Stratosfear

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Stratosfear
Stratosfear.png
1976 LP album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1976
RecordedAugust 1976 at the Audio Studios, Berlin, Germany.
Genre
Length35:39
LabelVirgin
ProducerTangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Ricochet
(1975)
Stratosfear
(1976)
Sorcerer
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC[2]

Stratosfear is the eighth album by the German group Tangerine Dream.[3]

The LP reached No.39 in the UK, in a 4-week chart run, and eventually reached silver status for selling in excess of 60,000 copies (£100,000+).

Recording[edit]

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd did the original mix of Stratosfear in April 1976 at Hansa by the Wall. Due to disputes between Tangerine Dream and Virgin, this mix was abandoned.[4]

Stratosfear combines Tangerine Dream's acoustic and electronic influences more tightly than before. For instance, at the end of the last track, "Invisible Limits", the deep piano/flute tune reveals the album's romantic flavour even after the earlier predominantly synthetic compositions (tracks #1 to last part of track #4), it was Peter Baumann's last studio album with the group.

The album marks the beginning of the band's development away from their uncompromising early 1970s synthesizer experiments toward a recognisably more melodic sound, a trend they would pick up again in 1979's Force Majeure; the title track "Stratosfear" has been played live many times and has been released in a re-mixed form on a number of other albums.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau said "I respect their synthesizer textures in theory, but these guys should leave the accessibility to Kraftwerk; when they program in received semiclassical melodies and set the automatic drummer on 'bouncy swing,' the result is the soundtrack for a space travelogue you don't want to see."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Stratosfear"10:04
2."The Big Sleep in Search of Hades"4:45
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."3 AM at the Border of the Marsh from Okefenokee"8:10
2."Invisible Limits"11:40

Personnel[edit]

Single[edit]

A single was released in 1976 with excerpts from two tracks.[5]

No.TitleLength
1."Stratosfear"4:14
2."The Big Sleep in Search of Hades"3:50

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. Stratosfear - Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 15 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Stratosfear". Voices in the Net.
  4. ^ Kirkman, Jon. Tangerine Dream Official Web-Radio. Event occurs at 32:30.
  5. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Stratosfear/The Big Sleep in Search of Hades". Voices in the Net.