Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream

edgar-froese-aqua-lp-14698-MLB3408420783_112012-FBack in 1973, I was fascinated with Tubular Bells, the album by Mike Oldfield. One of my first album purchases, I listened to it a lot. On the way home from a trip to Berlin in ’74 with my parents to visit relatives, we stopped in London for a few days. I made it point to check out some record stores and found copy of Phaedra by Tangerine Dream. It was on the same label as Tubular Bells. It had synthesizers. It had a cool cover. I bought it and listened to it a lot when I got home.

My friends and I bought more albums. We went to Korvettes at the North Brunswick Shopping Center and Crazy Eddies in East Brunswick. Cheap Thrills in New Brunswick (used records, one flight up). We checked the import bins and bought more albums with synthesizers and cool covers.

As the synthesizer technology changed, so did the bands sound. I kept listening to Tangerine Dream until Force Majeure and then got interested in other things. I kept listening to those early purchases for years, I still think they’re magic. Phaedra, Rubycon, and then Aqua by leader Edgar Froese. Flutes, analog synths, mellotrons and the music was a bit more mysterious and dark before the band became increasingly more commercial. Single minded sequencers repeating a simple riff while someone played a melody.  The earlier albums were ok, but not as interesting. The Virgin years were the golden age for that band.

Edgar Froese (June, 6 1944 – January 20, 2015)

Edgar Froese – Aqua

Tangerine Dream – Phaedra

Tangerine Dream – Rubycon

  1. Diana said:

    I just really like it that tubular bells was one of your first albums. 🙂

  2. Lawrence Carbone said:

    I remember when Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here came out and my brand new album had a skip on Welcome To The Machine… It took 3 trips riding my bicycle back and forth to Korvettes before I found out their entire shipment had the same skip that was in the pressing of the vinyl. Had to wait for a new shipment but each time I kept the postcard and stickers and assorted art… I wonder what happened to all that stuff…?!?

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