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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

JEROME FROESE: Orange Sized Dreams (Works 1990 - 1995)

Updated: May 14, 2020

If I liked the remodeled versions of the titles found on the 3 studio albums targeted by OSD, I however understand why the rest of it are leftovers

1 Backstreet Hero (Studio Version - 1992) 8:10

2 Little Blonde in the Park of Attractions (Alternative Take - 1995/Redux 2014) 7:32

3 Agent or Police? (Dream Mixes 1 Leftover - 1995) 5:14

4 Jungle Journey (Uncooked Version - 1994) 6:08

5 Two Bunch Palms (Studio Version - 1992) 5:25

6 Penguin Reference (Angels vs. Demons Mix 1991/Redux 2014) 4:32

7 Treasure of Innocence (Guitar Version - 1992) 3:48

8 Twilight Brigade (Ultra 6 String Take - 1994) 9:34

9 220V (SBE 96 Rehearsal Version - 1992/Redux 1996) 7:08

10 Comfortably Numb (Dream Mixes 1 Leftover - 1995) 5:32

11 Cymbeline (Original Version - 1992/Redux 2014) 7:23

Moonpop | Moon CD-709

(CD/DDL 70:31) (V.F.)

Those who follow my chronicles know how much I love Jerome. So, I took a chance with this first part of an upcoming trilogy called Orange Sized Dreams. According to the press guide, this is a personal collection of music that Jerome composed during his years with Tangerine Dream, from 1990, with Melrose, to 2006, with 40 Years Roadmap to Music. The first part, ORANGE SIZED DREAMS (Works 1990-1995), covers the period from Rockoon to Tyranny of Beauty, passing through 220 Volt Live. There are 5 titles from this period as well as leftovers and unpublished titles that didn't find space on the silver furrows of the Dream Mixes series, and 3 titles which were completely redesigned in Jerome's studios in 2014.

It starts with a studio version of Backstreet Hero. The electricity of 220 Volt Live is absent, but the title still spits its passion. On the other hand, Two Bunch Palms is a lot wilder. I also prefer the version of Treasure of Innocence, which is more rock, less ethereal. And what good Jerome's guitar solos here! If the so-called 220 V repetition version has left me on my appetite, it's even worse with Cymbeline which is a version that I consider anemic versus the fiery Hamlet. The title is more electronic, less rock if you prefer. And for each of these titles, the electricity, that was in 220 Volt Live, which is a real blow of mass between the ears by the way, is lacking. I again pulled out 220 Volt Live from the mothballs and it played in loops for a good week. So, thank you Jerome for this stroke of nostalgia. Linda Spa's saxophone in Little Blonde in the Park of Attractions, from the album Tyranny of Beauty, is completely wiped off the map here. In fact, was Ms. Spa part of TD during the Jerome years? I say this because, unless my ears are playing tricks on me (you know ... sax versus synths), her scores are completely erased from this ORANGE SIZED DREAMS (Works 1990-1995). This new version highlights even more this good opposition of the phases between the ethereal moments and other heavier ones with