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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.Read more ›
TD for life!
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Force Majeure runs very close to Tangram as one of their all time greats !Published 1 month ago by Dan Tracy
The first time I ever made love, this album was playing in the background - we were transported to a magical space where we spent the weekend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Kaz
Force Majeure, released in 1979 on Virgin Records, typifies the progressive rock era of the hyperprolific German electronic music band Tangerine Dream. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Silverstone
Seems to have less intensity as I remember it on the Record I used to have???Published 6 months ago by Charles Batchelor
Force Majeure, quite easily one of Tangerine Dream's best songs. The album ends with the iconic sounds of "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" used in "Igneous" an excerpt version of the song... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Liliana
I'll be honest. I put TD on, usually ( not always ) when I go to bed. Not because it's boring, but because it occupies my conscious mind, while my subconscious prepares for sleep. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Misha