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[Album] Sixty Miles - The First Mile CBR@320kbps ((INSTALL))


[Album] Sixty Miles - The First Mile CBR@320kbps ((INSTALL))

The joy of experimentation in the end of the 60's led that the prog rock via "psychedelic" increased the interest in the electronic sound production and manipulation. That changed with the invention of the modular Moog synthesizer. Rock musicians began to include the sound worlds of the synthesizers, in addition to the classic prog rock bands that "only" used the synthesizer as an additional instrument. There were others who wanted to create a new kind of music with the help of these devices. This was especially made by German musicians that took new paths. Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze became famous in the early 70's with long, melancholy instrumental pieces under the term "cosmic music". Others, like Kraftwerk, made it later work more song oriented and are now considered the forefathers of the techno.Tangerine Dream is next to Kraftwerk as the most famous electronic formation in Germany. They were founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. With their second album "Alpha Centauri" (1971), still recorded with predominantly conventional instruments, and with "Zeit" (1972), Tangerine Dream created a kind of cosmic music with overlong, rhythmic and structure-free pieces without recognizable melodies, demanding the utmost attention from the listener. This initial musical phase, also called "The Pink Years", lasted until the beginning of 1977 and is generally considered the phase in which the group's most mature albums were created, like "Zeit", "Phaedra", "Rubycon", "Ricochet" and "Stratosfear".From the year of 1979, the quality of the earlier works didn't reach the band again. However, some very interesting and good albums were released, like "Force Majeure", "Tangram" and "Hyperborea". The 80's were the years where Tangerine Dream also had a successful career composing film soundtracks, creating over 60 scores, which had been started in 1977 with the soundtrack "Sorcerer". This was the case of "Firestarter" too, which is the object of this review."Firestarter" is the seventeenth studio album of Tangerine Dream and was released in 1984. "Firestarter" is the soundtrack made by Tangerine Dream to an American science-fiction horror film released in the same year and based on a Stephen King's novel of the same name which was written in 1980. The plot of the film concerns about a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency known as the Shop which seeks to control her instincts. The film was directed by Mark L. Lester, and stars David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott."Firestarter" is an action-packed thriller with dark and sinister references. That description applies to the film and to Tangerine Dream's soundtrack. As a body of work, their film music is somehow inconsistent and uneven. There are some outstanding scores and some real clunkers. Still, this is a good album as a whole. The music has strong character and integrity and the classic Tangerine Dream's sound with its dark atmospheres. However, the music they came up with for this film isn't really a horror score at all, but one that is very almost dreamy, if you will. The music on the soundtrack is in general good and is from one of the band's most prolific lines up, Froese, Franke and Schmoelling.About the individual tracks, all have a distinctive sound, but they all merge together to combine into the final work. "Crystal Voice" is one of my favorites on the album. It sort of is the main theme for the release which gives it that certain "feel" to it that makes it an enjoyable piece. "The Run" and "Testlab" are, perhaps, my least two favourite tracks here. But, they're two nice tracks too. "The Run" is more a faster paced piece which uses oscillating drums to offset the rhythm. "Testlab" is a track with some oriental flavour. "Charly The Kid" is another standout composition that shares the same common theme of "Crystal Voice". This is another highlight on the album. "Escaping Point" is another one of my favourite tracks here. "Rainbirds Move" is one of those tracks I didn't care for at first, but the more I listened to it, I became accustomed to the piece. "Burning Force" is another of my favorite tracks on the album which is very dark and deep. This track takes a hold of you and it keeps a grip on you. "Between Realities" is a great filler piece, but it's more a soundtrack driven track than something that would be put on a regular album. "Shop Territory" has a constant rhythm and is a track that must be listening by its own. "Flash Final" is another of my favourite tracks on the album. It's very intense and hypnotic. "Out Of The Heat" closes the album nicely. This piece has heavy chord samples and it's dark too.Conclusion: "Firestarter" is an album in the usual tradition of the soundtrack films of Tangerine Dream in the 80's. It reminds to me two other albums of that era, which I know very well, "Wavelength", another soundtrack album and "Le Park". Both albums were already reviewed by me here on Progarchives. "Firestarter" is an album very uniforme, well balanced and without weak points. It doesn't belong to their most creative and spacey era but it remains, for me, a very good album, maybe more commercial, but it still remains a true nice album to hear. The electronic music that Tangerine Dream brought with "Firestarter" is actually more accessible to the general listening public than the usual electronic sound. It's melodic, it's more light than dark and it's rhythmic enough at times to hum. This is a nice listening, indeed.Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*) social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Monday, December 12, 2022 Review this album Report (Review #2857504)

Tangerine Dream is a German progressive band that was founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. They helped to develop the German musical scene known as "kosmische music" (cosmic music). The work of these electronic pioneers can be subdivided in several phases. The initial phase, 1970-73, also called "The Pink Years", started with the avant-garde and misleading title "Electronic Meditation" released in 1970. It was an album partly influenced by Floyd's "cosmic music". Only on their second album "Alpha Centauri", which was released in 1971, are used synthesizers. Until then you came out without any electronic instruments. After that they released two more albums "Zeit" in 1972 and "Atem" in 1973.It was only after the recordings for "Green Desert", originally recorded in 1973 but only released in 1986 in a revised form that probably the best Tangerine Dream's line up, Froese, Franke and Baumann, signed a record deal with Virgin Records. And then the second phase began, 1974-83, which is known as "The Virgin Years". This is the phase that began with the groundbreaking Tangerine Dream's works, "Phaedra" in 1974, "Rubycon" and "Ricochet" in 1975, works of the so-called "Berlin School". "Berlin School" is a sub-genre of electronic music and the pioneers are Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, who were based in Berlin in the 70's. After these albums, Tangerine Dream released two more albums, "Stratosfear" in 1976 and the soundtrack "Sorcerer" in 1977, before the departure of Baumann from the band."Sorcerer" is one of the many soundtracks that Tangerine Dream composed and recorded all over the years. All began when the film director William Friedkin, who always will be remembered best for the classics "The French Connection" from 1970 and "The Exorcist" from 1973, asked Tangerine Dream if they were interested in making the soundtrack for his new film. The band reportedly composed and recorded nearly one hour and a half of material, and handed it over to Friedkin who at this point didn't have the slightest idea about what film he was going to make. As a result, the final film was actually inspired by the soundtrack instead of the far more usual other way around. The film was titled "Sorcerer", which is a remake of the 1953's French film "Le Salair De La Peur" (The Wages Of Fear) directed by Georges Arnaud."Sorcerer" tells us the story of four criminals hiding out in Nicaragua who are given the chance to make a lot of money, by driving 200 miles with unstable dynamite, which could explode if exposed to extreme vibrations or shock, needed to help put out a blaze in an oil field. They inevitably meet lots of dangers along the way, including bandits, a fallen tree blocking the road and a ddodgy rope bridge, which is the image chosen to be put on the front cover of the album.Sadly for Friedkin, the film became a flop in addition to being a critical fiasco. But, the soundtrack itself ranks among Tangerine Dream's classic albums. The original material that had been sent to Friedkin was edited down to a single album. The best way to approach it is to forget the film and instead, view it as a regular Tangerine Dream's release.The most significant difference from this and the other best and classic works from the band was the number of tracks and their length. There were no less than twelve tracks here, several of them with two or three minutes range. But, it doesn't matter at all when considering the overwhelming quality of the material. "Creation" and especially "Vengeance" could both have been taken from "Stratosfear", while the rhythm of "Rain Forest" is very reminiscent of "Phaedra". And the lengthiest track of the album, the seven minute "Abyss", has certain similarities to "AF 765" from Froese's "Macula Transfer" album. "Search", "Grind" and "Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme)" are all short but classic themes in Tangerine Dream's catalogue, perfectly demonstrating the band's classic sound even within the short running time. "The Call" is two minutes of pure atmospheric beauty at its most pleasant, and "Impressions Of Sorcerer" have a surprisingly funky rhythm that fits well along with a superb Mellotron work. "The Journey" has the Mellotron-flute that was so typical for Tangerine Dream. "The Mountain Road" reminds me new age with its electronic ethnic percussion sounds.The weirdest and most experimental piece on the album is "Main Title", consisting of five minutes of sinister and dark synth sounds.Conclusion: While we listening to "Sorcerer", it's hard to deny that the music really sounds as if it was made for a film. It can fits the images of the film very well. The music is mostly performed with Mellotrons, electric guitars and many synthesizers. But, it sounds rather strong compared to other soundtracks of Tangerine Dream made some years later. Therefore, many people who fancy Tangerine Dream's music consider "Sorcerer" to be the best soundtrack the band ever recorded. The music on this album is quite similar to the music on their preceding albums "Phaedra", "Rubycon", "Ricochet" and "Stratosfear". This is maybe due to the fact that Tangerine Dream stuck to the electronic sounds that they also recorded on their previous releases. Those albums are loved by most of their fans, in which I include myself. Therefore, the music was very recognizable and enjoyable for most band fans. "Sorcerer" is a classic Tangerine Dream.Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost* social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Friday, December 9, 2022 Review this album Report (Review #2857163) 153554b96e


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