Dzisiaj zamierzam przedstawić w języku obcym wcale nieobcy dla mnie (ani dla moich Czytelników, mam nadzieję) album. Jego recenzja powstała jeszcze w tamtym roku ale tym razem zamierzam napisać ją zupełnie od nowa - po angielsku. Moje dotychczasowe recenzje w tym języku były tylko tłumaczeniami uprzednio napisanych tekstów. Album dzisiejszy to... Mandarynkowy Rykoszet ! Wybitna pozycja z przeogromnego zbioru materiału muzycznego nagrana i wydana przez rozwiązany już zespół Tangerine Dream.
Dzisiejsza recenzja jest drugą z kolei, którą napisałem w Bibliotece Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. Pierwszą była krótka i treściwa recenzja Supernormal, zapisu audio ostatniego (jak się okazało) koncertu Tangerine Dream.
Wspomniałem wcześniej o innych recenzjach przetłumaczonych przeze mnie z języka Reja na język Szekspira. Zostaną one opublikowane później, kiedy będę w domu. Wszystkie zostały upublicznione na nieoficjalnej grupie fanowskiej TD - The Zest. Serdecznie zapraszam. ;)
Tangerine Dream's "Ricochet" (1975) is their first live album and one of their finest. Comparable in sound only to their "Encore" (1977), provides us with a little insight to Tangerine Dream's creative perfomances from one of their finest periods - The Virgin Years. The band, tucked between a vast array of synthesizers (and one guitar), played improvised electronic music. Sometimes very delicate and fragile and sometimes really rocky and powerful. Both of these soundscapes can be found on "Ricochet".
The three visionaries are: Edgar Froese (died in 2015), Chris Franke and Peter Baumann. Everyone of them was playing synths though Chris was caring about some drumming (though he wasn't playing drums although he used to be a drummer, even in TD) and Edgar played guitar (not always and everywhere).
What band put on this album? Just two, sidelong tracks. Is that enough? No. But that's the best of the best of their 1975 tour! They had to relisten a lot of tapes and choose some best parts and put it together. That's how Ricochet was born - each of the composition is a mixture of parts from various shows performed during 1975 tour, promoting their then-latest studio album, "Rubycon" (1975).
"Ricochet Part One" starts with a dark, Phaedra-like sounds. There's a lot of drumming and guitar in this track. A lot of sound- and moodshifting. This one is very unstable and everchanging piece. Probably one of the most memorable parts of it is the guitar additions from Edgar Froese, especially the ones around 2-3 minute mark. Sequencer-based electronic fans will also found something for themselves as one of the later parts of this composition is based on fast sequence supported by drums. It's hard to describe it with words as this is real live music - it lives and changes. Every minute introduces new elements, new sounds. One ear of mine is probably not enough to fully taste it. What to expect then? A lot of changes and a great variety of climate and atmosphere changes. Progressive rock-like electronic at its tangerine finest.
"Ricochet Part Two" is quite different but can also deliver a solid punch in listener' ear(s). Starting with a memorable piano + mellotron flute part, the piece develops into powerful, classic and unforgettable sequence-driven unstable and everevolving improvisation. Classical music introduction transforms into something... more modern. The sequencer is fast and unstable. After a few seconds of stuttering the memorable melody is played by the band - or rather: melodies. There's few concurrent melodies overlaying and interweaving themselves! It's mostly hearable when one compare the sequence and the melody played by the band. Later, the melody is played again but the sequencer is enriched by basses and drum-like sounds. Melody is going on the foreground vying for domination with sequencer which is sometimes more dominant. There's also quite a lot of siren-like synthetised choirs enriching it all and creating a really crazy and insane atmosphere. One have to give himself / herself to the sound. There's no reason to try to understand it. It's all too much and at once. During mixing and creating of this album, the band not forgot about Edgar's awesome guitar skills. Some guitar additions are also in "Ricochet, Part Two" though I think that this instrument is more prominent in "Part One". I cannot write about it all. Even this short and probably somewhat lacking essay cannot describe the real beauty of this piece. It's less inconsistent though evolving and changing. Seems like it comes from one concert but was enriched in studio (not tangentized as later renditions of this pearl). This composition ends in a really nice, mysterious way. The sequencer is extinguished by layer of mysterious voice-like sounds.
"Ricochet" is an excellent album. It shows the hard-to-learn-and-master skill of music improvisation. Though it's kind of a studio work based on live deeds of the band it's still majestatic. One can sit and get into the sequence flow, try to be one with the sound, immerse himself / herself in it. A fascinating and mysterious album. Unsurpassed by other live albums from Tangerine Dream and equalled only by its younger brother - "Encore" (1977). The latter bids farewell to TD's "live improvised" albums though band issued later Bootleg Box 1 & 2 (real recordings from real concerts). What's to say more? Stop reading and listen to it ASAP ! Really, it's an excellent CD (or LP if you have it). About 35 minute of pure electronic rock ecstasy.