Rubycon (album)

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Studio album by Tangerine Dream
Released 21 March 1975
Recorded January 1975, The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell
Genre Electronic music, Ambient, Berlin School
Length 34:53
Label Virgin Records
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Music sample

Rubycon is an album released in 1975 by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream.[1] 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 reached No. 10, in a 14-week run, their highest-charting album in the UK.[2]


The album consists of two long tracks, each just over 17 minutes long. “Rubycon, Part One,” the A side of the LP, “ebbs and flows through tense washes of echo and Mellotron choirs, as primitive sequencer lines bubble to the surface”.[3] The B side, “Rubycon, Part Two,” “opens in a wonderfully haunted way” before “the synthesizer arpeggios return to drive things along”.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]

Tom Moon includes Rubycon in his 2008 book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: “This voyaging vision of sound, ever-unfolding and not quite ever arriving, has been imitated endlessly since 1975. But somehow its admirers haven’t quite captured the openness and faraway grandeur of Tangerine Dream”[6]

In his book Digital Gothic: A Critical Discography of Tangerine Dream, music journalist Paul Stump praises the album, noting: “Rubycon is simply a refinement of its predecessor—but to an acme of excellence, and demonstrates a mastery of primitive technology breathtaking in its audacity, tenacity and sheer artistic vision. It is probably the best album the band have made…” [7]


Christopher Franke's Moog synthesizer was damaged in transit during a tour after the album was released, and Franke himself was nearly killed from an electrical shock.[8]

Track listing[edit]


Production credits
  • Monique Froese – photography
  • Mick Glossop – engineer
  • Roland Paulick – technical assistance


  1. ^ Berling, Michael (3 August 2014). "Rubycon". Voices in the Net. 
  2. ^ "TANGERINE DREAM | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Swan, Glenn. Rubycon (album) at AllMusic
  4. ^ Swan, Glenn. Rubycon (album) at AllMusic
  5. ^ Swan, Glenn. Rubycon (album) at AllMusic
  6. ^ Moon, Tom (2008). 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener’s Life List. 1,000… Before You Die Books. New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 762. ISBN 076113963X. 
  7. ^ Stump, Paul (1997). Digital Gothic: A Critical Discography of Tangerine Dream. Trowbridge: SAF Publishing Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 0946719187. 
  8. ^ Prendergast, Mark (1994). "Tangerine Dream: Changing Use of Technology, Part 1: 1967-1977". Sound On Sound (December).