|Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
|Studio album by Tangerine Dream
||21 March 1975
||January 1975, The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell
||Electronic music, Ambient music, Berlin school
|Tangerine Dream chronology
"Rubycon" is the sixth studio album released in 1975 by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. 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.
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”. The B side, “Rubycon, Part Two,” “opens in a wonderfully haunted way” before “the synthesizer arpeggios return to drive things along”.
Tom Moon includes Rubycon in his 2008 book 1000 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”
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…”
- "Rubycon, Part One" – 17:18
- Composed and played by:
- Edgar Froese: mellotron, guitar and VCS 3 synthesizer
- Christopher Froese: double Moog synthesizer, Synthi A, organ, modified Elka organ and prepaired piano
- Peter Baumann: organ, EMS Synthi A, electric piano (Fender Rhodes) and prepared piano
- "Rubycon, Part Two" – 17:35
- 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
- Edgar Froese
- Peter Baumann
- Christopher Franke
- Production credits
- Monique Froese – photography
- Mick Glossop – engineer
- Roland Paulick – technical assistance
Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
UK Virgin V 2025 stereo (1975).
Album produced by Tangerine Dream.
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The albums hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.
The album cover has a strong hinge and spine.
The original inner sleeve is excellently presented.