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Today I played some of the unreleased live recordings. There are at least five CDs of li, and it's all good. There is just a bit of applause at the beginning and end. No audience sound under the music at all. Tangerine Dream didn't perform "hits" at the concerts at this time. They improvised extended jams that were created on the spot. They did the same thing basically for their studio albums, so these live performances are essentially new Tangerine Dream albums.
Tonight I played the multichannel blu-ray of Ricochet. This album was recorded live at a concert at Coventry Cathedral, and there is a lengthy video clip of them performing that is fascinating. The imagery is psychedelic and advanced for the time. I think it uses the same video synthesizer that Frank Zappa used in 200 Motels. I've never seen anything quite like it. The multichannel mix on the album is great, with tremendous dynamic range... be careful setting levels at the beginning of the record... and pristine sound quality. Since Tangerine Dream was all electronic and all plugged into separate tracks, there was a great deal of flexibility for Steven Wilson to work with. He definitely took advantage of it. There are a lot of surprises in the mix. For the first five or ten minutes, the rear left speaker is just used for light fill, but all of a sudden it explodes with strange sounds. Then things start flying around the room. Quite a bit of immersiveness too. The mix doesn't hug the walls at all. In a couple of points there are sounds placed in the middle of the room, diagonal across it and linking the center channel to the rears.
There's a documentary film with lots of interviews with the band members talking about the way they create. Very interesting stuff. At the time it was made, people were still trying to figure out where electronic music belonged... was it rock music or classical? How did audiences relate to it differently at live shows than they did with pop bands? At one point they put the band members in a room with a bunch of liquor bottles and several pompous rock critics, and you can see that they think the critics are completely full of it. Some funny stuff and it gives an interesting glimpse at the personalities of the guys who made the music.
This set is definitely worth the full price. The fact that I got it for $75 shipped is an incredible bargain. I am very glad I got it. I plan to listen to the other blu-ray soon. It has quite a bit of surround music on it.