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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000024HQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Force Majeure is a 1979 electronic music album released by the German group Tangerine Dream.
James R. Wharton
The 14'30" closing track is also very good and features a nice mixture of spacey synths, drumming, and Edgar's electric guitar parts.
Jeffrey J.Park
Most "New Age" is sappy dreck, however the music TD makes here is better than any label can suggest.
D. Gerry

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on July 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For all of you who like "New Age Music", "Electronic Music", "World Music'', or even "Techno", owe a huge debt of gratitude to this German rock band, who along with their fellow countrymen `Kraftwerk' pioneered a whole new age of musical genres.
Originally a straight ahead Rock band the founding members of Tangerine Dream soon discovered the many amazing sounds they could get out of their instruments, and with the technology developing around them they were riding the crest of a new and exciting musical wave.
'Force Majeure' was their big breakthrough album in 1979, their thirteenth album altogether, and second for Richard Branson's Virgin Record label. The Virgin team had already had enormous success by taking a chance and releasing Michael Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' to Platinum sales worldwide, after all the major labels would not touch it. So Virgin and Tangerine Dream made very suitable partners. The first album released on Virgin had been the controversial 'Cyclone' album, when the Band had played more like a traditional Rock band including vocals whilst forsaking some of the sweeping synthesizers and ambient sounds, much to the despair of their fans.
But it only made for a quick re-think and vocalist Steve Joliffe had left the band by the time they went back into the studio. The spacey Tangerine Dream sound was back, but better than ever, with even more adventurous effects and more structure to the songs. If songs is what you call these pieces of music. The shortest piece clocks in at seven minutes and twenty one seconds, while the opening title track is a massive eighteen and a half minutes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on August 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Edgar Froese and Christoph Franke - with some assistance from Klaus Kreiger on drums - manage to recapture some earlier Tangerine Dream magic with this 1979 album. And actually go one better! For from the opening clamour of the 18-minute title track, to the final dying gasp of overdriven flanger at the album's close, "Force Majeure" presents an altogether rawer and more powerful face to the band's music than is to be found on their earlier albums. The album has some very beautiful moments - like the mournful synthesiser call used to summon calming string washes from the opening chaos - as well as many unusual surprise elements - a stream train hauls through at one point, for example. Mostly, though, it is an album of powerful synthesised tunes and pounding sequencer rhythms of the type that Tangerine Dream have made uniquely their own.
Once it gets under way, the opening (title-)track turns into a classic TD pulsing romp, with pace changes aplenty. There are strong, eminently hummable tunes aplenty too, although, refreshingly, much use is made of noisier, unpitched sounds as well, all drifting easily from idea to idea in a seamless progression. In typical Tangerine Dream fashion, some stunningly intricate (as well as beautifully simple) sequencer patterns weave their hypnotic way through the almost mystical and, at times, majestic synthesiser melodies. Exquisite! And I defy anyone not to have this on the brain for days afterwards!
The shorter (7:27) 'Cloudburst Flight' begins with a quiet acoustic guitar opening but it is not long before another strong synthesiser tune calls things to order once more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Legendre on February 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the 2nd TD album I purchased (Exit was the first). I remember standing in my driveway at night waiting for my friend to pick me up. I had Force Majeure playing in my walkman. The sounds were simply awe-inspiring. After 20-plus years of listening to and collecting TD music, this album remains one of my personal favorites. The song "Cloudburst Flight" is, quite simply, and IMHO, one of the greatest musical compositions since the immortal Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart penned his first symphony. Absolutely astounding.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Caveat emptor, potential buyers. The record Amazon ships you is not the Virgin Records original they show in the photo. It's a CEMA Special Products knock-off with mocked-up art. It's nice to have Force Majeure anyway--a prog rock milestone, and WAY spacy--but $14.50 (with shipping and handling) is a lot to pay for what is essentially a Columbia House reprint with fake album art. Star Rating: Virgin Records original : 4 stars The version you get here: 2 stars
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Gerry on April 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I discovered this record when I was [quite young]...I'd seen Risky Business, which they did the music for, and my older brother had brought home a nicely transfered vinyl-to-metal tape recording of TD's music from college. On that tape's 1st side was Tangram and on side 2 - Force Majeure.
I heard the music and was floored...and needless to say my brother never got his tape back!
People, this is a record that makes a whole category of music at the shop justifiable. Most "New Age" is sappy dreck, however the music TD makes here is better than any label can suggest. When I think of 'space music' or 'Krautrock' that one can thoroughly enjoy - this is it.
There's NOTHING like getting comfortable in the dark and putting this classic on the hi-fi. It's like meditation in orbit - or an O.O.B.E. in your very own living room.
The mystic ancients would be jealous to not live in our time and be able to hear this!
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