Tangerine Dream ‎– Ultima Thule

Purple Pyramid ‎– CLO 0299
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Clear Vinyl


Compilation of Early Tangerine Dream.
A1, 2 taken from The Ones (2) - Lady Greengrass
A3 taken from Various - Ossiach Live
A4, 5 taken from Tangerine Dream - Ultima Thule
B2 taken from Various - V

- Screen-printed clear jacket
- Insert
- Clear vinyl

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0889466029912 Tangerine Dream Ultima Thule(LP, Comp, RE) Purple Pyramid 0889466029912 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
CLO 0299 Tangerine Dream Ultima Thule(CD, Comp) Purple Pyramid CLO 0299 US 2016 Sell This Version


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January 3, 2018
To me, this is a real treat. For one thing I finally get to hear the only single put out by The Ones, released in 1967 by Star Club. This can be dismissed, but I saw it as having a lot of potential given the complete lack of a psychedelic scene of its own in Germany. I actually enjoyed these more than I expected, but I wasn't expecting even proto-Krautrock here. There's an R&B influence to be had particularly on "Love of Mine" that gets me thinking of The Animals down to Alan Price-like organ and Eric Burdon-like vocals. Then we finally get into the serious stuff, the actual Tangerine Dream material. "Oscillator Planet Concert" dates from 1971 and you can already see the direction the band was heading in Zeit. Then you get both sides of the now-impossible to find "Ultima Thule" single (I seriously doubt Ohr pressed more than a couple hundred copies as originals never show up). This had a much more rock approach, sort of like how this group might have ended up had they continued the approach of Electronic Meditation. The Mellotron makes it's first appearance on a TD recording. The first part is basically a rock version of "Fly & Collision of Coma Solis" from Alpha Centauri. "Asteroid Agenda" sounds like a different version of the title track to Zeit with new sound effects, still creating that wonderful eerie atmosphere I love of Zeit to begin with. "Overture" sounds like an Aqua outtake, which I don't doubt as this dates from 1974 but you can tell it wouldn't fit on Aqua or Phaedra. To me this is a great piece of the early Tangerine Dream puzzle, plus you get the super rare "Ultima Thule", the historic single from The Ones, and never before released material every bit as good as the stuff that made it to record.


April 16, 2017

The Ones are disposable period nonsense, but the rest of this album is crucial to a full understanding of the band's genesis.