Tangerine Dream ‎– Cyclone

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Cyclone is the eleventh album by Tangerine Dream, and the first in their canon to feature proper vocals and lyrics. The mystical lyrics and rock flute of Steve Jolliffe on the first two tracks marked a turn toward progressive rock. The third track, however, is an extended Berlin School instrumental more in the vein of the title track from Stratosfear. The cover is a painting by band leader Edgar Froese that slightly resembles his cover for 1974's Phaedra.

Despite being much maligned over the years, Cyclone has been outsold by only five other Tangerine Dream albums in the UK. It reached No.37 in a 4-week chart run.

Tracklist

Bent Cold Sidewalk 13:00
Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender 4:55
Madrigal Meridian 20:32

Versions (62)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin V 2097 UK 1978 Sell This Version
D 57515 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album) Virgin D 57515 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
TCV 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2097 UK 1978 Sell This Version
3222 744 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album) Virgin 3222 744 France 1978 Sell This Version
TCV 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2097 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
VIC 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album, Blu) Virgin International VIC 2097 US 1978 Sell This Version
VIC 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album, Dol) Virgin International VIC 2097 US 1978 Sell This Version
V 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin V 2097 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
L-36555 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin L-36555 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
2473744 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin 2473744 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
9124 137 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin, Polygram 9124 137 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
2473744 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin 2473744 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
V 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin V 2097 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
34 348 3 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Club) Virgin 34 348 3 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
34 348 3 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Club) Virgin 34 348 3 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
VIL 12097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin VIL 12097 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
25 843 XOT Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 25 843 XOT Germany 1978 Sell This Version
25.843-I Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 25.843-I Spain 1978 Sell This Version
25.843-I Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 25.843-I Spain 1978 Sell This Version
2473 744, 2473744 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin 2473 744, 2473744 France 1978 Sell This Version
2473 744, 2473744 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin 2473 744, 2473744 France 1978 Sell This Version
25 843 XOT Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 25 843 XOT Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
25.843-I Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 25.843-I Spain 1978 Sell This Version
LA-121 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin LA-121 Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-6912 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, Promo, RE, Gat) Virgin VIP-6912 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-6912 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin VIP-6912 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
V 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RP) Virgin V 2097 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
VI 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE) Virgin International VI 2097 US 1981 Sell This Version
202623 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 202623 France 1983 Sell This Version
CDV 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 2097 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
CDV 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDV 2097 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
OVEDC 71 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin OVEDC 71 UK 1984 Sell This Version
70042 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin 70042 France 1984 Sell This Version
OVED 71 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin OVED 71 UK 1984 Sell This Version
OVED 71 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin OVED 71 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
CDV 2097, 610 379 217 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2097, 610 379 217 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CDV 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDV 2097 UK 1987 Sell This Version
V2-86093 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE) Virgin V2-86093 US 1988 Sell This Version
7 91011-2, 2-91011 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 7 91011-2, 2-91011 US 1988 Sell This Version
7 91011-4 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin 7 91011-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
91011-1 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 91011-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
VJCP-2517 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin VJCP-2517 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-2517 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJCP-2517 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
8 40251 2 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album) Virgin 8 40251 2 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
GCD 246-2, S21-18221 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE) Griffin Music, Griffin Music GCD 246-2, S21-18221 US 1995 Sell This Version
TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin Music Canada 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
CDMR 051497 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, Unofficial) CD Media Records CDMR 051497 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
ALR 692 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Always Records ALR 692 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
VJCP-68918 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin VJCP-68918 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
CDV 2097, 0777 7 86093 2 2 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2097, 0777 7 86093 2 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
062-VG 50013, 062-VG 50052 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin 062-VG 50013, 062-VG 50052 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
25 843 XOT Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album) Virgin 25 843 XOT Europe Unknown Sell This Version
25 843 XOT Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 25 843 XOT Europe Unknown Sell This Version
25 843 XOT Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin 25 843 XOT Germany Unknown Sell This Version
25 843 XOT Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin 25 843 XOT Austria Unknown Sell This Version
25 843 XOT Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RE, Non) Virgin 25 843 XOT Germany Unknown Sell This Version
V 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Virgin V 2097 UK Unknown Sell This Version
V 2097 Tangerine Dream Cyclone(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Virgin V 2097 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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simmo506

simmo506

January 15, 2017
referencing Cyclone, CD, Album, RE, CDV 2097
This, along with Tyger are the most underrated albums by TD. Edgar said he hated this album so much that vocals would not be used again, but I beg to differ. This deserves to have repeated listens, along with Tyger, as you will be pleasantly surprised by what they did!
Vorrn

Vorrn

January 3, 2016
referencing Cyclone, CD, Album, RE, RM, TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20
"A curio, but a long way from essential." Is the man mad! This is brilliant! The first two tracks, with vocals, Steve Joliffes voice is perfect for the tracks as recorded and as no one appears to have a live recording of these tracks how can you say his voice isnt powerful enough. This is one of my favourite TD recordings and I'm only sorry they decided not to persue the experiment. It puts Tyger to shame and I like Blake too.
bullfinchart

bullfinchart

December 10, 2014
referencing Cyclone, CD, Album, RE, RM, TAND 9, 7243 8 40251 2 0, 7243 8 40251 20
With the departure of long-time member Peter Baumann the year before, Edgar Froese and Chris Franke sought out other musicians to fill the ranks, turning to drummer Klaus Kruger to provide live drums in place of the electronic rhythms they had been experimenting with, and Steve Joliffe, once a member of one of the band's earliest line-ups in the late '60s, on wind instruments. The instrumentation is the only similarity with the band's earlier sound, however, with Froese and Franke evidently keen on pursuing the progressive rock of Stratosfear much further. Indeed, much of Bent Cold Sidewalk and Madrigal Meridian are given over to long flute, clarinet and synth solos.

But of course, I'm ignoring the elephant in the room here: the vocals. During the recording of the album, the four members were unsure exactly what direction to take the pieces in, and so it was decided Joliffe would take on the role of vocalist. Voices had been used in abstract ways on some of the band's past recordings, but this would be the first time they had a traditional 'singer'. The overall effect brings the album very much into straight-forward prog rock territory, which alienated a lot of fans (and, indeed the band - Edgar is reported not to have listened to the album since its release in 1978). The two proper songs themselves aren't too bad, as prog goes, but the real let down is that Joliffe doesn't have a particularly strong voice. The closer of Bent Cold Sidewalk features him providing some slightly bizarre pronunciations in a somewhat forced voice; Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender could almost be a parody of the more pompous, overly sincere elements of prog.

The longest piece is the instrumental closer, which gives a clue as to how the album might have sounded before the decision to include vocals was taken. It's far from the band's strongest side-long piece; similar to some of the pieces on Stratosfear, with more acoustic sounds but without the hooks that made the album so memorable.

All in all, Cyclone might not be the disaster some make it out to be, but only a certain niche of the band's fanbase will rate it as highly as other albums from the period. A curio, but a long way from essential.
VRChris

VRChris

October 20, 2012
referencing Cyclone, LP, Album, 2473744

My copy's catalog number from Greece is 062-VG 50013 (M.T 11305), I suppose it should be the same with this one here. If so the cat. number needs to be changed, can someone confirm this?
progfan97402

progfan97402

November 12, 2011
referencing Cyclone, LP, Album, Gat, V 2097
I always felt that Cylone has an undeserved bad reputation. At this time, Peter Baumann was gone, to release a couple of solo albums in the early '80s, Trans-Harmonic Nights (1979, actually, although close enough to the 1980s) and Repeat Repeat in 1981, and then starting up Private Music (in which his former band Tangerine Dream ended up signed to). Steve Jolliffe and drummer Klaus Krieger came in. Jolliffe was apparently in a very early Tangerine Dream incarnation around 1968, before jumping ship for Steamhammer, a British blues-rock band. He provides wind instruments as well as vocals. It's the vocals that so many people really dislike of this album. But if the results mean the band moved more towards prog rock, to me that's nothing to complain about! "Bent Cold Sidewalk" is prime example what I'm talking about. It sounds like late '70s prog rock, but the piece does also feature their trademark use of sequencers to let you know what band you're listening to. "Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender" is a more upbeat number, with nice spacy synths and vocals, once again. "Madrigal Meridian" is the only all-instrumental piece, and features a lot of Klaus Krieger's drumming. While his drumming might sound like it's on autopilot for most of the time, at least the nice synth rhythms more than make up for it. Just give it a try, you might end up surprised.