Tangerine Dream ‎– Le Parc

Essential ‎– ESM CD 364, Castle Communications ‎– GAS 0000364ESM ACO, Essential ‎– GAS 0000364ESM ACO
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Robert Kastler is credited for playing 'Trumpets' on track 1.
Originally released in 1985 by Tadream Music Productions
Made in England

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 017615 836424
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrored): IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 4B03
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): ESMCD364 •
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Label Code: LC 6448

Other Versions (5 of 40) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6.26135 BL Tangerine Dream Le Parc(LP, Album) Jive Electro 6.26135 BL Germany 1985 Sell This Version
HIC 26 Tangerine Dream Le Parc(Cass, Album) Jive Electro HIC 26 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
JV 6624 Tangerine Dream Le Parc(LP, Album, RE) Jive Electro JV 6624 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
BB 9891 Tangerine Dream Le Parc(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Billboard BB 9891 Indonesia 1985 Sell This Version
6.26135 AP Tangerine Dream Le Parc(LP, Album) Jive Electro 6.26135 AP Germany 1985 Sell This Version



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December 11, 2014
Le Parc is the last album Johannes Schmoelling recorded with Tangerine Dream, having been a driving factor in the band's move from symphonic progressive electronic rock to new age synth-pop. In many ways, it epitomises that change perfectly, consisting of nine short numbers, largely led by catchy melodies. The pieces are so tightly structured as to remove almost all chance for the kind of improvisation that drove the band's music up to this point.

That first paragraph is very much a warning: this is a new Tangerine Dream; it also serves to explain why Poland is used as a cut-off point for many fans. Nevertheless, for those who enjoy poppier electronic music (Jean Michel Jarre would be a good comparison for much of this album), Le Parc comes highly recommended. Many of the pieces are written using a verse-chorus structure, such as the fun, bouncy Central Park, and the sentimental ballad Tiergarten. The title track is so catchy it should fall into the category of hit singles that never were. The concept of each piece being inspired by a park around the world fits the warmer, more 'human' feel to the music, as opposed to the more cosmic sounds of even their recent past.

In line with the rest of the albums from the Schmoelling era, Le Parc is a varied record, and not everything is a simple pop song. The moody Zen Garden is the probably the band's most truly 'ambient' sounding piece, with a gentle field recording and sparse Eastern sounding instrumentation; Gaudi Park is the most traditional TD sounding piece, reminiscent of 1983's Sphinx Lightning.

Like many, I was put off by the sound of Le Parc at first, but over time I've grown to appreciate how well written it is - if these weren't instrumentals, there'd probably be some '80s pop classics on here. As it is, the album has become one of my favourite Tangerine Dream records, and I recommend giving it a chance.