Alpha Centauri (LP, Album). If not quite as distinctive as the albums that came immediately before and after it, Alpha Centauri is nevertheless a strong work of '70s kosmiche music and a fascinating chapter in the ongoing story of Tangerine Dream. This issue comes complete with both sides of 1971's Ultima Thule single, the a-side of which is possibly the biggest anomaly in the TD catalogue (a somewhat conventional sounding progressive rock instrumental) and a live recording from the same year, which make it a particularly worthwhile purchase.
As if the sound is breaking through your speakers, Alpha Centauri begins its journey. Like a call to psychedelic arms, the first track "Sunrise in the Third System" marches on with its organ. The mixing of the three tracks found on Alpha Centauri leaves something to be desired, in that the tracks are not mixed the way they would be today with each track endlessly flowing into the next like a stream. Nonetheless, when one is not paying too close attention to such details, the album seems to flow quite smoothly.
Listening to 'Alpha Centauri' recalls an entire spectrum of emotion. Equal parts serenity and anxiety, this is an album so subtle that it can make your entire mood shift minutes before you can trace the cause back to the rising beat.
Schnitzler's replacement was the rambunctious organist Steve Shroyder (himself a member for only one album). The trio of Froese, Franke and Shroyder (along with two guest musicians) recorded TD's second record, Alpha Centauri, and had little difficulty living up to the freaky promise of the Dream's debut. Pieces like "Sunrise In the Third System" (an organ-led mystic processional) and the single (!) "Ultima Thule Part 1" (with a very non-TD rock thud) proved the band were learning how to pour maximum mood into more compact structures.
Band Name Tangerine Dream. Album Name Alpha Centauri. Data de aparición 02 Febrero 1971. Labels Virgin Records. 2. Fly and Collision of Comas Sola.
This album is pure, clean, crystal and wonderful. Got it in new, perfect condition and ahead of time, well packaged and protected.
Album Info: Alpha Centauri was released in 1971, and is Tangerine Dream& second album. Alpha Centauri contains the following tracks: "Sunrise in the Third System", "Fly and Collision of Comas Sola" and the title track "Alpha Centauri". Line up for Alpha Centauri: Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Steve Schroyder. Guest musicians: Udo Dennebourg and Roland Paulick. Engineered by: Thomas Heimann-Trosien.
|1||Sunrise In The Third System||4:21|
|2||Fly And Collision Of Comas Sola||13:23|
|4||Oszillator Planet Concert||8:02|
|5||Ultima Thule Part One||3:22|
|6||Ultima Thule Part Two||4:23|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Eastgate Music
- Licensed To – Cherry Red Records Ltd.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Cherry Red Records Ltd.
- Licensed From – Eastgate Music
- Remastered At – The Audio Archiving Company
- Bass – Edgar Froese (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 6)
- Compiled By, Other [Devised], Coordinator – Mark Powell
- Coordinator [Additional Project] – Vicky Powell
- Design [CD Package] – Phil Smee
- Drums – Chris Franke* (tracks: 4 to 6)
- Engineer – Dieter Dierks (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Flute – Udo Dennebourg (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Flute [Lotos], Harp [Piano], Zither, Synthesizer – Chris Franke* (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Guitar – Edgar Froese
- Liner Notes – Andy King , Steve Schroyder
- Mellotron – Edgar Froese (tracks: 5, 6)
- Organ – Edgar Froese (tracks: 1 to 3), Peter Baumann (tracks: 4 to 6), Steve Schroyder (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Percussion – Chris Franke* (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 6)
- Performer [Coffee Machine] – Edgar Froese (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Performer [Several Echo Machines, Iron Stick] – Steve Schroyder (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Producer, Directed By – Tangerine Dream (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Remastered By – Ben Wiseman
- Synthesizer – Roland Paulick (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Voice – Edgar Froese (tracks: 1 to 3), Steve Schroyder (tracks: 1 to 3), Udo Dennebourg (tracks: 1 to 3)
- Written-By – Chris Franke*, Edgar Froese, Peter Baumann (tracks: 4 to 6), Steve Schroyder (tracks: 1 to 3)
NotesTracks 1 to 3 recorded at Dierks Studio, Stommeln, Köln - released as Ohr Records 56.012 in March 1971.
Track 4 recorded at the 3rd Internationales Musikforum Ossiachersee, Ossiach, Austria on 29th June 1971.
Tracks 5 and 6 recorded at Dierks Studio, Stommeln, Köln - a & b sides of single - released as Ohr Records OS 57.006 in August 1971.
24-bit digital remastering at The Audio Archiving Company, London.
Packaged in a jewel case with clear tray and 16-page booklet.
Original pressings came with an additional cardboard slipcase.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 5 013929 712133
- Matrix / Runout: EREACD1021 01
- Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY34
- Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI AEW22
- Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L012
|OMM 56.012, OMM 56 012||Tangerine Dream||Alpha Centauri (LP, Album, Gat)||Ohr, Ohr||OMM 56.012, OMM 56 012||Germany||1971|
|BELLE 121942||Tangerine Dream||Alpha Centauri (CD, Album, RE)||Belle Antique||BELLE 121942||Japan||2012|
|CMACD 553||Tangerine Dream||Alpha Centauri (CD, Album, RE)||Castle Music||CMACD 553||US||1999|
|EOP-80479||Tangerine Dream||Alpha Centauri (LP, Album, Gat)||Odeon||EOP-80479||Japan||1971|
|TNGRN DRM-AC-1083||Tangerine Dream||Alpha Centauri (CD, Album, Unofficial)||Not On Label (Tangerine Dream)||TNGRN DRM-AC-1083||Russia||Unknown|