Review: Tangerine Dream's 1975 album Ricochet gets a vinyl reissue. Consisting of only two tracks, both parts of "Ricochet" are shifting soundscapes in the best arpeggiated 70s tradition and bonafide classics of the genre, influencing everyone from Emeralds through Oneohtrix Point Never. Essential.
Review: Tangerine Dream's seminal 1976 album finds itself getting a welcome gatefold vinyl reissue. Marking the beginning of the group's move away from experimental to more overtly melodic sounds, and features the urgent tones of the title track, the dramatic, quasi-medieval melodies of The Big Sleep In Search Of Hades, the swelling strings and cinematic atmosphere of "3am At The Border Of The Marsh From Okefenokee" and the pastoral prog of "Invisible Limits".
The Albuquerque Concert (Livemiles part 1 - part 1) (14:22)
The Albuquerque Concert (part 2) (15:29)
The West Berlin Open Air Concert (Livemiles part 2 - part 1) (16:59)
The West Berlin Open Air Concert (part 2) (10:17)
Review: Dating from Tangerine Dream's infamous "blue period", 1988's "Livemiles" originally squeezed recordings from two iconic concerts - one in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986, the other in West Berlin in 1987 - onto one slab of wax. Given that both recordings hover around the 30-minute mark, this resulted in pretty rubbish sound. This reissue addresses this issue, splitting each recording into two parts for a louder cut. Musically, it's what you'd expect from Tangerine Dream in this period, ebbing and flowing between Fairlight and Atari ST-driven electronic rhythms and blissful ambient soundscapes. It's all very positive in the manner of, say, Jean Michel-Jarre, rather than the more droning and atmospheric, krautrock-influenced feel of their 1970s work.
Blue Arctic Danube (10pm Session At A38 Budapest) (30:41)
Gladiatonial Dragon (9.35pm Session At AC Hall Hong Kong) (27:45)
Review: As you see this, you're probably expecting a reissue of a 70s LP, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Tangerine Dream, one of the most mythical bands to come out of Germany in the early 70s, is still in operation and they're current line-up consists of Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane, who recorded a series of live gigs that took place in 2017, both in Budapest and Hong Kong. These two sides of vinyl are the result: "Blue Arctic Danube" opens up the A-side with a swarm of monumental drones and electronic effects, crystal-clear in the composition and together making an unforgettable soundscape; on the B-side, "Gladiatonial Dragon", recorded in Hong Kong, is a much more detailed piece of music, turning the drones and effects into beatless grooves that paint a fine picture of the sort of band that TD have become. We think they're sick. Don't miss this!