Tangerine Dream

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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- and sequencer-based 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 artistic 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.
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EOP-80618 Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation album art Tangerine Dream Electronic Meditation (Album) Ohr, Ohr EOP-80618 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
EOP-80479 Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri album art Tangerine Dream Alpha Centauri (Album, Single, EP) Ohr, Ohr EOP-80479 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
OMM 2/56021, OMM 2/56.021 Tangerine Dream - Zeit album art Tangerine Dream Zeit (Album) Ohr, Ohr OMM 2/56021, OMM 2/56.021 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
2383 297 Tangerine Dream - Atem album art Tangerine Dream Atem (Album) Ohr, Ohr 2383 297 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
4 840 030 Tangerine Dream - Phaedra album art Tangerine Dream Phaedra (Album) Virgin 4 840 030 France 1973 Sell This Version
2933 718 Tangerine Dream - Ricochet album art Tangerine Dream Ricochet (Album) Virgin, Virgin 2933 718 France 1975 Sell This Version
8XV2025 Tangerine Dream - Rubycon album art Tangerine Dream Rubycon (Album) Virgin, Virgin 8XV2025 UK 1975 Sell This Version
C 36052 Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear album art Tangerine Dream Stratosfear (Album) Virgin, Virgin C 36052 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
TCVD 2506 Tangerine Dream - Encore album art Tangerine Dream Encore (Album) Virgin TCVD 2506 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
4.414 012 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 4.414 012 France 1977 Sell This Version
V 2097 Tangerine Dream - Cyclone album art Tangerine Dream Cyclone (Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2097 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-6932 Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure album art Tangerine Dream Force Majeure (Album) Virgin VIP-6932 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
VIP-6957 Tangerine Dream - Tangram album art Tangerine Dream Tangram (Album) Virgin, Virgin VIP-6957 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
V 2198 Tangerine Dream - Thief album art Tangerine Dream Thief (Album) Virgin V 2198 Taiwan 1981 Sell This Version
055 819 Tangerine Dream - Tangerine Dream album art Tangerine Dream Tangerine Dream (Album) AMIGA 055 819 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1981 Sell This Version
VIP-6983 Tangerine Dream - Exit album art Tangerine Dream Exit (Album) Virgin, Virgin VIP-6983 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
70 100 Tangerine Dream - Logos Live album art Tangerine Dream Logos Live (Album) Virgin 70 100 France 1982 Sell This Version
V2226 Tangerine Dream - White Eagle album art Tangerine Dream White Eagle (Album) Virgin V2226 Finland 1982 Sell This Version
VCD 47223 Tangerine Dream - Wavelength (Original Soundtrack) album art Tangerine Dream Wavelength (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VCD 47223 US 1983 Sell This Version
TCV 2292 Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea album art Tangerine Dream Hyperborea (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TCV 2292 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
MCFC 3233 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 MCFC 3233 UK 1984 Sell This Version
HIP X 22 Tangerine Dream - Poland (The Warsaw Concert) album art Tangerine Dream Poland (The Warsaw Concert) (Album) Jive Electro HIP X 22 UK 1984 Sell This Version
HMI MC 29 Tangerine Dream - Flashpoint (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Tangerine Dream Flashpoint (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) EMI America, EMI America, EMI America HMI MC 29 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
207 212, 207 212-620 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 207 212, 207 212-620 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
656.070 Tangerine Dream - Le Parc album art Tangerine Dream Le Parc (Album) Jive Electro 656.070 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version

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Yumegawa

Yumegawa

June 28, 2022
Edgar hated the "New Age" label but that's really what they became in later years. [2]

Exactly. The last TD album that truly deserves to be listened to is Stratosfear (or I might go as far as Cyclone). Everything after that is self-parodying garbage. They became terminally irrelevant after 1980. A sad thing, but their first 4-5-6 albums are in and out masterpieces. They were a crucial band in the 70's. After that, well...
SensitiveCat

SensitiveCat

May 26, 2022
TD lost their visionary when Edgar passed away. They really should call it a day. It's all about money today not creativity. They originally had a psychedelic sound with Chris & Peter while Johannes subsequently contributed much in their evolution. I also appreciated Linda Spa's unique presence. Edgar hated the "New Age" label but that's really what they became in later years.
Ambient-ghostly-owl

Ambient-ghostly-owl

May 19, 2022
edited about 1 month ago
Disagree with JorgAusfelt changing TD's profile Image,, The Original Tangerine Dream members should be at the forefront.. The pioneers,, especially at their peek in my opinion 1977 - 1985, After Edgar Froese departure TD should be brought to a conclusion, dissolved, unless otherwise Johannes Schmölling & Chris Franke unite. This latest reincarnation is far from the Tangerine Dream we expect, Started to lose interest after Johannes Schmölling left in 85, Since then it's been on a slow spiral downwards, this present line-up.. Tediously boring, monotonous, unimaginative,
JorgAusfelt

JorgAusfelt

May 13, 2022
The Scandinavian leg of their current tour is cancelled "due to the corona virus" all of a sudden, although the gigs haven't been on their site for at least 5-6 weeks...fortunately, I have a ticket for their Amsterdam June 2 show (and I'm on the list for the mini concert at Biancas exhibition there the following day).
bytor101

bytor101

January 16, 2022
i guess the new band would have dropped the name had it been edgars wish, but i think within the quantum transistion period, he overseen the continuing atmospheric music tangerine dream is known for passing it on to safe ...and musical gifted hands in thorsten, ulrich and hoshiko. i am geniuely excited by what i hear of the new album..raum
klangerin

klangerin

March 4, 2021
edited about 1 year ago
For me, Tangerine Dream is a melodious, pulsating entity, its creative outpour streaming into this world through the various incarnations of the band. Each lineup was/is attuned to a particular style, shaped by available technology, musical and inner values, the zeitgeist, and their personal chemistry as a group. Compositions which flowed out during a certain epoch are of a different nature from others crafted years later. Inspiration grows and wanes in seasonal cycles, and this is no exception. TD found themselves several times on an orbit far away from their muse. And returned.
True, Edgar Froese was able to impulse and sustain the vision through highs and lows, he believed in it, and for many he embodied the very idea of Tangerine Dream. He is gone, but he passed on the flame to Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss & Hoshiko Yamane, as it was his wish & will. Their recent 'Quantum Years' output testimonies a renewed & powerful creativity (regardless of whatever tantrums some people throw on their assumption that they know better than Edgar...)
The current lineup is Tangerine Dream for sure, but no longer TD as we knew it or as we expect it to be...
Been a fan since 1976, and believe me, I'm entranced by their new albums. Why? Because they open an ample, vibrant space for imagination, as they always had. Most grateful for that.
dianasnoodles69

dianasnoodles69

December 30, 2020
A shoestring Tangerine Dream, recording a 97-minute track titled “Last Man On Earth” and experimenting with computerized systems for random lyric generation. Even after shifting towards short songs and tunefulness, their first two albums for Virgin – Reproduction and Travelogue – had a geeky science-fiction-fan air that promised “cult group” status at best.
24db

24db

December 27, 2020
Still the best electronic music band going, never bettered. The Quantum Years are a real return to form, with the band finally selling out venues and their albums receiving the critical success they deserve.
humanracer

humanracer

November 1, 2020
For Tangerine Dream, only the first three eras are worth bothering about:
'The Pink Years' 1970 - 1973
'The Virgin Years' 1974 - 1984
'The Blue Years' 1984 - 1988

After that it's just bland Muzak.

Yes the post Edgar TD is brilliant in terms of sound but it's not TD. I could write an amazing novel better than anything by Charles Dickens but I would be crazy to publish it under name of Charles Dickens if I am in fact not Charles Dickens...
Expansive09

Expansive09

October 22, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
Todays Tangerine Dream exists simply to milk a decades long musical legacy in the electronic music biome.
It disgusts me to no end as to why the TD name is even out here making records when the essence of its members are deceased or no longer a functional part of the nucleus. Its like having ice cream without the cream. Really what is the point? Their catalog is vast and brims with genius so let the name live on in legacy or have the common decency to rename the band please, but what ever today's TD is it will NEVER again be Tangerine Dream!
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