Tangerine Dream suffers from a slight case of growing pains on Logos: Live at the Dominion, having recently turned off their lava lamps and opened up their programmers' manuals. Chris Franke, recently-joined Johannes Schmoelling, and the ever-present frontman Edgar Froese seem to be leaning on their new equipment more than usual, making this concert sequentially denser than previous ones.
The results are frequently bland, as if they expected the machines to write the songs for them as well. Still, the trio follows their trusted formula of lengthy exploration in six to eight parts, continuing some degree of organic looseness. As part one begins, synths gurgle to life, ghostly strings float over a slow DX7 pulse that gives way to drum machines within the first minute, and they're off to what may have seemed revolutionary at the time: three men slouched over ominous-looking patch bays and consoles to produce exotic textures of science fiction.
Six or seven minutes later, things ease back to an anthemic keyboard rock that, structurally at least, puts them in more familiar territory albeit bland. Next, at the minute mark, the foundation is laid for what borrows liberally from and builds on top of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, precisely sampled and included either out of respect, or leaned on for necessary inspiration consequentially, it's debatable as to who gets credit for this high-point; Reich or the Krautrockers.
Much of Part One is quite junglist in sound, a nod to world music TD carried on into subsequent albums such as 'Hyperborea'. That said, I don't believe there's anywhere near enough here to sustain what is a continuous minute composition. As usual, the music is a combination of passages where the sequencer dominates, and others filled with swirling white noise and synths punctuated with sound effects. Sadly there's no guitar here.
While worthy enough, 'Logos' has neither the energy of 'Ricochet' nor the diversity of 'Encore'. I, for one, feel this album was unnecessary and could have, with a bit of work, made part of an interesting studio album. This album is still good of course, but I'm missing the absolute beauty of some of its predecessors live or studio works. The long "Logos" is somewhat repetitive and lacks of passion. It sounds dehumanized to my ears even if fine moments are plenty.
The second part of the vinyl is more mysterious, more profound, more atmospheric and spacey at least during the first five minutes. In one word: more TD from the mid seventies. And I like it better to be honest. OK, I'm an old freak. More beats are to be listened further on, but the ambient mood is rather pleasant. TD doesn't offer a masterpiece, but this live recording from London is quite satisfactory for the fans.
Being old or young ones: both will find interesting aspects and even some moments of delight. As usual, the closing section of this very long track over 45 minutes is pure beauty. A symphonic harmony that only TD can offer. Still, the global feel is more like a good work than more.
The commercial "Dominion" being somewhat inappropriate. Three stars. The 45 minute title track was originally split into two parts; I will review it as such. Part 1 begins with the trio being introduced for the London audience. Some at the time futuristic sounding spaciness starts the piece.
A drum machine groove leads to some quasi-soloing on keys. Later the drum machine dies out and the music gets both ambient and cinematic. As another drum machine pattern begins we get to hear one of the best things TD ever did The melodies and the tones used to play them are just perfect. Once this part ends you can hear the roar of applause from the audience. After that the music gets spacey again, almost sounds like a horror movie soundtrack for awhile.
Since I am not very familiar with the work of Reich, I can neither confirm nor deny this. Some military style drum machine programming gets joined by some ethereal synthetic voices and hip-hop DJ scratching. More sounds get added and it becomes very "80s" sounding. After 20 minutes some more great melodies start as the miltary style beat is lowered in volume. Tempo increases towards the end of Part 1. Part 2 is not as consistently good as Part 1 but still has it's moments.
Very well structured and extremely listenable, featuring the band at their best during the Virgin years. Reply Notify me 1 Helpful. That said, Logos is probably the most 'songy' sounding live record of the group's classic period, with the 40 minute piece being made of several very distinct sections. Some of these sections, or movements, are among the darkest of the band's '80s material. This particular segment, in fact, is probably one of my favourite Tangerine Dream compositions.
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