reviews - edgar froesePosted by Jacob Pertou Tue, June 09, 2009 22:45:18EDGAR FROESE
Beyond The Storm
PRODUCER: Edgar FroeseCaroline/Blue Plate 1895
This is the second of Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese's revisionist anthologies. Last year, he released the Dream collection "Tangents," and now he has revisited his solo works. But rather than collect them on his two-CD set, Froese has rerecorded them, adding digital timbres and plodding drum machines to the liquid head trip "Upland" and a pseudo-classical intro the otherwise powerful "Drunken Mozart." Combined with 16 outright new compositions, this is a retrospective with no sense of history, substituting the suspect sheen of the present for the exploratory charm of the past.John Diliberto.
Billboard Magazine, 19th August 1995 - vol. 107, nr. 33, page 62
reviews - edgar froesePosted by Jacob Pertou Wed, September 03, 2008 00:33:44
On diverse fan fora, there has been no lack of extravagant eulogies,
but personally, I must appear a tad more unimpressed, now I finally
hear Epsilon In Malaysian Pale. Although it stylistically leans toward
Rubycon, my musical innocence is a little rough around the edges, after
listening to remixed excerpts, a re-recording in its entirety, as well
as a backwards version of Maroubra Bay.
Anyways, the album is a little different than the re-recording. I think
the original has lesser nerve, and hearing the re-recording at first,
and having it on cd, contrarily to this cassette, I guess I’ll return
to the aforementioned re-recording more often.
In attempt to sum up, why the album has gained such a hearing, I can only guess.
The title track is a tropical, almost god-fearing mellotron parade,
seeking a trance-like calmness, with undertones of the subconscious,
with the disturbing timbres.
Tangerine Dream sought this style, if not more western sounding, when
they in 1975 played a string of cathedral concerts in England.
My memory seems to fail after listening to the track to end. No trace
of melodic hit potential here. Is this because the music is forgetable?
Nah, actually not, it rather strives towards a metaphysical level.
The most odd about this album, is that the second side of the album
almost feels backwards, after having listened the backwards version, on
the compilation LP, Electronic Dreams.
We’re talking about quite fast, sequencer based music, optimistically
glittering on the sunny hemisphere of the sinister Rubycon Part 1.
It’s genius, by all means. Even David Bowie used the album as an alibi
to flee to Berlin, after a drug-ridden era in USA, around his ‘soul’
album, Young Americas, but I have, unfortunately, heard too much,
before I heard the original, and Epsilon In Malaysian Pale from 2004 is
my Epsilon In Malaysian Pale, I dare say. (March 2007)