Hello Dear Reader

Tangerine Dream. Some of you may know who I am talking about, many of you may think its a drink or fruit of some sorts. Tangerine Dream are (maybe were) an instrumental band formed back in 1967 by Edgar Froese.  Tangerine Dream’s music ranges from new age electronic to atmospheric space age, along with the odd dance number.

I first heard them back in 1977 when I happened to catch Cherokee Lane, the live version. It was sixteen minutes of pure joy, just opened my mind to amazing sounds. I quickly found the album, proper one not CD, and enjoyed a new style of music. Soon after  I started to explore other electronic music, since I enjoyed film soundtracks and classic music, it made sense for me. I have always thought that soundtracks were a forgotten part of the film. That has changed a great deal over the years almost to the point where a soundtrack can drown a movie.

Music without words is not uncommon of course, classical music has enjoyed varied success for hundreds of years. When films first started, music played a huge part in their showing. As soon as the talkies came into being, music took a back seat as people wanted to hear their favourite stars. Singing in the Rain, the movie, clearly showed how the soundtrack ebbed during the rise of actors voices. However, soundtracks now are as impressive as a classical piece. Bands such as Tangerine Dream, found their way into film scores with success, Thief and Catch me if You Can to name two.

I found Tangerine Dream to allow me to explore, just letting my mind drift places. Their music also developed as their line-up changed and so did the level of computer electronics. Add to this group the likes of Kraftwork, Jean-Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield to name but a few, instrumental music had a big following. Each one found something a little different, that kept them apart, yet helped build an impressive range of albums.

There are sometimes when pure music is just what I need. When writing for example, that background can create my own landscape even world so that my imagination reaches out. You might have to listen a couple of times before it works for you, as some of the music sounds odd but try it. There are web pages dedicated to these bands, easy to find so I have no need to cover the various line ups over the past 30 odd years. It does make interesting reading as well as listening.

What has made me talk about one of my favourite groups? Well I asked a radio DJ if they would play Cherokee Lane and he did in full, because he too enjoyed their work. It might be a track from the late 70’s but it’s still something I can sit back and enjoy.

Tagline: ‘Edgar Froese, Christoph Franke, Peter Baumann – Tangerine Dream Encore Live’

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