Tangerine Dream will release double-live album Starmus: Sonic Universe on April 25, featuring guest star Brian May of Queen fame.
It was recorded in Tenerife in 2011 at an event marking the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering space flight. Attendees included spacemen Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Alexi Leonov and Jim Lovell.
May appears on opening track Supernova, which features the real sound of acoustic pressure waves from stars; and on a version of his solo song Last Horizon. Later in the set he returns for Irish air Sally’s Garden and a rendition of Queen classic We Will Rock You, which, says May, was “largely improvised by us on the spot.”
Tangerine Dream mainman Edgar Froese says: “Brian is not only an exceptional guitarist – he’s also a very open-minded artist to work with.”
Starmus: Sonic Universe is available to pre-order via Tangerine Dream’s website. Froese is currently recovering from a broken jaw sustained during a serious fall, which forced the band to cancel their appearance on Yes’ Cruise To The Edge festival.
01. Supernova (Real Star Sounds)
02. Last Horizon
03. Marmontel Riding On A Clef
05. Nothing And All
06. Nutshell Awakening
07. Shining Ray
08. Beauty Of Magic Antagonism
10. One Night In Space
01. Calymba Caly
03. Janus Parade
04. Loved By The Sun
05. Fire On The Mountain
06. Darkness Veiling The Night
07. Living In Eternity
08. Bells Of Accra
09. Sally’s Garden
10. We Will Rock You (Extended)
Extra: Tenderness (Russian Song sung by Iris Camaa)