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There have been at least 5 bands called Tangerine. They include a French folk-rock band, a US heavy rock group, an electro-indie crossover band from New York, an electro-pop duo from the Netherlands and a US alt rock band:

1. Tangerine were a simple folk quartet based out of France in the 70’s, distinguished by the luminous lead presence of Valery Btesh and the ornate flute work of Marc Donahue. With the potential of four, count ‘em four acoustic guitars at work and equally layered vocal harmonies, you know what you can expect, and this is where the band’s undoubtedly excelled. Discounting a few instrumentals, half of the songs are sung in their native tongue, and the other half in English, with uncommonly minimal intrusion from accents.
Their album ‘De l’autre côté de la forêt’ is another of the great unsungs. Though the album gets off to a decent if unremarkable start, we soon hit Btesh’s “Meditations,” which I’ll go on record saying is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve yet come across in my explorations over the years under the broad prog umbrella, and that’s simply not an overstatement. Picture Genesis circa Trespass transplanted to the rural countryside with a French Sandy Denny singing a melody that hypnotizes all in its path. If I need to say more, then as was once said elsewhere, “you’ll never know.”


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  • stessy17

    If you want to know more about this little band that isn't the old French Tangerine, you can : Hope you'll like it :)

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • gregxs

    I listen to the french old one Tangerine.. Realy good music, even after 37 years..

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Brulak

    I listen both and prefer the French one... bought the CD reissue of "De l'autre Cote de la Foret" in the 1990s and have been wondering since whether they made any other recordings.

    18 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Paulina_M

    Does anybody listen to this forgotten French folk band? :( instead of the second one, more popular group?

    30 Apr 2009 Reply

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