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Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea 2008 (2009) Retail CD
It is interesting to observe the parallel fortunes of the German band Tangerine Dream and the UK record company, Virgin. TD were virtually Virgin's first signing at the company's launch in 1973. At that time, both band and company were unconventional, pioneering and daring in their outlook. Ten years later, as the band's contract with Virgin was to end, both record label and band had become massive and highly successful commercial ventures. Both had lost the excitement of riding the cutting edge... Tangerine Dream's "Hyperborea" dates from that time, 1983. With their contract to Virgin aboutmore… to end, the trio of Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Johannes Schmoelling were nevertheless entering what was to be just about their most productive period together. And while it may lack the pioneering verve that used to be synonymous with TD, "Hyperborea" remains a highly accomplished album. It demonstrates to perfection the band's ability to take musical inspiration from disparate sources and meld these to produce something uniquely and distinctively their own. More mystical in its outlook than their other albums, "Hyperborea" draws on Eastern influences for much of its sound world. The opening 'No Man's Land', inspired by the film "Ghandi", starts with a tambura-like drone, joined by a synthesised sitar melody and tabla beat, suggestive initially of an Indian Rag. This is soon coupled, though, with a series of drumming rhythms that sound more West African or Moroccan in origin. The result is an 8-minute masterpiece that could only be Tangerine Dream. The next track, 'Hyperborea', starts out as a much darker affair: its deep, brooding organ-voiced opening builds menacingly over a soft but insistent drum line. Half-way through, though, an electronic wind blows away the mists for a gutsy guitar riff and powerful percussion line to drive this soaring ballad home.'Cinnamon Road' is a short (4 minute) number exquisitely constructed from more sitar voices, a growling synth lead and strong sequencer pulse. The final track, 'Sphinx Lightning', is a classic 20-minute TD epic in 5 parts (all nicely indexed on this remastered Definitive Edition issue). Its opening section continues the brooding atmosphere that pervades the title track, but this is quickly dispersed by a strengthening sequencer pulse and the ethereal tones ushering in the second part - all very reminiscent of parts of "Stratosfear". The main thrust of the track dies down for the glittering intro to the third section - a reworking of 'Walkabout' from Froese's 1983 solo album "Pinnacles". This undergoes steady metamorphosis through the exciting, percussion-led fourth section into the track's magnificent and triumphant culmination, with more eastern-style voicings joining in a massed clarion call, before the final collapse into silence. This album makes a solid and well-polished companion to the earlier "White Eagle", as well as the live album "Logos". It also presages the great crowning achievement of this incarnation of the band: the live concert release, "Poland", recorded just 6 months after "Hyperborea". Pressure of film work was to begin to take its toll after that but the 45 minutes-worth here are certainly something to savour.
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|2||Hyperborea Part 1|
|3||Hyperborea Part 2|
- Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea 2008 (2009) Retail CD
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