpeggiated trance that drifts in and out of the mix, the track progresses through several passages including a few surprisingly melodic keyboard lines and an assortment of eerie Moog and Mellotron effects, gaseous explosions, and windy sirens. Despite the impending chaos, the track sounds more like a carefully composed classical work than an unrestrained piece of noise. The climax of the track comes surprisingly enough after the sequencer has stopped, and makes room for a sinister and incredibly moody part filled with Mellotron, gongs and haunting electronic sounds, building up some of the most fantastic atmospheres ever created by humans. And to add to the feel of beyond and mystery, some distant and faint sounds of children playing can be heard several seconds after the track has ended. It's really an amazing track that would become a standard track in the next future of their music.

While the title track takes the cake, there are three other excellent tracks on 'Phaedra'. The second side opens with the nearly 10 minute 'Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares' that reportedly was a pure solo number by Froese. It consists almost entirely of grandiose washes of Mellotrons, but also some spacey electronic sounds. The opening of 'Movements Of A Visionary' seems to improve the voice experiments from their previous album 'Atem'. The rest of the track consists of a warm and comforting organ improvising around the sequenced rhythms that now was one of the band's main trademarks. It's a more experimental piece, using treated voices and whispers to drive its hypnotic arpeggios. The brief piece 'Sequent C'' closes the album in a moody way, a piece of ethereal, floating beauty.

Conclusion: 'Phaedra' is often regarded as a groundbreaking album that was shaped by an experimental sound, with structured sound sequences that present themselves to the listener in an atmosphere space like manner. 'Phaedra' leads in monotone electronics at the beginning directly into the wide world of the universe and knows how to create a monotone trance in cosmically designed sound surfaces. In the further course, the cool unapproachability of the electronics unites with organic looking mellotron inserts, which is accompanied by more rhythmic sound elements. The way into unexplored galaxies is, thus, effectively relaxed. Perhaps even more powerful as a musical landmark now than when it was recorded. 'Phaedra' has proven the test of time. The 70's was a time of music taste and intelligence, really.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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