Tangerine Dream ‎– Tangram

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V 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin V 2147 UK 1980 Sell This Version
TCV 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass) Virgin TCV 2147 UK 1980 Sell This Version
OVEDC 112 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass) Virgin International OVEDC 112 US 1980 Sell This Version
VIC 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass) Virgin International VIC 2147 US 1980 Sell This Version
VL 2205 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass, Album) Virgin VL 2205 UK 1980 Sell This Version
402169 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass, Album) Virgin 402169 France 1980 Sell This Version
D-402.169 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass, Album) Virgin D-402.169 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
VIL 12154 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP) Virgin VIL 12154 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
202 169, 202 169-320 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 202 169, 202 169-320 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
202 169 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin 202 169 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
202169 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin 202169 France 1980 Sell This Version
202.169, 202 169 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 202.169, 202 169 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
vi2147, VI 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin International, Virgin International vi2147, VI 2147 US 1980 Sell This Version
V 2147, v2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2147, v2147 Finland 1980 Sell This Version
V V 33054 Y Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin V V 33054 Y Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
I-202169 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin I-202169 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
2473 756 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 756 France 1980 Sell This Version
202 169-320 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin 202 169-320 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
2473 756 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin, PolyGram 2473 756 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
BAN V 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin BAN V 2147 Israel 1980 Sell This Version
v2147, V2147, V 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin v2147, V2147, V 2147 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
V 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin V 2147 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6957 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin VIP-6957 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
VL 2205 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin VL 2205 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6957 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin VIP-6957 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
L 37268, V 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin L 37268, V 2147 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
VL 2205 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album) Virgin VL 2205 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
CDV 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, Blu) Virgin CDV 2147 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CDV 2147 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, Red) Virgin CDV 2147 UK 1985 Sell This Version
OVED 112 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, RE) Virgin OVED 112 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
OVED 112 Tangerine Dream Tangram(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 112 UK 1988 Sell This Version
VJCP-2519 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin VJCP-2519 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-2519 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin Japan VJCP-2519 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
CAROL 1805-2 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE, RM) Caroline Records, Tangerine Dream Definitive Edition CAROL 1805-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin Music Canada 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
TAND 11, 7423 8 40263 2 5, 7423 8 40263 25 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Tangerine Dream Definitive Edition TAND 11, 7423 8 40263 2 5, 7423 8 40263 25 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
UL 98411 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, Unofficial) Спюрк UL 98411 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
CAROL 1805-2 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1805-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 Tangerine Dream Tangram(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Tangerine Dream Definitive Edition TAND 11, 7243 8 40263 2 5, 7243 8 40263 25 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMD 8212 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass, Unofficial) IMD (2) IMD 8212 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
P-3074 Tangerine Dream Tangram(Cass, Unofficial) IMD (2) P-3074 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version

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christham

christham

July 7, 2018
referencing Tangram, LP, Album, V 2147

My favourite Tangerine Dream album - this is the perfect combination of soaring melodies, pulsating rhythms and atmospheric pads. I bought the album new, but it was remaindered stock with a notch cut on the top right of the cover. Mine is a US pressing -wish I could get a German pressing of this classic album!
simmo506

simmo506

March 20, 2018
referencing Tangram, LP, Album, V 2147
A CLASSIC album from THE classic line up of Froese, Franke and Schmoelling. Everything went down hill from this line up, a MUST have in the TD catalogue.
stspmonger1

stspmonger1

March 6, 2018
referencing Tangram, LP, Album, V 2147
5 minutes in, it's almost like a marching band
I LOVE IT
stspmonger1

stspmonger1

March 6, 2018
referencing Tangram, LP, Album, V 2147
i just can't listen to the first 5 minutes of this song without doing a silly little dance. it's just so cheerful!
bullfinchart

bullfinchart

December 10, 2014
referencing Tangram, CD, Album, RE, RM, TAND 11, 7423 8 40263 2 5, 7423 8 40263 25

Much like Stratosfear before it in 1976, Tangram is very much a transitional album, the halfway point between one era and the next. That is not to say anything of its quality; rather it is a comment on its unusual style. If Stratosfear was the point when the band edged away from Berlin School to progressive rock, then Tangram is the move from prog to the new age / synthpop blend they would perfect in the 1980s. Although the arrival of Johannes Schmoelling as a permanent third member, and the procurement of digital gear give the album a fresh, new sound, structurally the two pieces on the album are very similar to the title track of Force Majeure: strong melodic anthemic sections joined by short sections of synth noise.

Looking past the shiny surface the 1980s and all its new kit brought, the most obvious difference found here is in Schmoelling's compositional approach. In joining the band, he pushed Froese and Franke to expand their musical style, clear from the very start of the album. Gone are the moody, sinister elements of previous albums, replaced by more richly emotional melodies. The opening section, with its tentative sequence and strident electric piano chords is bittersweet; the following movement sees the band sounding broad and optimistic for the first time in their career.

Over the course of the album's two side-long pieces (the last time the group would take this approach for a studio record), energetic sequences alternate with hushed, relaxed sections, such as the beautiful piano break around nine minutes into Set One. Throughout, the mood is jubilant, or melancholic, or bittersweet, but never bleak or foreboding. Indeed, TD had left behind their previous contemporaries of krautrock and prog groups, and sounded more like Jean Michel Jarre and even Vangelis.

Deep down, however, this is still a Tangerine Dream record. The pieces flow as well as any other extended tracks, and the composition is sublime. If the 1980s is considered an era where the group lost their edge a little, this album is certainly not one of those records. At every point the music is rich, beautiful and vibrant. Whilst some of the sounds are rooted very much in 1980, a lot of the album sounds strikingly contemporary (as evidenced by its 2008 re-work by Edgar: hardly a career highlight, yet the material works surprisingly well with a dance beat behind it).

Tangram is one of the few TD albums I can put on pretty much regardless of mood, and probably the one album of theirs that moves me the most. A beautiful 40 minutes of music, and highly recommend to anybody exploring the band.