(poem of William Blake [1757-1827])


The Lyrics are from the Poem by the same name of (William Blake [1757-1827]) 1/01/1987 Originally released on cassette the CD version has some changes and added songs to the entire album. This particular song was and is an exception to TD’s generally only instrumental High tech early New age style.

Music critic ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide, describes it thus:
Tyger sees Tangerine Dream set the poetry of William Blake to music. While the combination of styles will inevitably be off-putting to some — particularly stuffy Blake fans — the results are surprisingly evocative and listenable. Tyger might not be one of the most accessible albums within Tangerine Dream’s catalog, but for those wishing to explore the group’s more adventurous side, it’s a worthwhile listen.

There’s actually ten versions of the album but only one in the US Tyger (CD, Album) Relativity 88561-1055-2 US 1992.
The female vocalist is Jocelyn Bernadette Smith ¬- The New York based singer joined Tangerine Dream in February 1987 to transform a series of poems by the English mystic and painter into songs. According to Edgar Froese, he himself “had a problem with Jocelyn during the recording. She’d already got through the texts, but during the session she took the book and smashed it on the floor, saying, ‘I’m an R & B singer and I don’t want to do this schoolkid bullshit!’” Edgar Froese still thinks, “she did a good job, but she hated the lyrics, which are not easy to understand if you don’t know the background.”
Source is my own personal knowledge as a music critic in Las Vegas and TD’s Website http://www.tangerinedream-music.com/ (all rights reserved, permission granted to display quotes as long as proper reference is given to ‘Tangerine Dream’ and the source.

Edited by shieldwolf2012 on 28 Oct 2009, 12:45

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TD’s Website http://www.tangerinedream-music.com/

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