Tangerine Dream

Best of the Blue Years, Vol. 2

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This second volume in the Castle Music presentation of Tangerine Dream's Blue Years period from the early '70s is highly debatable. There is more of an argument to be made for the premise that none of the albums these cuts were taken from can even be considered accurately outside their individual contexts. Nonetheless, if one is looking for a smattering of cuts in the evolution of Tangerine Dream's style from the early, formless and sheer, sparse scariness of Electronic Meditation, Zeit, Alpha Centauri, and Atem, where seemingly free structures and alien sounds were prevalent, toward the more sequenced, trancelike and deliberately composed works beginning with the likes of Green Desert and Rubycon, this is a decent comp. All of this material is worth hearing and ranks incrementally very high. That said, this is a snapshot, a series of details more than a complete aural photograph, and should be treated as such.

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