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 Posted:   Apr 20, 2014 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

Hi Fellow Soundtrack Peeps,

I am a novice listener to the music of Tangerine Dream, and having enjoyed their score for "Legend," I have purchased a few of their albums the last couple of years. I have probably about 10% of their entire output. Their back catalog is daunting beyond measure. I really love their "Legend" score. Does anyone on here have any suggestions for T.G. albums that sound like it? (And not necessarily soundtracks.) Thanks!

-Rick O.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2014 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Hi Fellow Soundtrack Peeps,

I am a novice listener to the music of Tangerine Dream, and having enjoyed their score for "Legend," I have purchased a few of their albums the last couple of years. I have probably about 10% of their entire output. Their back catalog is daunting beyond measure. I really love their "Legend" score. Does anyone on here have any suggestions for T.G. albums that sound like it? (And not necessarily soundtracks.) Thanks!

-Rick O.


I'd suggest you focus on the Virgin era albums, in particular Phaedra, Rubicon, Ricochet, Tangram, White Eagle, Hyperborea, Logos and Froese's solo Stuntman. Also 1983's live Poland. For soundtracks - Sorcerer, Risky Business, Flashpoint, Firestarter, The Park Is Mine, Mota Atma and Canyon Dreams.

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2014 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   The Projectionist   (Member)

I've never heard Legend, but my favorite album is Force Majeure!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2014 - 2:05 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Hi Fellow Soundtrack Peeps,

I am a novice listener to the music of Tangerine Dream, and having enjoyed their score for "Legend," I have purchased a few of their albums the last couple of years. I have probably about 10% of their entire output. Their back catalog is daunting beyond measure. I really love their "Legend" score. Does anyone on here have any suggestions for T.G. albums that sound like it? (And not necessarily soundtracks.) Thanks!

-Rick O.


I'd suggest you focus on the Virgin era albums, in particular Phaedra, Rubicon, Ricochet, Tangram, White Eagle, Hyperborea, Logos and Froese's solo Stuntman. Also 1983's live Poland. For soundtracks - Sorcerer, Risky Business, Flashpoint, Firestarter, The Park Is Mine, Mota Atma and Canyon Dreams.


Really? I always felt that period of TD's music (70s up to early 80s) was far more textural and ambient and experimental than what LEGEND was. I've always grouped LEGEND with the mid 80's to earlt 90's period.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2014 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Hi Fellow Soundtrack Peeps,

I am a novice listener to the music of Tangerine Dream, and having enjoyed their score for "Legend," I have purchased a few of their albums the last couple of years. I have probably about 10% of their entire output. Their back catalog is daunting beyond measure. I really love their "Legend" score. Does anyone on here have any suggestions for T.G. albums that sound like it? (And not necessarily soundtracks.) Thanks!

-Rick O.


I'd suggest you focus on the Virgin era albums, in particular Phaedra, Rubicon, Ricochet, Tangram, White Eagle, Hyperborea, Logos and Froese's solo Stuntman. Also 1983's live Poland. For soundtracks - Sorcerer, Risky Business, Flashpoint, Firestarter, The Park Is Mine, Mota Atma and Canyon Dreams.


Really? I always felt that period of TD's music (70s up to early 80s) was far more textural and ambient and experimental than what LEGEND was. I've always grouped LEGEND with the mid 80's to earlt 90's period.


Well, I mentioned Phaedra, Rubicon and Ricochet mainly due to the sequencer stuff which can also be heard in some long stretches during Legend.
Now, texturally, yeah I agree they are different from Legend, but there is still some of that moody ambiance in both that score and those albums. Legend kinda sits by itself in a way, coming right before another major change within TD. It does fit in with Le Parc ( great album btw) from the same time frame ( 1985 /86) but right around that time, Schmoelling left and the TD sound changed again with Underwater Sunlight, Tyger, etc.

You might try Melrose from the 1990. Like Thor says, the late 80's early 90s albums do have that all digital sharpness that was in Legend. I wouldn't recommend stuff like Tyger or Rockoon, but would still recommend that earlier time period.


 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2014 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

I wouldn't recommend Tyger to a noob, but I'd also tell s/he to stay far, far away from Melrose and Rockoon. Those albums have aged horribly, and so has Turn of the Tides.

Somebody who likes Legend should be able to enjoy Underwater Sunlight (1986) and Le Parc (1985). Then I'd start working my way further back into TD's discog.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   wayfarer_1969   (Member)

A double post issue again so I'll use it as an opportunity to use Melrose as an example of a mediocre release but with a quality track. The majority of it doesn't get played by me but I do like Cool At Heart.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   wayfarer_1969   (Member)

Good advice from Drop_Forge, there.

TD have gone through many musicians, each bringing a new quality with them. However, I recommend the Virgin Years because of the participation of Chris Franke and Johannes Schmoelling. Both were hugely influential. Franke experimented with looping and sequencing which was a new thing way back then. Legend isn't entirely atypical of their output. I would hunt around and see what you like. Other soundtracks to consider are Firestarter, Wavelength, Shy People and Near Dark, with Miracle Mile too.

I'm possibly a bit jaded now, having listened and collected CDs for over thirty years but my love of the 70s and 80s works will never die. The later material was patchy from the 90s up until about the mid 2000s. With Thorsten Q (sic) joining, there seemed to be a rejuvenation that used ideas from vintage TD but keeping it as up to date as possible. The creativity returned. Instead of buying an album and hoping that there would be a couple of genius tracks, the albums became more consistent.
Sadly, it seems, there's a return to what appears to be lazy releases. But, I haven't heard Chandra The Phantom Ferry Part 2. From the soundclips, this could be the current exception.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I agree that Legend have some similarities with late 70s/early 80s TD releases, more than late 80s/early 90s.

And as I have mentioned elsewhere, I still like albums like Melrose and Rockoon. I wouldn'r say that this track has "dated badly":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k61fe37Pk5M

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   The Projectionist   (Member)

I agree that Legend have some similarities with late 70s/early 80s TD releases, more than late 80s/early 90s.

And as I have mentioned elsewhere, I still like albums like Melrose and Rockoon. I wouldn'r say that this track has "dated badly":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k61fe37Pk5M


I like Melrose too.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

I agree that Legend have some similarities with late 70s/early 80s TD releases, more than late 80s/early 90s.

And as I have mentioned elsewhere, I still like albums like Melrose and Rockoon. I wouldn'r say that this track has "dated badly":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k61fe37Pk5M


"Big City Dwarves" is the best composition on Rockoon, and the only I'd still give my time to.

Now post a link to "Electric Lion" from Melrose and you'll see/hear what I mean.

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

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 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I agree that Legend have some similarities with late 70s/early 80s TD releases, more than late 80s/early 90s.

And as I have mentioned elsewhere, I still like albums like Melrose and Rockoon. I wouldn'r say that this track has "dated badly":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k61fe37Pk5M


"Big City Dwarves" is the best composition on Rockoon, and the only I'd still give my time to.

Now post a link to "Electric Lion" from Melrose and you'll see/hear what I mean.


No I don't see what you mean. Electric Lion is one of my favorite tracks ever. Brilliant guitar.

And Red Roadster is another stellar track from Rockoon. The title track and Girls On Broadway are very good too.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

These are some good suggestions. I went ahead and bought the 10-CD "Electronic Journey" for about $20.00 - a bargain! It's a sturdy little box with cardboard sleeves, but it has a ton of music. And I am finding some Legend-esque stuff in this set.

Last year I bought the Virgin Years sets (4-CD set and a 5-CD set) that have complete albums from 1974-1983. Another steal for Tangerine Dream beginners but an egregious double dip for people who already own the individual albums (the sets have some bonus tracks that encourage the double dip). I also got "Ride the Ray" which highlights their mid to late 80's work.

Any more tips are welcome!

-Rick O.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Rick, it's great to see that you are not shy about glancing backwards and getting more acquainted with the TD material which predates "Legend". I hope the Virgin years will whet your appetite and encourage you to dig even further back to the 1st four albums. You may end up hating them, but at least you will have exposed yourself to them and enriching the musical palette is what it's all about.

If the Pink years is something you would feel most comfortable merely dipping your toe in without buying all of them, then I cannot recommend this compilation enough:

http://www.voices-in-the-net.de/the_collection.htm

This particular album has almost certainly been superceded by more contemporary collections that cover the same ground, but this one has a tremendous understated charm that hasn't been diminished by time.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   wayfarer_1969   (Member)

These are some good suggestions. I went ahead and bought the 10-CD "Electronic Journey" for about $20.00 - a bargain! It's a sturdy little box with cardboard sleeves, but it has a ton of music. And I am finding some Legend-esque stuff in this set.

Last year I bought the Virgin Years sets (4-CD set and a 5-CD set) that have complete albums from 1974-1983. Another steal for Tangerine Dream beginners but an egregious double dip for people who already own the individual albums (the sets have some bonus tracks that encourage the double dip). I also got "Ride the Ray" which highlights their mid to late 80's work.

Any more tips are welcome!

-Rick O.


Good call! That 10 CD set covers quite a bit. Like myself, I reckon you'll come across some music that you'll want to play over and over, with other tracks not proving as popular.
The Voices In The Net website, that Octoberman posted, is a very helpful resource, especially in avoiding double dips with repackaged material.
As before, I recommend getting hold of the soundtracks.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Dan J. Schulte   (Member)



"Big City Dwarves" is the best composition on Rockoon, and the only I'd still give my time to.

Now post a link to "Electric Lion" from Melrose and you'll see/hear what I mean.


I agree with this completely. In the end, it's all subjective...but IMO you can't even compare the Baumann years or the Schmoelling years to the mediocre works they produce today.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Dan J. Schulte   (Member)

I agree that Legend have some similarities with late 70s/early 80s TD releases, more than late 80s/early 90s.

And as I have mentioned elsewhere, I still like albums like Melrose and Rockoon. I wouldn'r say that this track has "dated badly":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k61fe37Pk5M


"Big City Dwarves" is the best composition on Rockoon, and the only I'd still give my time to.

Now post a link to "Electric Lion" from Melrose and you'll see/hear what I mean.


No I don't see what you mean. Electric Lion is one of my favorite tracks ever. Brilliant guitar.

And Red Roadster is another stellar track from Rockoon. The title track and Girls On Broadway are very good too.


Out of curiosity....when did you start to listen to TD?

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Me? 1991.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)



"Big City Dwarves" is the best composition on Rockoon, and the only I'd still give my time to.

Now post a link to "Electric Lion" from Melrose and you'll see/hear what I mean.


I agree with this completely. In the end, it's all subjective...but IMO you can't even compare the Baumann years or the Schmoelling years to the mediocre works they produce today.


You clearly haven't heard GTAV. Very much in an 80s Schmoelling-like style. Synths only, if you are afraid of sax and guitar.

 
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