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  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000025JRM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mid-priced reissue of the Tangerine Dream co-founder's solo debut, originally released on Virgin in 1974. Four tracks. Also features the original cover art.

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This is Edgar Froese's first solo album.
David H. Douglas
The sleeve notes make much of the artificial head recording system used to capture the stereo effect of the environmental sounds incorporated here.
Steve Benner
"Panorphelia" is basically a pulsing synth sound with lots of great Mellotron.
BENJAMIN MILER

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on May 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Edgar Froese's solo career has spanned all of the years since Tangerine Dream first signed with Virgin and represents an important and less showy side to his music. It has to be said, though, that his solo releases tend to be less well structured and show far less development than some of the contemporaneous TD releases. There are times, indeed, when they seem to be little more than sketches or musical doodlings, slipped into circulation to keep the fans quiet! Fortunately, that isn't the case here: "Aqua" was the first Froese solo release (dating from 1974, shortly after "Phaedra") and it is also just about the best, I'd say, with the music being almost as fulsome as the full band's output of the time.
Stylistically, "Aqua" is something of a hybrid between TD's newer Mellotron-driven sound of "Phaedra" and earlier works, like "Zeit", which used large amounts of `pure' electronics from early synthesisers like the VCS3, and the Farfisa organ. The two major works on the album are `Aqua' and `NGC891'. These both add a new element-rare in TD's music generally-taped environmental sounds.
`Aqua' uses the sound of running water and gurgling synth voices to introduce a 17-minute study of water-like sounds, beneath brittle, reverberating rattles that suggest the creak and groan of large ice structures, and soaring choirs of synthetic voices. The work is both peaceful and eerie, and very reminiscent of the second movement of "Zeit", `Nebulous Dawn'. This is one of Froese's (and TD's) finest tracks.
The 10-minute long `Panorphelia' makes use of the pulsed white noise idea of `Movements of a Visionary' from "Phaedra".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2002
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"Aqua" is the first solo album of Edgar Froese, the founder of Tangerine Dream, an album recorded in early 1974, on the wave of the band's international success, "Phaedra". The album shows how great Edgar's compositional input was in these ancient times. Sadly, this wasn't so in the 1980s. For this reason, and because of the objective qualities of Aqua, I dare say that this album is a must-have for all Tangerine Dream fans, especially those who love the band's music from the early period - and for those who like good electronic music with an experimental bent.
'Aqua', the long title track, is a long moody suite, which is dream-like, nostalgic, detached. With just organs and early 'analog' synthesizers, Edgar Froese paints musical landscapes which seem to be a journey into the unknown. Captivated, you will be listening to this track over and over again. I claim that there is hardly better music to accompany reading. With a minimal instrumentarium, Edgar Froese was able to deliver so much emotion, so much soul-inspiring content, that it's hard to believe. None of his later albums are as good as this one. This is a masterpiece of electronic music.
'NGC891', another long suite, starts with a lovely analog sound imitating the aircraft sound, you know the one; I am sure you have spent endless hours as a kid out there, in the open field, in the forest, in the meadow, inspecting bugs, wonders of nature in complete silence, to suddenly hear this distant roar of a supersonic aircraft, startling you for a second or two. For me, this is the album of impressions from my childhood. Then, after a few minutes, a bubbling basso continuo enters, and the track becomes a fast journey into the clouds of imagination.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on December 2, 2005
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Recorded largely during the winter of 1973/74 and released in 1974, this masterwork was the first solo effort by Edgar Froese, who just happens to be the motivating force behind the gothic, electronica giant Tangerine Dream. The four pieces on Aqua range from the 6'31" Upland, to the lengthy 16'58" title track Aqua. Musically, this album brings the experimental aspects of Atem (1973) and Phaedra (1974) together with the brooding, grey soundscapes found on Rubycon (1975) to create an excellent work of what is referred to as electronic "art" music. As to be expected, pulsating, throbbing, and bubbling analog synthesizers abound and include the mellotron, along with low-frequency "bass" sequenced parts and melody lines played on one of the synthesizers made by Bob Moog (double moog?) although the exact model is not cited. If I am not mistaken I did hear some sounds that reminded me of a VCS 3 and an ARP Pro Soloist/ARP 2600 although this is not entirely clear (there was only a limited instrument listing). It is worth noting that Chris Franke (also of Tangerine Dream) was featured on the piece NGC 891 where he contributed parts on the moog synthesizer. In addition to synthesizers, there is an organ part on Upland and "found sounds" are present on a few tracks including the sound of flowing water on the opening piece Aqua, in addition to snippets of pre-recorded automobile and airplane sounds on NGC 891. As suggested in the liner notes, I listened to "Side 2 (NGC 891 and Upland) with headphones to fully appreciate the "revolutionary artificial head system" developed by Gunther Brunschen.Read more ›
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