Lily on the beach (232616) (Tangerine Dream) Groove Unlimited
Lily on the beach
Valley of the Kings
Blue Mango Cafe
Too hot for my chinchilla
Pearl River (bonus track)
Long Island Sunset
Edgar Froese & Paul Haslinger.
LILY ON THE BEACH - the single CD of the once limited edition TRILOGY offer "The Melrose Years - The re-recordings 2003" including Melrose, Optical Race and Lily On The Beach.
When these songs were produced - inspired by a strong "American-Way-of-Life-atmosphere" they created a lot of irritation among the die-hard TD fans. Bearing this in mind all these tracks became nevertheless one of the most popular bunch of music from the late 80ies. Enjoy some wonderful compositions of that special time!
Lily On The Beach is a great improvement upon the former album, Optical Race. Arrangement-, production- and composition-wise things got better with this album. A gleam of quality in a poor era - there is something very attractive about the music, and the album has had many a rotation in my cd player. The main problem is the many album fillers!
I'm very fond of Too Hot For Chinchilla, a track that even is ranked as number nine on my preliminary top 10 list of TD-songs.
It has a fantastic, complicated beat, backed up by a breathtaking guitar solo. It is the perfect way to introduce an album, as it has a carefully prepared intro. I wouldn't mind it beng longer, as it's hard to let go off, once you've heard it. A shame the rest of Lily On The Beach isn't on par - otherwise it would be a 9/10 album!
Another quality track is Crystal Curfew, with it's repeating guitar lick, which makes me think of Ricochet Part I, without any further comparisons.
I recall a time when I heard it at New Age radio station, my sister's ex-boyfriend was present. He used to study classical music history in Oxford, and in disillusion he claimed it to be some of the weirdest music, he has ever heard!
Structurally, Paradise Cove isn't much different. It proofs, that the best tracks, are the ones with guitar. It's very simple, and the highlight is the tempo change, at the end. Radio City is a historic Tangerine Dream track, as it's Jerome's very first contribution to the band. He delivers a blazing guitar solo, just as I like it - complete with tabbing and everything.
Other tracks I would like to call attention to is Twenty-Nine Palms, a solo piano piece, that stands out of the crowd. Well, there is also synth pads, so it's just too slick for my taste. Desert Drive has to be applauded for its energy, Gecko has the same charm as Cat Scan from Optical Race, so it's impossible not to give a little smile.
Sequencers are used in Long Island Sunset, but apart from that it is a sickening track with smutty, double tracked saxophones. The rest of the material needs no elaboration.
In general, the album is patchy, but good, and the good tracks hold an acceptable standard. (Sometimes I even think it's better than it's rating...)
Stylistically you can't blame record shops for placing this album in the New Age/muzak slots, but in my opinion all musical styles can be done properly. Lily On The Beach is the proof.