My favourite TD-related albums of 2009

reviews - 00'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou søn, december 20, 2009 16:06

1. Picture Palace Music Natatorium (CD-R)
The "lost Tangerine Dream masterpiece" from keyboarder Thorsten Quaeschning and company. A tour-de-force from start to finish. Too perfect to be released on a DIY CD-R.

2. Tangerine Dream Vintage Vanguard (CD)
Tangerine Dream the Jerome Froese way. A stunning collection of outtakes, b-sides, instrumental Inferno and Purgatorio tracks, and more. The announced Dream Mixes 5 can't come soon enough.

3. Johannes Schmoelling A Thousand Times (CD)
An album that lives up to its title. Hard to shake off, and demands numerous listens. A central instrument is the grand piano. Sequencers are used when they have to. But it sounds like Johannes prefers to play whatever he can by hand. So there is a very personal touch to this album, and it includes intelligent hints to TD classics from the 80's.

4. Klaus Schulze La Vie Electronique 2 (3-CD)
With lesser equipment, Klaus Schulze was very creative back in the early seventies. Dark and heavy stuff performed on partly damaged equipment.

5. Klaus Schulze La Vie Electronique 1 (3-CD)
More of the same classic stuff, albeit recorded a bit earlier.

6. Picture Palace Music Curriculum Vitae I (CD)
Includes the mammoth ep Nostalgia, which was Thorsten Quaeschning's magnum opus prior to Natatorium.

7. Tangerine Dream The London Eye Concert 2008 (3-CD)

What a night. TD performs a wonderful set for three hours in front of the most enthusiastic audience I can remember. The download and dvd versions do not do this concert justice. It's the triple-cd you need.

8. Tangerine Dream plays Edgar Froese The Epsilon Journey (2-CD)
Now legendary one-off concert with Edgar Froese solo compositions, on a completely remixed new album. The keyword is 'Journey'.

9. Tangerine Dream Rocking Out The Bats (Download and DVD)
The download and the DVD have their respective advantages, but they both bring back memories of a very special Tangerine Dream concert. The DVD has some fine bonus material as well.

10. Jerome Froese The Speed Of Snow (CD EP)
17 minutes of pure euphony. So-called 'guitartronica'.