Tangerine Dream

The Anthology Decades, Vol. 1

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This is yet another chapter in Edgar Froese's increasingly dubious habit of reinterpreting old material by remixing, remastering, re-editing, and re-recording. None of the material on The Anthology Decades, Vol. 1 is actually new, just newly recorded. “Slow Boat to China” segues into “Landing on 51" seamlessly, making for only a slightly interesting mix, but the rest follows suit and the formula becomes old hat by about the middle of the album where a cheesily redone “Shy Shila” gives way to the calculated ambience of “Sunset in the Fifth System.” The version of “Run to Vegas” is redone here with hints of some of melodies by Froese and another electronic musician who composed a score for a rather famous science fiction film in the '70s -- hints of various cues feel eerily and disturbingly familiar. The most radical reworking here is the reconstruction of “Huckabee’s Dream,” which, for all its newly applied digital technology, doesn’t carry as much of the suspense as the original. While it is fair game for any artist to revisit her or his catalog, and for whatever purpose, to re-record aspects of it, it feels at this stage like Froese is simply out of ideas and needs to keep tinkering with old ones. That’s not only too bad for his legacy as an artist, but it feels like he’s taking advantage of fans who’ve been with him for decades.

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