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Rubycon Import


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  • Audio CD (June 29 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00000DR5I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

1. Rubycon - Tangerine Dream
2. Rubycon (Part II) - Tangerine Dream

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Synthesizer arpeggios, treated pianos, backwards guitars and haunting voices take you on an eerie, epic sonic journey on their 1975 LP: Rubycon, Pt. 1 and Rubycon, Pt. 2 .

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Deuxième album de l'ère Virgin, Rubycon (1975) confirme, voire radicalise l'option électronique prise par Tangerine Dream un an auparavant. Majoritairement synthétique et abstrait, cet opus déploie maintenant les climats spatiaux et disloqués du groupe sur deux longs morceaux de 17 minutes chacun (peut-être, à l'ère du CD, aurait-on eu droit à un seul et même titre). Si l'amorce de l'album se fait sur des sons percussifs nappés d'écho, bientôt rejoints par des sonorités plus rayonnantes, on ne tarde pas (au bout de la 7e minute quand même) à entendre les convulsions caractéristiques des séquences de Moog de Chris Franke qui, avec l'aide des motifs ou des nappes légèrement plus mélodiques de ses acolytes, pousse le premier titre jusqu'à la rupture. La deuxième partie, au démarrage plus ambient, est à peu près bâtie sur le même modèle pour un résultat encore plus marquant et magmatique : très belle séquence, vorace, mouvante et dynamique. Un an après le succès de Phaedra, son illustre prédécesseur, Rubycon place définitivement le trio en orbite haute. --Fabrice Privé

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park on March 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is perhaps Tangerine Dreams finest recorded work, and is both sublimely beautiful and terrifying. With an arsenal of analog synthesizers (ARP 2600, mellotron, mini-moog VCS3 etc...), Tangerine Dream shapes icy, grey soundscapes punctuated only briefly by patches of sunlight, and distant ocean waves. It is this integration of the natural and the mechanical that makes "Rubycon" such an interesting piece of electronica. In addition to the contrast of the organic with the inorganic, the pulsing and deeply rhythmic lower frequencies, the mellotron, and the otherworldly sounds produced by the ARP 2600 combine to suggest a larger and much more complicated ensemble. Absolutely essential stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keys to the Rain on Feb. 28 2003
Format: Audio CD
The two songs here flow together perfectly. Clocking in at around 15 minutes each. This album is a tremendous step forward for this group (or was), and probably will be remembered for a long time to come, also for influencing many musicians of the electronica genre and also others (i.e. Porcupine Tree).
Being a fan of this type of music I find a maturing in the music s sound from the beginning records up to this one. Zeit was definitely the second strongest record made between 1970 and 1975 (this is only my opinion). And Rubycon goes up to Numero 1.
I see no pointless or sub par playing on rubycon. This band IMHO rarely made an uninspìred record. That would be a cowardly thing to say (that they did). Maybe some of the ones they did in the 80 s or 90 s were much different than the Kosmiche musik classics made in the early to mid 70 s, but they remained inspired.
I believe this band is one of the strongest in its genre that exists or existed. Please, go buy yourself this record, or I would also recommend Zeit or Alpha centauri to begin your musical experience w this heavyweight of electronica groups that ever made music on this planet.
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Format: Audio CD
Tangerine Dream followed their masterpiece Phaedra (see my review) with Rubycon, an album that is just as beautiful. The two works share numerous traits: an emphasis on vast and free soundscapes rather than on tightly constructed songs, the inclusion of perpetually morphing sequenced basses, and a calm, flute-driven conclusion. Rubycon does introduce several new constituents in the Tangerine Dream canon. 'Part 2' in particular shows the influence of some of Gyorgy Ligeti's music (used by Kubrick in 2001): it begins with dense, swirling mellotron and synth parts which echo Ligeti's sound clusters, and they gradually melt into a mystical chant of modulating voices. (Incidentally, the titles of two Ligeti pieces, 'Atmospheres' and 'Apparitions', would be very adequate subtitles to 'Part 1' and 'Part 2', respectively.) It is impossible not to think of 2001 while listening to Rubycon, because this music irrestibly evokes the mysterious and ineffable. Both 17-minute sections are remarkably coherent and sustained works, filled with detailed interlocking episodes. A sublime album.
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Format: Audio CD
Phaedra helped make Tangerine Dream in to one of the big-name electronic acts, after releasing four bizarre, experimental albums in the early '70s for Ohr. The success of Phaedra was actually pretty unexpected, and from listening to that album, you can see why. But the band had little problem following up that album and they proceeded to give us another classic, in this case Rubycon. And since they were known for side-length cuts, they decided to make this album basically one cut that takes up both side, with only Part 1 and Part 2 dividing the sides. Pretty much picks up where Phaedra left off. The album starts off with some nice, stunning Mellotron work with great electronic effects before the band goes in to sequencer overdriver. Eventually it fades, and the use of prepared piano pokes its head. The second half starts off with the sounds of air raid sirens before going back to the sequencers, before going in to a more dreamy passage dominated by Edgar Froese' Mellotron flute. This album is another must have for electronic music fans.
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Format: Audio CD
I've worn out my original UK import LP of this album in the 1970s (yeah, I'm o-l-d). I then bought a US pressing, was disappointed by the quality (or lack thereof) of the copy, and found another import copy to wear out. I then bought the UK CD in the 80s because the US hadn't released it yet. Then I got the re-mastered version. I recently bought the SACD(which has a CD layer so it can be played on conventional CD players, too). This album has always been, and will always be, a major component to the soundtrack of my life.
It is similar to Tangerine Dream's previous album, 'Phaedra', in that it is music that melts. But they take it a step further this time. I think it might have had to do with the advancements in the technological prowess of their equipment at the time, but on this album they were able to sustain the mood set by their synths for longer periods of time, thus the two sidelong pieces. But it is in the aural painting with such a wide palette of colors and textures, and at the same time mimicking the mania that might occur from sustained meditation on a frightening theme that sets it miles apart from their previous work, and all work to follow. Not only their work, but also every other attempt at extended tone-poem pieces that has been composed by an electronic artist.
The beginning and of each piece are either nightmarish introductions or narcotic-like releases from the sequencer onslaught of the center of the pieces (and centerpieces). The mellotrons mimicking human voices on the start of 'Part II' is almost a direct quote from Ligeti's 'Requiem', and whether they knew this at the time or not, Tangerine Dream might have been touched by the same divine musical muse.
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