Tangerine Dream - Ricochet

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  1. Ricochet (Part 1) (17:02)
  2. Ricochet (Part 2) (21:11)

Virgin, 1975

also by Tangerine Dream:

see also... Jean-Michel Jarre, Tomita, Vangelis, Can

"Ricochet" is a recording of a live set performed at the peak of Tangerine Dream's most creative period in the mid 70's, with the line-up of Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann. As is their custom, the show contains entirely original material. It's pretty impressive that the grandiose electronic symphonies they perform here are partially based on improvisation.

The sound is more sombre and focused than the dream-like music of "Phaedra" and "Rubycon". It starts with a couple of motives straight out of early psychedelic Pink Floyd, particularly a couple of tracks from their "Saucerful of Secrets" album. The bassline and repeated guitar phrase are developed with a slow tribal tom-tom build-up, in the manner of "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun". The remainder of part 1 is heavily based on their familiar perpetual-motion sequencer basslines, eventually mingling with the opening psychedelic theme, towards a smooth climax.

The delicate piano opening of the second half shows they're not afraid of plain romantic beauty. When the flute-like mellotron sounds ease in to this gorgeous melody, it's slightly reminiscent of King Crimson (e.g "Islands"). Afterwards, it's polyphonic sequencer bubbles, sneering Moog leads, guitar licks and analogue synth twinkles, stretching, winding and urging each other on in classic Tangerine Dream style towards the end, broken only by a brief sequence of spooky industrial sound-effects.

January 20, 2005

8 out of 10

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