Tangerine Dream

Founded by the late Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream is perhaps the premier exponent of "electronic rock" music of the "Berlin School". From their "free-rock" beginnings in the nascent "krautrock" scene to the eventual synthesizer-based trio which signed to Virgin, this German group can take significant credit in introducing synthesizer/sequenced electronic music to most of the Western rock world. At the height of their success - during the mid to late 1970s - the Dream's spacey, pulsing music earned them a tenacious cult following. By the late Seventies, however, line-ups, and more importantly, the formula changed, tilting towards more conventional "rock" music. By the early 1980s, TD was primarily releasing influential soundtrack work, before settling into New Age content by mid-decade.

Formed in Berlin in 1967, the initial line up (on their first release Electronic Meditation) included Edgar Froese, Conrad Schnitzler (cello) and Klaus Schulze (drums). Their compositions, or rather experimental improvisations, had roots in the psychedelia of London albeit with the "krautrock" twist. Electronic Meditation is perhaps a misnomer; traditional instrumentation of organ, drums, guitar, cello, flute were hardly electronic and "freak out jamming" is the more appropriate adjective, reflecting the confluence of Twentieth Century avant-garde music. Both Schnitzler and Schulze would depart after this album, with the latter forming Ash Ra Tempel and going on to become the other major proponent of the "Berlin School". Second album, Alpha Centauri, saw the addition of long-standing member Christopher Franke replacing Schulze, while Peter Baumann would come aboard for Zeit. Although unissued until the mid-1980s, Green Desert was recorded in 1973. The core of Froese, Franke and Baumann would sign to Virgin Records in 1973, and the subsequent release Phaedra would cement their style for years to come. Understated, droning keyboard and guitar melodies intertwined with ambient washes of reverberating electronic textures, utilizing synthesizers and sequencers, was typical of the TD sound. Compositions were long, melodic, pulsing pieces. Michael Hoenig temporarily replaced Baumann for an Australian tour in 1975. One highlight of the Virgin period was Sorcerer, a soundtrack to the film of the same name. After Baumann's departure in 1978, TD experimented with the formula on Cyclone, which saw the addition of Steve Jolliffe, adding vocals and woodwinds and Klaus Krüger on drums. Force Majeure was the classic of this period. Johannes Schmölling would join for Tangram. This line-up remained stable until the mid-1980s, as the group shifted toward more rhythmic textures. The increased emphasis on sequencers and rhythm in the first half of the 1980s divided fans, as did subsequent releases which veered heavily into relatively accessible, uplifting melodies.

After a brief stint with Jive Records from 1984 to 1988, TD signed to Baumann's Private Music label and then the equally New Agey Miramar, fully embracing digital textures and seeking to distance the group from its moody, psychedelic past. Paul Haslinger replaced Schmölling in 1985, and was in turn replaced by Froese's son Jerome Froese in 1990. Franke left in 1987 over creative differences with Froese. After a mid-1990s move to Edgar Froese's own TDI Music label (later renamed Eastgate), TD's reputation as a New Age band became less appropriate - father and son experimented with more modern sounds and revisited elements of past glories - but the group's artist direction remained fairly entrenched in melodic pop-rock territory, with an increased use of acoustic instruments, particularly on stage. With Edgar Froese's death in 2015, the band continues, but with none of its original members.


Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation album art Tangerine Dream Electronic Meditation (Album) Ohr, Ohr Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri album art Tangerine Dream Alpha Centauri (Album, Single) Ohr, Ohr Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Zeit album art Tangerine Dream Zeit (Album) Ohr, Ohr Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Atem album art Tangerine Dream Atem (Album) Ohr, Ohr New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra album art Tangerine Dream Phaedra (Album) Virgin UK 1974 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Ricochet album art Tangerine Dream Ricochet (Album) Virgin, Virgin Taiwan 1975 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Rubycon album art Tangerine Dream Rubycon (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1975 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear album art Tangerine Dream Stratosfear (Album) Virgin Israel 1976 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Encore album art Tangerine Dream Encore (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1977 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Sorcerer" album art Tangerine Dream Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Sorcerer" (Album) MCA Records France 1977 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Cyclone album art Tangerine Dream Cyclone (Album) Virgin Spain 1978 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure album art Tangerine Dream Force Majeure (Album) Virgin, Virgin Japan 1979 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Tangram album art Tangerine Dream Tangram (Album) Virgin Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Thief album art Tangerine Dream Thief (Album) Virgin Taiwan 1981 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Quichotte album art Tangerine Dream Quichotte (Album) AMIGA German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1981 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Exit album art Tangerine Dream Exit (Album) Virgin, Virgin Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Logos Live album art Tangerine Dream Logos Live (Album) Virgin France 1982 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - White Eagle album art Tangerine Dream White Eagle (Album) Virgin Finland 1982 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Wavelength (Original Soundtrack) album art Tangerine Dream Wavelength (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande, Varèse Sarabande US 1983 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea album art Tangerine Dream Hyperborea (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Firestarter (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Tangerine Dream Firestarter (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) MCA Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Poland (The Warsaw Concert) album art Tangerine Dream Poland (The Warsaw Concert) (Album) Jive Electro UK 1984 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Flashpoint (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Tangerine Dream Flashpoint (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) EMI America Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Heartbreakers (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Tangerine Dream Heartbreakers (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Virgin, Virgin Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Tangerine Dream - Le Parc album art Tangerine Dream Le Parc (Album) Jive Electro, Jive Electro Japan 1985 Sell This Version

Reviews Show All 29 Reviews

Add Review



May 11, 2020
The band names read like they were on the same ship as Hawkwind, an ever revolving door. Thought they had lost it when Peter Baumann left, but they certainly evolved well. The current line-up Hoshiko Yamane, Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss is the most TD of them all since 76.


November 24, 2019
edited 8 months ago
The music made by the line-up Hoshiko Yamane, Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss belongs to the best ever released under the name Tangerine Dream.


March 2, 2019
to review this electro/pysch/abient/new age german based group is hard, i'll start with my fav TD album (at the moment) i'll say Phaedra. not that im comparing them to any other album, cause they all carry a different mood.

lets just say if you have never heard of them. they are IT, the beginning, who have opened the doors to other pioneers such as Jean-Michel Jarre & Vangelis.

this coming from a person who wasnt even around in the 70's.

enjoy TD


April 14, 2018
For anyone that has watched the Revolution of Sound documentary about Froese / TD...you were no doubt excited by the master tapes being found of the unreleased collaborative album between TD and Timothy Leary!

Any chance this music will ever see the light of day? Is there any word it could ever be released? I feel like (hold out hope at least!) they wouldn’t have shown that in the film if there weren’t plans for releasing it somehow in the future.

Can you imagine the excitement behind unreleased TD albums from that era?!


April 20, 2017
to me Cyclone is a masterpiece and my fave TD album, yet it gets very little credit from most fans who seem to prefer the much less melodic releases , just goes to show you cant rely on other peoples opinions on whats a good album and what isnt, if i was to listen to other peoples reviews and thoughts on Cyclone i would never have purchased this amazing album


March 28, 2016
Well the best band ever. Particulary like them most between 1973-1988 but some good music was created before 1973 and after that as well. Phaedra, richochet, Encorer, sorcerer, Force majeure, exit, white eagle, logos, firestarter, wavelength, flaspoint, poland, le Parc, underwater sunlight, near dark and the park is mine are especially appreciated by me. Johannes Schmölling and Cristopher Franke added something special to the band that Edgar Froese couldn't do by himself.


November 2, 2015
One of my favorite bands which I've followed since John Peel started playing them. I bought everything as it came out and got all the pre Phaedra albums as imports. I've always thought them best live and fondly remember the first time I "saw" them at the Royal Albert Hall and was amazed at how loud they were (I'd never thought to play the albums loudly and still rarely do so) and how they made the music move through the air. I eventually found the Tangerine Tree Project and have all the Trees and Leaves (excepting Leaves Volume 32: Quebec, so if anyone has it on mp3/FLAC can they email me a copy at vorrn707@gmail.com) and recommend these as the best way to hear early TD. My collection continues to grow and I can't wait to hear them post Edgar - RIP - and I suspect that there is a goodly collection of unreleased items awaiting mastering mixing and release. Although their music evolved as the electronic industry evolved, I like it all, but listening to them live is best. Vorrn


January 24, 2015
R.I.P. Edgar Froese


December 3, 2014
It's seemingly impossible to discuss TD without comparing eras, although this is occasionally a little unfair, especially given that there aren't many straight cut changes between them.

Like many (possibly most), I hold the Virgin albums in highest esteem, particularly Phaedra, Rubycon, Tangram and Hyperborea. Over their ten years signed to Virgin, their stylistic progression was incredible: something which slowed down considerably shortly after they left. The rest of the '80s saw them ironing out the remaining kinks into the heavily streamlined, poppy sound found throughout the Froese/Haslinger lineup. These albums are much maligned by some, and although they are almost embarrassingly dated in their production, there are plenty of strong compositions waiting under the surface of rigid MIDI programming and harsh FM synths.

The band sort of washed ashore at this point, most tellingly by the fact that Edgar is still using the same synth sounds to this day. Plenty of modern TD pieces could be little more than remastered Haslinger-era tracks. Be it the heavy use of live instrumentation in the '90s, or the 'throw enough shit and some of it'll stick' approach to the modern heavy release schedule, there have been different attempts at hiding the staleness over the past twenty-odd years, although most see through them. There exists a modest sized fanbase who excitedly await everything put out under the TD name (a considerable proportion of the 'Eastgate Years' output is Edgar solo material) and seem to enjoy it, but the general consensus tends to be that although great tracks exist, they are few and far between. Personally, I stick to the Booster releases these days, which give a good representation of the various products and are the nearest thing to the 'an album every year or two' format Edgar would have been wise sticking to.


January 9, 2014
It's fair to say that TD have covered several different styles so you will always have either ones who like or dislike certain periods or just complete anoraks who must have everything and must know everything! It's simple, find what you like and enjoy it ;)

Lists Add to List

View More Lists →

Videos (121) Edit