Alpha Centauri (album)

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Alpha Centauri
Alpha Centauri.png
1971 LP album cover
Studio album by Tangerine Dream
Released March 1971
Recorded January 1971
Studio Dierks Studio
Length 39:48
Label Ohr
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Electronic Meditation
(1970)Electronic Meditation1970
Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri is the second album by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream, released in March 1971 by record label Ohr.


The music on this album is quite different from Tangerine Dream’s first album Electronic Meditation, partly because of a heavier reliance on keyboards and electronic technology, although they still mostly remain in the background: the dominant instruments on the album are organ and flute. The other difference is that this album focuses on dark, spacey soundscapes as opposed to jam sessions.[citation needed] The shift in instrumentation resulted in an atmosphere dubbed by Edgar Froese himself as "kosmische musik".[citation needed] Julian Cope's Head Heritage wrote that the album "used the space rock template from[Pink Floyd's] [A] Saucerful of Secrets (and removed the rock)".[2]

A nowadays extremely rare single "Ultima Thule" was released in the same year. Side 1 employs the same guitar riff as "Fly ...", but the single was at the time otherwise an unconnected release. Re-releases of Alpha Centauri in the 2000s have however included either or both parts of Ultima Thule as bonus tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[3]

Alpha Centauri was released on March 1971 by record label Ohr. It sold 20,000 copies in their native Germany, nearly four times as many as their later classic Phaedra.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Sunrise in the Third System" 4:21
2. "Fly and Collision of Comas Sola" 13:23
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Alpha Centauri" 22:04


  • Edgar Froese – guitar, organ, bass, coffee machine, composer
  • Christopher Franke – drums, percussion, flute, zither, piano, VCS3
  • Steve Schroyder – organ, voice, echo machines, iron stick
  • Udo Dennebourg – flute, voice
  • Roland Paulyck – synthesizer


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