Rubycon (album)

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Studio album by Tangerine Dream
Released 21 March 1975
Recorded January 1975, The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell
Length 34:53
Label Virgin Records
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Audio sample
Rubycon: Part 1"

Rubycon is the sixth studio album by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream, released in 1975 .[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 number 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”.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

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."[4]

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…” [5]


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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Rubycon, Part One" (Composed and played by: Edgar Froese: mellotron, guitar and VCS 3 synthesizer; Christopher Franke: double Moog synthesizer, Synthi A, organ, modified Elka organ and prepared piano; Peter Baumann: organ, EMS Synthi A, electric piano (Fender Rhodes) and prepared piano) 17:18
2. "Rubycon, Part Two" (Composed and played by: Christopher Franke: double Moog synthesizer, gong, Synthi A, and organ; Edgar Froese: organ, mellotron, guitar, gong and VCS 3 synththesizer; Peter Baumann: electric piano (Fender Rhodes), organ, EMS Synthi A, voice and ARP 2600) 17:35


Production credits

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


A single titled Extracts From "Rubycon" was released in March 1975.[7]

No. Title Length
1. "Extracts From "Rubycon"" 3:07
2. "Extracts From "Rubycon"" 3:09

Both tracks of this single were included as part of the compilation The Virgin Years 1974-1978 in 2011.


  1. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Rubycon". Voices in the Net. 
  2. ^ "Tangerine Dream". Official Charts. 
  3. ^ a b c Swan, Glenn. Rubycon at AllMusic
  4. ^ Moon, Tom (2008). 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener’s Life List. New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 762. ISBN 076113963X. 
  5. ^ Stump, Paul (1997). Digital Gothic: A Critical Discography of Tangerine Dream. Trowbridge: SAF Publishing Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 0946719187. 
  6. ^ Prendergast, Mark (1994). "Tangerine Dream: Changing Use of Technology, Part 1: 1967-1977". Sound On Sound. 
  7. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Extracts From "Rubycon"". Voices in the Net.