Ricochet (Tangerine Dream album)

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Ricochet
1975 LP album cover
Live album by Tangerine Dream
Released December 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Electronic music
Length 38:15
Label Virgin
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Rubycon
(1975)
Ricochet
(1975)
Stratosfear
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Ricochet is the first live album by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. The album was released in 1975. It consists of two long compositions mixed from taped recordings of the England and France portions of their autumn 1975 European Tour. The sound of the album is similar to the group's other "Virgin Years" releases, relying heavily on synthesizers and sequencers to produce a dense ambient soundscape, but is much more energetic than anything they had released previously. Ricochet utilizes more percussion and electronic guitar than its predecessors, Phaedra and Rubycon, bordering on electronic rock. The principal innovation on the album is its use of complex multi-layered rhythms, foreshadowing not only the band's own direction in the 80s, but also trance music and similar genres of electronic dance music.

Much of the raw material for Ricochet, in particular part 2, was recorded at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, London, during Tangerine Dream's live performance there in October, 1975. The original, unedited version of this performance can be heard in set 3 of The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1.[2] No other source concerts have so far been identified.

After the Top 20 placings for Phaedra and Rubycon, Ricochet fared less well in sales terms, spending just four weeks on the UK album chart (all editions of the now defunct British Hit Albums erroneously state only two), reaching number 40.[3] In recent years, however, Ricochet has become one of the most popular Tangerine Dream albums.[4]

In the original release of Ricochet, the sound of two hands clapping can be heard at the beginning of the second track. This sound has been edited out in some of the re-released versions of the album, notably Virgin's 1995 "Definitive Edition" CD release, presumably being regarded as noise.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ricochet, Part One"   17:02
2. "Ricochet, Part Two"   21:13

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Ricochet (Part I)" – "Ricochet (Part II)"
  • "Excerpt From Ricochet"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Paul, Russell (2003). "Tangerine Dream Live in the 70s". Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1 (CD booklet). Tangerine Dream. London: Sanctuary Records Group. 
  3. ^ "Tangerine Dream - Ricochet". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Retrieved December 2010 from http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/tangerine_dream
  5. ^ Berling, Michael. "Ricochet". Voices in the Net. Retrieved 15 February 2008.