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    Your favorite Tangerine Dream albums?

    I already had Phaedra and Rubycon. However, I just got the rest of the Virgin catolog individually and through the 2nd Virgin boxed set. Except, for The Sorcerer and Thief. I love Phaedra and Rubycon. I like the later albums with more percussion and guitar a great deal. All the material is a lot to take in all at once. I can use some guidance and information to direct my exploration into the Tangerine discography.
    I was hoping those of you who are already familiar with their albums would put a top 10 list together. Would you please? Comments are welcome. Top ten list does not need to be restricted to the Virgin years. Also, it is OK to list less then 10 if that works for you. Thanks!
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    Well I don't have 10 TD albums so I'll be considered a rookie but here's how I rank the one I have:-

    Rubycon
    Phaedra
    Ricochet
    Stratosphere
    Force Majeure
    Encore
    Hyperborea
    Zeit
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    Stratosfear is awesome. Ricochet is quite nice as well. Both of those are very spooky and suitable to a contemplative mood.

    Tangram and Force Majeure are more melodic, but I absolutely love them anyway. Tangram may actually be my favorite of all of them, but they all serve different purposes for different moods.

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    The Tangram album jumped out quickly.

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    Zeit
    Rubycon
    Phaedra
    Ricochet
    Stratosphere
    Encore
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    I love Zeit. Unfortunately, I haven't found much else like it in their catalog.

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    I have 4 TD albums and Phaedra is my fave by a mile...
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    Poland is one of my faves. It's the Johannes schmoeling era. I love all their work right up to underwater sunlight. Then they went off on a path I didn't like. I think the last album I got was tyger tyger?

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    10 fav TD albums...tough to do with the size of their catalog, but here goes:

    Tangram ( of course)
    Phaedra
    Rubicon
    Ricochet
    Force Majeure
    Poland
    Encore
    Underwater Sunlight
    Logos

    All of the Virgin records are very good to excellent. The albums before that are strange to say the least. Zeit probably is their biggest love it / hate it album. When your in the mood it's excellent, when your not, its noise. I know I'll catch a virtual beating but I like most phases of TD. Some of the others post Virgin that I have spun a lot are

    220 Volt
    Heartbreaker
    Le Parc
    Tyger
    Lily on the Beach
    Turn of the Tides
    Mars Polaris
    DM4

    I have only picked up an occasional album since the Dante trio of albums. Give them kudos for trying something new but it's not for me. Since then there is just too many releases and too many have a few good tracks with padding added. For TD, Less would be more. Enjoy!
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    If I had to pick, I think I'd go with Phaedra, Rubycon, Stratosfear, Force Majeure and Logos.
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    Zeit is my all-time favorite, followed closely by Phaedra. My Top 10 list in order would look something like:

    1. Zeit
    2. Phaedra
    3. Rubycon
    4. Atem
    5. Alpha Centauri
    6. Stratosfear
    7. Cyclone (shut up, I love it)
    8. Electronic Meditation
    9. Tangram
    10. Force Majeure

    I know there's a lot of love for Ricochet, but it never quite did the thing for me.

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    Atem through Underwater Sunlight = not a dog in the bunch. Some don't rate as well as others, but nobody likes the same exact ones anyway.

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    Among the more recent things from TD, there are a few that I've really enjoyed:

    Summer In Nagasaki 2007
    Views From A Red Train 2008
    Chandra The Phantom Ferry 2009
    Machu Picchu 2012

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    Alpha Centuri
    Ricochet
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    Electronic Meditation
    Phaedra
    Rubycon
    Hyperborea
    Tangram
    Poland
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    Although the Virgin albums were my introduction to TD over the years I found that the albums I return most to are Zeit, Atem and Alpha Centauri. Zeit simply sounds like nothing they ever did and would do, Alpha Centauri reminds me an awful lot of Pink Floyd's more out there moments on Saucerful Of Secrets / Ummagumma (live disc).

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    "Rubycon" has always been my favourite, followed by "Ricochet" and "Encore" (esp. "Cherokee Lane"). I need to explore the immediate pre-Virgin output further, which I've never really done (never been into the really, pre-synths early stuff).
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    Rubycon
    Force Majuere
    Ricochet
    Atem
    Encore
    Logos
    Phaedra
    Alpha Centauri
    Stratosfear
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    Atem
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    Rubycon
    Ricochet
    Encore
    Phaedra
    Alpha Centauri
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    Quote Originally Posted by Udi Koomran View Post
    Atem
    Zeit
    Alpha
    Phaedra
    Rubicon
    Ricochet
    This sounds pretty good to me. Atem is my favorite by far.

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    Rubycon by a long mile. Then the duo of Force Majeure and Stratosfear. I really like Logos too.
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    Anything from El Meditations until Force Majeure is in my top 10

    I always loved the first two, especilly Cantauri. I had a harder time with the rhythm-less Zeit & Atem for decades, but nowadays, they belong in my top 10.... Rubycon and Phaedra are easier to get into and make theperfect transition between Atem and Richochet (which was my first album from them, and still mybe my fave with Force)...

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    Kind of a strange list, now that I look at it, but:

    Poland
    Thief
    Underwater Sunlight
    Jeanne D'Arc
    Legend
    Zeit
    Tangram
    DM4
    Risky Business (for Love on a Real Train alone)
    Cyclone

    As long as we're all here, I have to give a pretty big nod to the new side project Loom, with Jerome Froese, Johannes Schmoelling and Robert Waters. They just put out a full length called 'The Tree Hates The Forest' that has some lovely electronic music with nods to both older (80's-era with Schmoelling) and newer TD: http://www.loom-project.de/
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    Phaedra
    Atem
    Alpaha Centauri
    Zeit
    Encore
    Stratosfear

    These are the ones that I play the most.

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