It is frustrating to be held hostage in a compilation circus, never seen alike with other bands. Tangerine Dream’s – on the surface – huge productivity, since Edgar Froese launched the first Eastgate release in late 2005, has also been synonymous with countless repeated tracks in a sea of different releases.
The strategy has been to wrap up a few numbers of exclusive, homeless tracks unto single or double disc compilations, only to re-release them a few later with another few new tracks. Und so weiter, und so fort.
The – in the time of writing – two-parted Music For Sports caused a reaction, on Tangerine Dream’s own forum, making use of the word “useless”, which was returned by Eastgate with the slightly self-righteous statement that if useless albums existed in that way of thinking, useless people also existed. And one could just avoid buying this album, instead of moaning – they weren’t aimed at the hardboiled TD fan anyways.
When they refer to other potential markets than their own fans, I become rather sullen, as it’s simply too speculative and arrogant. It’s also pure nonsense.
Music For Sports – Cool Races consists of several tracks you might as well could’ve asked for on other compilations. Eastgate perfectly understands that TD fans collect all their recorded music – and preferably on a physical format, such as a CD.
Therefore I forked out 16 Euros+postage, despite of loud protests, only to acquire those 11 minutes of exclusive music. And I turned out very disappointed.
The Last Goal is a rather dark and thoughtful cut, with nonchalant sequencer and lingering string chords, safely positioning itself in the right side of the ambient highway, without doing any attempt to overtake – to use a Froesesque terminology, more or less.
The First Curve is heard before. At the first listen I could already hum along with the sequencer progression. It has to be a remix – and probably from the impassable Chandra – The Phantom Ferry Part 1.
Musically, this review can be summed up in 78 words, which says a lot about its appeal. I give one point for every new track.
I’m completely indifferent towards the musical quality of the remaining tracks, as they do fit in better in their initial settings. They weren’t meant to pretend sonic tapestry for physical exercise.
No, if you want to hear proper music for sports, you can check out this video clip from "Tim & Eric Awesome Show" with advantage.