Tyger sees Tangerine Dream set the poetry of William Blake to music. While the combination of styles will inevitably be off-putting to some – particularly stuffy Blake fans – the results are surprisingly evocative and listenable. Tyger might not be one of the most accessible albums within Tangerine Dream's catalog, but for those wishing to explore the group's more adventurous side, it's a worthwhile listen.
In a sense, Tangerine Dream's 2008 album, "Views from a Red Train", is an updated version of Edgar Froese's solo album "Macula Transfer" of 1976 in that many of the tracks were composed by Froese whilst killing time on the road, either in airport departure lounges, motel rooms, or simply visiting tourist spots. Happily, the result this time is an altogether more mature and developed affair, even than the solo album's 2005 rehash. The new album benefits hugely from substantial contributions from regular TD collaborating artists in addition to the composer: Bernhard Beibl provides characteristically flashy and flamboyant guitar work on a handful of tracks, complementing Edgar Froese's own intoxicating melodic riffs to perfection; Iris Camaa adds her own brand of electronic percussion in places (most noticeably in 'Hunter Shot by a Yellow Rabbit' and 'Fire on the Mountain')…
"Booster" comes as a double CD and contains some real goodies from the alchymical soundboard of TD. There are two brand-new compositions and some tracks which aren't available on various EP's anymore. Of course you will hear music you've probably heard before. But for some of you it will become a collector's item as a pack of tracks which definitely will become 'classics' out of the first decade of the new musical Century.
This 2CD set features newly recorded versions of fan favorites such as "Cloudburst Flight" (from the 1979 album Force Majeure) and "Scrapyard" (from the 1981 soundtrack to the Michael Mann film "Thief") along with other rare tracks plus a stellar version of The Beatles’ "Tomorrow Never Knows" and much more.
Raum is Tangerine Dream's second studio full-length since founder Edgar Froese died in 2015, though the group has additionally released several live albums and EPs. For this recording, Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane, and recent addition Paul Frick (of Brandt Brauer Frick) were given access to Froese's archive of Cubase arrangements and tape recordings dating back to the 1970s, so like their previous studio album, 2017's Quantum Gate, he's still present in spirit. Notably absent is Ulrich Schnauss, who joined the band in 2014, yet curiously enough, the album often sounds more like his own work than Tangerine Dream's – glimmering opener "Continuum" and the downtempo crawl "You're Always on Time" are both easy to mistake for Schnauss, or contemporaries such as Tycho.
The Dream Roots Collection is a five-disc retrospective of Tangerine Dream's career, including one disc of previously unreleased material. All of the material on the collection has been remixed and reworked by Edgar Froese and his son Jerome, and while these remixes might not be historically accurate, they nevertheless retain the essence of the original versions, making the box an intriguing journey through the group's past. While the set is too extensive for casual listeners, hardcore fans will find the new mixes and rarities fascinating, making the set a worthwhile addition to their collection.
A multi-disc CD + blu-ray box set, In Search Of Hades, containing Tangerine Dream’s trailblazing 1970s recordings for Virgin Records is set for release through UMC/Virgin on 31 May.
La-La Land Records and 20th Century Fox present the remastered re-issue of Tangerine Dream's original score to the 1983 motion picture sci-fi drama WAVELENGTH, starring Robert Carradine, Cherie Currie and Keenan Wynn, and directed by Mike Gray.
With "Recurring Dreams", the new generation of Tangerine Dream pay homage to the band's timeless beginnings with captivating and emotional renditions of selected classics, such as "Phaedra", "Stratosfear", "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park". These new recordings are not just re-recorded covers but heartfelt and individual interpretations, featuring all generations of synths and sequencers, added layers and new arrangements, applying Froese's new quantum dream to these highly influential tracks.