The anthology “Early Beginnings” comprises a range of previously unreleased recordings, rough drafts and demo’s Johannes Schmoelling recorded between 1979-1985, giving a nice insight in the musician’s process on finding his own voice and signature in music.
When Johannes joined Tangerine Dream between 1980 and 1985, he was able to add his beautiful melodic input to the bands sound while simultaneously infusing his ingenious, evocative and appealing atmospheres.
What a pleasure though to hear joyous melodic pieces such as “Perpetual Motion” or “Avatar”, hitting the right spot and vibe found in TD’s ‘80’s and Schmoellings later solo work. “Walking on Sunset Blvd” revisits TD’s “Thief” period in its own way, while the movie-track “Violence in the Street” echoes TD’s album “Exit”.
“Early Beginnings” makes an interesting historical document with crazy odds and ends, despite its quite poor sound quality.
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