Rubycon (album)

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Rubycon
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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
Phaedra
(1974)
Rubycon
(1975)
Ricochet
(1975)
Music sample

Rubycon is the sixth studio 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 number 10 in a 14-week run, their highest-charting album in the UK.[2]

Music[edit]

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]

Tour[edit]

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]

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berling, Michael (3 August 2014). "Rubycon". Voices in the Net. 
  2. ^ "TANGERINE DREAM | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Swan, Glenn. Rubycon (album) at AllMusic
  4. ^ 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. 
  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.