"Rubycon" is an album released in 1975 by Tangerine Dream. It is widely regarded as one of their best albums. "Rubycon" further develops the Berlin School sequencer-based sound they ushered in with the title track from "Phaedra".
Although not quite matching the sales figures for "Phaedra", "Rubycon" did give the group their highest ever UK chart placing. This was widely stated to be No.12, in a 14-week run.
The name to this album was inspired by a quote from Caesar and the album follows in the footsteps of the extremly successful recording "Phaedra".
"Rubycon" featured much the same instrumentation as "Phaedra". It also showed a certain distance to mainstream rock, in that it was a suite in two parts, taking up two entire sides of the album - as did Mike Oldfield's mid-'70s albums "Tubular Bells", "Hergest Ridge" and "Ommadawn" which were released by Virgin as well.
Stratosfear, the last Tangerine Dream album by the great Baumann/Franke/Froese threesome, shows the group's desire to advance past their stellar recent material and stake out a new musical direction while others were still attempting to come to grips with Phaedra and Rubycon. The album accomplishes its mission with the addition of guitar (six- and 12-string), grand piano, harpsichord, and mouth organ to the usual battery of moogs, Mellotrons, and e-pianos. The organic instruments take more of a textural role, embellishing the effects instead of working their own melodic conventions. Stratosfear is also the beginning of a more evocative approach for Tangerine Dream…
The 35th anniversary concert found the band celebrating the recording of the landmark album Phaedra. The concert which was filmed on the 11th of June 2005 was performed in front of a sell out audience and featured material from Phaedra alongside newer more recent material. The band which features Thorsten Quaeschning, Linda Spa, Jerome Froese and Iris Camaa were filmed and recorded for this landmark concert and perform many pieces from the bands lengthy career including Phaedra '05, Rubycon Pt.1, Force Majeure, Logos and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Purple Haze.
Romance '76 (1976). Esoteric Recording’s Reactive label is pleased to announce a newly remastered CD release for the seminal German Electronic & Ambient musician Peter Baumann’s debut solo album, “Romance ‘76”. Peter Baumann came to prominence as a key member of Tangerine Dream, joining Edgar Froese and Chris Franke in the group in 1971 and making his debut on the album “Zeit”. His contribution was felt on the classic Tangerine Dream albums released by Virgin Records issued between 1974 & 1976, “Phaedra”, “Rubycon”, “Ricochet” and “Stratosfear”. In 1976 he embarked on a solo career with his classic work “Romance ’76”, recorded in July and August that year in Berlin and Munich. The result was a remarkable album that is now held in huge esteem by aficionados of German Electronic Music…
The Virgin Years 1977-1983 is the follow-up to last year's The Virgin Years 1974-1978 (see review) by Tangerine Dream (TD). The latter album was a 3CD-box set comprising the five remastered albums TD recorded for Virgin Records between 1974 and 1978: Phaedra (1974), Rubycon (1975), Ricochet (1975), Stratosfear (1976) and Cyclone (1978) plus a selection of rare single releases, 7-inch edits as well as two rarely heard radio adverts.
This UK EM duo is bound to set the scene on fire with their debut disc. Fans of mid 1970s T. Dream will love the pulsing sequences and dense Mellotron which harkens back beautifully to Phaedra and Rubycon. Composed of four extended excursions, each track is a veritable cornucopia of rhythms, flowing Mellotron backdrops and various space plucks and laser flashes of effectual synthetics. The album is not just a TD copy, but uniquely original in its own right.
Newcomers who know and love Redshift's powerhouse, mesmeric, sequential style will certainly not be disappointed by this album. What may surprise them is how much the eponymous opener delves into the sonic pallete of 'Rubycon'. It's as if Mark Shreeve, delighted my his recently acquired Moog IIIC, had to get this one out of his system. There's only one machine that can create this sort of sound, and in skilled hands it creates EM of unparalleled majesty. This is a great track in every sense, a true 'Rubycon Part 3'. Sequences pulverise the soundstage, atmospherics take you to the depths of imagery, and the awesome choral ending is a sensational summit.