23099-2 Oasis
Produced by Edgar Froese
Released on October 28, 1997
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Find it at GEMM
23099-2 cover
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D id you know that the Canyon Dreams video sold over a million copies in the US? You can bet that Miramar did, so here we are (again) with another southwestern landscape sampler. I’ve toured the southwest and I can tell you that the land was made for music. One note, flat. But we’re talking about the spiky anomalies here: the deep canyons, improbable mesas and architectural oddities. Daliesque nightmares, but can you dance to them? Apparently, yes. Tangerine Dream had largely devolved into a brand by this stage, a business really. Froese & Son: Electronic Confectioners Since 1969. I’ve got a sweet tooth for the stuff, so I’m not griping. “Zion,” “Flashflood,” “Chia Maroon,” right up my alley. But if this had come from, say, the Natural Sounds Orchestra or some such faceless concern, I’d be talking about this as product rather than music. Instead, because it says Tangerine Dream on the cover, I stick my head deep in the crannies and crevices looking for (and finding) the lost space spelunkerers of old. I come back with a report that says “Waterborne is crystallized mist descending.” I come back with a report that says “Cedar Breaks is a quasi-religious meditation on nature.” And I keep coming back because the candy of Tangerine Dream hasn’t cost me a tooth yet. Oasis, in case you’re wondering, didn’t sell a million copies or even half that here. The canyon dream was over. But it is a good album of new music, not an empty soundtrack. Percolating sounds, humid banks of synthesizers, snappy club beats and some of the old Tangerine magic conspire to make this a passable, pleasant journey. Some of the proper releases from this period (Goblins’ Club, Turn of the Tides) have more to offer, but not much more, so feel free to slip into Oasis if you want to sit down for a spell and relax. There's also a review of this at All Music Guide.

23099-2 back picture booklet
23099-2 back picture booklet

TRACK LISTING

  1. FLASHFLOOD
  2. ZION
  3. REFLECTIONS
  4. CLIFF DWELLERS
  5. WATERBORNE
  6. CEDAR BREAKS
  7. SUMMER STORM
  8. HOPI MESA HEART
  9. (*CD bonus track:) CHIA MAROON

    All musical material entirely composed by Edgar Froese and Jerome Froese

CREDITS

EDGAR FROESE -- soundtage mix and sound morphing
JEROME FROESE -- recording engineer

return to TANGERINE DREAM discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER 1997 Tangerine Dream Int'l CD TDI-007CD  
US October 28, 1997 Miramar CD/CS 23099  
EEC 1998 Tangerine Dream Int'l CD EFACD 63009  
US 1998 Miramar VHS/DVD 21045 video feat. first 7 tracks
FRA February 2007 Dark Peak 2CD 3 repackaged w. GREAT WALL OF CHINA


SUGGESTED VIEWING

If you're thirsting for more on this, you can purchase the film Oasis at GEMM. I haven't seen it, so I can't tell you much, although I did enjoy the video for Grand Canyon.

 

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