VI 2010 Phaedra
Produced by Edgar Froese
Released on February 1974
UK CHART POSITION #15 . . . US CHART POSITION #196 . . . GOLD RECORD
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VI 2010 cover  

P haedra is considered by many to be the band’s magnum opus. The side-long title track is a high-water mark in electronic music: a tone poem for the postmodern age that could have come from the pages of Fantastic Journey, so equally intimate and alien is its effect. The piece begins as an amorphous cloud of energy, like a star in infancy, before heartbeat-like rhythms draw the listener along a path peopled by alien shapes that proceed from and recede again into the blackness. This is brilliant stuff: more than just music you can synchronize your lava lamp to. The second side of music features shorter pieces that are suitably restricted in scope and effect. “Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares” picks up where the title track leaves off: a mellotron sets the tone of religious solemnity, and is broadened and embellished, resulting in a standing study rather than a mind-expanding journey. “Movements of a Visionary” is tentative and eerie, grounded by a sped-up Jack-in-the-box effect and a handful of interesting sounds; listeners are likely to recognize the piece’s potential influence on the soundtrack music to the “Friday the 13th” movies, which is unfortunate. The final “Sequent C” is a brief, airy piece led by Baumann’s flute. If but for the title track alone, Phaedra is required listening for fans of Tangerine Dream. The band is clearly in uncharted territory here, and the discoveries they make are fascinating if not revelatory.

VI 2010 inner gatefold VI 2010 back cover
VI 2010 inner gatefold VI 2010 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. PHAEDRA    (Chris Franke/Edgar Froese/Peter Baumann)   
  2. MYSTERIOUS SEMBLANCE AT THE STRAND OF NIGHTMARES    (Edgar Froese)   
  3. MOVEMENTS OF A VISIONARY    (Chris Franke/Edgar Froese/Peter Baumann)   
  4. SEQUENT C'    (Peter Baumann)   

CREDITS

PETER BAUMANN -- organ, e-piano, vcs3 synth, flute
CHRIS FRANKE -- moog syntheziser, keyboards, vcs3 s.A
EDGAR FROESE -- mellotron, guitar-bass, vcs3 synthi, organ, sleeve design, cover painting
Phil Becque -- engineer

return to TANGERINE DREAM discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER 1974 Virgin LP 87761IT gatefold cover
UK February 1974 Virgin LP/CS V/VIC 2010 gatefold cover
US February 1974 Virgin LP/CS VR13-108 gatefold cover
AUS'L   Festival LP L 35138  
BRA   Phonogram LP 912 4127  
CAN   Virgin LP/CS V/TCV 2010  
FRA 1974 Virgin LP 2933 723 gatefold cover
ISR   Virgin LP V 2010  
UK/US   Virgin LP OVED 25  
US March 1984 Virgin Int'l LP VI 2010 gatefold cover
  Feb/Apr 1995 Virgin CD/CS 90933  
UK 1995 Virgin CD TAND5  
GER 1995 EMI CD 840 062 digital remaster
US July 23, 1996 Virgin CD/CS 86064  
UK   Virgin CD CDV 2010  

 

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