dimanche 21 décembre 2008

Tangerine Dream - Live at the Reims Cathedral (13 December 1974)



The Reims Cathedral concert is among the most famous, the most exceptional concerts ever played by Tangerine Dream. The location was unique, the scandal was huge, the rumor followed Tangerine Dream for years...

German cosmic music met one of the most famous French cathedrals. Electronic meditations, pop culture, uncontrolled young audience, drugs... It was too much, and special religious ceremonies were performed after the concert, to restaure the cathedral's sanctity.

This high quality recording from a radio broadcast was remastered by 3N and is volume 30 of the Tangerine Dream Tree series (92 volumes), a team project realized by fans for fans, offering the best live recordings of Tangerine Dream since its early beginnings, with great audio mastering and splendid artwork. Let's add that Tangerine Dream gave its agreement to this project, just asking the live recordings to be shared for free. 

This concert at the Reims Cathedral is so great... Peter Baumann, Chris Franke and Edgar Froese played two long parts, where improvisation and experimentation were at the forefront. Mellotron's flute and string parts, Moog sequences, EMS synthies effect, organs, electric piano, various delays and electronic treatments: no computers were involved, just three musicians interacting in real time, creating cosmic and floating climates, where neo-classical melodies meet avant-garde bruitages.

The Reims Cathedral concert allows us to listen to Tangerine Dream at the Phaedra and Rubycon era. Playing live, outside the security of studios, with all the risks linked with analogic equipment, with improvisation, with a real audience in a mythical place... It was a big challenge...

This concert has a vintage sound, I love it... This is cosmic and electronic music with a unique human touch... I am sure you will enjoy it...

link / mp3
TDReims74.zip
password: olduvai

10 commentaires:

yves a dit…

Magnificent again. Thanks.

Uncle Mike a dit…

many thanks for this post, and for all of the wonderful posts on this blog! cheers to a loving and peaceful new year!

Neu Mejican a dit…

Looking forward to this one. My favorite period for the band... Thanks. Anyone who likes this may enjoy the albums my brother and I put out in the 90's...follow the link @ my name...[/shameless plug]

Neu Mejican a dit…

Do you have other favorites from the Tree to suggest?

Dreamer a dit…

To Neu Mejican: I will try to select some of the best recordings of the Tangerine Dream tree collection and to post them in my blog... Please, just give me some time...

Neu Mejican a dit…

Dreamer...
Please feel no pressure from me...as an old TD head, I hadn't heard of the Tree, so was intrigued by the large collection...and I am just lazy enough to take suggestions rather than slogging through that many concerts to find the gems. I will send you some tracks when I get a chance in return for all the great music you share here.

Random R&B Bitch On The Hook a dit…

the reason this concert was "infamous" was the promoter oversold it by about 150%, the crowd couldnt move to go to the toilet and so people pissed (etc.) all over the inside of the cathedral. your writeup makes it sound like the church was just scared of a bunch of germans with synths and their adoring bunch of hippies.

thank you for making this available, though. have never actually heard this show, only about its reputation

Scorpio 59 a dit…

Thanks for sharing your music. Great music blog, respect.

Anonyme a dit…

very impressive sound for a fabulous vintage TD concert!!!
thanks a lot for this one!
hope more TD shows from this series.
great blog.

24db a dit…
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