Tangerine Dream

The Bootmoon Series: Montreal, April 9th, 1977

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For all their ethereal image as the godfathers of German synthesizer music, Tangerine Dream could rock. Reproducing their studio work live was, in the mid-'70s, a virtual impossibility, so they did what so many Krautrock bands did on-stage -- they improvised. This 1977 set from Montreal (part of a series officially released after circulating for years as fan tapes and bootlegs) is imaginatively divided into six "movements," all of which show they'd learned how to make full use of what was really quite primitive technology. There's plenty of sequencing, and the drum patterns, by the very limits of the time, are simplistic. Nonetheless, they're used to good effecting, heightening and slackening tension. It's not prog rock, all twiddly bits and technique, and it's certainly not jazz with the harmonic progressions. It's something different, not really grounded in the past, but more blocks of sound that are textures and colors. But when electric guitar slices through it all, it's as if Chuck Berry were jamming with an orchestra from Jupiter. Never mind the introspection -- Tangerine Dream live were more than able to quicken the pulse.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 19:12
2 23:42
3 24:18
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