Tangerine Dream - Ambient Monkeys

Year of Release: 1998
Label: TDI Music
Catalog Number: CD001
Format: CD
Total Time: 45:32:00

According to the liner notes, "this production has originally been used as pre-concert ambient music during Tangerine Dream's European tour 1997." Like Marillion did with their pre-show music around 1994 (Michael Hunter's The River), the Froeses decided to release the music, based, they say, on public demand.

Ambient it is, with no less than 12 Tangerine Dream pieces, two of which are based on classical pieces- "Symphony In A-Minor" (J.S. Bach) and "Concerto In A-Major/Adagio" (W. A. Mozart). And yes, there are monkeys - screeching away. But, but more than monkeys, the sounds of the rainforest - rain of leaves, animals creeping about, birds chirping ? it's a soundtrack to a documentary that hasn't been made yet (though there are plenty on the subject of rainforests, of course).

Some of the material is relaxing - "Pantha Rhei" for example - some of it is a bit more energetic. But for the fact that my biology book is tucked away where I can't reach it, I could tell you not only how many of the song titles actually refer to species of monkey, but also a bit about each species. My guess is that all of them refer to some variety of monkey, though there are some that are clearly not. Aside from the two classical pieces above, of course. It wouldn't make much sense to call it Ambient Monkey otherwise, would it?

You might even suppose that the non-Latin song titles refer to monkey themes, but "The Seventh Propeller Of Silence" clearly does not. Although, as I write this, a very nasty image is coming to my mind involving one very unlucky monkey ? they say seven is an unlucky number.

At any rate, this is an interesting release by Tangerine Dream; I don't mean to sound glib about it. Although there are separate tracks, as mentioned, it all moves as once piece, evolving over time. Actually, it is quite stunning - excellently produced (when isn't Tangerine Dream material these days?). Outside of the concert-hall context, I can see this as a album to get lost in - so make sure you've got your fedora, leather jacket, and a thirst for adventure as Tangerine Dream take you on a colourful and fascinating journey.

Token From Birdland (5:59) / Symphony In A-Minor (3:26) / The Seventh Propeller Of Silence (3:51) / Calyx calamander (4:51) / Riddle Of The Monkey Tribe (3:42) / Moon Marble (3:32) / Concerto In A-Major/Adagio (1:46) / Lemon Vendor Khaly (3:37) / Campera de Mon Glyan (4:47) / Virtue Is Its Own Reward (3:10) / Pantha Rhei (3:15) / Myopia World (3:46)

Edgar and Jerome Froese

Electronic Meditation (1970)
Alpha Centauri (1971)
Zeit (Largo In 4 Movements) (1972)
Atem (1973)
Phaedra (1974)
Rubycon (1975)
Ricochet (1975)
Sorcerer (1975/1993)
Stratosfear (1976)
Encore (1977)
Cyclone (1978)
Force Majeure (1979)
Tangram (1980)
Exit (1981)
Quichotte (1981) (Germany only; live LP, see Pergamon)
Tangerine Dream '70-'80 (1980) (4 LPs)
White Eagle (1982)
Thief (1982)
Logos - Live At The Dominion (1983)
Wavelength (1983)
Hyperborea (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
Poland - The Warsaw Concert (1984)
Firestarter (1984)
Flashpoint (1984/1995)
Heartbreakers (1985/1995)
Le Parc (1985)
Legend (1985/1995)
Pergamon - Live At The Palast Der Republik (1985) (same as Quichotte)
Shy People (1985)
Dream Sequence (1985) (3 LPs)
Green Desert (1986) (recorded in 1973)
Underwater Sunlight (1986)
The Collection (1987) In the Beginning (1986) (6 LPs)
Near Dark (1987)
Three O'clock High (1987)
Canyon Dreams (1988/1991)
Tyger (1988)
Live Miles (1988)
Dead Solid Perfect (1988)
Optical Race (1988)
Lily On The Beach (1989)
Miracle Mile (1989)
Melrose (1990)
Destination Berlin (1990)
The Man Inside (1990)
Rockoon (1992)
Deadly Care (1992)
220 Volt Live (1993)
Turn Of The Tides (1994)
Catch Me If You Can (1994)
Tyranny Of Beauty (1995)
Zoning (1995)
The Dream Mixes (1995/1998)
The Dream Mixes (1996) (Special UK release)
Goblin's Club (1996/2004)
TimeSquare - Dream Mixes II (1997)
Tournado Live (1997)
The Keep (1997)
Ambient Monkeys (1998)
Atlantic Walls (1998)
Atlantic Bridges (1998)
Dream Encores (1998)
The Hollywood Years Vol. I (1998) (unreleased material)
The Hollywood Years Vol. II (1998) (unreleased material)
Oasis Soundtrack (1998)
Quinoa Extended (1998) (ext. ver. of fanclub only CD)
Transsiberia (1998)
Valentine Wheels (Live In London 1997) (1999)
Sohoman (Live In Sydney 1982) (1999)
What A Blast (1999) (except USA)
Architecture In Motion (1999) (What A Blast USA)
Mars Polaris (1999)
Great Wall Of China (1999) Tang-go (2000)
Soundmill Navigator (2000)
Antique Dreams (2000) (comp)
The Seven Letters From Tibet (2000)
I-Box (2000)
Dream Mixes 3 - The Past Hundred Moons (2001)
Inferno (1st Part of Dante Alighieri's 'La Divina Commedia' (2002)
The Melrose Years (2003) (Re-recordings of Optical Race, Lily On The Beach and Melrose)
Mota Atma (2003)
Dream Mixes 4 - DM4 (2004)
Rockface (Live In Berkeley 1988) (2004)
Purgatorio (2nd Part of Dante Alighieri's 'La Divina Commedia') (2004)
East (Live In East Berlin 1990) (2004)
Arizona (Live In Scottsdale 1992) (2004)
Rocking Mars (Live At Klangart Festval 1999) (2005)
Jeanne D'Arc (2005)
Paradiso (3rd Part of Dante Alighieri's 'La Divina Commedia') (2005)
Phaedra 05 (2005)
Blue Dawn (2006)
Paradiso (2006)
TD Plays TD (2006)
Summer In Nagasaki (2007)
Cyberjam Collection (2007)
Ocean Waves Collection (2007)
Bells Of Accra (ep) (2007)

Canyon Dreams (VID/DVD) (1987)
Three Phase (VID) (1992)
The Video Dream Mixes (VID/DVD) (1996)
Oasis (VID/DVD) (1996)
Luminous Visions (VID+CD/DVD+CD) (1998)
Architecture In Motion/What A Blast! (VID/DVD) (1999)
L'Inferno 1911 (DVD) (2004)
Dante's Inferno (DVD) (2006)
Tempodrome Live Concert 2006 (DVD)
35th Phaedra Anniversary Concert Live In London At The Shephard's Bush Empire 11th June 2005 (DVD) (2007)
Madcap's Flaming Duty (DVD+CD) (2007)
London Astoria Live Concert 2007 (2007)

Genre: Electronic

Origin DE

Added: January 1st 2000
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Artist website: www.tangerinedream-music.com
Hits: 1018
Language: english


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