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Pilots Of Purple Twilight: The Virgin Recordings 1980-1983 [10CDBoxset]
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Limited 10 CD set. Tangerine Dream are one of the true pioneers of electronic and ambient music, and the albums they recorded for Virgin Records between 1980 and 1983 remain classics of the genre. This set features newly remastered versions of the albums Tangram, Thief, Exit, White Eagle, Logos, Hyperborea along with the previously unreleased soundtracks from the films The Soldier, the 1982 movie directed by James Glickenhaus and The Keep from the 1983 movie directed by Michael Mann, something of a holy grail for Tangerine Dream fans. All audio has been re-mastered from the original master tapes by Ben Wiseman. Pilots of Purple Twilight also features additional previously unreleased material across 4 discs, including the full concert at The Dominion Theatre, London (November 1982). In addition to this the soundtrack to Thief includes an extended promotional only version of "Dr. Destructo", White Eagle features six bonus tracks recorded for the German television crime drama series Tatort, all of which are released for the first time on CD and digitally. Finally, Hyperborea includes five bonus tracks originally issued on the Virgin soundtrack LP for the movie Risky Business, including Tangerine Dream's biggest streaming track, Love On A Real Train. Pilots Of Purple Twilight is lavishly packaged with a hard-back book with a new essay and many rare photographs and memorabilia.
- Product Dimensions : 13.78 x 2.76 x 15.35 inches; 2.01 Pounds
- Manufacturer : Universal Uk
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Date First Available : September 22, 2020
- Label : Universal Uk
- ASIN : B08FP3SP9Q
- Number of discs : 10
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The remastered studio albums are pretty good, even if they are less than the sum of their parts. Some great music, alongside, some not such great music.
The Dominion Theatre concert is to these ears, a bit dull, especially when you consider something like the awesome Preston 1980 gig that is widely available.
The really good news for most purchasers will be the addition of The Keep and The Soldier soundtracks. The latter is particularly interesting and has some excellent music on it. I have the TDi version of The Keep and whilst this is nice to have here, I’ve never quite understood what the fuss was all about!
I would have liked to have seen more live stuff and that would have really lifted this box set and made it an essential purchase. As it is, this is good but it just doesn’t hit the heights of the 70’s set.
I skimmed through a few of the other tracks (will give a proper listen later), but the music cues on The Soldier sound very interesting. Not sure why there appear to be two Dominion live concerts though...though they appear to have been recorded on different dates, on first listen they sound almost identical.
One of the things you need to accept with TD is that they re work and reuse a lot of their music cues across different albums, and especially on the soundtrack. For example much of the music on the Tatort TV show, The Keep and The Soldier will sound very familiar from previous albums.
But my one caveat is with The Keep soundtrack. Once again its not the actual movie soundtrack, but only some of the pieces of music from the movie, and a few other (unused) tracks thrown in. My biggest disappointment is the omission of the opening title music, which is my favorite from the movie.
Plus, the track Canzone sounds like its been altered/reworked. It starts out similar to the opening title music, and then morphs into the choral section, and then back to the first section. I know there was an 'official' release of sorts of The Keep soundtrack some years back, but as I recall that contained very little music from the film. I cannot remember if this version of Canzone was on there. I would be interested to know what other think on this.
The sound quality across these disks is commendable overall but in terms of the regular albums, if you are happy enough with, say, the original 1980s CD releases, there's little reason to replace them in my view...
... Besides, I'd have to take issue with the term "remastered" here. It doesn't simply mean exhuming the master tapes and creating new dubs from them, twiddling with the equalisation, dampening the tape noise levels and widening the stereo separation. Essentially it means going back to the original instrument track tapes and recreating the pieces, as per the original production mixing process. In the case of the "Exit" album, this new rendering contains the same faults we've heard from dubs used on previous releases. Most notable is the 'Choronzon' piece where there is (still) a short sound dip, stereo narrowing and partial loss of left-channel audio about 70 seconds into the track. As such, this is neither remastering nor restoration.
On the plus side, the tracks used in the German TV series Tatort - 'Das Madchen auf der Treppe', 'Flock', 'Katja', 'Speed', 'Daydream' and 'Moorland' - are a welcome replacement for my scratchy old vinyl versions!
As noted in other reviews, soundtrack material from "The Soldier" is largely made up of short-ish cues rather than fully-fledged pieces. Many of them are adaptations of ideas from the live (allegedly!) albums "Logos" and "Poland". A nice bonus for the set but not vital.
Definitely worth having is the (apparently) genuine performance of the 1982 London Dominion concert. The first piece incorporates live renditions of some previously-released tracks and the performances of 'Midnight in Tula' and 'Dominion' have a little more sparkle than their previously-released versions on the "White Eagle" and "Logos" albums respectively.
Finally we come to the legendary soundtrack to Michael Mann's "The Keep". There are some marvellous, fully-formed pieces here, some of which took TD into very different directions compared to their normal style. Frustratingly, however, this is still not the complete soundtrack and previous - "legal" and "not-so-legal" - issues have contained more material. I can only assume that music clearance issues remain convoluted!
The "coffee table" book that comes with the set contains a large set of photographs (some previously-unpublished and a few used to publicise the band's "Poland" and "Le Parc" releases for the band's tenure with the Jive Electro label in the mid-80s, so not strictly appropriate for this release!). The accompanying text journals the band's travails during the 80-83 period and is of moderate interest.
Overall, though, I felt a tad disappointed by the package, which is a shame because there's clearly been a lot of work put into it. At a hundred quid it's not worth the present - November 2020 - asking price.
Now this one of my favorite Tangerine Dream albums. I did read somewhere that this was all written by Johannes Schmoelling as a piano piece and was hopeing that this version would be included.
Great album that even my heavy metal mates like this one.
All can say about this album is that some good tracks.
Very good album.
Okay but seems to a bit of a filler to me.
The Dominion Theatre Concert
This is the highlight album to me. But I can't make out if this same concert as Logos or has been over remixed in parts.
Good concert but a waste of a CD. As we got the full concert on the The Dominion Theatre Concert CD's.
Great album but I would loved if this was remixed into 5.1..
Okay but I don't rate it that high.
Same as Risky Business okay but I don't that high.
There is one bonus track which should of be included is Vermillon Sand's.