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Electronic - Released January 1, 2012 | Virgin Catalogue

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"The liquid propulsion of the title track, rippling with aquatic effects and layered washes of synthetics, remains a classic of primitive ambience." © TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 1995 | Virgin Records

The founder of Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese takes the best tracks from his solo albums throughout the '70s and '80s and conveniently lines them up on the double-disc Beyond the Storm. As is Tangerine Dream's music, this album is overflowing with gleaming synthesizer and pulsing rhythms. Including tracks from Aqua, Epsilon, and Macula Transfer, this hefty collection of atmospheric keyboard passages is both alluring and complex in nature. Froese uses the Mellotron to sketch scenic musical portraits of far-off landscapes and electronic voyages, each with its own placid mood. No tempos are alike on each of the 28 tracks, and some beautiful music is conjured up beneath the overlying keyboard runs. Any fans of Vangelis will enjoy themselves here, as the swirl and radiance of the synthesizer is employed to its full extent. © Mike DeGagne /TiVo
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Pop - Released January 1, 1979 | Virgin Records

Narrowing the gap between psychedelia and electronica, Tangerine Dream frontman Edgar Froese looks to the future in this clean and mostly satisfying release; all in all an important turning point for the artist. If nothing else, it marks a departure from his band's tendency to make an album out of two 20-minute epics; Froese ups the structure a bit with shorter pieces, and more of them. The opening (and title) track's thematic elements and major-key harmonizing run the risk of falling flat, but at just over four minutes, it's tolerable. The majestic qualities of "Stuntman" don't match up with the rest of the album's aesthetics, so Froese's stream-of-consciousness journey really begins with track two ("It Would Be Like Samoa") and keeps up a good pace from there, soloing over his carefully balanced sequencer beds and analog ambience. He uses his electric guitar sparingly, and there's almost no percussion (without his bandmates, the album is mostly too delicate in nature to support it), but there's no mistaking that Froese is the heart, soul, and defining sound of Tangerine Dream. All the elements come together with "A Dali-Esque Sleep Fuse," a miniature masterpiece (which happens to feature guitar solos and synthesized percussion) that brings the album to a near close, before the meditative synthesizer waves cool down the listener with "Scarlet Score for Mescalero," returning to the major-key simplicity of the album's opener, sort of a hangliding-into-the-sunset finale. The approach he takes on this album would set the standard for every subsequent album he would do, both as a soloist and as a bandmember. A little history in the making. © Glenn Swan /TiVo
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Electronic - Released January 1, 1983 | Virgin Records

It can be very difficult to write about an artist with a reputation like Edgar Froese. Such thoughts can cloud one's judgment and objectivity. But Froese has not been on the e-music forefront for 30-plus years for nothing. He has stayed there because he is a great musician. Pinnacles showcases his penchant for gentle melodies, heavy sequences, and light atmospheres. This disc is firmly in the middle of the Berlin school, of which Froese is a founder. This CD will appeal to fans of Alpha Wave Movement, Klaus Schulze, Dweller at the Threshold, and Radio Massacre International. It is an important e-music CD. © Jim Brenholts /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 1974 | Virgin Records

The solo debut from the leader of Tangerine Dream is a set of four synthesizer pieces, free-form and pastoral. The lengthy title track is quite naturalistic, organized around a series of synth bubbles and water sounds, while "NGC 891" reflects Froese's interest in space rock. © John Bush /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 2004 | Esoteric - Reactive

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Rock - Released January 1, 1978 | Virgin Records

Edgar Froese is a great musician and a shrewd businessman. Realizing that he and his associates would need money to fund the progress of Tangerine Dream, he took advantage of both of those qualities and launched his solo career while Tangerine Dream was still in their infancy. That solo career has contributed many gems and classics to the e-music community. Ages is one of those classics. This album has all of Froese's virtuosity and something that his listeners rarely hear -- a sense of humor. Froese does not show that side of himself to his listeners very often, so it is a treat. Putting that positive energy into play does much for this album; it makes it a classic. This CD will appeal to fans of Paul Ellis, Ian Boddy, Ron Boots, and Mark Dwane. It is an e-music essential. © Jim Brenholts /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 2004 | Esoteric - Reactive