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Tangerine Dream

Live At Augusta Raurica - Switzerland 2016

- Live, released March 2019 -


2CD+2DVD release Germany 2019
Booklet cover
Artwork: Bianca Froese-Acquaye

Download release Germany 2019
Artwork: Bianca Froese-Acquaye


1.Mothers Of Rain [2016 live version]6:336:35
2.Logos [2016 live version]6:106:44
3.Genesis Of Precious Thoughts [2016 live version]10:3310:46
4.Power Of The Rainbow Serpent [2016 live version]7:478:11
5.Proton Bonfire [2016 live version]8:057:31
6.Second Gravity [2016 live version]9:399:30
7.Madagasmala [2016 live version]7:157:15
8.Love On A Real Train (Risky Business) [2016 live version]6:256:16
9.Dolphin Dance [2016 live version]5:054:57
10.Kiew Mission [2016 live version]6:085:39
11.Rubycon [2016 live version]17:3016:56
12.White Eagle [2016 live version]5:245:11
13.Ricochet [2016 live version]7:107:06
14.Sorcerer Theme [2016 live version]5:425:44
15.Mirage Of Reality [2016 live version]9:2410:28
16.Song Of The Whale [2016 live version]9:389:30
17.The Silver Boots Of Bartlett Green [2016 live version]7:3310:53
18. Closing Words2:46-
19. Universal Appointment Bonus Feature [via menu]-7:34
20. Credits [via menu]-1:00
Total running time138:47147:46


Recording dateSeptember 8, 2016
Recording site(s)Amphitheater Augusta Raurica (Augst)
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann, Johannes Schmoelling, Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss
Musician(s)Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss, Hoshiko Yamane
Producer(s)Bianca Froese-Acquaye


In September 2016 Tangerine Dream performed in the beautiful historical Augusta Raurica amphitheatre in Augst, Switzerland, quite close to the city of Basel. It was one of the first concerts of the remaining three band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane after Edgar Froese had passed away in January that year.


It took almost three years for this album to be released, although it was already listed with a small cover photo in the discography part of Force Majeure, the autobiography by Edgar Froese that was released in September 2017 (see Light Flux for details).


Apparently, Ulrich Schnauss was not completely happy with the selection of the Swiss concert for release. In March 2019, at time of release, he posted on Facebook: "[...] In my opinion it represents a worst possible choice for such a degree of exposure since I personally see it as the least interesting gig of the 'quantum years': First of all, we had some pretty bad luck that day: literally minutes before our set the visuals setup collapsed [...] -- signicantly reducing the visual impact of our concert (not saying this in order to play down the impact of Finki's [Andreas Fink, ed.] beautiful light show, but Patrick [Dunn]'s imagery of course shouldn't be underestimated either). Secondly, the recording captures a moment when we still were just making rather cautious first steps -- relying heavily on pre-recorded backing tracks and far from having the necessary confidence and routine required to introduce the current level of live playing -- not even mentioning the subsequent, in my opinion more than just welcome, addition of a totally free-form, no-strings-attached 'session'-section towards the end of every gig. And yet -- the camera team had been booked, did show up and demanded a compensation for their efforts regardless of the debatable quality of the actual performance -- and rightfully so of course. As a consequence there'd always been a strong notion from Austria [Eastgate, that is, ed.] to go ahead in terms of putting out a DVD as initially planned -- again, personally though I'd have much favoured a decision in favour of artistic and/or quality control -- simply accepting the negligible financial loss. So, while I wouldn't go as far as posting a 'don't buy'-plea here, I'd still ask you not to judge the overall potential of the current line up just on the grounds of this potentially disappointing example."


Live At Augusta Raurica - Switzerland 2016 comes as a combined audio and video release, featuring the audio recording of the full concert on two CDs while the video footage is available on two DVDs with identical content, one in PAL format, the other in NTSC. The four discs come in a folded cardboard digipack with 12 page booklet, featuring credits, track listing and photos taken during the concert.


The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD/DVD release"8th September 2016 -- the open air live concert of Tangerine Dream at the amphitheatre Augusta Raurica in Switzerland (close to the city Basel) was one of the first concerts TD performed after the death of Edgar Froese, head and founder of TD. The beautiful sight surrounded by an ancient Roman village, the fantastic ancient amphitheatre created a very special atmosphere for the magic music. Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane performed a great collection of classic TD tracks that night. Enjoy a contemporary document of Tangerine Dream's musical output. In commemoration of Edgar."


The concert's setlist is almost identical to that of the gig in Windeck some days ago and to the concert in Szczecin three months before. Thus, fans who already own the album Live At The Philharmony Szczecin - Poland 2016 will notice quite a lot of similarities, though the track order is somewhat different and two or three tracks have been exchanged between the set lists. And, of course, there is some variation in the parts that were performed live. But what is more, the complete concert is presented on video, too. So, regardless of any criticism, this release is a worthy addition to any TD collection.


A few weeks after its Double-CD/DVD release the audio version of this album became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.


2019: Eastgate
2CD [a]/NTSC-DVD [b]/PAL-DVD [b]: eastgate 018 DVD; digipack; multi-coloured discs
Download [a]: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
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