39444-2 White Eagle
Produced by Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Released on March 1982
UK CHART POSITION #57
Find it at GEMM
39444-2 cover
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K ronomyth 16.0: DREAMWERKS. The opening minutes of “Mojave Plan” sound like the score to an imaginary horror movie. It’s a terrifying introduction to what turns out to be a remarkably accessible album of streamlined (by TD’s usual standards) synthesizer music. White Eagle has never been one of my favorite TD albums for the reason that it seems superficial; all of the action and melody takes place on the surface, without the deep undercurrents that ran through works like Phaedra and Force Majeure. In fact, the music isn’t that much different from what Kraftwerk, Ultravox and other non-symphonic electronic bands (I’ve always viewed the early TD albums as tone poems) were making at the time. The influence of Johannes Schmoelling (sounds like “bowling”) seems more pronounced on this album, since I usually credit him with the smattering of strange and decidedly modern sounds that drift in and out of the music. The herky-jerky “Midnight In Tulo” (shades of Devo) is especially atypical for a band that until recently seemed as predictable as rain in April. However, over the years, I’ve returned to White Eagle often as a vacation from some of their heavier works. Fans of the Dream’s classic period may not view White Eagle as an essential purchase (or much anything after 1980), but those more interested in stimulation than meditation will appreciate the Schmoelling years, as the band developed a certain “compactness” coupled with fresh sounds that suit shorter attention spans (the side-long “Mojave Plan” actually functions as four separate songs). I own the 1994 definitive edition remaster and it sounds fantastic; the liner notes are on the skimpy side, but the disc is shiny and blue which counts for something. There’s also a review of this on All Music Guide, during which I was disillusioned with the Exit/Eagle direction (I’ve lightened up a little since then).

TRACK LISTING

  1. MOJAVE PLAN    20:06
  2. MIDNIGHT IN TULA    3:59
  3. CONVENTION OF THE 24    9:35
  4. WHITE EAGLE    4:34

    All compositions by Edgar Froese/Chris Franke/Johannes Schmoelling

CREDITS

CHRIS FRANKE --
EDGAR FROESE -- sleeve design
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING --
Monique Froese -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER/NET March 1982 Virgin LP 204 563-320  
UK/US March 1982 Virgin LP V2226  
CAN 1982 Virgin LP/CS VL/VL4-2235  
JPN 1982 Virgin LP VIP-6994 picture sleeve
UK 1985 Virgin LP OVED150  
UK 1984 Virgin CD CDV 2226  
UK 1994 Virgin CD TAND2 definitive edition remaster
US May 1994 Virgin CD 39444-2 definitive edition remaster

 

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