Encore: Tangerine Dream Live is the second live album and tenth overall by the German group Tangerine Dream. It is mostly assembled from various recordings from the band's very successful 1977 U.S. tour.
Tangerine Dream performed Cherokee Lane and Monolight, or some variants thereof, at every concert in 1977. The released version of Monolight has been identified as having been recorded in Washington, D.C. on 4 April. The spoken introduction – by Leo del Aguila a.k.a. Prof. Mota, WGTB’s music director – of the album also comes from that concert. A fantape of this complete concert was officially released as a part of the Bootleg Box Set vol. 2 in 2004. (Two other tracks, named Monolith and Drywater Rush on Tangerine Tree volume 4 and subsequently also on the Bootleg Box, were also played in some form from concert to concert, but were not included on Encore.) With regards to Coldwater Canyon, Edgar Froese has stated that the track was played only once, during the tour’s leg in the southwestern United States.
After a slightly experimental wind effect and organ intro, Cherokee Lane settles into a hypnotic sequencer/mellotron improvisation. Monolight starts with a piano improvisation, followed by a short melodic piece (called just Encore on the single release) set to a march-like rhythm. After this, a more typical sequence is brought in and Tangerine Dream return to improvisation, tangenting the main themes to the title track from their previous studio album Stratosfear, and Betrayal from their soundtrack album Sorcerer. This section was on the 1994 compilation Tangents subtitled “Yellow Part”. The track ends with another piano section, this time a version of the ending from Stratosfear’s final track Invisible Limits which, in turn, is based on Beethoven’sMoonlight Sonata. Coldwater Canyon plunges headfirst into another sequencer-based improvisation with a very choppy rhythm, laced with extensive guitar work from Froese.
In contrast to the other three tracks, Desert Dream is a collage of older, more atmospheric material, including leftover material from previous studio albums as well as parts of the group’s soundtrack to the play Oedipus Tyrannus, recorded live in Chichester in August 1974.