Green Desert Import, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, December 27, 2011
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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.
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.
With its downtempo, otherworldly ambiance, this album never fails to set the mood. Perfect for late-night drives, stormy nights, or just hanging out in a dark room with candles, to send you along an aural journey. Great chill-out stuff. Sparse, dreamy, and meandering. Give it a try. I especially love to cue up this album on vinyl and get supine on my chaise longue with a glass of scotch. Kosmische musik par excellence.
This album is, unfortunately, not without some controversy, which I think distracts people from approaching the music with an open mind. Some regard it as a throwaway recording, in that it was originally a set of demos banished into the vault, only to be exhumed as a gee-whiz restoration project some 12 years later. Others have a gripe about this album because they were expecting a recording that sounded like the Tangerine Dream of 1974, and instead received a recording that sounded suspiciously like the Tangerine Dream of 1986. I say ignore all that noise, just go into "Green Desert" with a naive mind. While this album feels like an oddball, unable to find a place within the rest of Tangerine Dream's discography (imagine the love-child of "Zeit" and "Phaedra" born in the technological time of "Exit"), by accident or by deliberation, I think "Green Desert" really works.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I own the older non remastered version of this release and Ill admit theres not much from their pre-Private music catalog I really dont like except for moments of Cyclone (i.e. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Theo
This is the all time classic that survives all tests of time, can listen to this to always lift my spiritsPublished on September 24, 2013 by Carol A De Felice
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. Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Phasedin
I certainly am no expert on Tangerine Dream; however, I have heard the two albums previous to this, Atem (1973) and Zeit (1972). Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by R. Westfall
This album, it is claimed, was due to be Tangerine Dream's fifth release for the German record label, Ohr, in 1973. Read morePublished on May 5, 2008 by Steve Benner
Originally recorded in 1973 without Peter Baumann (Peter had taken a short break from the band), Green Desert was not released until 1986. Read morePublished on June 25, 2007 by R. Legendre
I agree with other reviewers about the weakness of the shorter tracks here, but I must point out that the title track accounts for more than half the album's total running time ... Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by Albatross