Best Track on Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure?

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Although Tangerine Dream is usually associated with synthesizers and the ambient movement that followed over a decade after such albums as Phaedra, Stratosfear, and Rubycon were recorded, Force Majeure shows the band displaying its roots in space rock. This time around, guitar and drums (played by Klaus Krieger) are as prominent as the keyboards. As the name would appear to indicate, the music on the album doesn't seem played so much as propelled forward, the overall pace rarely slackening for long. The title track is a suite that incorporates several distinct themes that segue into a cohesive whole via musical bridges. "Cloudburst Flight" is really an excuse for Edgar Froese to display his virtuosity on the electric six-string, which he does with amazing intensity. "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" begins with what sounds to be an album-ending theme, but then cross-fades into a hypnotic piece that builds upon a constant bed of pulsating sequencers and processed drums with various sound effects and still more keyboards until it fades out completely some 14 minutes later. An absolute necessity to those who might be at all curious about the band, or even successful experiments within the rock genre. Sections of the album would later appear in slightly altered versions on the soundtracks to the movies Risky Business and Thief. ~ Brian E. Kirby, All Music Guide

My favourite Tangerine Dream album. But what's your fave track?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
3 Thru Metamorphic Rocks 8
1 Force Majeure 5
2 Cloudburst Flight 4


Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 14 March 2009 20:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

I really don't know which one to choose.

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 14 March 2009 20:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Herman, I found this used on CD the other day for $4.99 and picked it up strictly on your recommendation. Haven't listened yet, but will do so in the next few days and then vote.

ilxor, Saturday, 14 March 2009 22:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Im sure you wont be disappointed!

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 14 March 2009 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

i think im gonna go with the title track, but i'll have another listen before deciding

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 15 March 2009 00:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Actually I might go for Thru Metamorphic Rocks

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 16 March 2009 00:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wow, we're the only two people on the thread, Herman. I'll try to listen to this tonight or tomorrow.

ilxor, Monday, 16 March 2009 01:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

Surely Kate knows this album?

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 16 March 2009 14:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I know this album - I used to have it on clear vinyl!
I saw them live during this period too - amazing. I cannot decide which track tho' I would lean towards Cloudburst...

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Monday, 16 March 2009 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have it on clear vinyl! Bought it 10-12 years ago in Glasgow!

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 16 March 2009 22:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's a thing of beauty.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Monday, 16 March 2009 23:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

Have you seen this? I never knew they existed.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Monday, 16 March 2009 23:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

haha no. I do have a Funkadelic 8-track someone gave me once though. Sadly nothing to play it in.

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 16 March 2009 23:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

Are you buying it?

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 16 March 2009 23:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

ok nate soon you will be able to vote, it's on its way!

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 10:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

anyone who would like to hear this i can sort you out. webmail isnt working so tell me your email here.

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 11:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 19 March 2009 00:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

This is brutally hard.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 19 March 2009 00:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

And part of the reason is that all three tracks are mini-epics with about eight different parts, sequences and melodies. It's not like you're picking "the one w/ the groove I like."

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 19 March 2009 00:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

And part of the reason is that all three tracks are mini-epics with about eight different parts, sequences and melodies. It's not like you're picking "the one w/ the groove I like."

Which is why I don't like it! Preferred TD when they used to turn up at the studio; the engineer switched the tape recorder on; Edgar Froese fell asleep on the mellotron, the other guys set up the sequencer; went down the pub for a few hours; came back; woke up Edgar... voila, new album!

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 March 2009 10:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

tom d doesn't dance

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 19 March 2009 10:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

... you dance to Tangerine Dream?

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 March 2009 10:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

you can dance to almost anything if you want

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Easier with the older, more repetitive Tangs than this period though

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

you know from experience of dancing to them? Have you ever seen TD live?

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

No. No.

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

the only album they did after this one that really followed up on the promise of tunes & melodies was 'Le Parc' in 1985. the production is often a little square, but some of the melodies on that one are still with me. after that one, things get scary in a big way.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

& as per Naive's post, absent the chance to vote for Force Majeure Part 3 I voted for Through Metamorphic Rocks, though I had to edit the first 4 minutes and 29 seconds off my version. A long long time ago when purging CDs I made a highlights disc with those two bits from Force Majeure, the first two tracks of Hyperborea, the nearly Zoviet-France-ish breathing & factory loops from Ricochet & some bits from Sorcerer. But every time Edgar picks up the guitar, everything likable about this band goes out the window.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

OTM!!!!! Peter Baumann period was best.

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 20 March 2009 00:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

I listened to this today for the first time and definitely would have voted for the third track. Has anyone else noted how the initial theme was kinda ripped off by Moroder on Irene's Theme from the Cat People soundtrack? So good. Thanks Herman!!!

Nate Carson, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Glad you enjoyed it. I thought the title track would walk it. It's a great album though.

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 20 March 2009 14:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Even if tom d wont dance to it

Pfunkboy in blood drenched rabbit suit jamming in the woods (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 20 March 2009 20:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I listened to this today for the first time and definitely would have voted for the third track. Has anyone else noted how the initial theme was kinda ripped off by Moroder on Irene's Theme from the Cat People soundtrack? So good. Thanks Herman!!!

Cat People was made 5 years later than FM.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 26 April 2010 13:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Enough ideas and hooks on this album for like 5 albums but man is this perfectly sequenced and arranged.

windjammer voyage (blank), Monday, 16 July 2012 10:03 (six years ago) Permalink

its perfect

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 16 July 2012 10:08 (six years ago) Permalink

every time Edgar picks up the guitar, everything likable about this band goes out the window.

My thoughts exactly

SomeTwat from Tring (Tom D.), Monday, 16 July 2012 10:30 (six years ago) Permalink

no way

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 16 July 2012 10:35 (six years ago) Permalink

What you actually like that shit sub-sub-sub-David Gilmour stuff he churns out?

SomeTwat from Tring (Tom D.), Monday, 16 July 2012 10:43 (six years ago) Permalink

yes.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 16 July 2012 10:47 (six years ago) Permalink

better than any dave gilmour floyd

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 16 July 2012 10:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Yes, and Robin Trower is better than Jimi Hendrix. It's only because I like TD so much that his guitar playing annoys me so much, it just isn't good enough.

SomeTwat from Tring (Tom D.), Monday, 16 July 2012 10:50 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah the guitar is not my favourite aspect of TD

no bongs tomorrow (electricsound), Monday, 16 July 2012 10:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Whilst I quite like "Force Majeure", every time I listen to it I'm reminded of late 70s schools TV shows like "Words and pictures" and "The boy from space", because it was at the same point the BBC radiophonic workshop did pretty much the same thing, which means TD stopped being ahead of the curve of music technology, and lost some magic along the way. Nice album, but not a favourite. Live drums didn't work for TD imo.

Rob M Revisited, Monday, 16 July 2012 12:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh man, i love the drums. Synth Floyd

windjammer voyage (blank), Monday, 16 July 2012 12:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Not the style of the drums, just their presence creates this whole thing like what if Pink Floyd got really into synths and also listened to more classical music.

windjammer voyage (blank), Monday, 16 July 2012 12:24 (six years ago) Permalink

I love this prog period they had for a few albums, apart from Steve Joliffe's godawful vocals on "Cyclone". Stratosfear / Force Majeure / Cyclone (side 2) might be my favourite TD era, I can only take so much of the sequencer noodling which is probably why I never bothered with the live box sets.

don't slip in mud (Matt #2), Monday, 16 July 2012 14:52 (six years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

every time Edgar picks up the guitar, everything likable about this band goes out the window.

My thoughts exactly

― SomeTwat from Tring (Tom D.), Monday, July 16, 2012 6:30 AM (9 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I think as a rule I can sympathize with this, but have a hard time understanding that on this album.

How can you like TD but not like the part on the title track (part 2?) with the descending piano riff, disco-ish drum groove and guitar? These guys have never been about virtuosity. And the drums alternating between the motorik beat and open hats is totally thrilling stuff and it's by no means the wanky soloing on "Cloudburst Flight" (which is being played over such a mightily awesome synth bass riff I don't really care).

And while the synth arpeggios on "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" are indeed insane (and the soundtrack to the awesome heist scene in Michael Mann's Thief), the heroic melodic stuff in the second section achieves some kind of weird stately beauty.

I love this album unconditionally.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Boy should I not post when I'm watching my kids.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 00:57 (five years ago) Permalink

did you lose one?

controversial vegan pregnancy (contenderizer), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

check under the sofa

controversial vegan pregnancy (contenderizer), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Put another way, Milton is dead wrong.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 03:29 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I think as a rule I can sympathize with this, but have a hard time understanding that on this album.

How can you like TD but not like the part on the title track (part 2?) with the descending piano riff, disco-ish drum groove and guitar? These guys have never been about virtuosity. And the drums alternating between the motorik beat and open hats is totally thrilling stuff and it's by no means the wanky soloing on "Cloudburst Flight" (which is being played over such a mightily awesome synth bass riff I don't really care).

And while the synth arpeggios on "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" are indeed insane (and the soundtrack to the awesome heist scene in Michael Mann's Thief), the heroic melodic stuff in the second section achieves some kind of weird stately beauty.

I love this album unconditionally.

― Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 8:01 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I stand by this poorly written post unconditionally.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 02:52 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

I’m back to agree with myself yet again.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 7 July 2018 17:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'll agree with both of you

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 7 July 2018 18:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is notably the start of their descent into unnecessariness, sorry.

he's one of our pwn (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 July 2018 18:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I still think Big Edgar was a crappy guitarist.

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 July 2018 18:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They still had like 5 albums after this!

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 7 July 2018 19:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

More like 50.

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 July 2018 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sorry I meant to say 5 good albums!

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 7 July 2018 20:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ha, yes, more like it.

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 July 2018 20:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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