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Hyperborea - Tangerine Dream

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Hyperborea is the nineteenth album by Tangerine Dream and their last album on the Virgin Records label. Following their previous albums "White Eagle" and "Logos" this album continues the group's new focus on working with new technologies such as digital synthesizers, drum machines, and sampling.

The album title refers to Hyperborea, a mythical, idyllic land in the Ancient Greek tradition, supposedly located far to the north of Thrace and where it was claimed the sun shone twenty-four hours a day.

The album that was somewhat of a disappointment upon release for its departure from their classic sound. Spent two weeks on the UK album chart peaking at No.45. In recent years, the album has received more attention and praise for its innovative sound design and composition.

Track Listings:
    1. No Man's Land 9:03
    2. Hyperborea 8:31
    3. Cinnamon Road 3:54
    4. Sphinx Lightning 19:56
Total Time: 41:24
Artist Name(s):
Christopher Franke, Johannes Schmoelling, Edgar Froese
Christopher Franke, Johannes Schmoelling, Edgar Froese
Release Year: 1983
Berlin, Electroacoustic, Experimental, Ritual, Soundtrack
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Monique Froese
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Virgin Records LTD
Catalog Number(s):
LP: V 2292, Cassette: TCV 2292, CD: CDV 2292
Europe, Japan
Virgin Music
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jeff sampson


Hyperborea is the Tangerine Dream album I play more than any other - even more than Phaedra or Rubycon.  The mix of Berlin School and rock structure hits me perfectly every time.

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Jack Hertz


A timberal masterpiece, Hyerborea is one of may favorite Tangerine Dream albums. Marrying pristine PPG sounds and textures in such a minimal, yet very satisfying way. Each track is rife with exotic moods that carry us off to faraway places via clever synth programming and inventive rhythms. There a special majesty to this record, as we can feel these artists realizing something very new, on the cutting edge. This alos is great music that takes krautrock to another level. Ready to burst into ambient or IDM at any moment. Christopher Franke keeps it rocking with slick kosmiche beats that maintain a certain style and grace throughout the album.

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