Tangerine Dream – Force Majeure

Fantastic electronic prog masterpiece by Edgar Froese and co.

Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure album cover

Tangerine Dream, led by Edgar Froese, are probably Germany's premier export of electronic 'rock' music. From their early experimental sounds and kosmische rock, the height of their success in the mid 70s and the soundtrack-laden 80s, through to their new-age phase in the 90s and beyond, Tangerine Dream have consistently created melodic, synth/sequenced journeys that keep their cult following coming back for more.

My introduction to Tangerine Dream was in my early years. Endless Saturday nights playing dominos with my Dad and Uncle brought me my first taste of these electro Gods in the form of an album that was created when the band were at the height of their powers. Force Majeure was the album in question and I can still remember sitting around our kitchen table (boys in the kitchen, girls in the lounge) with those famous words of a Father, 'listen to this Son, it'll change your life'. Although I was a bit young for it to be life changing in the way hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit was when I was 11, it still made me sit up and pay attention. 

Recorded in 1978 at Hansa Tonstudios in Berlin and released in 1979 on Virgin Records (V2111), the band at this point was made up of Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Klaus Krieger. The 3-track Force Majeure takes you on a trip far and wide. The musical techniques in the title track create a soundscape that have several different themes that combine into one 18-minute long masterpiece. In fact, when I was listening to this album growing up, I often found myself imagining entire 'films' with this song as the soundtrack. Everything ranging from eerie forest scenes, to thundering steam trains and alien invasions make their way into your brain.

'Cloudburst Flight' shows off the talents of Edgar Froese as a guitarist. The intensity of his solo is relentless and 'Thru Metamorphic Rocks' is a hypnotic epic, full of swirling pulsing sequencers and drum machines.

This clear vinyl first UK issue comes in a textured sleeve by Robor and a rounded inner sleeve. You can pick one of these LPs up for a fiver and it's a fantastic introduction to electronic prog music.

If you find one, get one. You won't regret it.

Track listing

Side 1

  1. Force Majeure

Side 2

  1. Cloudburst Flight
  2. Thru Metamorphic Rocks

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