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TANGERINE DREAM ‘An Introduction To’
Sanctuary SMRCD116 (2004)

One of Germany’s biggest, best known and certainly most prolific bands will need a good introduction to many. As while the name is recognisable, the music may not be if you’re not a fan.

Kicking off in the late 60s, the band were to mix electronic, experimental, ambient and a touch of prog, often producing lengthy pieces.

With over 80 releases to their name (admittedly several remixes, soundtracks and retrospective live sets) to date, you need rather more than a single CD with a two page essay as an introduction, but it’s a fair start.

If you’re new to the band you may find, much of this (including the two 20 minuters ‘Origin Of Supernatural Probabilities’ and ‘Horizon’) will be too much, especially the almost whale song ambience. But with occasional pounding rhythms and neat guitar and keyboard work it can get you going. If you like Kraftwork or JM Jarre, much of it was done here first.

A very basic intro. Any remote interest beyond this you have to go a whole lot deeper.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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