V2069 Romance '76
Produced by Peter Baumann
Released on September 1976
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K ronomyth 1.0: BICENTANGENTIAL. The funny thing is, I was totally into this record when I first heard it in 2002 (about 25 years after the fact). The solo Tangerine Dream albums had been pretty boring up to that point, which for me consisted mostly of a motley assortment of Froese, Franke and Schulze discs. Then I heard Haslinger’s World Without Rules, Froese’s Stuntman, and now I’m not so in love with Romance ’76. It’s still a solid solo album that puts Peter Baumann on a level with co-creators Franke and Froese which, as the “cute” one in Tangerine Dream, may come as a surprise to some. Yet it’s not the rich world of discovery it might have been. What first struck me as the disc’s directness now seems slightly superficial; the classically influenced “Meadow of Infinity” appears a poor man’s Carmina Baumana in spots, while the opening “Bicentennial Present” feels unfinished. Of course, in a dark room with headphones, Romance ’76 is an interesting experience. So are any number of Klaus Schulze discs. So is an electric clock. I’m not retracting my favorable opinion of this album, or the fact that it’s still better than I expected from the ostensibly “junior” member of Tangerine Dream (Franke is actually a few months younger), I’m simply inching away from my original “best TD solo album you’ve never heard” review (which you can still read here at All Music Guide.) Stylistically, the first side sounds like contemporary Tangerine Dream scaled down (“Bicentennial Present”) or Grosses Vater (“Romance,” and that would be a reference to Cluster’s Grosses Vasser), while the second side is a mix of classical and electronic music that isn’t likely to overshadow the work of Igor Stravinsky anytime soon but has its share of interesting shadows suitable for dark rooms. Since I have heard Repeat Repeat (sub-Numan nonsense) and suspect Strangers is a repeat of the same, Romance ’76 and Trans Harmonic Nights represent the bulk of Baumann’s solo work, with this record the most likely to please Tangerine Dream classicists (i.e., fans of the band’s 1970s output).

TRACK LISTING

  1. BICENTENNIAL PRESENT    4:46
  2. ROMANCE    6:02
  3. PHASE BY PHASE    7:35
  4. MEADOW OF INFINITY (PART 1)    (18:35 total time for tracks 4-6)
  5. THE GLASS BRIDGE
  6. MEADOW OF INFINITY (PART 2)

    All tracks written by Peter Baumann

CREDITS

PETER BAUMANN -- instruments, mixing
H. Baumann -- conductor (4)
Members of The Philharmonic Orchestra Munich -- (4)
Ottmar Bergler -- mixing
Cooke-Key Associates London -- cover
Mary Hillman -- make up

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER 1976 Virgin LP 28 311 XOT  
UK 1976 Virgin LP V2069  
US September 1976 Virgin LP PZ-34897  
FRA 1976 Virgin LP 2473 713  
JPN 1976 Virgin LP YX-7173-VR  
JPN   Virgin LP VIP-6917  
UK   Virgin CD CDV-2609  

 

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