In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979

16CD+ £120.00
  • SKU: 7727119
  • UPC: 0602577271199
  • Release Date: 14 June 2019


Label Review. 

Newly remastered versions of the albums ‘Phaedra’, ‘Rubycon’, ‘Ricochet’, ‘Stratosfear’, ‘Encore’, ‘Cyclone’ and ‘Force Majeure’ all drawn from the original first generation master tapes, and new Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of ‘Phaedra’ and ‘Ricochet’ by Steven Wilson. ‘In Search of Hades’ includes 8 CDs of previously unreleased material; 3 London concerts in full (Victoria Palace Theatre in 1974, The Rainbow Theatre in 1974 and Royal Albert Hall in 1975) along with the previously unreleased full soundtrack to ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’, recorded in July 1974 and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo by Steven Wilson. Also includes 2 CDs of previously unreleased outtakes from the Phaedra sessions at The Manor Studios, Oxfordshire in November 1973 and the surviving 35-minute live recording from Coventry Cathedral in October 1975. The box set features 2 Blu-Ray discs featuring the 5.1 mixes of ‘Phaedra’, ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’ and ‘Ricochet’, along with a 1976 German TV performance and BBC Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast of Tangerine Dream at Coventry Cathedral. Plus hardback book.

Our Overview. 

Loved and revered worldwide for many decades, Tangerine Dream were true pioneers of ambient and electronic music. Their influence is massive – and the albums they recorded for Virgin Records between 1973 and 1979 remain classics. This box set is the definitive statement of this period in their history.

They came to Richard Branson’s attention when their fourth album ‘Atem’ was pronounced ‘Album of The Year’ by John Peel in 1973. He signed the group to his new Virgin Records label and ‘Phaedra’ was the tenth album to be released by the company. It became a hit in the UK making the Top 20. The follow up, 1975s ‘Rubycon’ went even better cracking the Top 10 but their commercial prospects slipped after this but their legion of fans kept the band in the charts for the rest of the decade.