Forgotten series: Tangerine Dream – Zeit (1972)

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Ambient music, avant-garde — whatever musical tag you want to hang on it won’t be too far off, as Tangerine Dream takes us way out in the deepest outer reaches of space rock.

Zeit was a drummer-less affair, so we’re talking heavily atmospheric, not very melodic, beyond-Pink Floyd, early-electronic music here. Simply put: think an amalgam of Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets, Ummagumma, and More played at their most experimental — and lengthy — and you’ve got pretty much got Zeit down pat. All four movements clock in on average at 17-plus minutes each. Disc 2 contains a November 1972 concert called Klangwald Parts 1 and 2, held in Cologne, Germany, that plays out as early ambient music.

A 2011 reissue from Esoteric Recordings/Reactive featured superb remastering and packaging, with excellent historical liner notes and period photos of the band. (Zeit has also been reissued as a limited double blue vinyl LP release.) It’s the best representation of the early Tangerine Dream catalog that I’ve ever seen. An early masterpiece.

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Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott has written for Shindig, Twist and Shake, Garage & Beat and Ugly Things. A big fan of all things rock and roll - especially the British Invasion, garage rock, psychedelic, new wave, folk rock, surf and power pop - he was a consultant on Sundazed Music's reissue of 'The Best of Butch Engle & The Styx: No Matter What You Say' in 2000, and has also provided liner notes for Italy's Misty Lane Records. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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