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Great Wall of China Import

3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Tangerine Dream Intl
  • ASIN: B00003W8BO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm not sure why this album has received bad reviews, as I find it one of my favorites of my 30+ TD works to date (yes, I'm a fan). This is indeed a soundtrack, and my personal view is that the Froese gang is at their best when they have a theme to build on. I can't say there is one track on here that I dislike, but there are some favorites to be sure. "Silence the Barking Monk" (whatta title!) flows well, with good rhythym, and plenty of layered sounds to explore while chillin' with the system turned up. "Zhu Zhanji", "No More Candles Burning", and "Lights of Beijing" are also well constructed pieces, again with lots of detail to hold your interest. Then we come to "Snow on Dragon's Peak". Wow! I didn't think they'd ever be able to capture the "mountain majesty" of "Yellowstone" (from Le Parc) again, but they did it here. This track suffers from being too short (IMHO), and could have been developed into several themes, easily being a 12 to 15 minute piece. This is one of their best tracks. This CD has enough depth for eyes-closed listening, enough rhythym for working or driving to, and enough mood for background music. Hard to see where improvements could be made here. Enjoy!
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I ordered this disc for the simple reason that I didn't own it. My first listening was through an old-fashioned stereo with massive speakers (3 way system with hefty 12 inch woofers.) The first cut on this disc is something else...bass that rattled my teeth, a galloping rhythm which progressed through the song, and washes of multilayered electronic sound effects. I kept thinking, 'how do they do this?' Cuts 3,5 and 6 bear up just as well. Back at my home, through my elegant but smaller Bose speakers, the effect is diminshed as I can't feel the air moving in the room. No, this is not the best thing TD had done, but it is certainly not the worst. I remind myself that this is a soundtrack to a movie. In all due respect to the earlier review, this disc seems to have more in common with TD's earlier work than most of their recent releases, being more abstract and less tuneful. Considering the title, the music is remarkably free of the usual rubber-band and wooden bamboo flute effects most of us westerners associate with Chinese music. This is good TD more worthy of investigation.
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Gee. I just don't know what to think or how to feel when I see that TD has released another soundtrack. It seems that all of their soundtrack work since 1990 have been very, very flat.

The only word I can come up with to describe this release is 'uninspired'. It seems as though the band was writing run of the mill songs just to crank out yet another 'soundtrack' (has anyone even HEARD of this film?). With the exception of the first track (which is very good), the rest of the album is quite boring. When compared to other TD soundtracks (check out the track "People In the News" from Miracle Mile; now THAT'S and INSPIRED song!), "Great Wall" is barely a blip on the radar.

Tangerine Dream have been around for 40 years now. Although MANY musicians have been a part of the band's lineup, you would think that TD would have PERFECTED their craft and have the ability to compose and perform amazing songs that just keep getting better with each new release. Perhaps the musical well has run dry? Forty years is a long time. Maybe they're just fresh out of ideas.

Despite these doubts, I will remain a dedicated fan and keep shelling out my money until I die. I know there's still greatness left in this band. I refuse to give up on them.
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Released in early-2000 on the TDI Music label, Edgar and Jerome Froese produced 11 interesting tracks for this motion picture soundtrack. Obviously with Eastern musical influences, the soundscape is mostly meditative, but there is some clubland sparks that smoothly slides into the mix.

The elegant Cradle of Prodigies is the standout selection, though the bouncy Meng Tien, along with Zhu Zhanji and Tiger Forest are highly expressive. There is a majestic ambience that flows throughout and it is a solid, stand-alone artistic work.
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