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Weekly Vinyl – Ricochet

26 Dec

Ricochet
Tangerine Dream
(1975)
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Not much really to say about this album except I put it on the record player about four days ago and have been listening to it non-stop.
This is a live album but you can’t tell because there is no audience noise. No one yelling, “Whoo-Hoo,” during the quiet parts. And the music does flow organically from very subtle delicate instrumentation to more rhythmic and industrial sound.
While the primary instruments of this trio are keyboards and synthesizers it is quite astounding how smooth and rich the sound is. This has a lot to do with the electronic instrumentation being analogue and not digital. The electronic manipulation was done through wires, transistors, capacitors and other tiny electronic bits. It was not all programmed onto a microchip. The sounds are lush and melodic.
As I was listening to this album for the umpteenth time, I searched for it on the Internet. I rarely do this. The Tangerine Dream Facebook page stated that December 23rd was the 39th anniversary of this album making it to the UK charts. That’s quite coincidental in an insignificant way.
This album is not insignificant. It is great.

 

 

Weekly Vinyl – Grobschnitt

26 Jul

Grobschnitt
Grobschnitt
(1972)

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This is one of my favourite bands. They are a strange lot – mixing psychadelic, progressive, symphonic rock music together. How did they do this? With humour.
Not some kind of grand exotic humour one would expect from music of this ilk, but rather ironic and sophomoric humour.
It works at times.
This is the band’s first album and the band is still looking for its voice. The songs are a melange of styles awkwardly fitting into each other – some better than others. The symphonic elements are here, there are but four “songs” on the album, notably that the first song is called Symphony. It, and most of the songs here are meticulously performed and a pleasure to hear. The only song that is “radio friendly” is the first song on side two –Wonderful Music — a naive little ditty that exists firmly in the flower-power era.
I listen to this album in the context of their following albums and I hear where they are going musically. This debut album was a good one.