Tangerine Dream ‎– Optical Race

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Tracklist

Marakesh 8:20
Atlas Eyes 4:04
Mothers Of Rain 5:14
Twin Soul Tribe 4:40
Optical Race 3:14
Cat Scan 5:38
Sun Gate 4:46
Turning Off The Wheel 6:14
The Midnight Trail 5:53
Ghazal (Love Song) 5:09

Versions (28)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2042-1-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Private Music 2042-1-P Germany 1988 Sell This Version
2042-2-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album) Private Music 2042-2-P US 1988 Sell This Version
VPK1 6803 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(Cass, Album) Private Music, Arista VPK1 6803 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
2042-4-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(Cass, Album) Private Music 2042-4-P US 1988 Sell This Version
409 557 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(Cass, Album) Private Music 409 557 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
RCLP 70142, 209 557, 701.42 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) RCA Victor, Private Music, Private Music RCLP 70142, 209 557, 701.42 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
VPL1 6803 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Private Music VPL1 6803 Australasia 1988 Sell This Version
2042-1-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Private Music 2042-1-P US 1988 Sell This Version
LAP 008 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Private Music LAP 008 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
2042-1-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Private Music 2042-1-P Canada 1988 Sell This Version
209 557, 209 557-8 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album, RE) Private Music, Private Music 209 557, 209 557-8 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
VPCD 6803 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album) Private Music VPCD 6803 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
259 557 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album) Private Music 259 557 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
R32P-1189 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album) Private Music R32P-1189 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
R32P-1189 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album, Promo) Private Music R32P-1189 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
139010 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(Cass, Album) Private Music 139010 Chile 1989 Sell This Version
102-43004 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Private Music 102-43004 Venezuela 1989 Sell This Version
SPPR-002, 2042-1-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Seoul Records, Private Music SPPR-002, 2042-1-P South Korea 1989 Sell This Version
209 557, 209 557-8 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album, RE) Private Music, Private Music 209 557, 209 557-8 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
209 557 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(LP, Album) Private Music 209 557 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
NM016 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album, Club) Ediciones Del Prado, Private Music NM016 Spain 1995 Sell This Version
none Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album, Unofficial) Спюрк none Russia 1996 Sell This Version
232615 Tangerine Dream Optical Race 2005(CD, Album) Eastgate, Documents 232615 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
IECP-10194 Tangerine Dream Optical Race 2005(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Car) Eastgate, WHD Entertainment, Inc. IECP-10194 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
259 557 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album, Unofficial) Private Music (5) 259 557 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
2042-2-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album, RE) Private Music 2042-2-P US Unknown Sell This Version
2042-2-P Tangerine Dream Optical Race(CD, Album, RE) Private Music 2042-2-P US Unknown Sell This Version
EN-2747 Tangerine Dream Optical Race(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Thomsun Original EN-2747 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version

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Dr_Berty

Dr_Berty

May 11, 2019
referencing Optical Race, LP, Album, 2042-1-P
The criticisms of this album are valid -- the MIDI programming definitely stiffens it up at bit, especially in comparison to older TD. But I guarantee that if this had been released as a video game soundtrack in this era, it would be hailed as one of the greatest of all time. Sometime, we just have to re-imagine things as slightly different.
christham

christham

July 7, 2018
referencing Optical Race, LP, Album, 2042-1-P

My favourite from the Melrose Years, this is the first album after Chris Franke left and replaced by Paul Haslinger. I used to listen to this album all day long, putting the CD in repeat disc mode and just couldn't get enough of it. Paul brings a more contemporary sound to the band, and the album was also mostly laid down on a MIDI sequencer so sound a big more rhythmic and robotic but the melodies and the arrangements make up for it.
bullfinchart

bullfinchart

December 11, 2014
referencing Optical Race, CD, Album, 2042-2-P
With the departure of Chris Franke (and all of his lovely gear), 1988 saw Tangerine Dream reduced to the duo of Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger. Possibly due to the loss of Franke's considerable studio stash, Optical Race is the first TD album to be largely programmed on computer. And it shows. The music is startlingly more rigid than it has been on any past release by the group, held together by tight, computery beats. The sequences have lost all sense of flow and instead pummel away much like the beats themselves. And Optical Race begins the 'Melrose Years', which are notorious for their incredibly dated sound (indeed, even their contemporaries in the pop and dance worlds were using richer sounds than this at the time).

All negativity aside, the album is mercifully saved by a collection of the band's strongest pop melodies. If the production is shocking at first, after a few listens it's easy to hear past. Dramatic opener Marrakesh, with its middle eastern melodies, actually benefits from the tight programming, with wildly changing tempo and timing throughout the piece. It's a bracing start to the record, and is followed by the similarly energetic Atlas Eyes.

Much of the rest of the album is taken up by sentimental sounding pieces, showing a more tender side to the group that had only previously been hinted at (most obviously on Le Parc). Mothers of Rain, Sun Gate and Ghazal all feature very pretty melodies that are interestingly arranged. Turning Off the Wheel is the only real concession to the band's history, with a repeating synth sequence that is joined by a backing that builds in suspense as the piece moves forward.

Not all here is of such quality, however. The Midnight Trail and Twin Soul Tribe more closely resemble backing tracks, waiting for either a lead melody or vocals to complete them. Worse still, the title track is the band's poppiest piece to date, to such an extent that it ends up sounding more like the theme for a second rate late '80s game show.

Optical Race is not a particularly original or forward-thinking album, nor is it recommended for listeners who aren't already familiar with much of Tangerine Dream's 1980s output. It is, however, a largely solid collection of melodic electronic pieces which are often pretty and charming. If you've made it this far into their back catalogue, it's definitely worth a go.