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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Castle Music America
  • ASIN: B00004C4L9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Green Desert
2. White Clouds
3. Astral Voyager
4. Indian Summer

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Colin Neal on July 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1973 but only released in the mid eighties 'Green Desert' is an example of Tangerine Dream at their best. A much darker and moodier album than usual
Miles better than any of the plinky plonly bontempi stuff they've been releasing for the past 10 years.
The title track is bleak, dark, expansive, and doesn't appear to have dated since '73. It builds up for about 20 minutes - acoustic drumming, weird percussion and ambient synths yet still manages to remain musical (unlike Journey through a burning brain). The guitar solo is the icing on the cake. Classic.
Along with Phaedra and a couple of other albums, this is Tangerine Dream's finest work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on November 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a very intriguing release; the numbers were recorded in 1973 and not released until 1986 after being remixed by Edgar Froese.

The standout is the title track, as Froese again demonstrates his expressiveness on guitar with a solo that drives the soundscape for nearly five minutes. White Clouds, Astral Voyager and Indian Summer are interesting due to the synthesized noises that weave around the keyboard-driven melodies.

While difficult to definitively rate the work in the vast TD catalog, it is an accessible album for those wishing to hear the band for the first time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Jacobs on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I can safely say that I am a Tangerine Dream fanatic, especially all the stuff up to Force Majeur, and in particular, "Phaedra" and "Rubycon." So of course when I heard that this was a lost album, that fit between "Atem" and "Phaedra," I had to check it out.
As some have mentioned, it is rather frustrating to know that Froese doctored this up a little in 1984, at a time when TD was moving a bit away from their trance inducing electronic music. Therefore, we really will never know what this album sounded like originally. To add further disappointment, the cover art is probably the lamest that I've ever seen from TD. With some of their other albums, you had to ask yourself, "what on earth is that?" But with this, it just seems stupid, because with the other albums, with their mysterious art, the music and the art reflected one another quite nicely. But okay, that's not why I took a star off.
The music on here is pretty different from the first four albums, and it has little to do with the direction they were heading on "Phaedra." At times, it seems a little inconsistent, but you should expect the unexpected with TD! The first track starts off with pulsing keyboards, played very slowly, before building up to an interesting combination of drums and simple guitar riffs. This definately has a great feel to it, and it's very soothing.
"White Clouds" follows, and for some reason I just don't like this song too much. It's got more drumming, which seems a little too percussive and rhthym based for this period of their career. Not terrible by any means, but certainly not their greatest.
The third song is great, even if it really sounds like 80's TD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I wouldn't care less if this isn't exactly the most 'sophisticated' TD album (as some casual critics have suggested). For all that I am concerned, this is a timeless masterpiece: This album shines with beauty from beginning to end. What's more, it touches your heart, body and soul with deep, resonant, healing sounds, and, at the same time, trasports your spirit to the land of your dreams! An absolutely must have for Tangerine Dream fans, as well as for those who appreciate quality New Age music...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cosmic Mike on June 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album was mixed from long forgotten tapes of Edgar Froese and Chris Frank's aborted 1973 album, without Peter Bauman who had split for a bit. But Peter returned and they scraped this stuff in favour of an album with him. In 1984 Froese remixed and added in a ton of new material that really throws this out of wack with the rest of the T.D. catalogue. To pass this off as a long lost 1973 album is a complete sham. HOWEVER it does hold some merit with its flowing passages and moments of 1973 do appear here and there but they are quickly mixed in with 1984 T.D. sound. It fights itself alot but is over all a good but not great album. Think of it as 1984 album and it makes sense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Westfall on January 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I certainly am no expert on Tangerine Dream; however, I have heard the two albums previous to this, Atem (1973) and Zeit (1972). Although this release may contain embellishments from the 1980's added on, the basic demo tape itself is probably still a major change from what the band had done before. What it has in common is passages of music with gradual change, but the instrumentation is somewhat different, using sequencers and other synthesizers for the first time. Though probably not as developed as the following albums (Phaedra, Rubycon) would be, it is still interesting in it's own right and recommended for fans of Tangerine Dream in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phasedin on September 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Created by Edgar Froese and Chris Franke during a period when 3rd member Peter Baumann was away on a vacation break. Supposedly this wasn't originally intended for release. The stories vary as to if this music was meant to be a demo for the bands new record label Virgin records (which is one repeated story i've read over the years), or simply as a starting point for some new material to be completed and re-worked after Baumann's return.
Like others here, i've always been curious exactly how much of this was recorded in 1973 and how much was added/doctored by Edgar Froese in the mid-80's for it's initial release on a vinyl box set.
Certainly the sequencer parts were added later than 1973 when the sequencers on TD albums of the period ("Phaedra"(1973), and even "Encore"(1977) for instance) were still pretty simplistic one note pulses usually throbbing a simple 4/4 rhythm.
However, thankfully, unlike TD's mid-80's music with it's very dated sounding early electronic drum machine patterns,the percussion here appears to be real acoustic drums played by Chris Franke which lend a nicer,more organic and substantial feel to the music (to my ears). Quite rare anytime after, say, the late 70's, leaving me to believe that the drums at least were from the original 1973 sessions after which Franke pretty much gave them up for keyboards only.
No, this doesn't really fit in with the earliest TD releases (my personal favorite period actually with albums like "Zeit"), but also stand apart from the all-electronic era of the post-Peter Baumann years (say, from 1980 on, once the band re-settled on it's 3 keyboard line-up).
In the end, "Zeit" is still my favorite, along with "Rubicon" and "Atem".
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