6-6-12 Edgar Froese
Tangerine Dream leader Edgar Froese born 1944, jazz guitarist Grant Green born 1931; I own music by both (Edgar).
I remember hearing Tangerine Dream being spoken about, long before I ever heard them. Synthesizer music was coming up in the early 70’s, but it seemed like few bands really had any idea at all what to actually do with the synthesizer…
The big attraction to Tangerine Dream and the solo albums of Edgar Froese was that the mellotron was used extensively. No, it’s not a synthesizer, but it’s certainly has as unique a sound as any synthesizer.
LPx2 AGES VIRGIN UK VD 2507
1978 9 TRKS
CD AQUA VIRGIN UK CDV 2016
1974 4 TRKS 1st CD issue
LP AQUA BRAIN DE BRAIN 1053
1974 4 TRKS
CDx2 BEYOND THE STORM (Collection) CAROLINE US CAROL 1895.2
1995 28 TRK Collection
LP MACULA TRANSFER BRAIN DE 60.008
1976 5 TRKS
LP PINNACLES VIRGIN UK V 2277
1983 4 TRKS
LP STUNTMAN VIRGIN UK V 2139
1979 6 TRKS
LP YPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE BRAIN DE BRAIN 1074
1975 2 TRKS
I did my best to keep up with Tangerine Dream / Edgar Froese, but once the U.S. releases and soundtracks started coming, it was difficult. I’m not detailing Tangerine Dream today, but there are so many soundtrack titles, even I can keep ‘em all straight!
“Aqua” is the best place to start with Edgar Froese’s solo albums. It was made concurrent to or after Tangerine Dream’s “Phaedra”, the album I always suggest starting with – no, not their first album! “Aqua” had a U.S. issue, so it was somewhat easier to hear than many other Froese solo albums.
I remember being really excited to get “Ypsilon in Malaysian Pale” as a new release in 1975. I was still a little ‘space cadet’ then – a somewhat derogatory nickname for then-fans of synthesizer music from Germany. By the time of “Macula Transfer” (1976), I had moved on; German synthesizer music was no longer of primary interest. I picked other Froese solo albums, as I found ‘em – some, many years after the fact.
Oddly, his stuff has gone in and out of print on CD over the years. Along the way, covers got changed – I think albums got remixed? Start with “Aqua” and advise.