I swapped 150 volumes of Donald Duck to get Zeit on double vinyl. It was shortly after my crush on Rubycon, and I regretted it, because I thought the album was horrible. I waited in vain for something drastic to happen, as the two records almost had no development, whatsoever. Today, I have forgotten how Donald Duck looks, as Zeit is an album, which has it's qualities in the minimalism. It's a sublime album for meditational relaxation, so a cd version comes in very handy as well.
Zeit has the subtitle "Largo In Four Movements". Largo means a "wide, slow tempo", which perfectly illustrates the "music".
Zeit is very long, and can be a hard album to complete, especially because not all tracks are equally good, although they stylistically are identical!
I can attach my entire vocabulary of positive superlatives to side 1, Birth Of The Liquid Plejades. (Inside telegram: "Sorry BigMoog stop I have not enough server space to put them all here stop")
The cello quartet intro is creepy. The track changes it's character at the seven minute mark, and they leave space for the moog displays, courtesy of Florian Fricke (R.I.P.) of Popul Vuh fame.
Speaking of the moog - it was a gigantic, rather clumsy instrument, with some fantastic sounds, that later would become the TD trademark.
Side two, Nebulous Dawn is hardly charactizable, but still magnificent, as it contains many weird and scary noises. Among other things, there is foghorns, helicopters and a VCS3 dropped into a boiling jacuzzi.
Side three: Origin Of Supernatural Probabilities starts with some calm guitar playing from the hands of Edgar Froese. It sounds very muddy and distant. But that also characterizes the rest of the entire album. It sounds as if it's your neighbour who's playing it, because of it's organic nature and deep bass. Have you heard Zeit properly, you might have blown up some speaker membrans.
A pulsating synthesizer lurks in the background of this bass driven opus, which might be very appealing to the deaf. A slight comfort if I should lose my most precious sense.
If you chose to put on side four, you'll get the title track, and definitely the worst moments of the album. I think Tangerine Dream has proven their point after the first three sides.
Zeit is an odd aquaintance, and what you might call proto ambient, from a time when the inventor of the word, Brian Eno only just had released his first album with flamboyant art-rockers, Roxy Music.
It must have drawn a lot of attention, especially because it was a double lp, completely devoided from drums or rhythms.
Zeit is the first album to include the legendary line-up of Edgar Froese, Chris Franke og Peter Baumann. A trio that delivered the finest pieces of musical art in the seventies.
Approapriately, Tangerine Dream has appointed Zeit to be the most uncommercial album in rock history. Jerome Froese, son of Edgar, who joined the band i 1989, calls it TD's worst album!
I don't share that view with him, as it is a brilliant double album, although it's very, very long.