35TH PHAEDRA ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
DVD released 2007//Concert was done 11th
June 2005 in London
With Edgar Froese, Linda Spa, Zlatco Perica, Iris Camaa, Thorsten Quaeschning, Jerome Froese
Featured parts and pieces from Various albums in sequence of the album releases.
Ricochet Pt. 1 Intro
Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares
Rubycon Pt. 1
Warsaw In The Sun
Midnight In Tula
Song Of The Whale Pt. 2/Pt. 3
Towards The Evening Star
Back Street Hero (Zlatco on Guitar)
Rising Haul In Silence (Zlatco on Guitar)
Lamb With Radar Eyes )Zlatco on Guitar)
Meta Morph Magic
Talking To Maddox (Edgar on Guitar)
26. Purple Haze
27. Edgar's Closing Words
Tangerine Dream, for 44 years, with a great thanks to Guy Guden, has been one of the guiding lights in my own experience. The output will rival any writer, painter, poet, musician out there, and the experiential value of the music itself, is as good or better than anything out there.
Were it not for the fact that today's music is so commercialized, a lot of this work might get a lot more attention, and in fact one review trashed this as muzak, just like in the old days, someone had the incredible idea of calling this "washing machine" music, which of course, tells you how much listening that person had been doing in his own house!
This concert was a sort of tribute to its historical album "Phaedra", which I believe is still its greatest selling album of all time, and still features, some of the prettiest things ever done with a synthesizer, with the exception, again, that some folks want to hear music with a beat, in the song format, and that is not quite what Tangerine Dream was in those earlier days, which was understandable, considering the much "freer" state of music in those days, specially with America's FM radio allowing for longer pieces to be played, and they were. Today, this won't get played, because it isn't classical rock, or a top ten listing in the contemporary or teenage sex diaries!
Considering, above all that word'age that in those days, the synthesizers were bigger and heavier than you and I together, and each member had several of these piled up, what you might not know was that in those days it was impossible to repeat what you just did if it was not recorded, and Tangerine Dream bootlegs became as important as Grateful Dead's ... they were all different, and no two pieces ever were the same. Today, of course, is another story, to the point where you can go to the other extreme, and not only be exact, you can be down right boring and let the music die!
The concert here, starts with the period around 1972, even though the album Ricochet was released after that, if I am not mistaken. And if the concerts did not sound "perfect" with their material, today, they do ... and pretty much everything that you hear in this concert is almost a complete duplicate of the album ... and in one way, it was nice ... you recognized it, and you wanted to live that experience again, and that was the magic of their early work. Close your eyes and go with it.
There is a very large difference, in that hearing the early works, opposite the later material, you can see the difference. Then it was about each and every sound, and its quality and the development of that sound and quality. Later, it became a nice, melodic piece of music, as these sounds are now imbedded in the piece, and you hardly even notice them. It sounds pretty. You do not think of winds, or orchestra and the like, which is very good, but the end result is more concept and idea oriented, whereas in the early days, the ideas were more open and experimental, and it would end up different because one could never find, again, the replay of that previous second ... too many knobs, wires and notes, and everything else.
But, I do not think that the excitement was not there. You might even think, that it is strange to hear a saxophone, or an electric guitar as a major force in the flow of the music, but I never felt that it was not a valid influence or an invalid part of the composition, despite so many people absolutely hating some of those mixes, and the 220 Volt Live CD, is a great example of a fabulous concert ... and you can get the similar feeling with some of those pieces also in here with the same saxophone and the same guitar.
All in all, this is a fabulous concert, although too many folks get upset that there is no "action" or "excitement" in the music and the staging ... and in some ways, I would have done the visuals differently but you can see the DAW's working and the members updating things continually to make it all work. Like any serious musician, this requires some mad concentration, and TD has been at the forefront of the best for 45 years, and deserves the recognition.
Excellent concert all around. Tangerine Dream during its very special time and place.
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