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Tangerine Dream - Dream Mixes Vol.2: Timesquare (2000) Retail CD
After the relentless dance beat of the earlier "Dream Mixes Vol. 1", I was a little apprehensive about this release, given its subtitle of "Dream Mixes 2". I have to say, though, that the result here turns out to be a very pleasant surprise, being more varied and much more interesting musically than the earlier volume. It has to be said too, that the treatments given to the material here are both more introspective and retrospective than on "Dream Mixes I". Whilst the principal source for the themes on this disc would seem to be 'Towards the evening star' from "Goblins Club", long-standingmore… fans of the group will find themselves hearing many familiar tantalising snatches from much of the material built into the fabric of the tracks on this disc. And, no doubt, will have hours of fun (and frustration) trying to identify the original sources!In general, though, this music seems to be not so much reworking of existing tracks in a remix sense, but more a revisiting of material from a wide range of Dream's recording history, with a view to dusting some of it off and looking at it anew in a fresh light. In fact, I could believe that Jerome-for he seems to be the main force behind this disc-had gone into the studio with a bunch of his and his dad's old tapes and decided to knock them into something more distinctly his own. Everything is presented in a shiny, new and thoroughly up-to-date form, too, although there is easily more new than recycled material here. Also evident is a new maturity of musical style for the Froese father and son duo. Although the beat remains strong and fast (especially in the early tracks), the music of this album encompasses a wider range of rhythms and timbres than previously, and is sonically more adventurous and rewards closer listening much more than many of their earlier releases. And all, it would seem, without any help from any guest musicians at all (there are none credited, at any rate). 'Pixel Pirates', in particular, is more daring than anything Tangerine Dream have released in many a long year and is hopefully indicative of a fascinating new direction for the group. The track's almost acousmatic opening is absolutely fabulous, and its continued development and varied treatments fully live up to the promise of that opening. 'Culpa Levis' is another little stunner, with some gorgeous (uncredited) female vocals, singing an almost bluesy, Moorish-sounding line which blends perfectly into the whole. The same voice is used as samples in other of the tracks on the disc and lends a nice feel of unity to the music, without any hint of sameness, or loss of overall variety.Generally, though, there are altogether too many good ingredients making up this disc to list them all. It has great drumming aplenty, of course, but you'll also find strong tunes, as well as synthesiser and sampler voicings better than TD have been inclined to use since Paul Haslinger left the band in 1990. There is also excellent use made of outboard processing, as well as more adventurous computer sound-processing in evidence for the first time. The most important ingredient has to be that of variety, though, which here makes a long overdue return to Tangerine Dream's output. Definitely the best TD album for a long time, let's hope that there are more like this one to come!
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- Tangerine Dream - Dream Mixes Vol.2: Timesquare (2000) Retail CD
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