1. Ricochet Part One [16:59]
  2. Ricochet Part Two [21:05]
Recorded live Autumn 1975 in France and Britain.
Composed and Performed by Peter Bauman, Edgar Froese, Chris Franke. Already the same year as Rubycon, Tangerine Dream release their first album including live material. Although Rubycon is out-of-this-world great, Ricochet is even better.
It is doctored live recordings with studio overdubs. The music is more accessible, than ever before, but still anything, but mainstream.
Listen to the record!

If you still need more information on the tracks I can tell you, that Part 1 is perhaps one of the best TD tracks ever. Chris Franke delivers one of his best acoustic drum performances to date, obviously overdubbed in the studio, as he operated the big moog sequencer on stage.In spite of the drumming, a synthesizer is cleverly used to make the rhythm track.
Edgar plays a repetitive guitar pattern, in his delicate trademark picking style. He then loses himself in free form impromptu. The sound is very Oldfieldish, and sometimes it's muffled up in reverb.
The sequencer comes out clear and bright, and duels with the drums for dear life. Production wise, Ricochet is perhaps their best album ever, as it uses the stereophonic possibilities to the full. The cd version is also well remastered, if you want it digital.

Ricochet Part 1 is a very heavy piece, and exactly with its use of frantic guitar, drums and sequencer, it also appeals to the hard rocking side I have.
The intro of Part 2 has been played several times live, but whether or not the version on Ricochet is live, is extremely doubtful.
In 1975, it was the melodic pinnacle of their career. Chamber music is a word that pops up inside of my head, as it's classically inspired grand piano accompanied by Mellotron flute. It turns into sequencer driven euphoria, but once they decides to pause for breath, the synthesizers begin to talk. One says "doh-doh, doh-doh..." and the other manically drone out "Edgaahh, Edgaahh, Edgaahh..." (in the time spans of 13:07-13:17 and 13:40-13:51)
So many things are going on, I can not describe them all. Therefore: surrender, and get sucked into the fantastic sonic universe of Tangerine Dream. This is utter, sheer genius! Listen to the record!
If you want to have spelled anything out in a critical way, then it is, that the disadvantage by the cd version is the removal of the introductory clapping, by one of the band members, in Part 2. It's recorded in the studio, and has to be seen as an ironic twist, as it isn't a live album in the true sense of the word. It's said that Ricochet was (partly) recorded at Croydon Fairfield Hall in 1975. The references are evident, but the outcome has only been improved, with the pitstop studio makeover. Listen to the record!

Ricochet is a synthi orgy, that makes Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and other later artist to look like amateurs. No more talking. Listen to the record!

Jacob Pertou If you look for one Tangerine Dream to discover, this must be the first or the Last... A best introduction to their world of instant live improvisation you can hardly find, this is a truly Gem, if you have never heard electronic music before this is the one you must listen to and try. this was nearly the first LP I bought from TD and surely won my total adhesion to these new landscapes. I had heard some nice classical music before, but this helped me far more to expend my imagination to other levels (without any help of acide or other herbs). Here you can here how to work with Modular analog Synth (Mostly Moogs at that time, and some EMS-A) on stage, using the knobs and different Sequences layer by hand, in the times were the tunings were shifting alone by the warmth of the machines. Technical approach but to create wonderful sound landscapes to refresh all kind of curiosity and sound music surprises.
If you have some music theory and practise you can here that even that the harmonies seems simple with just a few minor chords, the ideas and the presence of these musicians Froese, Franke and Baumann are here tremendous.
Listening carefully to all these Sequences, sometimes they seem simple and redundant, but these are not. The timbers are changing and growing all the time, and some rhythmic patterns are really bizarre with some crossings on 5 to 7 beats melted with four, and all this interleaved and sparkling everywhere.
The electric Guitar sounds are weird enough, still remaining melodic, like colours shapes and patterns here and there.
Here you can Hear an extensive use of the mellotrons (the Sampler ancestors) nice moving sounds, like flutes in the introduction and soft bridges of part II. Strange vocals loops here and there and metallic noises, and obviously some nice Choir masses.
Even some nice piano touches that makes some oppositions for an electronic album. So if you look for Tangerine Dream's music, please don't miss the Richochet concert... it's their ground basis and trademark.
Definitively, if you came on this site, it's maybe you love Electronic music, so this one is perhaps one of which everything began and came from.

2005. Markus / France Tangerine Dream's first live album, stitched together from performances in France and Britain, with another iconic cover (three gaunt trunks masking the sun), though it still could stand like a studio album, as the audience is only there to provide book ended applause. The entirety of the album is in the key of C minor, as is also true for their next double-album live release Encore. Apparently, this was necessary because the band's custom-made sequencing gear could only be set to that key.

"Part One," recorded in Autumn 1975 in France, opens up with a solemn march. Froese's fuzzed guitar introduces the main theme of the piece (a repeated melody of C-Bflat-Aflat-G-F-G), then the keyboards latch on to it, doubling the melody and adding harmonic variations. Of note, there are real drum sounds (presumably Chris Franke, given his earlier role in the band and the emphasis on toms) in addition to synthetic percussion. The march builds and builds, before being intruded upon by a sudden barrage of garbled sound samples. At about eight minutes into "Part One", the second half turns an urgent pace. Now the instantly recognizable, classic Tangerine Dream sound flows in: looping melodic patterns and rhythmic sequencing to weave a soft thread of hypnosis about the listener. The band explode with a bouquet of different sounds, the layering of which is astounding, if you really sit and listen to everything that's going on. Again, did just three people play all of what we hear at once live? Incredible, if so; they must have had state-of-the-art equipment. The main theme resurfaces soon enough to lend some thematic cohesion.
"Part Two" was recorded in Croyden, England (October 23, 1975) and contains a prelude with a delicate piano ringing out lonely notes with just the right amount of echo, before a flute Mellotron wanders into the picture to provide companionship. Though brief, this is one of the most beautiful moments on the album, with higher notes twinkling in the distance somewhat recalling Frippertronics. Then, it's off to another wave or two of racing, mechanistic sequencing and kaleidoscopic patterns, sometimes louder and sometimes softer, more or less seeing us through the remainder of "Part Two."

Perhaps more than any other album in their catalog, I would cast my vote for Ricochet as the prototype of the classic Tangerine Dream sound; the music that probably first runs through most the heads of those who have some familiarity with the band. Although it sounds to me a little more unidimensional relative to its two immediate predecessors Phaedra and Rubycon (perhaps it's the unrelenting constancy of key), the album offers a pleasing number of contrasts in dynamic and when the piece hits its climactic sections, the layering of sounds to emerge really catches the ear. Sound quality is excellent.

2006. Joe McGlinchey Ricochet (part two) must be the best track Tangerine Dream have ever made!
It starts with a beautiful piano tune and building up to a massive and fast synthesized driven melody! (and remember one thing..this is 1975-76!) then it fades out into a railway wasteland, just to get built up another time to another great tune. You may call this track an epic..or ricochet?...when you think that this is it, it just hit you in the forehead once again and you are hooked!
On part one you can take part in the train journey down the lane of imaginations! The fantastic trio of Baumann\Froese\Franke has made a live album wich will stand out as a milestone for the genre they invented!!

2003. Stale Tandberg