Tangerine Dream

Also known as T. Dream, T. Drem, Tabgerine Dreams, Tangerine Dreame, TD

Short biography of Tangerine Dream: Led by [a=Edgar Froese], Tangerine Dream is perhaps the premier exponent of electronic "rock" music. From their "free-rock" beginnings in the nascent Kraut Rock scene to the eventual triple keyboard standard that signed to [l=Virgin], this German group can take significant credit in introducing synthesizer/sequenced electronic music to most of the western rock world. At the height of their success - during the mid to late 1970s - the Dream's spacey, pulsing music earned them a tenacious cult following. By the late Seventies, however, line-ups, and more importantly, the formula changed, tilting towards more conventional "rock" music. By the early 1980s, TD was primarily releasing lucrative soundtrack work, before settling into New Age content by mid-decade.

Formed in Berlin in 1967, the initial line up (on their first release Electronic Meditation) included [a=Edgar Froese], [a=Conrad Schnitzler] (cello) and [a=Klaus Schulze] (drums). Their compositions, or rather experimental improvisations, had roots in the psychedelia of London albeit with the Kraut twist. [i]Electronic Meditation[/i] is perhaps a misnomer; traditional instrumentation of organ, drums, guitar, cello, flute were hardly electronic and "freak out jamming" is the more appropriate adjective, reflecting the confluence of Twentieth Century avant-garde music. Both Schnitzler and Schulze would depart after this album, with the latter forming [a=Ash Ra Tempel]. Second album, [i]Alpha Centauri[/i], saw the addition of long-standing member [a=Christopher Franke] replacing Schulze, while [a=Peter Baumann] would come aboard for [i]Zeit[/i]. Although unissued until the mid-1980s, [i]Green Desert[/i] was recorded in 1973. The core of Froese, Franke and Baumann would sign to Virgin Records in 1973, and the subsequent release [i]Phaedra[/i] would cement their style for years to come. Understated, droning keyboard and guitar melodies intertwined with ambient washes of reverberating electronic textures, utilizing synthesizers and sequencers, was typical of the TD sound. Compositions were long, melodic, pulsing pieces. [a=Michael Hoenig] temporarily replaced Baumann for an Australian tour in 1975. One highlight of the Virgin period was [i]Sorcerer[/i], a soundtrack to the film of the same name. After Baumann's departure in 1978, TD experimented with the formula on [i]Cyclone[/i], which saw the addition of [a=Steve Jolliffe], adding vocals and woodwinds. [i]Force Majeure[/i] was the classic of this period. [a=Johannes Schmölling] would join for [i]Tangram[/i]. This line-up remained stable until the mid-1980s, as the group shifted toward more rhythmic textures. The increased emphasis on sequencers and drum machines in the first half of the 1980s alienated longtime fans, as did subsequent releases which veered heavily into relatively accessible, uplifting melodies. After a brief stint with [l=Jive Records] from 1984 to 1988, TD signed to Baumann's [l=Private Music] label and then the equally New Agey [l=Miramar], fully embracing digital textures and seeking to distance the group from its moody, psychedelic past. [a=Paul Haslinger] replaced Schmölling in 1985, and was in turn replaced by Froese's son [a=Jerome Froese] in 1990. Franke left in 1987 over creative differences with Froese. After a mid-1990s move to Edgar Froese's own [l=TDI Music] label (later renamed [l=Eastgate]), TD's reputation as a New Age band became less appropriate -- father and son experimented with more modern sounds and revisited elements of past glories -- but the group's artist direction remained fairly entrenched in melodic pop-rock territory.

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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
176 Tangerine Dream - Legend Legend 11
mp3, CD
1986 MCA Soundtracks
177 Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri Alpha Centauri 3
mp3, CD
1971-04-00
178 Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Rubycon 2
mp3, CD
1984 Virgin
179 Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear Stratosfear 4
mp3, CD
1988 Virgin
180 Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea Hyperborea 4
mp3, CD
1994
181 Tangerine Dream - Le Parc Le Parc 9
mp3, CD
1985 Jive Electro
182 Tangerine Dream - Optical Race Optical Race 10
mp3, CD
1989 Private Music
183 Tangerine Dream - Tyger Tyger 5
mp3, CD
1987 Jive Electro
184 Tangerine Dream - Poland (The Warsaw Concert) Poland (The Warsaw Concert) 4
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2003 Castle Music
185 Tangerine Dream - Lily On The Beach Lily On The Beach 13
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1989 Private Music
186 Tangerine Dream - Underwater Sunlight Underwater Sunlight 6
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1986
187 Tangerine Dream - Green Desert Green Desert 4
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1996
188 Tangerine Dream - Pergamon Pergamon 2
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1996 Essential
189 Tangerine Dream - Ricochet Ricochet 2
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Virgin
190 Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure Force Majeure 3
mp3, CD
1984 Virgin
191 Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear Stratosfear 4
mp3, CD
1981 Virgin International
192 Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea Hyperborea 4
mp3, CD
1994 Virgin
193 Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation Electronic Meditation 5
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2002 Sanctuary Records
194 Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation Electronic Meditation 5
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1996
195 Tangerine Dream - Book Of Dreams Book Of Dreams 23
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1995
196 Tangerine Dream - Tyger Tyger 6
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1996 Essential
197 Tangerine Dream - Tyger Tyger 4
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1987 Jive Electro
198 Tangerine Dream - Rockoon Rockoon 11
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1992 Miramar
199 Tangerine Dream - Ricochet Ricochet 2
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1984 Virgin
200 Tangerine Dream - White Eagle White Eagle 4
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1994
201 Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Rubycon 2
mp3, CD
1984 Virgin
202 Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri Alpha Centauri 3
mp3, CD
1996 Essential
203 Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Rubycon 2
mp3, CD
1981 Virgin International
204 Tangerine Dream - Dream Sequence Dream Sequence 19
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2000
205 Tangerine Dream - Exit Exit 6
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1981-09-00 Elektra
206 Tangerine Dream - Near Dark Near Dark 11
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1987 Silva Screen
207 Tangerine Dream - Turn Of The Tides Turn Of The Tides 8
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1994 Miramar
208 Tangerine Dream - Tyranny Of Beauty Tyranny Of Beauty 9
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1995 Miramar
209 Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Rubycon 2
mp3, CD
1975 Virgin
210 Tangerine Dream - Encore Encore 4
mp3, CD
1977 Virgin Records America, Inc.

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