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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B00000DR5D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ricochet: Part One - Tangerine Dream
2. Ricochet: Part Two - Tangerine Dream

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And may I say IMHO, I love this album!
D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon"
There are small drum and electric guitar parts here and there, but for the most part this is a synth-dominated album with very quiet textures.
Jeffrey J.Park
If you buy only 2 or 3 Tangerine Dream albums, RICOCHET should be one of them.
Michael Paulsen

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is the very short account of the succesful concert tour of 1974-1975, promoting previous two albums. TD musicians have confessed to listening to hundreds of hours of 'awful' experimental concert music of their own - just to select the best for publication. Why did they describe it this way is beyond my comprehension. Ricochet is one of the most imaginative experimental work of all times. There are many bootlegs out there, all documenting the performances, one by one. I do not have access to these recordings, but if they come even close to Ricochet, then they are worth every price.
Ricochet was the first official concert album, the first one of the very succesful series that followed in the course of the following ten years. You may admire their mastery and innovation while listening to their studio albums, one different from the other, each and every one of them a milestone in the electronic roots genre. Nevertheless, their concert works set me on my knees. No doubt about that one. In the 70s they did not have a clue what they were going to perform while on stage. They just entered the hall, sat behind the mighty synthesizers, Moogs and mellotrons, and one of them would usually start the sound to oscillate between the speakers, audience slowly coming to a hush. Then, one after one, they would take a journey into musical landscape, completely on the spur of the moment, improvising in the real time as they heard what their colleagues were currently playing. Mutually inspired, they would compose simultaneously, without any preparation. That the result are tunes and multithreaded suites? Well, it takes ingenuity. That's really all it takes. I admire beyond description their ability to improvise.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Paulsen on August 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Love 'em or hate 'em, German electronic stalwarts Tangerine Dream have been churning out music now for over 30 years -- maddeningly prolific, spanning numerous labels and wildly different phases. If you buy only 2 or 3 Tangerine Dream albums, RICOCHET should be one of them. Released in 1975, shortly after their seminal Virgin label debut PHAEDRA, RICOCHET is one of the best electronic sequencer albums of all time and also an astounding live performance that sounds like a studio album. In other words, don't be put off by the live aspect of this album. RICOCHET encompasses the very best of experimental (and eminently listenable) electronic music in the 70's. "Ricochet Part 2" is one of the highlights in all of electronic music.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Junglies VINE VOICE on May 25, 2003
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Years ago, far far away in a distant galaxy, well sort of, I attended one of the first Tangerine Dream concerts held in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. Sitting five rows from the front in the stalls, I was able to see things that many others could not...the musicians. On that tour they wanted the audience to focus on the music so they were cloaked in darkness on the stage with a screen to pick up from the music and have pictures projected on it. At the interval and at the end the musicians merely left the stage without a word and the concert was over.
To me this was a remarkable contrast to many others who were performing at the time and it struck me that they had a similar attitude towards their work as the Grateful Dead who were a different type of pioneering, improvisational "rock" band.
A few years later I listened intently to a live broadcast of Tangerine Dream live at Coventry Cathedral. If I remember correctly it was one of the BBC's earliest stereo broadcasts which I taped at the time and listened too many times over the years until the tape snapped.
Ricochet is an edited version of that concert and another in France. It is somewhat of a disappointment in that there is evidence of overdubs and considerable editing which is a shame because it really does not reflect the spontanaeity of the original concert. The fact that they were even able to perform live at all is somewhat of a miracle anyway but it really is a shame that there are no real recordings of the earlier concerts in official circulation.
Tangerine Dream were an awesome band in those early years when their sound was new, original and path-breaking. Today they are rightly considered to be one of the precursors of ambient and trip-hop. Ricochet is not the monument it should have been.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on April 21, 2007
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This live album was released hot on the heels of their 1975 masterpiece Rubycon and has a similarly gothic and gloomy atmosphere. In contrast with other live albums however, this sounds just like it was recorded in the studio - the sound quality is excellent and the audience can not be heard at all (apart from the beginning and end of the piece). Ricochet was cobbled together from live performances recorded during the autumn of 1975 in both France and Britain. If the recording was taken from a number of separate performances, there is no evidence of that in terms of sound quality - furthermore, I feel that the the performances were seamlessly and expertly "stitched together".

The lineup on Ricochet is the classic incarnation of the band: Edgar Froese (electric guitar; bass guitar; mellophonium; mellotron; VCS3 Synthi); Chris Franke (double moog synthesizer; Synthi A; organ; piano; VCS3; drums); and Peter Baumann (Organ; Synthi A; Flute; electric piano; VCS3). The guys put in a great performance and Edgar throws in some slightly distorted electric guitar work to spice things up a bit.

The 38'14" Ricochet composition is split into two parts including Ricochet (Pt. 1 - 17'03") and Ricochet (Pt. 2 - 21'11"). The music is classic Tangerine Dream, with loads of brooding analog synthesizers, pulsating sequencers, and dreamy atmospheres. There are small drum and electric guitar parts here and there, but for the most part this is a synth-dominated album with very quiet textures. As can be imagined, there are elements of albums like Rubycon and Stratosphere (1976) on Ricochet. A very nice combination in fact.

All in all, this is a great album from the classic mid-1970's period of the bands' output and is highly recommended along with Phaedra (1974); Rubycon; and Stratosphere.
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