Tangerine Dream ‎– Rockoon

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0777 7 88018 2 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) Virgin 0777 7 88018 2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
MPCD 2802 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) Miramar MPCD 2802 US 1992 Sell This Version
662 040 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) Fnac Music 662 040 France 1992 Sell This Version
09006-23013-2 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) Miramar 09006-23013-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
262 440 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) Virgin 262 440 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
ATAC-022, MPCD2802 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) ATOSS, Miramar ATAC-022, MPCD2802 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
ESS CD 976 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) Essential, Castle Communications PLC ESS CD 976 UK 1992 Sell This Version
VR 5020 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album) Volt Records VR 5020 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
CMPCD 2802 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, Club) Miramar CMPCD 2802 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
MPC 2802 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(Cass, Album) Miramar MPC 2802 US 1992 Sell This Version
ESS MC 976 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(Cass, Album) Essential ESS MC 976 UK 1992 Sell This Version
412 440 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(Cass, Album, Dol) Virgin 412 440 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
009006-23013-4 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(Cass, Album, RE) Miramar 009006-23013-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
MG 1898 Tangerine Dreame* Rockoon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1898 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
ESS LP 976 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(LP, Album) Essential ESS LP 976 UK 1992 Sell This Version
212 440 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(LP, Album) Virgin 212 440 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
RK CD 501 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, RE, RM) Editions Atlas RK CD 501 France 1994 Sell This Version
TDI 004CD Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, RE) TDI Music TDI 004CD Europe 1996 Sell This Version
TDI CD017 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, RE) TDI Music TDI CD017 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
CMACD 591 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, RE) Castle Music, Essential CMACD 591 US 2000 Sell This Version
232649 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, RE) Documents, Eastgate 232649 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
ESMCD 403 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, RE) Essential ESMCD 403 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MPCD 2802, 09006-23013-2 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, RE) Miramar, Miramar MPCD 2802, 09006-23013-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Tangerine Dream) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MPCD 2802, ST-500-113 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(CD, Album, Unofficial) Miramar (2), Not On Label (ST 500 Series) MPCD 2802, ST-500-113 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
ES 1019 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Euro Star ES 1019 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
MM-0681 Tangerine Dream Rockoon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Mag Magic MM-0681 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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December 11, 2014
referencing Rockoon, CD, Album, RE, 232649
With the end of Tangerine Dream's contract with Private Music also came the end of Paul Haslinger's time with the band, leaving TD as a duo once again. It took two years for Rockoon (more on that title later) to come out, the longest recording in the group's history at this point.

Continuing the band's gradual evolution, Rockoon expands further on the increasing use of electric guitars found over the Melrose Years albums, with most pieces featuring extensive soloing. What makes Rockoon notable at this point is the use of guest musicians: although Jerome takes the lead on some tracks, much of the lead guitar work is by Zlatko Perica (who would take over as the main guitarist on the album's accompanying tour).

Although the original album was credited to both father and son Froese, it's Jerome who takes writing credit for much of the record on the re-releases (eight, compared to Edgar's three). It is his influence, then, that brings the greatest change in sound. Most of the tracks are based around short, memorable synth riffs, followed by long, repetitive sections which give space for guitar, synth or sax solos. Of these, Big City Dwarves and Touchwood feature the strongest riffs, and the two pieces stand out as highlights among latter day TD works. With this new compositional approach, most of the commercial synth-pop and sweet new age melodies of the band's '80s work (particularly the Haslinger era) is gone, replaced with darker, moody synth sequences that are somewhat informed by more recent trends in electronica. Make no mistake, this is not a dance or contemporary ambient record (many of the lead synths are the same as those used throughout the '80s - and they remain to this day), but the overall sound is much more interesting than very flat digital sheen that plagued the Melrose Years.

One thing the album has in common with those albums is unnecessary length: once again, the group seem incapable of successfully filling an hour without resorting to filler. Lacking the compositional knowledge of either Schmoelling or Haslinger, the repetitive nature of the pieces becomes monotonous; the squealing guitar solos are tiring after the first few tracks; and there's simply not enough variation in the overall sound of the pieces. One of Edgar's contributions, Funky Atlanta, is almost as misguided the title track from Optical Race in its stilted jauntiness. And then there are the titles. If the punning album title, Rockoon, wasn't enough to make you cringe, then the whimsical Big City Dwarves and utter nonsense of Penguin Reference and Body Corporate will certainly make you question quite how much heart has gone into the music itself.

After a rather uninspired end to Haslinger's tenure with Tangerine Dream, Rockoon reignites some of the group's strengths, with a few satisfyingly atmospheric numbers, and a richer, more energetic sound overall, but sadly the album is still distinctly lacking strong musical ideas, and listening to the full 58 minutes can be quite a slog. Although far from the band's worst album, Rockoon was not worth two whole years of recording sessions...