The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

by Tangerine Dream


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This pulsating soundtrack for a film about China's Great Wall captures the character of this awesome, enduring monument. Tangerine Dream founder and mainstay Edgar Froese, joined by his son Jerome, merge TD's propulsive rock beat with spiraling sequences, three-dimensional sound effects, and exotic sonic textures that evoke images of Asia, its history, and its people. Listening with headphones conjures up a flight over the Great Wall's massive, snakelike form. "Stranded Without Shade" is like squinting at a relentless, pounding sun and being swept by swirling, sandy winds; the choral voices at the end seem to deliver us -- sunbaked -- to a heavenly realm. Not all tunes are trippy enough to evoke such powerful visual images: "Summer in the Shade" and "No More Candles Burning" are more abstract. Asian instruments and peppery musical scales are used at a minimum, but when they are, they definitely spice things up. The album ends with the frenetic "Tiger Forest," suggesting a rollicking chase through the underbrush.

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Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157914221
catalogNumber: 9142
Rank: 28241

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