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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though best known as the driving force behind the pioneering German synth-prog outfit Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese also maintained a flourishing and stylistically distinct solo career, releasing an impressive number of strikingly imaginative albums under his own name even while guiding Tangerine Dream to ever-greater levels of commercial and artistic success. Solo (1974—1983) The Virgin Years is as close to a definitive Froese collection as listeners are likely to get, though it doesn't include Froese’s third solo release on Brain (the forbiddingly minimal Macula Transfer) and passes over some of his soundtrack material. But Solo contains a wealth of remarkable recordings, including the entirety of the five Froese full-lengths distributed by Virgin between 1974 and 1983 and a handful of bonus tracks. The strongest material here comes from 1975’s Ypsilon in Malaysian Pale, a stark instrumental release that sports rich layers of synthesizer textures and long, intensely meditative compositions that would wield an enormous influence on ambient and new age music in the decades to come.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though best known as the driving force behind the pioneering German synth-prog outfit Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese also maintained a flourishing and stylistically distinct solo career, releasing an impressive number of strikingly imaginative albums under his own name even while guiding Tangerine Dream to ever-greater levels of commercial and artistic success. Solo (1974—1983) The Virgin Years is as close to a definitive Froese collection as listeners are likely to get, though it doesn't include Froese’s third solo release on Brain (the forbiddingly minimal Macula Transfer) and passes over some of his soundtrack material. But Solo contains a wealth of remarkable recordings, including the entirety of the five Froese full-lengths distributed by Virgin between 1974 and 1983 and a handful of bonus tracks. The strongest material here comes from 1975’s Ypsilon in Malaysian Pale, a stark instrumental release that sports rich layers of synthesizer textures and long, intensely meditative compositions that would wield an enormous influence on ambient and new age music in the decades to come.

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About Edgar Froese

The only continuing member of the pioneering synthesizer group Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese also proved to be one of the most ambitious in releasing solo albums alongside the voluminous output of the band. Considered a master of the Mellotron, the early keyboard device (made famous by the Moody Blues) that produced its sound through key-activated tape loops of actual recordings of orchestras, choirs, and other acoustic sounds. Though it still drew from TD's trademark sequencer sound, Froese's solo recordings had a more direct and personal quality, and often featured his penchant for rock-style guitar work.

Even while Tangerine Dream was releasing career classics Phaedra and Rubycon during 1974-1975, Froese began his solo career with the two records Aqua and Epsilon in Malaysian Pale, quite similar in style to contemporary work by Tangerine Dream. During the rest of the '70s, Froese released four more solo albums during TD's breaks, followed in 1983 by Pinnacles. By that point, Froese was the undisputed leader of Tangerine Dream and could release material that would have appeared as solo work during the previous decade. The 1995 Virgin collection Beyond the Storm summed up his solo career. Edgar Froese died of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna in January 2015; he was 70 years old. ~ Linda Kohanov

  • ORIGIN
    Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • BORN
    June 6, 1944

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