Released in March 1971, Alpha Centauri is the second major release and second studio album by Tangerine Dream.
The music on this album is quite different from Tangerine Dream’s first album Electronic Meditation, partly because of a heavier reliance on keyboards and electronic technology, although they still mostly remain in the background: the dominant instruments on the album are organ and flute. The other difference is that this album focuses on dark, spacey soundscapes as opposed to jam sessions. The shift in instrumentation resulted in an atmosphere dubbed by Edgar Froese himself as ‘kosmische musik’. Julian Cope’s Head Heritage wrote that the album ‘used the space rock template from [Pink Floyd’s] Saucerful of Secrets (and removed the rock)’.
Alpha Centauri sold 20,000 copies in their native Germany, nearly four times as many as their later classic Phaedra.
- Sunrise in the Third System
- Fly and Collision of Comas Sola
- Ultima Thule Part 1 (Single)
- Alpha Centauri
Format: Vinyl / 12” Album Clear Vinyl
Label: Tiger Bay
Catalogue No: TB6065C
Release Date: 25 Jun 2021