Best TD compilation ever.

reviews - 80'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou fre, december 02, 2011 20:02

The best Tangerine Dream compilation is still Dream Sequence. I bought it originally on a home recorded Denon tape, with an incredibly nice dynamic range (you'd be surprised, when listening to it on my Panasonic walkman). In the same charity shop, I one month later found the almost pristine triple LP set (along with Flashpoint), probably the source of the tape. That was in 2002/3.

In 2009 I bought the original Virgin double-CD in a now closed Copenhagen record shop, called GUF. The re-issue from 2000, I recently found for a few Euros in Musikpalast, Flensburg. The double MC version appeared last month on eBay, and I simply couldn't resist.

Dream Sequence
is the best way to introduce a newcomer to TD. When I bought the Denon tape, there was also a Metal cassette of Poland, a vibrant recording of Underwater Sunlight and even Encore. But having Rubycon, closely followed by Ricochet and Stratosfear, bought on LP, the missing link was that mentioned compilation.

Whatever version you get, you will also notice the somewhat increased sound quality. Dream Sequence is the best introduction to TD...unless you buy a copy of Rubycon, in the same state of ignorance as I did in 2002, thinking music couldn't develop any further.

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Poland, 2011 re-issue.

reviews - 80'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou tir, juli 12, 2011 18:53

A classic TD double album re-released in in its entirety is always welcome, but I have one reservation.

Once again, I'm not impressed with what Esoteric do with the sound on their "remasters". This time I'm refering to the Poland re-relase. I have compared it with the CDR I have of one of the previous 2-CD editions of the album. It is not that it is undetailed, loud or has glitches (like Ride On The Ray), but the sound in comparison is rather murky! They would have been better off by simply just copying the original discs. Remastering in itself is not a stamp of quality. And certainly not this time.

However, it is not nearly as loud as the single disc version from 2003, which was the most recent, and common re-release. That is an improvement. And it is complete!

As a physical product it does stand out as something extraordinary. A very well written and well researched essay, archival material and more, does make this, the version to go for, if you won't pay unreasonably high sums on ebay, for the original 2-CD. But the best sound, you will still find on the double LP, and that shouldn't cost you a fortune.

I have the Zeit box on order, and I'm very curious about how they handled the sound that time. Release date is set for July 18.

10/10 for the music, 10/10 for the presentation, 7/10 for the sound quality.

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reviews - 80'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou fre, december 18, 2009 21:10

MOJO magazine, circa 1996.

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reviews - 80'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou lør, juni 13, 2009 14:16
PRODUCERS: Tangerine Dream, David Tickle, Rhett Davies, Bryan Ferry.
MCA MCA-6165

Package from director Ridley ("Alien") Scott's fantasy caps a moody Tangerine Dream score with two vocal tracks. Best is Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough," already pulled as a single.

Billboard, 19th April 1986, page 84

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Le Parc

reviews - 80'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou lør, juni 13, 2009 13:21
Le Parc
PRODUCERS: Chris Franke, Edgar Froese, Johannes Schmoelling
Relativity EMC 8043

German techno-space rock-trio's first studio album released in the U.S. in five years features strongly melodic tunes, heavy on the synths. Each track represents a different geographic locale, from Paris to Sydney, to Yellowstone Park. Still sounds like a soundtrack, though.

Billboard, 21st September 1985, page 63

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