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It is probably difficult to gather a "best of" set when the discography is, at best, suspect. Christopher Franke chose 18 tracks for Epic. Two tracks are unreleased and the others are from nine of his solo discs. Only two of the tracks are from his better efforts. The unreleased tracks were unreleased for good reason — they lack merit. That translates to 15 below average tracks from seven below average CD's. It does not shape up to be a winner and it is not. Franke seems lost and confused. There is little substance and no consistency. This CD, even at cut-out rates, is not a worthy purchase.


Born: 06 April 1953 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A longtime member of the pioneering German electronic unit Tangerine Dream, keyboardist/composer Christopher Franke was born in Berlin on April 6, 1953, subsequently studying classical music and composition at the Berlin Conservatory. While playing in the jazz-rock group Agitation Free, he and his mentor, Swiss avant-garde composer Thomas Kessler, set up a sound studio and began teaching courses in improvisation, laying the groundwork for what would become the Berlin School of Electronic Music. Through...
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