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Le Parc

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bois de Boulogne (Paris)
  2. Central Park (New York)
  3. Gaudi Park (Guell Garden Barcelona)
  4. Tiergarten (Berlin)
  5. Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple Kyoto)
  6. Le Parc (L.A. - Streethawk)
  7. Hyde Park (London)
  8. The Cliffs of Sydney (Sydney)
  9. Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle Us
  • ASIN: B0007TKFRC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on May 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The theme of this album is, as the title suggests, park spaces around the world. At first glance, the concept appears unassuming and hardly feels the topic for great musical expression. Bear in mind, though, that Tangerine Dream are masters of musical landscape and this topic certainly has given them scope aplenty to demonstrate this mastery. The hallmark Tangerine Dream electronic textures have been enhanced on several tracks by the inclusion of appropriate environmental recordings (of children playing, traffic passing and gulls crying over the sound of the sea) all of which add to the sense of actually being there.
Thus we can't help but feel the bustle and vibrancy of 'Le Parc (L.A. Streethawk)', enjoy the expansive views from 'The Cliffs of Sydney (Sydney)' and become involved in the daring of the skateboarders of 'Central Park (New York)'. Every inch of this musical journey is a delight, from the well-ordered lawns of 'Tiergarten (Berlin)' and the impressive but civilised beauty of 'Gaudi Park (Guell Garden, Barcelona)' to the vast imposing grandeur of 'Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)'. This latter comes complete with haunting Amerindian tonalities and Clare Torry's wordless evocation of an ancient and almost forgotten spirit-world. Particularly beautiful too are the synthesised oriental flutes, strings and drums that portray the mystical peace of 'Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto)' and which provide a perfect setting for Katja Brauneis' exquisite wordless vocals.
My only complaint about this disc is that there is simply not enough of it! Just less than 40 minutes in duration, it is decidedly slim fare by today's CD standards.
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Le Parc(1985). Tangerine Dream's 20th(?) studio album.

Although Germany-based electronic music group Tangerine Dream has been around since the late 60s, their career can technically be divided into several different periods. Not by the decades per se, but rather by their tenure with certain record companies throughout the years. For instance, the first several albums from the late 60s until 1973 all came from what is known as the "Pink years". This was when TD were exploring what kind of sound that they wanted to perform, highlighted with albums like Alpha Centauri(1971) and Zeit(1972). In 1973 they signed a ten year contract with Virgin Records and went through the "Virgin years" phase, considered to be their most popular period, starting with Phaedra(1975) and ending with Hyperborea(1983). 1984 was a low profile year for TD, seeing as they were involved with many soundtracks at the time. However, they managed to sign another contract which resulted in the "Blue years". It's not their most well known period, and it only lasted a few albums, but it was the last really important phase to date, and churned out a few masterpieces of instrumental synth-score work. This is where Le Parc comes in.

By the mid 80s, keyboard and synthesizer technology had advanced far enough to incorporate a wide variety of soundscapes which had drastically improved from the beginning of the decade. Afterall, pop music groups were (attempting to) utilize this technology in their own ways, although very few could pull it off well. Thank god for TD to show the rest how it's done.
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The theme of this album is, as the title suggests, park spaces around the world. At first glance, the concept appears unassuming and hardly feels the topic for great musical expression. Bear in mind, though, that Tangerine Dream are masters of musical landscape and this topic certainly has given them scope aplenty to demonstrate this mastery. The hallmark Tangerine Dream electronic textures have been enhanced on several tracks by the inclusion of appropriate environmental recordings (of children playing, traffic passing and gulls crying over the sound of the sea) all of which add to the sense of actually being there.

Thus we can't help but feel the bustle and vibrancy of 'Le Parc (L.A. Streethawk)', enjoy the expansive views from 'The Cliffs of Sydney (Sydney)' and become involved in the daring of the skateboarders of 'Central Park (New York)'. Every inch of this musical journey is a delight, from the well-ordered lawns of 'Tiergarten (Berlin)' and the impressive but civilised beauty of 'Gaudi Park (Guell Garden, Barcelona)' to the vast imposing grandeur of 'Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)'. This latter comes complete with haunting Amerindian tonalities and Clare Torry's wordless evocation of an ancient and almost forgotten spirit-world. Particularly beautiful too are the synthesised oriental flutes, strings and drums that portray the mystical peace of 'Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto)' and which provide a perfect setting for Katja Brauneis' exquisite wordless vocals.

My only complaint about this disc is that there is simply not enough of it! Just less than 40 minutes in duration, it is decidedly slim fare by today's CD standards.
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