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Stratosfear

Tangerine DreamAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00000DR5J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stratosfear
2. The Big Sleep In Search Of Hades
3. Am At The Marsh From Okefenokee
4. Invisible Limits

Editorial Reviews

Tangerine Dream hit the U.S. charts again with this 1977 LP, which gave piano and guitar (not to mention harmonica and harpsichord) equal billing with the synths and effects. The hypnotizing title piece joins Invisible Limits; The Big Sleep in Search of Hades , and more!

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Date With A Tangerine Dream February 6, 2004
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In 1975, I was still in college with my most recent subscription Rolling Stone in my lap, when I noticed a curious advertisement.
It pictured a black box on a floor. On the side of the cube that could not be seen from "camera" angle, the box was opening, throwing a ghastly light on a woman, cringing wide-eyed and screaming, perched atop a chair in her throws of agony.
The caption read: "There Is No Escape From A Tangerine Dream."
Of course, this was "the" announcement for Stratosfear and the introduction proper to the USA of the German band. Curiosity got the best of me, and with no inclination what-so-ever, I took a slash! I plunked my hard-earned money down and took home The Dream, and I've been with her ever since. Up to that point, the earlier albums (phaedra and the progenitors) were only available as "import" albums, at least in my cow-college town in eastern Washington state.
I have to say, I've been entranced reading almost every review for all these "old" and "new" TD albums here. It has been quite entertaining, especially the divisions between the old fans and the newer, in what they like. Franke-ly (pun-intended, I missed his leaving), I like them all! Each incarnation of TD has something new and creative to offer, and at my age, if I don't keep an open mind, and enjoy new flavors of the month, then I might as well just lock myself in my room with my Beatles, James Taylor, and Pink Floyd records and never come out.
For those of you actually reading this review, here's what I really have to say. Start your Dream collection with this CD. Then work your way slowly in both directions (before and after).
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great tunes; shame about the CD January 21, 2000
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In the 1970s, each new Tangerine Dream album seemed destined to redefine the band anew. Their fourth album for Virgin, "Stratosfear", was no exception. Released in 1976, this album saw the band departing from their previous explorative and improvisatory style, moving instead towards a style more readily associated with the world of pop music. In short, the album proved once and for all to those doubting souls that the band members were perfectly capable of writing a catchy tune if they wanted to! For there is absolutely no shortage of tunes on this disc, all of them highly memorable, from the brash and aggressive synthesiser lead of the title track, right through to the closing lilting mellotron line of 'Invisible Limits'.
The general sound world is rather different from earlier Tangerine Dream albums too: something that is obvious from the very opening, with its gentle guitar introduction. For although the earlier hallmark swept filter treatments are still very much in evidence throughout the disc, this album uses many more synthesiser voices that are imitative of traditional instruments (albeit usually with a new twist) than can be found on earlier TD albums. Whereas previously the extension of the sound world into new and previously unexplored realms was the main aim, here the band is clearly more concerned with the traditional musical elements of harmony and counterpoint - as well as with a somewhat punchier presentation.
Not that there is anything the slightest bit traditional about the music on this disc, mind. All four tracks here are routed firmly in the world of 1970's synthesiser music. They are all good strong compositions with a nice amount of variety of pace, mood and style.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great album released in 1976 that shows the band weaving aspects of psychedelic rock into their electronic compositions.

The musicians on Stratosfear comprise the classic TD lineup and include Chris Franke (mini-moog, Hammond organ, percussion, loop mellotron, and harpsichord); Edgar Froese (mellotron, mini-moog, 6 & 12 string guitars, grand piano, bass guitar, harmonica); and Peter Baumann (mini-moog, Project electronic rhythm computer, Fender electric piano, and mellotron). Just a quick scan of the instrumentation indicates that this is a mellotron-heavy album with instruments typically associated with a rock band, e.g. guitars, bass guitar, and (believe it or not) a harmonica. Trust me, they do a great job of making the harmonica sound "otherworldy" and eerie and it fits right in with the generally creepy mood of the album.

The individual tracks are somewhat short by TD standards and range in length from 4'32" to 11'35". My general impression of the overall sound is that along with the brooding electronica, there is a bit more of a psychedelic feel to the tracks (especially The Big Sleep in Search of Hades). Specifically, there are times when the music sounds like the dreamier moments of late 1960s Pink Floyd...the track Julia Dream comes to mind in fact. This has a lot to with the instrumentation, which includes passages of bass guitar, acoustic piano/Hammond organ (with minute modulations in minor keys a la Rick Wright) harpsichord, heavily echoed mellotron (with flute setting), and soft electric guitar. Of course this is a Tangerine Dream album however, and the psych passages pretty much take a back seat to the pulsating and brooding electronic soundscapes that made them famous. I just love the combination though.

All in all this is yet another wonderful album by Tangerine Dream and is highly recommended along with all of their albums released from 1970-1980.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential classic Tangerine Dream...
If you prefer the early to middle period TD, this one is a classic you can't do without. The cinematic, slightly horror-tinged melodies stick with you. Read more
Published 7 months ago by W. D. Gagliani
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal record
Newcomer to Tangerine Dream. Decided to start here, and made a great call, as this is a fantastic record. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jim Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Their first truly great album
Tangerine Dream

Stratosfear

(Virgin 1976)

In this, TD allows their imaginations to run free musically for the first time and the result is... Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars tangerine dreams masterpiece
I absolutely love this album. Yes Phaedra is a heavenly adventure and Rubycon is a minor masterpiece, but Stratosfear is a *solidified* classic. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite so far.
My third - and favorite so far - purchase, speaking of Tangerine Dream. The group offers a lot to discover in their music.
Published on July 8, 2011 by Marcio Almeida
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mellotronica
If you are suffering from Mellotron-deficit-disorder, Stratosfear is the antidote.
The hot-shot this cd delivers will once again put you right with the cosmos.
Guaranteed
Published on June 13, 2011 by Chris Juergens
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stratosfear" & Out Of This World!!!
I will keep this written review short & simple... If you are a fan of the electronic music scene then most of you will know who Tangerine Dream is... Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars invisible limits of mysterious beauty
Invisible Limits epitomizes the beauty one can find within the music of Tangerine Dream if he is willing to engage his inner space and...give it time. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by Deven Gadula
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Just some classic Tangerine Dream electronic music. Not their best, but nonetheless, still nice to listen to.
Published on February 14, 2008 by Topo
5.0 out of 5 stars strange new worlds
I've always loved the early Tangerine Dream material, especially when Peter Baumann was with the group. Stratosfear was the first album I heard from TD when I was 16. Read more
Published on February 13, 2008 by John R. Watts
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