VI 2044 Ricochet
Produced by Tangerine Dream
Released on December 1975
UK CHART POSITION #40
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VI 2044 cover
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I often wondered how Tangerine Dream would reproduce their amorphous tone poems on stage. Ricochet, their first live album, answers that question by avoiding it altogether, instead presenting two sides of completely new music billed simply as Part One and Part Two. In these live shows, Tangerine Dream operated as chemists in a quasi-religious laboratory of their own devising: rows of candles, acid imagery, and the trio encased in banks of synthesizers and sequencers, touching keys and twisting knobs, wizards of electronic magic. As an audiovisual experience, the early TD concerts were a wonder to behold. However, outside of some applause at the beginning and end of Ricochet, the album ceases to be anything but the next album from Tangerine Dream. Electronic sounds percolate, patterns shift, loops rise and fall, drums and cymbals come crashing in, and listeners strap themselves in for another space journey. In a developmental sense, Ricochet breaks little new ground, instead returning to the ebb and flow of electronica until a new organism should come bubbling out of it as an “Invisible Limits” or “Madrigal Meridian.” Part One is the darker of the two pieces, a deep space trip in the vicinity of Phaedra. Part Two is brighter and features a tighter pattern of sequencers, similar to the music that followed Rubycon and on. Some have championed Ricochet as one their best efforts, but I’ve always heard this as simply a swatch of the broader, classic canvas. If you’re interested, there’s live footage of the Ricochet performance on the perfectly legal and royalty-free YouTube site.

VI 2044 back cover
VI 2044 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. PART ONE    17:02
  2. PART TWO    21:13

    Composed by Chris Franke/Edgar Froese/Peter Baumann

CREDITS

PETER BAUMANN --
CHRIS FRANKE --
EDGAR FROESE --
Chris Blake -- recording engineer
Mick Glossop -- mixing engineer
Monique Froese -- cover photographs

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER/NET 1975 Virgin LP 89679XOT  
UK/CAN December 1975 Virgin LP V2044 green two virgins label
US December 1975 Virgin Int'l LP VI 2044  
AUSL 1975 Virgin LP L35736  
FRA 1975 Virgin LP 2933 718  
ITA 1975 Virgin LP VIL-1-2044  
JPN 1975 Virgin LP YX-7090-VR  
MEX 1975 Virgin LP LA-067  
YUG 1975 RTB LP LP5596  
US 1984 Virgin Int'l LP/CS VI/VIC 2044 tan labels
UK   Virgin LP/CS OVED/OVEDC 26  
NET   Virgin CD 40064  
UK/FRA 1987 Virgin CD CDV 2044  
US 1988 Virgin LP 90932  
UK 1995 Virgin CD TAND 7  
US July 23, 1996 Virgin CD 86063  

 

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